JCC MetroWest Book Group
Our book group is free, open to both members and non-members, and you can join and begin attending at any time! Click button below for the Book Group archives. For more information contact, Katy Strulson, 973-530-3915, [email protected].
Wednesday, June 3, 12pm
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, by Robert Hillman
A tender and wise novel about love, family, and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, in which a lonely farmer finds his world turned upside down by a vibrant woman determined to open the first bookstore his town has ever seen — and to leave her haunting memories of the Holocaust far behind.
Thursday, July 9, 12pm
The Wartime Sisters, by Lynda Cohen Loigman
The new novel from the author of The Two-Family House is about two estranged sisters working in a WWII armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, each with a deep secret. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from their Brooklyn past reemerges in their lives.
Wednesday, September 9, 12pm
Beyond the Ghetto Gates, by Michelle Cameron
Set during the turbulent days of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Italian campaign (1796–97), Beyond the Ghetto Gates is both a cautionary tale for our present moment, with its rising tide of anti-Semitism, and a story of hope—a reminder of a time in history when men and women of conflicting faiths were able to reconcile their prejudices in the face of a rapidly changing world.
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An Afterlife – Intense – 4-Star – “Many books have been written about the Holocaust but not that many about the survivors and their life afterward. This book follows Ruby and Ilya, first in a DP camp in Germany and then trying to make a new life for themselves as refugees in New Jersey.” -Gaye Olin