by Marilyn Reiter
Getting up and out of the house by 10 on a Sunday morning requires some extra effort on my part. I’m writing this blog because I want to share with other readers an activity that I highly recommend go on their future calendars.
Those of us who enjoy reading and group discussions got the opportunity to expand their connections with others and engage in a lively discussion. Since no two people read a book exactly the same, the book club experience is always rich. And then to have the author discuss it along with us and openly answer questions, that’s a big bonus. A shout-out to Julie Carpenter for arranging for the author to join us.
The first meeting of Adath’s Sunday Morning Book Club, A Book Club with a Jewish Perspective, launched this past Sunday with an enthusiastic group and the author via Skype.
“The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb spans 75 years and several continents - from a refugee’s shattered dreams in Berlin, to a discontented American couple in the 1950s, to a young woman’s life in modern-day Jerusalem - this epic, enthralling novel tells the braided love story of three unforgettable characters.”
The group asked insightful and interesting questions as well as sharing what they liked about the story, their perceptions and their feelings. Amy Gottlieb shared some of her background and experiences that helped form her story, her writing style and her experience getting published. All this added up to covering a lot of topics which enriched the understanding of the story, and my/our knowledge of history and human behavior.
Next month’s book is Crossing the Borders of Time by NY Times investigative report, Leslie Maitland.
Hopefully, we’ll see you at future Adath Book Clubs.
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