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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 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.

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.

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

In addition to being selected as the Chicago Jewish Community's 2014
One Book, The Family was named a best book of the year by the Seattle TimesKirkus Review, and the New York Public Library.

"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  is currently available in hardcover — available now in the Spertus Shop — and e-book versions.
It will be released in softcover in September.

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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