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Havurat Nashim Book Club

Each month, our sisterhood group meets to discuss a new book, with choices ranging from drama to historical fiction to comedy and everything in between. Our book club is less than 10 years old but has become a treasured activity for our sisterhood members! 

Our current book for September 2022:  

Human Blues: A Novel by Elisa Albert

  • Summary: On the eve of her fourth album, singer-songwriter Aviva Rosner is plagued by infertility. The twist: as much as Aviva wants a child, she is wary of technological conception, and has poured her ambivalence into her music. As the album makes its way in the world, the shock of the response from fans and critics is at first exciting—and then invasive and strange. Aviva never wanted to be famous, or did she? Meanwhile, her evolving obsession with another iconic musician, gone too soon, might just help her make sense of things.

    Told over the course of nine menstrual cycles, Human Blues is a bold, brainy, darkly funny, utterly original interrogation of our cultural obsession with childbearing. It’s also the story of one fearless woman at the crossroads, ruthlessly questioning what she wants and what she’s willing—or not willing—to do to get it.

Books we have read and explored together over the last few years include:

The Liar, by Ayelet Gundar Goshen
Hope Valley, by Havina Ner-David
Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles, by Rivvy Neshama
The Matzah Ball, by Jean Meltzer
Donna Has Left the Building, by Susan Jane Gilman
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, by Sarit Yishei
Book of V, by Anna Solomon
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, by Gale Tzemach Lemmon
The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity, by Micah Goodman
To Be a Man: Stories, by Nicole Krauss
Recipes for a Sacred Life, by Rivvy Neshama
The Choice, by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Rising Out of Hatred, The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, by Eli Saslow
The 100 Most Jewish Recipes, by Alana Newhouse
Wings of Silence, by Dede Fox (a long-time CBSW and Havurat Nashim member!)
I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephram
Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate, by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
If All Seas Were Ink: A Memoir, by Ilan Kurshan
The Book of Separation: A Memoir, Tova Mirvis
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottleib
Exodus, by Deborah Feldman
Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro
The Color of Love, by Marra B. Gad
The Floating Feldmans, by Elyssa Friedland
Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783