Temple Beth Torah

Book Group

We have had an active Book Group at Temple Beth Torah for many years. We enthusiastically welcome new participants (men and women).  Currently our meetings are approximately every six weeks, on Monday evenings at TBT starting at 7:00 pm.

All meetings are at 7:00 via Zoom.  Contact Mary Ann Oppenheimer or Seth Novick to join the mailing list for one or more of the book discussions.

TBT BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS:  February 2022 – July 2022

The following list was compiled from several sources: books recommended by members of our Book Club mailing list, Hadassah magazine, the Jewish Book Council, the North Shore JCC and other sources.  We take reviews/information about each book from what we find online.   This list was reviewed and approved at our June 2021 meeting.  We have tried to alternate “heavy” subject matter with “lighter” subject matter.   We are always open to book suggestions. The list may be reviewed and altered as we move through the year.

February 21, 2022 – Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin

Morningside Heights is an upper west side neighborhood of Manhattan. This is a compassionate novel about marriage surviving hardships.  It takes place in 1999 in New York, as this old-fashioned neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying.

March 28, 2022 – The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties that Helped to Create Modern China” by Jonathan Kaufman

The author tells the remarkable history of how two families participated in an economic boom that opened China to the world but remained blind to the country’s deep inequality and to the political turmoil at their doorsteps.

May 2, 2022 – Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Inspired by a true story. A young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish young children flee the Nazis.

June 20, 2022 – What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son and a Journey of Transformation by Mimi Le May

A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

Recent Book Selections

Button Man by Andrew Gross

The Song of the Jade Lily by Kristy Manning

We Love Anderson Cooper by R.L. Maizes

The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad

The Daughter’s Tale: A Novel by Armando Lucas Correa

The Book of Separation by Tova Merliss

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich

The Catcher was a Spy: Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff

The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb

Girl from Berlin by Ronald Balsom

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel by Michael David Lukas

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Odessa, Odessa by Barbara Artson

Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander

Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob Appel