An evening book discussion group reading fiction and nonfiction from around the world. All are welcome! Interested in joining us? Pick up the monthly title anytime at the Checkout Desk, then come by for discussion!
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM
Jules Epstein is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents’ deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi’s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project—a film about the life of David being shot in the desert.
But Epstein isn’t the only seeker embarking on a journey. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer’s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can’t turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.
Read or listen to The Dry on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban.
Read or listen to The Dressmaker of Khair Khana on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
Upcoming Discussion Titles
Fiction, Ghana/United States
THE MONUMENTS MEN
Robert M. Edsel
THE ROUND HOUSE
Fiction, an Ojibwe reservation
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND
Fiction, Quebec, Canada