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Moonglow

Moonglow
by Michael Chabon

Jewish LearningWorks' 5th Annual
ONE BAY ONE BOOK

A project of the Jewish Community Library

Named Best Novel of 2016 by the Wall Street Journal

Winner of the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction, shortlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal

“His most beautifully realized novel to date...a masterful and resounding novel of the dark and blazing forces that forged our tumultuous, confounding, and precious world.” - Booklist

One Bay One Book is:
A yearlong conversation reaching Bay Area adults through opportunities for lively Jewish learning. Stimulated by a selected book and its themes, the program connecting readers through discussions, events, and informal conversations.      

On the bookshelf for 2016-17: Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon's novel Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of the narrator’s grandfather, whose tongue has been loosened by painkillers and whose memory has been by stirred by the imminence of death. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the American invasion of Germany to the heyday of the space program, the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. It is a tale of of war and adventure, of marriage and desire, of model rocketry and the moral complexity underpinning the American space program, and of the difficult love between the narrator's grandfather and his enigmatic grandmother, a woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. A work of fictional autobiography, Moonglow, above all, is about the destructive impact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon’s books include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and Telegraph Avenue.

Book Groups:
If you are part of a book group, consider making Moonglow one of your books for discussion. To reduce barriers to participation, a limited number of book sets will be made available free of charge on a first come, first served basis by the Jewish Community Library, through our Book Club in a Box lending program. 

Join the Conversation!
More than a thousand people in seven Bay Area counties participate in One Bay One Book events each year. For information about resources, book discussions, and additional events, visit: www.onebayonebook.com or contact Andy Muchin at amuchin@jewishlearningworks.org or 415.567.3327 x 703.

Be a Partner: 
If you are part of an organization or institution, we hope that you will join us as we embark on the fourth year of this celebrated program. Becoming a partner allows your organization and its constituents to enjoy dynamic learning experiences and connect with the larger Jewish community.  Please contact Andy Muchin at amuchin@jewishlearningworks.org or 415.567.3327 x 703 to learn more about the program and becoming a community partner.

Come hear Michael Chabon in person!

TUESDAY, November 29, 7:00 PM
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (Note that this event is now sold out, but may be live-streamed online on the 29th by clicking here)

WEDNESDAY, December 14, 7:00 PM
Diesel Bookstore, Oakland

THURSDAY, December 15, 7:00 PM
Book Shop Santa Cruz at Peace Church

FRIDAY, December 16, 7:00 PM
Rakestraw Books, Danville

SATURDAY, December 17, 4:00 PM
Book Passage, Corte Madera

The Jewish Community Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street; between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is free garage parking at the entrance on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy. For more information visit the website: www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org