Jewish Book Month
Each year, to celebrate National Jewish Book Month, KAWRJ and the Men’s Club have been coming together to talk books and choose a book we will all read and then discuss in the Spring for our One Book One Read event. After hearing about the four choices, we voted to read The Empire of the Senses by Alexis Landau.
Here’s a description from Amazon:
“The Empire of the Senses is an enthralling tale of love and war, duty and self-discovery. It begins in 1914 when Lev Perlmutter, an assimilated German Jew fighting in World War I, finds unexpected companionship on the Eastern Front; back at home, his wife Josephine embarks on a clandestine affair of her own. A decade later, during the heady, politically charged interwar years in Berlin, their children—one, a nascent Fascist struggling with his sexuality, the other a young woman entranced by the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age—experience their own romantic awakenings. With a painter’s sensibility for the layered images that comprise our lives, this exquisite novel by Alexis Landau marks the emergence of a writer uniquely talented in bringing the past to the present.”
Many thanks to all of you who came to our Books and Bagels event. To the Men’s Club, thank you for the bagels and fixings. To Lori Pugh and Shari Shelton, thank you for the delicious mini frittatas and fruit. To KAWRJ members, thank you for help setting and cleaning up. It’s wonderful to collaborate and put on this annual event together as a way to celebrate National Jewish Book Month. We look forward to discussing this book over a meal on April 14th. (Look for copies in the CKA Library later next month!)