The HBC

 

HBC stands for Hadassah Book Club. Charming, catchy, shiny name, isn’t it? Names aside, this is my book club and I love it. This is the page I built mostly for reference; I’m often asked what our group has read or is reading. Since we focus mostly on Jewish lit, I’m sort of starting to become an expert. Add my love of rock-and-roll fiction and you’ve got a mix as eclectic as everything else about me.

If you’ve read The Meet and Greet for any length of time, you’ll know that I’ve been voted Leader for Life of this awesome book club. This is due in part to my incredible passion for books and in part due to my literary connections, most of which I make up as I go. Still, given how smart and literate this group of women is, it’s an honor to lead them.

Here’s the lowdown, starting with what’s upcoming, and going on to what we’ve already conquered. If you’d like to talk about any of these books, drop me an e-mail.

Next up:
November 28 at RB’s house — The Serpent’s Tale, by Ariana Franklin

Our queue:
The Dovekeepers — Alice Hoffman
The World to Come — Dara Horn
Someone Knows my Name — Lawrence Hill
The Lemon Tree — Sandy Tolan
Maggie Anton — Rav Hisda’s Daughters (Book 1)
The Hare with the Amber Eyes — Edmund de Waal
Defending Jacob — William Landau

Our reading history, beginning with our first book:
Gregory Maguire — Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Anita Diamant — The Red Tent
Judy Budnitz — If I Told You Once
Fran Dorf — Saving Elijah
Nomi Eve — The Family Orchard
Carole Glickfeld — Swimming Toward the Ocean
Myla Goldberg — Bee Season
Allegra Goodman — Paradise Park
Elinor Lipman — The Ladies’ Man
Barbara Kingsolver — The Poisonwood Bible
Tova Mirvis — The Ladies Auxiliary
Alice Mattison — The Book Borrower
Noah Gordon — The Last Jew
James McBride — The Color of Water
Lilian Nattel — The River Midnight
Nathan Englander — For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Tracy Chevalier — Girl with a Pearl Earring
Harriet Rochlin — The First Lady of Dos Cacahuates
Jane Yolen — The Devil’s Arithmetic
Anita Diamant — Good Harbor
Rochelle Krich — Blues in the Night
Stephen G. Bloom — Postville
Noah Gordon — The Physician
Michael Pye — The Pieces From Berlin
Rochelle Krich — Dream House
Naomi Ragen — The Ghost of Hannah Mendes
Gina B. Nahai — Cry of the Peacock
Ruhama Veltfort — The Promised Land
Noah Gordon — Shaman
India Edghill — Queenmaker
Ursula Hegi — The Vision of Emma Blau
Naomi Ragen — Chains Around the Grass
Paula Marantz Cohen — Jane Austen in Boca
Richard Zimler — Last Kabbalist of Lisbon
Gail Parent — Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York
Laurie Gwen Shapiro — The Matzo Ball Heiress
Marek Halter — Sarah
Lorna Landvik — Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons
Khaled Hussein — The Kite Runner
Tova Mirvis — The Outside World
India Edghill — Wisdom’s Daughter
Sena Jeter Naslund — Ahab’s Wife
David Liss — Conspiracy of Paper
Jhumpa Lahiri — The Namesake
Lillian Nattel – The Singing Fire
Sue Monk Kidd – The Mermaid Chair
Rebecca Kohn – The Gilded Chamber
Daniel Silva – The Prince of Fire
Jacqueline Park – The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi
Tobsha Lerner — The Witch of Cologne
Thomas Moran — The Man in the Box
Joshua Braff — The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Jodi Picoult — My Sister’s Keeper
Dara Horn — In the Image
Lily Brett — You Gotta Have Balls
Maggie Anton — Rashi’s Daughters: Book One: Joheved
Nicole Krauss — History of Love
Mary Doria Russell — A Thread of Grace
JD Salinger — Catcher in the Rye
Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum — A Day of Small Beginnings
Rita Lakin — Getting Old is Murder
Naomi Alderman — Disobedience
Maggie Anton: Rashi’s Daughters: Miriam
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah
Pam Jenoff — The Kommandant’s Girl
Khaled Hosseini — A Thousand Splendid Suns
Anita Diamant — The Last Days of Dogtown
Daniel Mendelssohn — The Lost: the Search for Six of Six Million
Michael Simon — Dirty Sally
Irene Nemirovsky — Suite Francaise
Lisa See — Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Geraldine Brooks — People of the Book
Jeanette Walls — The Glass Castle
Kerry Greenwood — Raisins and Almonds
Sara Gruen — Water for Elephants
Laura Fitzgerald — Veil of Roses
Harry Bernstein — The Invisible Wall
Pam Jenoff — The Diplomat’s Wife
Jenna Blum — Those Who Save Us
Tamar Yellin — The Genizah at the House of Shepher
*read my book club summary at Rocks ‘n Reads
Greg Mortenson — Three Cups of Tea
Brenda Ray — The Midwife’s Song
Kristin Hannah — Firefly Lane
Mitchell James Kaplan — By Fire, By Water
Jeffrey Hantover — The Jewel Trader of Pegu
Tatiana De Rosnay — Sarah’s Key
Mark Kurzem — The Mascot
Dara Horn — All Other Nights
Chris Bohjalian — Skeletons at the Feast
Ayaan Hirsi Ali — Infidel
Kathryn Stockett — The Help
Maggie Anton — Rashi’s Daughters III: Rachel
India Edghill — Delilah
Anita Diamant — Day After Night
Ariana Franklin — Mistress of the Art of Death
Maryann Shaffer and Annie Barrows — The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Rebecca Kohn — Seven Days to the Sea
Ruchama King — Seven Blessings
Geraldine Brooks — March
Pam Jenoff — the Things We Cherish
Ilana Stanger-Ross — Sima’s Undergarments for Women
Jenna Blum — The Stormchasers
Ariana Franklin — The Serpent’s Tale

If you see a book on here that makes you think of another that you think I ought to suggest to the rest of the gang, drop me an e-mail. We tend toward books with Jewish themes, but you’ll note that we haven’t boxed ourselves into this entirely. And since my passion is fiction, I make the group lean that way, too (and sometimes, they make me try new things as well!).

If you’re an author, make full use of my e-mail. We’ll consider pretty much anything, although even if you send me a copy, I can’t promise you we’ll take it on. Yes, I know, we may overlook something brilliant. It is not unusual for us to pass books among members even if we don’t discuss it as a group.

disclaimer stuff: Links used to take you to my Powells.com affiliate. They’ve had to discontinue the program for us in Pennsylvania. Stupid tax situations. You are now free to shop at your own favorite book seller. May I suggest an indie, such as the Penguin Bookshop?

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