Book Club

Coastside Jewish Community Book Club meets approximately once every two months at members’ homes. We read all kinds of books that are in some way related to Judaism, and ensure our books are available through the library. We schmooze, we nosh, we even discuss the book we all read! Most importantly, we get together to enjoy each others’ company.

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Up Next:

  • The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker on May 3

Books We Have Read and Discussed 

  • Moonglow, by Michael Chabon
  • Have a Little Faith, by Mitch Albom
  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin
  • The Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, 2015
  • Paradise Park, by Allegra Goodman, 2001
  • The UnAmericans, by Molly Antopol, 2014
  • The World to Come: A Novel, by Dara Horn, 2006
  • The Periodic Table, by Primos Levi, 1975
  • The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman, 2015
  • A Selection of books about Jewish history in China:
    • Peony, by Pearl S. Buck (1948), a novel about the love between a young Han Chinese bondmaid and the Jewish son of the household she serves
    • Mandarins, Jews and Missionaries: The Jewish Experience in the Chinese Empire, by Michael Pollak (1998), a history of the Jews of Kaifeng by a Jewish writer
    • The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, Religion, by Xin Xu (2013), a history by a Chinese historian
  • Henna House, by Nomi Eve, 2014
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, 2005
  • The Arrival, by Alfred Knopf & Shaun Tan, 2006
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander,
  • Great House: A Novel, by Nicole Krauss, 2010
  • The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman, 2011
  • Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books, by Aaron Lansky, 2004
  • Sholem Aleichem, Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories
  • Sarah: Women of Genesis, by Orson Scott Card, 2001. (Note: Card has also written Rachel and Leah and Rebekah as part of his series Women of Genesis.
  • The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs,
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Chabon, Michael, 2007
  • A Guide for the Perplexed, by Dara Horn, 2013
  • The Faith Club: A Muslim, Christian, Jew — Three Women Search for Understanding, by Ranya Idliby, 2006
  • My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, by Ariel Sabar, 2008
  • Bee Season, by Myla Goldberg, 2000
  • People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks, 2008
  • Heartburn, by Nora Ephron, 1983
  • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, by Lucette Lagnado, 2008
  • The Betrayers, by David Bezmozgis, 2014
  • Rashi’s Daughter: Joheved, by Maggie Anton, 2007
  • Sotah, by Naomi Ragen, 1992

The future holds many possibilities, this list is derived from many sources, and contains some duplicates. CJC_Book_List