Join us to discuss these fabulous new books! Copies of the books are available in the Maxwell Abbell Library and from public libraries, as well as from local and online booksellers. For more information, email Rachel Kamin, Director of Lifelong Learning, or call her at 847/926-7902.
Participants are encouraged to make a minimum donation of $54 to the Torah Fund Campaign. If you donate $180 or more you will receive the beautiful 5784 “Arevut” (Responsibility) Torah Fund pin. Click here for more information on how to make your Torah Fund donation online, by mail, or by phone.
Kantika by Elizabeth Graver
In-Person Discussion: Saturday, October 21, 12:30 pm
A dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home. Meet the Author in-person on Sunday, October 22 at 10:30 am at the Chicago Loop Synagogue and at 2:30 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard.
Swimming with Ghosts by Michelle Brafman
Meet the Author In-Person: Saturday, November 18, 12:30 pm
From the acclaimed author of Washing the Dead and Bertrand Court comes a satirical and chilling tale that captures the ethos and ruin of children’s competitive swimming, where parents must face the haunting spirits of their own tumultuous upbringings or risk losing their way and—in turn—themselves.
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
In-Person Discussion: Saturday, January 20, 12:30 pm
When a skeleton is unearthed in the small, close-knit community of Chicken Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1972, an unforgettable cast of characters—living on the margins of white, Christian America—closely guard a secret, especially when the truth is revealed about what happened and the part the town’s white establishment played in it.
Leaving Eastern Parkway by Matthew Daub
In-Person Discussion: Saturday, March 9, 12:30 pm
Suddenly orphaned, 15-year-old Zev Altshul, desperate to escape Brooklyn’s Hasidic community, sets course across the U.S., where he finds himself in Urbana, Illinois playing handball to support himself.
The Book Club will continue on April 13 & June 1, 2024.
The annual Family Book Club will meet on February 25, 2024. Book selections TBA.
Click on each title for a link to read-a-likes and suggested reading. All books are available in the Maxwell Abbell Library.