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Minnie Solomon z''l Book Club

Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, January 5, 2023 12 Tevet 5783

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMMixed Presence- The Personal Librarian by M. Benedict & V. Christopher

2. Thursday, February 2, 2023 11 Sh'vat 5783

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMMixed Presence- The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towels
Past Sessions
Thursday, December 1, 2022 7 Kislev 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Thursday, November 3, 2022 9 Cheshvan 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Thursday, October 6, 2022 11 Tishrei 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online Only- Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris
Thursday, October 6, 2022 11 Tishrei 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Mixed Presence- Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Thursday, September 1, 2022 5 Elul 5782 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online & In-person at Temple Sholom- Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
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:
 

December 1, 2022
Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone.

Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?

January 5, 2023
The Personal Librarian, by M. Benedict & V. Christopher

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

February 2, 2023
The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towels


In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

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