JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY DROP-IN BOOK CLUB

It’s the no commitment book club! Come for one session, or come for all three.

In conjunction with this year’s One Bay One Book program, these titles explore family secrets.

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 facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk and are held at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco. 

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2 PM

Stunned by the results of a DNA test indicating that her father was not her biological father, Shapiro explores the intersections of family secrets, memory, history, biology, and identity.

Judas by Amos Oz

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2 PM

In Jerusalem in 1959, a young biblical scholar finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man. In the house also lives an alluring widow, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader. This love story and coming-of-age novel is an allegory for the State of Israel and for the New Testament narrative from which it draws its title.

Memento Park by Mark Sarvas

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2 PM

When a Hollywood character actor gets a call about a painting allegedly looted from his family by Nazis in 1944 Budapest, his life is thrown into personal, professional, and spiritual turmoil. Of the many questions asked—about family and identity, art and history—a central, unanswerable predicament lingers: How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large?