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BZBI-wide Book Club: Upcoming Events

BZBI-wide Book Club: Upcoming Events

June 14 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Book Club is pleased to announce their next books for discussion!  Register once here, and attend any or all of the events.


The Last Kings of Shanghai by Stephen Kaufman, to be reviewed by Mimi Rosen on June 14, 2021 

A well-written account of how the Sassoons and the Kadoories–two Jewish families from Baghdad – built up China to be what it is today. Despite the setbacks in government, and wars they believed in their abilities to create a modernized country. They kept up their intrigues and opium smuggling while helping to rescue 18,000 Jews from Hitler’s Europe, and though they soon faced the tsunami that was communism, their legacy remains today.

Apeirogon by Colum McCann, to be reviewed by Sharon Greis on August 16, 2021 

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.

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