Our current read is a memoir by Lev Golinkin, A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka (2014, 303 pgs.) Golinkin was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1980 during the end of the Cold War and the Soviet Union. Critics say the memoir is vivid, darkly comic, gripping. We’ll discuss it November 13, in person at my home: outside, if weather permits.
Our group participates in the SF Jewish Community Library’s Book Club in a Box program sponsored by Jewish Learning Works. We borrow 12 copies of the same book with about 150 different choices! Mostly we read fiction.
After November 17, our group’s read is Omar Friedlander’s debut collection, The Man Who Sold Air In The Holy Land, the SF Jewish Community Library’s One Bay One Book selection— Jewish people all over the Bay Area are reading it this year. There will be a limited number of e-copies available also. Many related talks on ZOOM and in person. More info later in Cybershul, or if you want to start your own group contact Leah Strauss, librarian, at Leah@jewishlearning.works.
I, too, am very busy, especially this time of year. Reading is a little escape from the day-to-day. If you or a family member needs to stay home a few loaner copies are available for people who can’t make it to our discussion.
As always, all CBA members and friends are welcome to join us. Everyone is encouraged to express opinions. We meet in small groups— usually 5-8 people. Some regulars, some come now and then— all good. For further info, phone Linda Emblen (707) 544-4532