August 21, 2017 /
The Machars and Mavers book club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 3:30 PM in the TBE Library. Please join us for a lively discussion.
The book club’s Book of the Month are scheduled as the following:
From Israel’s highly acclaimed author, a novel about a musician who returns home and finds the rhythm of her life interrupted and forever changed.
Noga, forty-two and a divorcee, is a harpist with an orchestra in the Netherlands. Upon the sudden death of her father, she is summoned home to Jerusalem by her brother to help make decisions in urgent family and personal matters—including hanging on to a rent-controlled apartment even as they place their reluctant mother in an assisted-living facility. Returning to Israel also means facing the former husband who left her when she refused him children, but whose passion for her remains even though he is remarried and the father of two.
For her imposed three-month residence in Jerusalem, the brother finds her work—playing roles as an extra in movies, television, opera. These new identities undermine the firm boundaries of behavior heretofore protected by the music she plays, and Noga, always an extra in someone else’s story, takes charge of the plot.
THE EXTRA is Yehoshua at his liveliest storytelling best—a bravura performance.
From the author of ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II.
Lena Woodward, an elderly woman, enlists the help of both lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart to appraise the story of her harrowing past in Nazi occupied Poland. At the same time, Lena’s son Arthur presents her with a hefty lawsuit under the pretense of garnering her estate—and independence—for his own purposes. Where these stories intersect is through Lena’s dubious account of her life in war-torn Poland, and her sisterhood with a childhood friend named Karolina. Lena and Karolina struggled to live through the atrocity of the Holocaust, and at the same time harbored a courageous, yet mysterious secret of maternity that has troubled Lena throughout her adult life. In telling her story to Catherine and Liam, Lena not only exposes the realities of overcoming the horrors of the Holocaust, she also comes to terms with her own connection to her dark past.
KATALINA’S TWINS is a tale of survival, love, and resilience in more ways than one. As Lena recounts her story, Catherine herself also recognizes the unwavering importance of family as she prepares herself for the arrival of her unborn child. Through this association and many more, both Lena and Catherine begin to cherish the dogged ties that bind not only families and children, but the entirety of mankind.
PICK A BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE ABOUT THIS FAMOUS ISRAELI,
and WE WILL DO A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION.
Shimon Peres born Szymon Perski; August 2, 1923 – September 28, 2016 was an Israeli statesman and the ninth President of Israel, serving from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of twelve cabinets in a political career spanning nearly 70 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until 2007, when he became President, serving in the role for another seven years. At the time of his retirement in 2014, he was the world’s oldest head of state. He was considered the last link to Israel’s founding generation
From a young age, he was renowned for his oratorical brilliance, and was chosen as a protégé by David Ben Gurion, Israel’s founding father. He began his political career in the late 1940s, holding several diplomatic and military positions during and directly after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. His first high-level government position was as Deputy Director-General of Defense in 1952 which he attained at the age of 28, and Director-General from 1953 until 1959. In 1956, he took part in the historic negotiations on the Protocol of Sèvres described by British Prime Minister Anthony Eden as the “highest form of statesmanship”
THE DEVIL IN JERUSALEM
April 5, 2017 Russ Bogan will review “the Devil in Jerusalem” by Naomi Regan is a chilling tale of the paths that so easily lead us astray, and the darkness within us all.
An ambulance screams through the Jerusalem’s quiet streets. Inside, a toddler fights for his life, his parents nowhere to be found. With profound shock, an emergency room doctor realizes that the child’s mother—a young American—is already at the hospital, sitting at the bedside of yet another child with traumatic injuries. Devoutly reciting Pslams, she stubbornly refuses to answer any questions, cautioning her children to say nothing. Brought in to investigate, Jerusalem detective Bina Tzedek-herself a young mother- carefully peels back layer after layer of secrets and lies, following a dark, winding path through Jerusalem’s Old City, kabbalists, mystical ancient texts, and terrifying cult rituals, until she comes face to face with the horrifying truth which has held a young American family captive.
May 3, 2017 Barbara Vinson will review “Between Friends” by Israeli author Amos Oz
Heartbreak and hope fuel these tales of kibbutz life, exploring uncertain relationships between parents and children and between friends and enemies. The first Jewish utopia was a garden where, according to the Book of Genesis, God himself liked to stroll in the cool of the evening. It didn’t end well. Almost 6,000 years later, in 1909, a group of young Jews decided to recreate that original garden in Ottoman Palestine, and on the southern tip of the Lake of Galilee set up a kibbutz (or “gathering”) which they hopefully named Kvutzat Degania (“wheat of God”). One of the founders explained that their ideal was not to establish a settlement modelled on “the old way, with Jews on top and Arabs working for them”, but one in which there “wouldn’t be employers and employed at all”: there would be a self-sufficient community of peers. Already in the 14th century, John Ball had famously summed up this ideal in a question: “When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?” The kibbutz meant to respond with a state of blissful equality.
June– NO BOOK CLUB THIS MONTH
July- NO BOOK CLUB THIS MONTH
August – NO BOOK CLUB THIS MONTH
September 6, 2017 Daniel Silva’s “Black Widow” An amazing page turner by a fabulous author!
A network of terror. A web of deceit. A deadly game of vengeance. Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.
October 4, 2017 “Witness” autobiography of Ruth Gruber
One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story
With her perfect memory (and plenty of zip), ninety-five-year-old Ruth Gruber–adventurer, international correspondent, photographer, maker of (and witness to) history, responsible for rescuing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II and after–tells her story in her own words and photographs.
November – BOOK SELECTION MADE IN SEPTEMBER
December – BOOK SELECTION MADE IN SEPTEMBER