Jewish Book Club

Interested in discussing books by and/or about Jewish people, events, or ideas? Join us at Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St (56th and South). We usually meet every other month on a Sunday, and someone usually brings treats.

Our last meeting was November 18th, 1:30-3:30 pm. We discussed a work that Laura French wrote about five years ago and agreed it was well worth reading.  You can get a .pdf copy of My People from Laura French (email LauraFrench@LauraFrench.com )

This is not intended to be a women’s-only group; men are welcome!

Some of the books we have discussed in the past few years are:

2018

  • Between Gods, Alison Pick
  • The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West, Steve Sheinkin
  • Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution, Julia Alekseyeva
  • Day After Night, Anita Diamant
  • The Girl From Human Street, Roger Cohen
  • Judas (1959 memoir) or other books by Amos Oz
  • My People, Laura French

2017

  • Norwegian By Night, Darrell Miller
    Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books, Aaron Lansky
    Marriage of Opposites, Alice Hoffman
  • A Thread Of Grace, Mary Doria Russell:
  • God Was in This Place and I, I Did Not Know, Lawrence Kusher
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon

2016

  • The Beast, Faye Kellerman
  • The Mathematician’s Shiva, Stuart Rojstaczer
  • Boston Girl. Anita Diamant
  • Love and Treasure, Ayelet Waldman
  • The Golem & the Jinni, Helene Wecker

2015

  • My Mother’s Shoes, Shirley Russak Wachtel
  • The Lawgiver, Herman Wouk
  • The List, Martin Fletcher
  • My Promised Land, Ari Shavit

2014

  • The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
  • The Coffee Trader, David Liss T
  • The Fortune Tellers Kiss, Brenda Serotte
  • The Orientalist, Tom Reiss

2013

  • Heir the the Glimmering World, Cynthia Ozick
  • Clouds Against the Sun, Ellen Brazer (this one is best forgotten)
  • A Guide for the Perplexed, Dara Horn
  • The Girl from Foreign, Sadia Shepard
  • The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon

Before 2012

  • Peony, by Pearl Buck
  • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, Lucette Lagnado
  • The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman
  • The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
  • The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer
  • The World to Come, Dara Horn
  • In the Image, Dara Horn
  • The Hare With the Amber Eyes, Edmund DeWaal