Read. Talk. Share.
The Book Club is free and open to everyone interested, but participants must purchase the individual texts themselves and are expected to have read the title to be discussed prior to the meeting.
In May we will read a graphic novel about the Jewish immigrant experience in New York. This book is available only in English; the discussion will be held in English. No registration required.
Liana Finck, A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York (2014)
A Bintel Brief ("A Bundle of Letters") was the advice column of The Forward
), the widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun at the turn of the century in New York, popular among a diverse community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. These letters spoke to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their new lives, capturing the hope, isolation, and confusion of assimilation.
Drawn from these letters—selected and adapted by Liana Finck and brought to life in her illustrations—A Bintel Brief
is a tour of Yiddish-speaking Lower East Side New York.
Pick up a copy from our neighborhood bookstore Elliott Bay Book Company – “A Bintel Brief” will be 20% off the cover price when you mention the Goethe Pop Up Book Club. Copies can also be obtained online via most major retailers.