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One Book | One Community 2015
One Book | One Community 2015Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Sunday, December 6, 2015
Debut memoir by young Soviet émigré
chosen as 2015 Chicago Jewish Community
ONE BOOK | ONE COMMUNITY selection
For the fifth year in a row, Spertus Institute is proud to spearhead One Book | One Community, in which a single Jewish book is selected as the focal point of discussions and events across the Greater Chicago Jewish community.
The One Book | One Community initiative is a centerpiece of our community’s celebration of Jewish Book Month.
It is our pleasure to announce
that this year's book is
A Backpack, a Bear, and
Eight Crates of Vodka
by Lev Golinkin.
"A perceptive, unflinching, and unexpectedly funny look at a life sculpted by history."
—Amazon Best Book of the Month
"An awesome intercontinental whirlwind, funny and smart."
—Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Little Failure
Author Lev Golinkin was born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1980, during the twilight of the Soviet Union, a time of virulent antisemitism. When immigration is briefly possible in response to international pressure, the Golinkins risk everything to make a new life for Lev and his sister. Years later, Lev, now an American adult just out of college, retraces his family's long trek. To offer his thanks, he locates the strangers who helped his family and fought for their freedom, and in the process, gains a new future by better understanding his past.
In conjunction with this year’s One Book | One Community selection, Spertus will present a series of programs about Jewish life in the former Soviet Union, capped by two appearances by author Lev Golinkin. Full program information will be announced soon.
Resources for book groups and individual readers will be available online this fall.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 6.