Book Group Calendar
Our Temple Shalom Book Club is back for its 17th year! Join Mona Ellis and Stu Bassin for lively discussions of quality books. Sessions are on Sunday mornings-- discussion with bagels and coffee. Free and usually quite interesting. Join us.
October 16------- The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award and New York Times Editor’s Choice
Loosely based upon the life of Soviet Jewish dissident Natan Sharansky, this novel follows the story of a Jewish scientist who is attacked by the Russian establishment after showing pro-Israel sentiments. The focus of the story is the protagonist’s declining relationships with his professional colleagues and friends after he becomes a target of the Russian state.
December 4------- The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron
An Israeli best-seller.
A humorous novel about a group of diverse Jewish settlers who establish an illegal settlement in the West Bank. In addition to describing the precarious existence of these pioneers, the unique twist in the story is its focus upon the difficult relationship between the settlers and the Israeli military, with the Palestinians acting as a rather benign presence.
March 26------- The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner
A revealing insider’s memoir from a top-level insider in the Israeli government. The author shares up close observations of all of Israel’s leaders from David Ben-Gurion through Menachim Begin. He was in the room during Israel’s wars and the peace negotiations with Egypt , when Yitzhak Rabin ordered the Entebbe rescue mission, and Begin ordered the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactors.
April 30------- LUNCH WITH THE AUTHOR--Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman
May 7 ------- An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler
This memoir by an American feminist who marries a Westernized Muslim from a wealthy Afghan family explores the dynamics of her relationship with her Afghan family over five decades. Told against the background of the changing conditions in Afghanistan, the author was once placed under house arrest, confined to the harem in her husband’s estate, and her eventual escape from Afghanistan.