Our JCC Book Group
Our Book Group reads a wide variety of texts: novels, memoirs, non-fiction, short stories and everything in-between! The conversations are enlightening and fun; the people are engaged and enthusiastic.
We meet the fourth Thursday of the month from 10 – 11 AM, and are always happy to see new faces. No registration needed.
JULY 25 • MADAME FOURCADE’S SECRET WAR BY LYNNE OLSON
This New York Times bestseller tells the little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during WWII. In 1941, Fourcade, a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization – named Alliance. No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence – including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day.
AUGUST 22• THE OTHER AMERICANS BY LAILA LALAMI
From the Pulitzer Prize finalist, author of The Moor’s Account–a novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, all of it informed by the fault lines of American culture.
Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters. As the characters tell their stories, the invisible connections that tie them together–even while they remain deeply divided by race, religion, or class–are slowly revealed. When the mystery of what happened to Driss Guerraoui unfolds, a family’s secrets are exposed, a town’s hypocrisies are faced, and love, in its messy and unpredictable forms, is born.
SEPTEMBER 26 • 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY BY YUVAL NOAH HARARI
“In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.” So begins Harari’s book of essays inviting us to consider values, meaning and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?
As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change.
OCTOBER 24 • THE NICKEL BOYS BY COLSON WHITEHEAD
In this follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys, Elwood Curtis and his friend Turner, sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.The book is based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children