Books and Bites is an ongoing book discussion group exploring novels and nonfiction.
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 10:00 am — 12:00 pm,
Tinkers by Paul Harding
An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegliac meditation on love, loss and the fierce beauty of nature.
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 10:00 am — 12:00 pm,
Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb
In 1947, a Holocaust survivor arrives in Savannah, Georgia to start a new life with his American cousin. Set amid the backdrop of America’s postwar south, Among the Living grapples with questions of identity and belonging. Yitzhak, the survivor, finds echoes of his recent past in the lives of the black family who work for his cousin. The Jim Crow backdrop adds another layer of complexity of the social dynamic of the time.
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10:00 am — 12:00 pm,
The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright
Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered woman they call “the rent collector” who comes demanding money – a secret that dates back to the Khmer Rouge. The Rent Collector powerfully illustrates how literacy can change lives and how anyone can “rise from the ashes” in the most unlikely of places.
Members: $6 per session; $15 for series of three
Nonmembers: $10 per session
Online registration is below, or call the NCJW/Essex office at (973) 740-0588