NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
Although our Temple library is not available at this time we know that many of you are looking for uplifting reads from your favorite sources. Here is our suggestion for this week:
Separation Anxiety, by Laura Zigman. Bestselling author, Alice Hoffman describes this book as “a hilarious, heart-breaking and thought-provoking portrait of a difficult marriage, as fierce as it is funny.” Her advice–“Start reading and don’t stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel.” Zigman’s novel, about a wife and mother whose life is unraveling, and the well-intentioned disastrous attempts she takes to course-correct her relationships, her career, and her belief in herself, will fill our need for a quirky, lovable story.
Shavuot is Here!
It’s time to commemorate the giving of the Torah and the harvest festival!
How about these books for some family reading!
Due to Covid 19 guidelines the library is closed until further notice.
TV Viewing and Rabbi Weiner’s Follow-up
The Plot Against America: A Novel, by Philip Roth. For those of you who watched the TV mini series adaptation of Philip Roth’s “Plot Against America,” a new copy of the original book (which has been missing from our library shelves) will now be available as soon as our Temple library is able to open. Even if you haven’t watched it on TV, Roth’s novel is well worth reading. The story imagines an alternative history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of anti-Semitism. As one reviewer stated, it is “fiction that is too close to fact to be ignored” and “every American who cares about the future of this nation and its democracy should be acutely aware of the possibilities posed in this book.”
DREAMING OF THE BEACH?
Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner. Looking for a hard-to-put-down distraction from your quarantine? Weiner brings us a welcome read of “female friendships mixed with a splash of romance, a dash of humor, and a pinch of mystery to create a deliciously bloody poolside cocktail.” The story centers around Daphne Berg, “#fiercegatgirl” influencer with thousands of followers and her old high school frenemy who comes looking for a favor. With characters that are relatable and a story-line that has many reveals and twists, this novel is just what we need at times like these.
Food, Food, and More Food
The Dairy Restaurant, by Ben Katchor. I don’t know about you but seems to me that food is on everyone’s mind at this time of self -quarantine. Food has always played a major role in Jewish life. Through text and drawings Katchor retells the history of what and where we choose to eat. He examines the biblical milk and meat taboo, the first vegetarian practices, and the invention of the restaurant. He talks about the proliferation of dairy restaurants and his own experiences in those establishments before they disappeared. The New York Times calls this book “Delectable…Obsessive, melancholy, and hungry making…” Katchor has once again captured the spirit of old Jewish New York.
Virtual Book and Author Events
The Museum of Jewish Heritage recently presented a wonderful virtual talk with Helen Fremont, author of The Escape Artist, and author Helen Epstein. In her book, Fremont writes about growing up in a household held together by powerful secrets. Her parents, profoundly affected by the Holocaust, pass on to both Helen and her older sister, a penchant for keeping their lives obsessively compartmentalized to protect themselves. Through bouts of mental instability, this memoir, written with wit and candor, is mesmerizing. You can access a recording of this event on their YouTube channel through this link by clicking here.