Book Club

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Thursday, June 18 at 11-12:00 pm, Join CJE SeniorLife at our first virtual Book Club discussion! Our Book Club discussion facilitator, Renee Hochberg, will lead us on a fascinating exploration of the memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. Credit and thanks go to CJE SeniorLife Volunteer Services Manager, Barbara Milsk, who recommended this timely and absorbing selection. This book charts Dani Shapiro’s journey of self-discovery when she receives shocking DNA results from a genealogy website. The true meaning of family, the secrets we keep to avoid hurting loved ones, and the ways technology is peeling back the curtains of our origins are only a few of the interesting issues raised by Dani’s story. Learn about how to join our Zoom sessions here.
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700 Sundays

Book Title: 700 Sundays
Book Author: Billy Crystal
Publication date(s):2006
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Genre: Biography/Memoir
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The Last Year of the War

Book Title: The Last Year of the War
Book Author: Susan Meissner
Publication date(s):2019
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
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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Book Title: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Book Author: Dani Shapiro
Publication date(s):2019
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.
Genre: Biography/Memoir
Recommended by: Barbara Milsk, Volunteer Services Program Manager


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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.
Genre: Biography/Memoir
Recommended by: Victoria Chudy, IT Department


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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


Mans Search for Meaning

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

The Giver of Stars


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


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