Afternoon Book Club Winter & Spring

January 24: A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
This novel of adventure blends together the Egypt of today and a century ago, a revolutionary digital program that records a person's every action, a variety of Jewish history, and two sisters' intertwined lives. From the chaos of post-revolutionary Egypt to scholarly pursuits there a century before, to modern technology, this book reflects on a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

February 28: Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
Easter Island, one of the most remote, mysterious and romantic places in the world, is the setting for this author's debut novel. Two women's captivating stories are alternately told, and although they are living in different times, deep parallels exist between them. Both are on personal quests in the midst of the centuries old mysteries of the island, where beauty, botany, taxonomy and evolution are explored and brought to vivid life.

March 28: The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O'Connor
Klimt's painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer was looted by the Nazis, then claimed by Austria, and finally returned to the Bloch-Bauer family. Capturing the richness of the lives of the wealthy and cultured Viennese Jewish society including Gustav Mahler, Oskar Kokoschka and Freud, the book illustrates how this idyllic lifestyle quickly came crashing down with Hitler overtaking Vienna. The trials and tribulations of getting one of the twentieth century's most recognizable paintings back to its rightful owner are part of this amazing saga and yet another example of the extent of Nazi plundering of European Jewry.

April 25: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
Take a look at the life of Jesus from the historical and political perspective of a Jew living in the first century in Jewish Palestine. Aslan, an acclaimed author and religious scholar, maintains that Jesus was not the Christ figure created by his followers after his death but instead was "a revolutionary swept up, as all Jews of his era were, in religious and political turmoil."

May 23: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Follow the immigrant Ganguli family through their move from India to the United States where son Gogol is born. Given neither an Indian nor an American name, he is named instead for the Russian writer. Gogol makes his way through the American landscape never quite sure of or comfortable with who he is. This is an award-winning novel about the immigrant experience, delectable foods, arranged marriages, generational conflicts and ultimately finding oneself.

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