Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Book Discussion Group Yearly Selections

Tuesday, October 15, 2019- The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

A college student receives a mysterious package that ignites a historical investigation that exposes incredible aspects of his family history and its ties to the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. Winner of the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

December 10, 2019- House of Gold by Natasha Solomons

The outbreak of World War I forces headstrong Austrian heiress Greta Goldbaum to choose between the family she built in her new life in England and the family she left behind in Vienna.

February 25, 2020- Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

An acclaimed author describes her staggering discovery that she is not biologically related to her father, tracing her efforts to uncover the truth from a half-century web of family secrets to reestablish her sense of identity.

April 28, 2020- On Division by Goldie Goldbloom

Anticipating the birth of her first great-grandchild, a 57-year-old Chasidic woman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn feels exposed and ashamed by a late-in-life pregnancy that slowly separates her from her community. *Meet the Author on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm at Etz Chaim*

June 9, 2020- The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Desperate to escape a near-invisible life, an ice cream shop worker tells a terrible lie that renders her the center of public and media attention, before she is blackmailed by a neighbor who knows the truth.

*Also available in the original Hebrew*