Books and Bites is an ongoing book discussion group exploring novels and nonfiction.

Meet the Author!
The Unthinkable: Life, Loss and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns, by Lois Schaffer.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
NCJW/Essex Conference Room

In 2008, a daughter talking to her mother on a long-distance call hears cracks and the phone goes dead.  Later her 17-year-old brother returns from school and finds their mother murdered, shot by teenage burglars.  Now from the perspective of time and reflection, author Lois Schaffer creates a memoir about her daughter’s life and the consequences of her death, and voices a mother’s plea for control of illegal guns.

Complimentary copies of the book are available at the NCJW/Essex office.

Plan Ahead For Additional Fall Reading

Lilac Girls by Martha Kelley
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 noon

This book is based on a real-life story of Caroline, a New York socialite who is a liaison to the French consulate, Kasia, a Polish teenager who is a courier for the underground resistance and Herta, a young German doctor.  Kasis is sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp.  Their stories cross continents and keep the reader engaged until the very end.

The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 noon

When Charlotte and Henry decide to leave the bleak circumstances under which they are living in England to set out for a new life in Australia, they have no idea what they will be facing.  Henry, who came to England from India as a child, is eager for the move, but Charlotte, an English-born woman, goes reluctantly.  Among the major issues faced in the book are:  what constitutes “home?” and, how much of oneself should be sacrificed for the good of the family.  A book that will have you searching your soul, wondering what you would do in their situation.

Price Qty
NCJW Members - Sept. 13show details +$6.00 (USD)  
NCJW Members - Oct. 11show details +$6.00 (USD)  
NCJW Members - Nov. 15show details +$6.00 (USD)  
NCJW Members Series (3)show details +$15.00 (USD)  
Non Members - Sept. 13show details +$10.00 (USD)  
Non Members - Oct. 11show details +$10.00 (USD)  
Non Members - Nov. 15show details +$10.00 (USD)