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Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11 am-12:15 pm
Join CJE SeniorLife for our next Book Club discussion!
Our Book Club discussion facilitator, Renee Hochberg, will lead us in a conversation about Erik Larson’s fascinating work of novelistic history, In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.
Larson thrillingly captures the story of William E. Dodd, America’s newly appointed ambassador to Germany right before World War II. Dodd wasn’t a diplomat or politician, but rather a college professor, devoted to the history of the American South. Despite his lack of pollical experience, Dodd arrived in Berlin during the summer of 1933 with his wife and grown children to navigate the dangerous waters between American Isolationism and the growing cries of our allies to join their fight against Hitler.
This book can be bought on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It can also be borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Ebook here or borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Audiobook here. For those not in the Chicago Public Library system, you can search for this Ebook or Audiobook at your local public library here.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11 am-12:15 pm
Our Book Club facilitator, Renee Hochberg, will lead us in a conversation about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s harrowing and triumphant story, Americanah.
Adichie tells an immigrant story through the eyes of two young Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK. Ifemelu is a bright young woman who struggles to find success in America, but ultimately succeeds by embracing her own identity. Obinze, Ifemelu’s soft-spoken high school sweetheart, finds himself alone and afraid in the UK as an undocumented immigrant. After getting deported back to Nigeria, Obinze later finds wealth and success. The two reunite in Nigeria years later, both perceived by Nigerian society as Americanah – those who return from abroad to look down on their fellow countrymen. This book can be bought on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It can also be borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Ebook here or borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Audiobook here. For those not in the Chicago Public Library system, you can search for this Ebook or Audiobook at your local public library here.
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 11 am-12:15 pm
Our Book Club facilitator, Renee Hochberg, will lead us in a conversation about Kim Michele Richardson’s engaging work of historical fiction, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.
Richardson’s book is about a young woman, Cussie Mary Carter, also named Bluet, who worked for the Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky. Bluet spends her days delivering books to the poor and underserved community of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky in the 1930s. Richardson’s book is a powerful portrayal of how the written word can impact people’s lives. This book can be bought on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It can also be borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Ebook here or borrowed as a Chicago Public Library Audiobook here. For those not in the Chicago Public Library system, you can search for this Ebook or Audiobook at your local public library here.
Check out reading recommendations from our friends and employees:
Book Title: 700 Sundays
Book Author: Billy Crystal
Overview: Growing up, Billy Crystal’s devoted father worked two jobs and only had Sundays to spend with his family. It’s a book that could be anyone’s family, any ethnic group. You will laugh as much as you cry. A very quick read. ENJOY!
Recommended by: Susan Stouber, Community Member
Book Title: The Last Year of the War
Book Author: Susan Meissner
Overview: After her father is accused of being a Nazi sympathizer in 1943, Elise Sontag’s normal Iowa teenage existence comes to an end when her German-American family is placed in a Texas internment camp. We follow Elise as she and her family are caught up in the paranoia and politics of World War II and forced to embark upon a course of events beyond their control.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Recommended by: Susanna Ehrmann, Community Member
Book Title: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Book Author: Dani Shapiro
Overview: After submitting her DNA to a genealogy website, Dani Shapiro receives shocking news about her paternity. Her memoir charts her journey through self-discovery, the true meaning of family, and the secrets we are willing to keep to prevent hurting those we love.
Recommended by: Barbara Milsk, Volunteer Services Program Manager
View our video and join us June 18 for Zoom Book Club Review session of this book.
Book Title: Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
Book Author: Anna Wiener
Publication date(s):January 2020
Overview: A New York Times Bestselling coming-of-age memoir about the early years of the Silicon Valley tech start-up boom.
Recommended by: Victoria Chudy, IT Department
Book Title: The Overstory
Book Author: Richard Powers
Publication date(s):2018, 2019
Overview: This novel explores why people believe what they believe and what sacrifices they're willing to make to fight for what they think is right. They are several main characters all tied together by trees. The book explores environmental justice themes over several decades.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Recommended by: Christie Norrick, LSRI Project Manager
Book Title: Man’s Search for Meaning
Book Author: Viktor E. Frankl
Publication date(s): 1959, 1962,1984, 1992,2006
Overview: Dr. Frankl describes his experiences in 4 Nazi death camps and the lessons he learned for spiritual survival. Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. This book continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography/Memoir
Recommended by: David Rosenblatt, Social Worker, CJE Counseling
Book Title: The Giver of Stars
Book Author: Jojo Moyes
Overview: This book is a wonderful historic and fictional account of “packhorse librarians” (started as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library idea) in rural Kentucky. It takes place during the depression, and develops characters worth caring about facing cultural expectations of class, gender, and marriage, etc.).
Genre: Historical Fiction
Recommended by: Marla Goldberg, Volunteer Services Coordinator
CJE Virtual Book Club Intro with Sharon and Oreo
Are you a fan of historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or horror stories? Do you prefer non-fiction, short stories, or poetry? Share your favorite reads with CJE SeniorLife's Virtual Book Club! Each month, we'll choose a 'Book Club Pick of the Month' and host a virtual book discussion for that month’s selection.
CJE Virtual Book Club Discussion - Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Our first CJE Virtual Book Club discussion will be about the book Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. This discussion will be led by book enthusiast and volunteer Renee Hochberg! We'll meet virtually via Zoom on Thursday, June 18 from 11 am to 12 pm. More details on how to join CJE's Virtual Book Club discussions and find other recommended books from the community can be found at www.cje.net/CJEVirtualBookClub. Share your favorite reads with CJE SeniorLife's Virtual Book Club! Each month, we'll choose a 'Book Club Pick of the Month' and host a virtual book discussion for that month’s selection. Send your recommended books (titles and a sentence or two about why they're your top picks) to CJE Program Support Specialist Sharon Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare 101 Series - Part 1
Take this four-part beginners' course in Shakespeare with CJE Community Engagement Program Coordinator, Casey Shipman. This video in an introduction in to Shakespeare's life, his works, and English theatre at the time.
How to Borrow Free eBooks and Audiobooks from the Library
This video will walk you through how to sign up for OverDrive, a free eBook and audiobook service you can access through the Libby App on your smartphone or tablet or directly on your computer web browser. You'll be reading or listening to free eBooks or audiobooks in no time!
14 amazing travel memoirs to read when you're stuck at home
Listen to full-length classic audiobooks. Riveting reads include The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Treasure Island and many more.