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Minnie Solomon z''l Book Club

Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, October 7, 2021 1 Cheshvan 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMThe Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

2. Thursday, November 4, 2021 29 Cheshvan 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMWaking Lions by Ayelet Gundar Goshen

3. Thursday, December 2, 2021 28 Kislev 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMFour Winds by Kristen Hannah

4. Thursday, January 6, 2022 4 Sh'vat 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMThe Bookshops of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

5. Thursday, February 3, 2022 2 Adar I 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMPlunder by Menachen Kaiser

6. Friday, March 4, 2022 1 Adar II 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMHotel on Sweet and Bitter by Jamie Ford

7. Tuesday, April 5, 2022 4 Nisan 5782

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMFlorence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
Past Sessions
Thursday, August 5, 2021 27 Av 5781 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Homeland Elegies by Avad Akhtar
Thursday, July 1, 2021 21 Tammuz 5781 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

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:

 
October 7, 2021
Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly
 
Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters provides a vivid, detailed look at the Civil War experience, from the barbaric and inhumane plantations, to a war-torn New York City, to the horrors of the battlefield. It’s a sweeping story of women trying to survive in a country on the brink of collapse, in a society grappling with nationalism and unthinkable racial cruelty—a story still so relevant today.
 
 
 
 
November 4, 2021
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
 
After one night's deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation. Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life -- married to a beautiful police officer and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire, from a remarkable young author on the rise.
 
 
 
December 2, 2021
The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah
 
The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it—the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.
 
 
 
January 6, 2022
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
 
Big-hearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love, and the healing power of community. It's a love letter to reading and bookstores—and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 3, 2022
Plunder by Menachem Kaiser
 
Woven from improbable events and profound revelations, Menachem Kaiser’s brilliantly told story is set in motion when the author takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather’s battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon, he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building and a Polish lawyer known as “The Killer.”  A surprise discovery—that his grandfather’s cousin not only survived the war, but wrote a secret memoir while serving as a slave laborer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complex—leads to Kaiser being adopted as a celebrity by a band of Silesian treasure-seekers who revere the memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder. Propelled by original research, Kaiser immerses readers in questions that reach far beyond his personal quest. What does it mean to seize your own legacy? Can reclaimed property repair rifts among the living? Plunder is both a deeply immersive adventure story and an irreverent, daring interrogation of inheritance—material, spiritual, familial, and emotional. 
 
March 4, 2022
Hotel on Sweet and Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
 
Set in 1940s Seattle, during the Japanese internment of WWII, this book is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 5, 2022
Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
 
Atlantic City, 1934. Each summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house to vacationers escaping to “America’s Playground” and move into the small apartment above their bakery. Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they raised their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, so it feels like home. Now, Florence has returned from college to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel, and Fannie, pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy. After Joseph insists they take in a mysterious young woman whom he recently helped emigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is pretty full. Esther wants to keep her daughters close and safe but some matters are beyond her control, such as Fannie’s risky pregnancy—and her always-scheming husband, Isaac—and the handsome heir of a hotel, notorious for its anti-Semitic policies, who falls in love with Florence. When tragedy strikes, Esther makes the shocking decision to hide the truth—at least until Fannie’s baby is born—and pulls the family into a web of secret-keeping and lies, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface that reveal how quickly the act of protecting those we love can turn into betrayal.
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