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Kerem Shalom Book Group (AP)
October 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
October 1: Writers and Lovers by Lily King; November: Date TBD The Color of Love: A Memoir of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl By Marra Gad
The Kerem Shalom Book Club meets in the evenings and does not restrict titles to those with Jewish content, and/or Jewish authors. Meetings are planned to accommodate the group’s schedules. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Pat Sills, .
Our next meeting will take place on Thursday evening, October 1, at 7:30 pm. We will discuss Writers and Lovers by Lily King (see below). I’ll be sending an RSVP message about a week before the meeting. You can respond to that if you would like to receive a Zoom link. Hope you can join us!
When we meet in early November we will discuss The Color of Love: A Memoir of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl By Marra Gad (see below). Marra Gad will be the featured author at a Congregation Beth Elohim program in November that is available to us.
October 1: Writers and Lovers by Lily King
Booklist: Grieving her mother’s recent death, newly heartbroken, and shouldering crushing student debt, Casey lives in her brother’s annoying friend’s moldy Boston coach house, working on her novel in the mornings and waitressing at a swanky Cambridge restaurant at seemingly all other hours. A book-release party introduces two points of the love triangle Casey becomes entangled in: novelist Oscar, and one of his workshop students, Silas. Widowed, Oscar approaches Casey with a mix of awe and apprehension, and Casey falls easily into his life with his two young sons. Silas, meanwhile, intrigues with his humor, chipped tooth, and leather jacket, but hits the road just when he shouldn’t. The romance will draw readers in, but Casey’s journey as a writer, alone, is the book’s strongest magnet. Despite being reminded of the foolhardy notion that women writers could have anything to say at all, she finishes a draft and isn’t prepared for what this unleashes. With deep and sensationally wrought feeling Casey feels her anxiety as swarming bees, and as if she “”swallowed”” her dead mother King (Euphoria, 2014) leaves no barrier between readers and smart, genuine, cynical, and funny Casey. A closely observed tale of finding oneself, and one’s voice, while working through grief.
Library Journal:…VERDICT: While never minimizing the seriousness of Casey’s personal problems, the book is also funny and romantic and hard to put down, full of well-observed details of restaurant culture and writer’s workshops. It’s hard to imagine a reader who wouldn’t root for Casey.
November: Date TBD The Color of Love: A Memoir of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl By Marra Gad
Winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Award in Autobiography/Memoir, The Color of Love is an unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes. In 1970, three-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight–but they quickly realized the world wasn’t ready for a family like theirs. Marra’s biological mother was unwed, white, and Jewish, and her biological father was black. While still a child, Marra came to realize that she was “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn.” In black spaces, she was not “black enough” or told that it was OK to be Christian or Muslim, but not Jewish. In Jewish spaces, she was mistaken for the help, asked to leave, or worse. Even in her own extended family, racism bubbled to the surface. Marra’s family cut out those relatives who could not tolerate the color of her skin–including her once beloved, glamorous, worldly Great-Aunt Nette. After they had been estranged for fifteen years, Marra discovers that Nette has Alzheimer’s, and that only she is in a position to get Nette back to the only family she has left. Instead of revenge, Marra chooses love, and watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before. The Color of Love explores the idea of yerusha , which means “inheritance” in Yiddish. At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this is a story about what you inherit from your family–identity, disease, melanin, hate, and most powerful of all, love. With honesty, insight, and warmth, Marra B. Gad has written an inspirational, moving chronicle proving that when all else is stripped away, love is where we return, and love is always our greatest inheritance.