Temple Israel Book Club Events
At noon on the First Monday of each month, we get together to review and discuss a wide assortment of books including novels, biographies, memoirs, and non-fiction. Everyone is welcome -- please join us for a special experience. Although this is a Sisterhood event, men are welcome and encouraged to attend. We are now meeting via Zoom until such time as we can all get together again.
May 3rd Selection:
The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez
WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION. “The book is an intimate, beautiful thing, deceptively slight at around 200 pages, but humming with insight… [an] artfully discursive meditation on friendship, love, death, solitude, canine companionship and the life of an aging writer in New York. Far from being heavy going, this novel, written as a letter to the late friend, is peppered with wry observations, particularly those of a writer stuck teaching undergraduates.” –The Economist
Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built by Marc Leepson
"When Thomas Jefferson died on the Fourth of July 1826 -- the nation's fiftieth birthday -- he was more than $100,000 in debt. Forced to sell thousands of acres of his lands and nearly all of his furniture and artwork, in 1831 his heirs bid a final goodbye to Monticello itself. "Saving Monticello" ...reveals the amazing story of how one Jewish family saved the house that became a family home to them for 89 years...." - University of Virginia Press
"In its own way, the story of the Levys at Monticello is as compelling as the story of Jefferson at Monticello. It’s not simply a story of how a remarkable family saved a special place, it’s a very human story—indeed, a very American story—wonderfully told." - National Trust for Historic Preservation