Pick up your copy of the book at the Library or at a Pushcart branch at the Palo Alto or San Francisco JCC. For more information, contact the Library at 415.567.3327 x 706. There is no fee to participate, and all are welcome. Discussions are held at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco. 

Book discussions facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk.

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Sunday, May 19, 2 pm

The first in Roth’s trilogy exploring the life of American Jews of his generation, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral paints a masterful portrait of the assimilated Seymour “the Swede” Levov, whose perfectly constructed world falls apart when his daughter gets involved in radical politics.

The Empress of Weehawken by Irene Dische

Sunday, July 7, 2 pm

Frau Professor Doktor Elisabeth Rother is self-centered, cynical, sarcastic, and incorrigibly antisemitic. A German army nurse in WWI, she marries a Jewish surgeon after he converts to Catholicism. To Elisabeth’s dismay, their racially impure daughter grows up to marry a Jewish professor and has two children, a boy too intelligent for his own good and a rebellious daughter. In the formidable voice of her grandmother, the author pushes the boundaries of autobiographical fiction in a novel that is, and is not, based on her family history.