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Book Group

All Shir Tikvah women are invited to be part of our Book Group.  Please use your member directory to contact Robbie Lambert if you would like to be on the e-mail list. Contact the office if you would like information about a specific event.

Upcoming Events–all at 1 PM on a Sunday, unless noted.

Oct. 28 – The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. Ellen Metz will lead the discussion.  At the home of Anne Whitaker.
Dec. 2 – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkinson. Ellen Metz will lead the discussion. At the home of Judith Troper.
Jan. 13 –  The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis by David Fishman. Anne Whitaker will lead the discussion. At the home of Anita Van Wess.

Books read in 2018

Jan 14 – Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky
Feb 11 – Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich
April 8 –Hedy’s Folly by  Richard Rhodes
May 6th – Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
June 10th – Book of Joy
July 8thGo, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
August 19th – To the End of the Land by David Grossman
Sept 16th – Golda: True Grit by Ann Atkins

Books read in 2017

January 29 The Whipping Man play by Matthew Lopez
March 12 Flowers in the Blood by Gay Courter
April 16 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Dr. Yuval Noah Harari
May 21 Fugu Plan by Marvin & Mary Swartz Tokayer
June 11 The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
July 30 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
August 27 Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
September 24thThe Original Torah by S. David Sperling
November 5th  Rav Hisda’s Daughter by Maggie Anton
December 3rd Stranger in a Strange Land by George Prochnik

Books read in 2016

January 10 (postponed from December due to Timbers playoff game) Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones
January 24 Film: Woman in Gold and the book Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
March 13     Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
April 17    Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
May 15    The Debt of Tamar by Nicole Dweck
June 19   The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky
August 28 The Hare With the Amber Eyes by Edmund DeWaal
December 18 Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Books read in 2015

January 18 My Promised Land by Ari Shalit
March 15 Tales of the Hasidim by Martin Buber
March 22 Ministry of Special Cases at Jewish Theatre Collaborative
June 14 Not Me by Michael Lavigne
August 9 With G-d At My Side  by Menachem Taiblum
September So That Your Values Live On – Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them by Jack Riemer and Prof. Nathaniel Stampfer
October 4 Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok
November 8 Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Books read in 2014

January 12   A Pigeon and A Boy by Meir Shalev.
February 16  The Hour of Sunlight by Sami Al Jundi and Jen Marlowe
March 23   The Old Country by Sholem Aleichem
May 18  Free Spirit: Growing up on the Road and off the Grid by Joshua Safran
June 15  Movie: Friends from France
July 27 The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
August 24  Torah Scribe in Residence; event at the shul
September 28   The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
November 2  In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman
December 21 The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Books read in 2013

January 6th–Movie: Defending Your Life
February 3 –Deborah, Golda and Me by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
February 24– Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bachevis Singer
April 7 –Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman.
May 5th–Monty Python movie Life of Brian
June 23–Because All Is One by  Rabbi Ariel Stone
July 28–Society’s Child by Janis Ian
December 15- Movie: The Book Thief

Books read in 2012

January 22-Walking Israel by Martin Fletcher
February 19 – The Septembers of Shiraz
March 18-The Left Hand of God: Healing America’s Political and Spiritual Crisis by Michael Lerner
April 29–My Father’s Paradise by Ariel Sabar
May 20– Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David von Drehle
June 24– Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander
July 29 –Moses: A Stranger Among Us by Maurice D. Harris
October 7Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion by Michael Levy
November 4–The Trial by Franz Kafka
December 9–Man Seeks God by Eric Weiner

Books Read in 2011

January 9-The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz
February 13- The Sacrifice of Tamar by Naomi Ragen
March 27-The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew — Three women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
April 24-Kaballah: A Love Story by Lawrence Kushner
May 22-The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
June 26-Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary
July 31-The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis
September 25-The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
October 30 – Away by Amy Bloom
November 11 – By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan
December 4 – American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Books Read in 2010

January 10-The Bible Unearthed by Israel Finklestein and Neil Asher Silberman
February 21-The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
April 4-Sarah the Priestess by Savina Teubal
May 16-All Other Nights by Dara Horn
July 11- The Color of Water by James McBride
August- The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
Sept/Oct. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
November-The Butcher’s Theater by Jonathan Kellerman

Books Read in 2009

February 1 – As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg
March 22 – Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
May 3 – Women’s Minyan by Naomi Ragen
June 14 – The Saturday Morning Murder by Batya Gur
July 19 – The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnano
September 13 – A Double Thread: Growing up English and Jewish in London by John Gross
October 25 – A Life Worth Living by Byron Sherwin
November 22 – Miriam’s Kitchen by Elizabeth Erlich

Books Read in 2008

May 31 – The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks – Our initial meeting
August 13 – Rashi’s Daughters: Joheved by Maggie Anton
September 24 – Rachel Calof’s Story by Rachel Calof
November 12 – The Mezuzah in the Madonna’s Foot by Trudi Alexy


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