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Jewish Book Discussion Group

The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land

Saturday, December 9, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
short story by Omer Friedlander, led by Joanne Cornbleet
Copies will be provided of this short story, about a prototypical luftmensch, a man of air. He is a divorced con-artist in Israel who tries to sustain his relationship with his young daughter by selling empty bottles of “holy” air to gullible tourists. In this session, we will first read the short story aloud, followed by a discussion led by Joanne Cornbleet.

bookish People

Sunday, January 13, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
by Susan Coll, led by Sheryl Rattner
A perfect storm of comedic proportions erupts in a DC bookstore over the course of one soggy summer week—narrated by two very different women and punctuated by political turmoil, a celestial event, and a perpetually broken vacuum cleaner.

The tunnel

Saturday, February 10, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
by A.B. Yehoshua, led by Shmuel Shottan
From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Israeli author, a suspenseful and poignant story of a family coping with the sudden mental decline of their beloved husband and father—an engineer who they discover is involved in an ominous secret military project. [Copies to be provided by Book Club in a Box]

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Saturday, March 9, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
by Gabrielle Zevin, led by Betty Becker
Sam and Sadie—two college friends, often in love, but never lovers—become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality. It is a love story, but not one you have read before.

Dinner at the CEnter of the Earth

Saturday, April 13, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
by Nathan Englander, led by Judy Paktor
The best work yet from the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges–a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.

Shanda: A memoir of Shame and SEcrecy

Saturday, May 11, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, led by Ruth Kohan
An intimate memoir from a founding editor of Ms. magazine who grew up in a Jewish immigrant family mired in secrets, haunted by their dread of shame and stigma, determined to hide their every imperfection—and in denial or despair when they couldn’t.