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We are a diverse group of people coming together to share our love of books.
Most important is to come together with an open mind, and a sense of humor always helps. The group will strive to engage into healthy, lively, and sometimes contentious debates. While being lively and thought provoking our discussions will remain respectful, never to be mean-spirited.
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- Let's read "The Golem & the Jinni" by Helene WeckerBrother's Trattoria, Beacon, NY
Hi Gang, this is going to be the first of two books. The sequel, if you choose to attend will be January. An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, The Golem and the Jinni tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899. One is a golem, created out of clay to be her master’s wife—but he dies at sea, leaving her disoriented and overwhelmed as their ship arrives in New York Harbor. The other is a jinni, a being of fire, trapped for a thousand years in a copper flask before a tinsmith in Manhattan’s Little Syria releases him.
Each unknown to the other, the Golem and the Jinni explore the strange and altogether human city. Chava, as a kind old rabbi names her, is beset by the desires and wishes of others, which she can feel tugging at her. Ahmad, christened by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice, is aggravated by human dullness. Both must work to create places for themselves in this new world, and develop tentative relationships with the people who surround them.
And then, one cold and windy night, their paths happen to meet.
* The organizer of this event will reserve the right to move attendees between “ Going and Waitlist” - regardless of chronological order. Regular members and prospective attendees without “ no show “ statuses will factor in my decision.