Books and Bites

Books and Bites is an ongoing book discussion group exploring thought-provoking novels and non-fiction


Books and Bites Winter/Spring Schedule


Rachel Calof’s Story by Rachel Calof and J. Sanford Rikoon

Wednesday, June 2; 10:30 a.m. to noon

We will be joined by Elizabeth Jameson, Professor Emerita of History at the University of Calgary, who specializes in the Social History of the US West and Western Women, wrote the Introduction to this memoir and is Janet Berger’s cousin.

In 1894, eighteen-year-old Rachel Bella Kahn travelled from Russia to the United States for an arranged marriage to Abraham Calof. Rachel Calof’s Story recounts aspects of her childhood and teenage years in a Jewish shtetl in Russia, but focuses largely on her life between 1894 and 1904, when she and her husband carved out a life as Jewish homesteaders in North Dakota. 

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