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Tired of stuffy library book clubs? Get together at a local restaurant (that's where the one drink minimum comes into play, though any menu item would do) to discuss this month's book. Fiction or non-fiction, paperback or hardcover, you'll read a new book every month. Come to laugh, learn, share stories and make new friends! Before you join the group, or email the organizer, PLEASE visit our FAQ here for more info: http://www.meetup.com/bookclub-1505/about/

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All The Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan (June - Tuesday)

“All The Rivers,” Dorit Rabinyan’s third novel, comes trailed by clouds of controversy. After its publication in 2014, a committee of academic specialists selected the book for required reading in high school literature classes. The Israeli Ministry of Education vetoed the idea, warning that the novel might encourage impressionable adolescents to make light of intermarriage. While confessing he had not read it, Minister of Education Naftali Bennett denounced Rabinyan’s book as a threat to Israel’s national identity. Endowed with the lure of forbidden fruit, “Borderlife,” the original Hebrew title, became an immediate best-seller. It has also sold well in the 17 languages into which it has been translated. The title of Jessica Cohen’s English translation appropriates a line by Israeli poet Avot Yeshurun, which Rabinyan uses as an epigraph: “All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full….” ***SPOILERS*** Read more: https://forward.com/culture/370800/why-did-all-the-rivers-cause-so-much-controversy-in-israel/

All The Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan (June - Wednesday)

“All The Rivers,” Dorit Rabinyan’s third novel, comes trailed by clouds of controversy. After its publication in 2014, a committee of academic specialists selected the book for required reading in high school literature classes. The Israeli Ministry of Education vetoed the idea, warning that the novel might encourage impressionable adolescents to make light of intermarriage. While confessing he had not read it, Minister of Education Naftali Bennett denounced Rabinyan’s book as a threat to Israel’s national identity. Endowed with the lure of forbidden fruit, “Borderlife,” the original Hebrew title, became an immediate best-seller. It has also sold well in the 17 languages into which it has been translated. The title of Jessica Cohen’s English translation appropriates a line by Israeli poet Avot Yeshurun, which Rabinyan uses as an epigraph: “All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full….” ***SPOILERS*** Read more: https://forward.com/culture/370800/why-did-all-the-rivers-cause-so-much-controversy-in-israel/

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Tuesday)

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is banned from many schools and some libraries due to the strong sexual scenes and situations dealing with alcoholism and abuse. In 2012, “The Glass Castle” was even listed as #9 on the Top Banned/Challenged Books.Its ranking came from the use of these explicit scenes of real life tragedy. Although, it does have some explicit content, it is important to keep in mind that this is a memoir, the book was not written to be easy to read. It was written so Jeanette Walls could tell her story. One instance where the book was banned, Jeannette Walls was scheduled to do a memoir at Highland Park High School and had to consider withdrawing from her presentation after learning that the book she had soaked her emotional childhood in was suspended from the curriculum. It was banned on the grounds that its content was offensive and angry parents fought to have it removed.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Wednesday)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is banned from many schools and some libraries due to the strong sexual scenes and situations dealing with alcoholism and abuse. In 2012, “The Glass Castle” was even listed as #9 on the Top Banned/Challenged Books.Its ranking came from the use of these explicit scenes of real life tragedy. Although, it does have some explicit content, it is important to keep in mind that this is a memoir, the book was not written to be easy to read. It was written so Jeanette Walls could tell her story. One instance where the book was banned, Jeannette Walls was scheduled to do a memoir at Highland Park High School and had to consider withdrawing from her presentation after learning that the book she had soaked her emotional childhood in was suspended from the curriculum. It was banned on the grounds that its content was offensive and angry parents fought to have it removed.

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