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Havurat Nashim Book Club

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

Our current book for October 2023:  

I'd Like to Say Sorry, but There's No One to Say Sorry To: Stories by Mikolaj Grynberg

Finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards. 

From Amazon:  An exquisitely original collection of darkly funny stories that explore the panorama of Jewish experience in contemporary Poland, from a world-class contemporary writer. .  .  Grynberg explores the daily lives and tensions within Poland between Jews and gentiles haunted by the Holocaust and its continuing presence. . . Each of the stories is a dazzling and haunting mini monologue ...

A moving and often wryly funny portrait of Polish Jewishness. . . . At times witty, at others devastating, Grynberg’s first foray into fiction is a major triumph.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Wrenching, astonishing, surprisingly humorous. . . . Polish photographer/psychologist Mikołaj Grynberg alchemizes his documentary nonfiction into a superb collection of 31 short stories poignantly revealing the Polish Jewish experience.”
Shelf Awareness

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

Out of the Corner by Jennifer Grey
Signal Fires: A Novel by Dani Shapiro
Human Blues: A Novel by Elisa Albert
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
Waking Lions by Ayelet Goshen
When Life Gives You LuluLemons by Lauren Weisberger
Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenberg
Wed, February 21 2024 12 Adar I 5784