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Minnie Solomon z''l Book Club

Past Sessions
Thursday, January 4, 2024 23 Tevet 5784 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigrani
Thursday, December 7, 2023 24 Kislev 5784 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Thursday, November 2, 2023 18 Cheshvan 5784 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
Thursday, October 5, 2023 20 Tishrei 5784 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Thursday, September 7, 2023 21 Elul 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Thursday, August 3, 2023 16 Av 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- The Cloisters by Katy Hays
Thursday, July 6, 2023 17 Tammuz 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12 Sivan 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- Trust by Hernan Diaz
Thursday, May 4, 2023 13 Iyar 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- Defending Britta Stein by Ronald Balson
Thursday, March 2, 2023 9 Adar 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- Defending Britta Stein by Ronald Balson
Thursday, February 2, 2023 11 Sh'vat 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - CANCELED
Thursday, January 5, 2023 12 Tevet 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- The Personal Librarian by M. Benedict & V. Christopher

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

Do you love reading and discussing great books? Then come join the Minnie Solomon z"l Book Club! Our lively and engaging group meets on the first Thursday of every month to discuss popular literature and share our thoughts and insights.

Led by experienced and passionate readers, our book club offers a warm and welcoming environment where you can connect with other book lovers and engage in stimulating conversations about some of the best books around. From bestselling novels to award-winning works of non-fiction, we explore a wide range of genres and topics, and encourage lively and respectful discussion.

Our group is open to all who love to read, whether you are a lifelong reader or just starting out. We value diversity of opinion and perspective, and strive to create a supportive and inclusive community for all our members.

So if you're looking for a fun and engaging way to connect with others who share your love of literature, come join us for our next meeting. We can't wait to see you there!

Contact Maxine & Barbara Durst for more information on how to join this informative and lively discussion!


Upcoming book selections:
 

August 3, 2023
The Cloisters, by Katy Hays

In this “sinister, jaw-dropping” debut novel, a circle of researchers uncover a mysterious deck of tarot cards and shocking secrets in New York’s famed Met Cloisters.

When Ann Stilwell arrives in New York City, she expects to spend her summer working as a curatorial associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Instead, she finds herself assigned to The Cloisters, a gothic museum and garden renowned for its medieval art collection and its group of enigmatic researchers studying the history of divination.

Desperate to escape her painful past, Ann is happy to indulge the researchers’ more outlandish theories about the history of fortune telling. But what begins as academic curiosity quickly turns into obsession when Ann discovers a hidden 15th-century deck of tarot cards that might hold the key to predicting the future. When the dangerous game of power, seduction, and ambition at The Cloisters turns deadly, Ann becomes locked in a race for answers as the line between the arcane and the modern blurs.

A haunting and magical blend of genres, The Cloisters is a gripping debut that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

September 7, 2023
Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo. 

October 5, 2023
A Good Neighborhood, by Therese Anne Fowler

In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans—a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter—raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.

With little in common except a property line, these two families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

Therese Anne Fowler's A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today—what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye?—as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

November 2, 2023
Mercury Pictures Presents, by Anthony Marra

Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took her to the cinema instead of church, Maria immigrates with her mother to Los Angeles after a childhood transgression leads to her father’s arrest.

Fifteen years later, on the eve of America’s entry into World War II, Maria is an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, trying to keep her personal and professional lives from falling apart. Her mother won’t speak to her. Her boss, a man of many toupees, has been summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Her boyfriend, a virtuoso Chinese American actor, can’t escape the studio’s narrow typecasting. And the studio itself, Maria’s only home in exile, teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.

Over the coming months, as the bright lights go dark across Los Angeles, Mercury Pictures becomes a nexus of European émigrés: modernist poets trying their luck as B-movie screenwriters, once-celebrated architects becoming scale-model miniaturists, and refugee actors finding work playing the very villains they fled. While the world descends into war, Maria rises through a maze of conflicting politics, divided loyalties, and jockeying ambitions. But when the arrival of a stranger from her father’s past threatens Maria’s carefully constructed facade, she must finally confront her father’s fate—and her own.

December 7, 2023
The Most Fun We Ever Had, by Claire Lombardo

In this “rich, complex family saga” (USA Today) full of long-buried family secrets, Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, they have four radically different daughters, each in a state of unrest.
 
Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator turned stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects.
 
With the unexpected arrival of young Jonah Bendt—a child placed for adoption by one of the daughters fifteen years before—the Sorensons will be forced to reckon with the rich and varied tapestry of their past. As they grapple with years marred by adolescent angst, infidelity, and resentment, they also find the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.

January 4, 2023
The Good Left Undone, by Adriana Trigrani

Matelda, the Cabrelli family’s matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother’s great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew. . 

In the halcyon past, Domenica Cabrelli thrives in the coastal town of Viareggio until her beloved home becomes unsafe when Italy teeters on the brink of World War II. Her journey takes her from the rocky shores of Marseille to the mystical beauty of Scotland to the dangers of wartime Liverpool—where Italian Scots are imprisoned without cause—as Domenica experiences love, loss, and grief while she longs for home. A hundred years later, her daughter, Matelda, and her granddaughter, Anina, face the same big questions about life and their family’s legacy, while Matelda contemplates what is worth fighting for. But Matelda is running out of time, and the two timelines intersect and weave together in unexpected and heartbreaking ways that lead the family to shocking revelations and, ultimately, redemption.

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