Sep 27 2012
the people of forever are not afraid shani boijaniu
We’re super pumped about our new book club pick, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Israeli author Shani Boianjiu. So excited, in fact, that we’re giving away a copy to one lucky reader.
To be entered to win the book, sign up for our e-newsletter and then drop us a note in the comments section below. If you’re already signed up for the e-letter, then just leave us a comment. We’ll choose a winner next Wednesday, October 3rd.
We’ll be chatting about the book right here on the blog on October 24th, so we hope you all can start reading and join us! Remember, you can always keep up to date with our book club by visiting here.
Sep 19 2012
We’re very excited to announce our next pick for the Kveller Online Book Club! This month, we’ll be reading a new novel by young Israeli writer Shani Boianjiu called The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
Here’s the brief rundown of what the book is all about:
Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain.
We’ll be chatting about the book on October 24th, so buy your book today and get to reading.
**Just a reminder, if you buy the book through this link on Amazon, Kveller will receive a portion of the profit and we would greatly, greatly appreciate it.**
Sep 13 2012
Ahoy, Kveller readers. For those of you following along, today is our Twitter chat this month’s book club author, Jennifer Miller.
We’ll be chatting about Year of the Gadfly with Jennifer on Twitter today at noon (EST). Get your questions ready and then follow along with the conversation by using the #kvellerlit hash tag. The chat will go from 12 – 1 p.m.
To ask Jennifer a question, tweet at her Twitter handle @propjen. And if you haven’t had a chance to read through our discussion about the book on the blog yesterday, you can find it here. We really hope to hear from all of you. See you in the Twittersphere!
Sep 12 2012
The time has come for another Kveller book club discussion! This month we read Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller. This book sucks you right into the crazy world of a hyper-intensive East coast prep school, featuring new student Iris Dupont, a budding journalist and occasional hallucinator, and an underground secret society that may or may not be ruining everybody’s lives.
Below you’ll find our chat about the book among our contributing editors, as well as our *guest star commentator*, Kveller reader Jennifer Grackin Steinberg. If you read along this month, add your thoughts about the book in the comments below, as we’d LOVE to hear them.
Then remember to join us for a Twitter chat with author Jennifer Miller (@propjen) tomorrow at noon. You’ll be able to follow along with the #kvellerlit hash tag.
Molly: Of Iris, Jonah, and Lily, who was your favorite narrator/perspective? I found myself pretty partial to Iris, maybe because we got to know her first and also maybe because she is a semi-delusional nerd who feels very passionately about her art and, well, I can relate.
Jordana: I also loved Iris most. I found her intelligence and, yes, nerdiness, appealing. I’m not sure if Jonah turned me off because of my first impressions of him through Iris’s eyes, or because of how Miller wrote him–I’m inclined to think the former, as I was impressed over and over again by Miller’s dexterity. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 22 2012
Hello, friends! Just wanted to remind you that the Kveller Book Club is well underway, and we’re currently reading The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller. It’s not too late to get started, so purchase your copy here (if you buy through this link, a portion of the profits will go to Kveller, which we would greatly appreciate. Just saying).
I’m halfway through the book now, and I must say, I’m absolutely riveted. It’s mysterious, hilarious, and brings you right back to the wonderful world of high school, which I know you’ve all been wanting to revisit.
Then be sure to mark your calendar to discuss the book, right here on the blog, onWednesday, September 12th. We’ll also be chatting with author Jennifer Miller on Twitter (#kvellerlit) onThursday, September 13th from 12-1 p.m. EST, so get pumped. Happy reading!
Aug 14 2012
The Kveller Book Club had its first “meeting” last week, where we talked about The Little Bride, chatted with author Anna Solomon over Twitter, and overall had a great time! Thanks to all who joined in, and to all who missed this one but want to get involved next month… here’s your chance!
Our next book club book will be The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller. Here’s what the jacket copy has to say:
Storied, fiercely competitive Mariana Academy was founded with a serious honor code; its reputation has been unsullied for decades. Now a long-dormant secret society, Prisom’s Party, threatens its placid halls with vigilante justice, exposing students and teachers alike for even the most minor infraction.
