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One Book | One Community: The Family

One Book | One Community: The Family

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Many people in the Chicago area are familiar with a community coming together to read and discuss a common book through the city’s One Book, One Chicago program. The concept was originated in 1998 by the Washington Center for the Book. Today there are citywide, statewide, and even nationwide reading programs all over the world.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership brings this concept to the Jewish community of greater Chicago with One Book | One Community. Building on the success of One Book | One Community over the last three years, Spertus will again present a series of programs and related resources — all related to a single book — in conjunction with Jewish Book Month. In 2014, Jewish Book Month, which takes place the month before Hanukkah, runs from mid-November through mid-December. (Hanukkah begins on December 16.)

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community ONE BOOK 
is David Laskin's THE FAMILY!
 

"a vivid, utterly compelling exploration
of the forces that shaped modern history”
— Bestselling author Stephan Greenblatt

"[a] family chronicle with all of the depth
and detail of a great novel” 
— Jewish Journal

An Amazon Book of the Month

The Family was named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library. It was awarded the 2014 Washington State Book Award for Memoir/Biography.

The Family is available in hardcover and softcover versions from the Spertus Shop (both onsite and online) and in ebook format from your favorite vendors. It will be for sale at all One Book | One Community events and David Laskin will be signing books at his two author appearances on December 7.

The Family


ABOUT THIS YEAR’S BOOK

This year's pick, David Laskin’s The Family is a fascinating memoir that follows the author’s amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the twentieth century. Characters range from a Torah scribe on the fringe of the Russian empire to the brilliant woman who founded Maidenform bras to young risk-taking pioneers building a foundation for the State of Israel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David LaskinDavid Laskin is the author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. The author of several other works of nonfiction, Laskin writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle. 

We hope to see you at many of the 
One Book | One Community events!

 


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Our thanks to the Jewish Book Council for their help spreading the word about One Book | One Community.

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community One Book Is David Laskin's The Family


Download your READERS' GUIDE
TO THE FAMILY>

Includes an interview with author David Laskin, historical resources, recipes, timelines, and reading lists of other books you're sure to enjoy!

ONE BOOK PROGRAMS


Kick-Off Event
Old Land, New Land, Holy Land

Sunday, November 9

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, November 16
2 pm at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park

Lecture and Book Discussion
Thursday, November 20
6:30 pm at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie

Book Discussion | Book Group Meetup
Tuesday, December 2
7 pm at Spertus Institute

Author Event #1
Sunday, December 7
10 am at Spertus Institute

Author Event #2
Sunday, December 7
2 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard

SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS


One Book | One Community is supported, in part, by the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

JUF News is the media sponsor
of One Book | One Community.

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We are pleased to be working with synagogue partners Congregation Etz Chaim and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El and our colleagues at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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