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April Book Club: Safekeeping

Originally posted on present perfect book club:
Safekeeping, by Jessamyn Hope published June 9, 2015 Synopsis from author’s website:  It’s 1994 and Adam, a drug addict from New York City, arrives at Kibbutz Sadot Hadar with a medieval sapphire brooch. To redress a past crime, he must give the priceless family heirloom to a woman his grandfather loved when he was a Holocaust refugee on the kibbutz fifty years earlier. But first, he has to track this mystery woman down—a task that proves more complicated than expected. On the kibbutz Adam joins other lost souls trying to turn their lives around: Ulya, the ambitious and beautiful Soviet émigrée; Farid, the lovelorn Palestinian farmhand; Claudette, the French Canadian Catholic with OCD; Ofir, the Israeli teenager wounded in a bus bombing; Eyal, the disillusioned kibbutz secretary; and Ziva, the old Socialist Zionist firebrand who founded the kibbutz. Driven together by the confines of the commune, by love and hate, by their irreconcilable dreams and a shared sense of insecurity, their fates become forever entangled as they each get one last shot at redemption. In…

Okay, so we’re doing this!

WOW! Thank you to everyone who came through for me and my book club idea! I am so so so thrilled with the response: WE ARE DOING THIS! I set up a separate site for the book club, so that it won’t completely invade this blog. Plus, that will allow for some more flexibility if we want to get multiple book club moderators involved or what have you. Check it out here!!! I also chose the first book for February: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St John Mandel. Have you read this book? Do you want to?? Share these posts to invite your friends and of course, feel free to join in the conversation over on the book club page, starting Feb 21 🙃 HAPPY READING!!! P.S. If you think the title of this post is not a Hamilton reference, then you don’t know me at all.

Books: who’s with me?!

Pretty much my only goal for 2016 (because I am so not a resolution setter) is to undertake the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge. There are plenty of reading challenges floating around out there, but this one appealed to me because of the huge variety the list encompasses, along with its quirky specificity… Setting a goal of just a number of books to read in 2016 didn’t seem like much motivation to me, but choosing a book that is at least 100 years older than me, or about a culture I’m unfamiliar with, or with a blue cover seems fun, and I feel like it will lead me to books that I may not otherwise pick up! A bunch of my friends in real life (and a couple of my blogging friends!) have also expressed interest in this reading challenge. So I had an idea: what if we all got together to choose some books that would fulfill some categories in the book challenge and then chatted about them in a sort of digital book club? We could …