“The Workmen's Circle is my Jewish community because it allows me to express all the different aspects of my Jewish identity in one place. It’s where I act for change while being part of a larger, inter-generational community.”
Circle Book Group
The Circle Book Group reads both fiction and non-fiction, and meets monthly on Sunday mornings for collegial and provocative discussion. Book selections are chosen by participants at least one month in advance of meetings.
MEETING LOCATIONS DO NOT ALTERNATE EVERY TIME, SO PLEASE READ THE PLACE OF MEETING CAREFULLY.
Meetings are at Betsy’s and Marie’s (near Inman Sq. in Cambridge). We meet from 10:15am-12:15pm. Bagels, coffee, and socializing at 10:15 (suggested $2 donation). At Marie's there's one cat who is out of the way during the meeting.
Email Marie to get on the Book Group mailing list.
Sunday, April 19 -- Marie Ariel’s -- (617) 492-2765 -- firstname.lastname@example.org – 41 Amory St., Cambridge
BOOK: Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
“Florence is one feisty 75-year-old. A brilliant ‘feminist icon,’ she’s also a cranky pain the neck, forever resisting her family’s attempts to corral her. In this smart, funny and compassionate book, Morton brings the whole endearing bunch to life as they struggle with surprising events and get ambushed by unruly emotions. It’s a treat.” –Kim Hubbard, People Magazine
Sunday, May 17 - Betsy Groban - (617) 492-8634 - email@example.com - Contact Betsy for the address.
BOOK: The Girl from Human Street by Roger Cohen
Award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them across continents and decades,mapping individual lives that diverge and interwine, vital patterns of struggle and resilience,valued heritage and evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national),converge into a resonant portrait of cultural indentity in the modern age. Beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing through to the present day, Cohen tracks his family's story of repeated upheaval, from, Lithuania to South Africa, and then to England, the United States, and Israel. ...At the heart of The Girl from Human Street is the powerful and touching relationship between Cohen and his mother, that "girl". Tortured by the upheavals in her life yet stoic in her struggle, she embodies her son's complex inheritance.-Publisher's description
Past Circle Book Group reading selections have included:
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt, and Music by Mark Kurlansky
The Family: three journeys into the heart of the twentieth century
The Jew in the lotus : a poet’s rediscovery of Jewish identity in Buddhist India by Rodger Kamenetz.
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Scenes From Village Life by Amos Oz
The Bookie’s Son by Andrew Goldstein
Bech, a book by John Updike
Einstein : his life and universe by Walter Isaacson
Not the Israel my parents promised me by Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman; epilogue written by Joyce Brabner; lettering by Charles Pritchett.
Amerika : the missing person : a new translation, based on the restored text by Franz Kafka; translated and with a preface by Mark Hofmann, 2002.
Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
The Difficult Saint by Sharan Newman.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson.
The Cross and the Pear Tree : a Sephardic Journey by Victor Perera
The Sacrifice of Isaac by Noah Gordon
The adventures of Mottel: the cantor’s son by Sholem Aleichem
My father's paradise : a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel Sabar
The end of the Jews : a novel by Adam Mansbach
The story of Yiddish : how a mish-mosh of languages saved the Jews by Neal Karlen
Beyond the Pale : a novel by Elana Dykewomon (also known as Nachman/Dykewomon)
The Merchant of Venice: modern version side-by-side with full original text, edited and rendered into modern English by Alan Durband
Escape to Shanghai: a Jewish Community in China by James R. Ross
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman
Heading South, Looking North by Ariel Dorfman
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein
He, She and It by Marge Piercy
Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir by Carl Bernstein
Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander
The Harlot by the Side of the Road by Jonathan Kirsch
Rashi’s Daughters, Book I: Joheved by Maggie Anton
The life of Glückel of Hameln, 1646-1724, written by herself / Translated from the original Yiddish
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of The Cairo Geniza by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole
Peony by Pearl Buck
World's Fair by E.L. Doctorow
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast