Shira Book Clubs 2022-2023

Start Date:
Monday, September 19, 2022
End Date:
Monday, April 17, 2023

Monday, September 19, 2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Waking Lions by Avelet Gundar-Goshen

Location: Zoom

Dr. Eitan Green is a good man. He saves lives. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road in his SUV, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. It is a decision that changes everything. Because the dead man’s wife knows what happened. When she knocks at Eitan’s door the next day, tall and beautiful, he discovers that her price is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan’s safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies. Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame, and desire.


Monday, October 24, 2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

When the Nazi’s occupied Paris the Luftwaffe (including Hermann Goering) took over half of the Ritz as their headquarters. The other half was inhabited by civilians among them Coco Chanel. The director of the hotel (Frenchman Claude Auzello) and his American wife (Blanche) are forced to continue to operate the hotel to the usual stellar standards to survive. Based on a true story that is mostly unknown, Mistress of the Ritz fictionalizes the marriage and resistance work undertaken by the couple. I found the second half of the novel to be more compelling than the first half where the Auzello’s argumentative marriage is displayed to the nth degree. I got it. They had a troubled marriage. Although the big reveal is anticipated, the final three paragraphs are not. All in all, this is a worthy addition to WWII historical fiction.


Monday, December 5, 2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Have You Seen Luis Valez by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Location: Zoom


Monday, February 6, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Book of V by Anna Solomon

Location: Zoom

I enjoyed this book about the transcending role of women over three-time frames, beginning with Lily from Brooklyn in 2016 as a mother and a second wife; Vivian a wife of an ambitious politician in the 1970’s who fights against misogyny; and the biblical Queen Esther using her beauty as power to save her people from the Persian King. This is a beautifully written book that creatively weaves the illustrious stories from biblical to contemporary, giving that feminist voice that explores sexuality, family, and marriage, and freedom that women through the ages have fought to earn.


Monday, April 17, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

"They called her die Jagerin-the Huntress. She was the young mistress of an SS officer in German-occupied Poland, the hostess of grand parties on the lake, a keen shot. Perhaps she was the rusalka the lake was named for-a lethal, malevolent water spirit."
In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…, comes another fascinating historical novel.


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