Iris Dupont, a budding journalist whose only confidant is the chain-smoking specter of Edward R. Murrow, feels sure she can break into the ranks of The Devil’s Advocate, the Party’s underground newspaper, and there uncover the source of its blackmail schemes and vilifying rumors. Some involve the school’s new science teacher, who also seems to be investigating the Party. Others point to an albino student who left school abruptly ten years before, never to return. And everything connects to a rare book called Marvelous Species. But the truth comes with its own dangers, and Iris is torn between her allegiances, her reporter’s instinct, and her own troubled past.
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Aug 9 2012
Good morning, Kveller readers! Just wanted to remind you that our book club is in full swing. If you haven’t checked out our discussion about The Little Bride that started on the blog yesterday, please do, and remember to chime in with your own thoughts. And then be sure to join us on Twitter, today from 12 – 1 p.m. EST for a live chat with author Anna Solomon.
Here’s how it will go down:
Anyone who wants to participate should use the hashtag #kvellerlit on all their tweets. To easily follow along, click here. We’ll be asking Anna questions but also strongly encourage you to ask her your own questions, as well. To ask Anna a question, tweet at her @solomonanna. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, as we’d love to have as many people as possible participate in this great opportunity.
Aug 8 2012
It’s finally here: Kveller book club time! This past month we’ve been reading The Little Bride by Anna Solomon, the story of a 16-year-old Jewish girl from Odessa traveling to America as a mail-order bride. The following is a discussion among the Kveller editors–Molly Tolsky, Adina Kay-Gross, Carla Naumburg, Jordana Horn, and Deborah Kolben–about the book. Read through, and then chime in with your thoughts in the comments section below.
Molly: Put yourself in Minna’s shoes. 16 years old. Mom gone. Dad dead. Housekeeper for a promiscuous drunk. And dealing with, of all things, pogroms. Would you ever consider going the mail-order bride route? And do you think, by the end, she regrets it?
Adina: Considering what a bleak portrait Solomon paints for us here, I’d have to say that UM YES, I think I’d try and do whatever the hell I could to get out of Odessa. But I can’t say that I can put myself in Minna’s shoes because–and I might be showing my cards too early here–I found Minna’s character to be essentially character-less. I really had no idea what she was like by the end of the book. Not what she looked like, not why she loved what she loved, nothing. I can say, though, that the shadowy portrait we get of Rebecca, the younger housekeeper hired on to replace Minna, was more harrowing and more telling of just how depraved that life was than anything we got from Minna’s POV, and I got this in only a few scenes. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 7 2012
As we gear up for our first Kveller book club discussion, here’s an interview with the author of The Little Bride, Anna Solomon. Be sure to check back here tomorrow around noon to discuss the book with Kveller’s contributing editors and other book clubbers! And then, on Thursday August 9, join us for a Twitter chat with Anna from 12-1 p.m. EST by following along with the hashtag #kvellerlit.
What was the initial inspiration for The Little Bride?
I was Googling myself! How lame is that, right? But there you go–it led me on a great adventure. I discovered an Anna Solomon Freudenthal, and a website called Stories Untold: Jewish Women Pioneers. Just the title fascinated me–I’d had no idea that there were Jewish pioneers in the American West. And when I came across one woman, Rachel Bella Calof, who’d been a mail-order bride to North Dakota, I knew I’d found a story I wanted to tell.
What kind of research did you have to do in order to write the book? Did you travel to South Dakota? Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 6 2012
The first meeting of Kveller’s new online book club is THIS WEDNESDAY, which means you have two more days to finish up reading The Little Bride by Anna Solomon. And we’re not the only ones excited about it–MyJewishLearning’s awesome daily e-letter Jewniverse (if you’re not signed up, do so here, you won’t regret it) just featured the book, and we’ll be posting an interview with Anna Solomon herself tomorrow right here on the blog. Then, on Wednesday, we’ll post a discussion of the book among Kveller’s contributing editors, and invite all of you to chime in with your thoughts.
But wait, there’s more!
We’ll also be hosting a Twitter chat with Anna (@SolomonAnna) this Thursday afternoon, from noon-1 p.m. EST. Twitter users will be able to follow the #kvellerlit hashtag to keep up with the conversation as well as ask Anna any questions you’d like. So stay tuned for a week of Kveller literary goodness.