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Minnie Solomon z''l Book Club

Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, September 1, 2022 5 Elul 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMOnline & In-person at Temple Sholom- Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

2. Thursday, October 6, 2022 11 Tishrei 5783

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMOnline Only- Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris
Past Sessions
Thursday, August 4, 2022 7 Av 5782 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online & In-person at Temple Sholom- The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Thursday, July 7, 2022 8 Tammuz 5782 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online & In-person at Temple Sholom- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Thursday, June 2, 2022 3 Sivan 5782 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online- The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Thursday, May 5, 2022 4 Iyar 5782 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online- The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Thursday, April 7, 2022 6 Nisan 5782 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online & In-person at Temple Sholom- Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
Thursday, March 3, 2022 30 Adar I 5782 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online- Hotel on Sweet and Bitter by Jamie Ford

The Minnie Solomon z"l Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month to discuss popular literature.    

Contact Toby Sanders at toby@sholomchicago.org for more information on how to join this informative and lively discussion!


Upcoming book selections:
 

August 4, 2022
The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September. Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiance, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

A charming, clever, and quietly moving novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

September 1, 2022
Lions of Fifth Avenue, by Fiona Davis

It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life—her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she is drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club—a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. And when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-averse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage—truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.

October 6, 2022
Gateway to the Moon, by Mary Morris

In 1492, two history-altering events occurred: the Jews and Muslims of Spain were expelled, and Columbus set sail for the New World. Many Spanish Jews chose not to flee and instead became Christian in name only, maintaining their religious traditions in secret. Among them was Luis de Torres, who accompanied Columbus as an interpreter. Over the centuries, de Torres’ descendants traveled across North America, finally settling in the hills of New Mexico. Now, some five hundred years later, it is in these same hills that Miguel Torres, a young amateur astronomer, finds himself trying to understand the mystery that surrounds him and the town he grew up in: Entrada de la Luna, or Gateway to the Moon.

Poor health and poverty are the norm in Entrada, and luck is rare. So when Miguel sees an ad for a babysitting job in Santa Fe, he jumps at the opportunity. The family for whom he works, the Rothsteins, are Jewish, and Miguel is surprised to find many of their customs similar to those his own family kept but never understood. Braided throughout the present-day narrative are the powerful stories of the ancestors of Entrada’s residents, portraying both the horrors of the Inquisition and the resilience of families. Moving and unforgettable, Gateway to the Moon beautifully weaves the journeys of the converso Jews into the larger American story.

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