JBC AUTHOR VISIT Keith Gessen stopped in today to talk to our team about his new novel, A Terrible Country, out next month. Semi-autobiographical, the book follows a young and aimless Russian American Jew living in Brooklyn who returns to Moscow to care for his ailing grandmother and to understand the country his family left–and what it has become.
We asked Keith for recommendations to get those Muscovite vibes, wherever you are:
Best places for Russian food in the city: Anyway Café, and Cafe EuroAsia in Brighton Beach
Favorite brand of vodka: Tito's - good for making infusions (preferably pepper or horseradish)
Best Russian novel to go with the vodka: War and Peace
Favorite Russian American authors: Yelena Akhtiorskaya and @shteyngart
Our JBC Summer Read is Memento Park by @marksarvaswriter This engaging, psychological novel centers around an LA actor who finds out that a valuable painting, looted during WWII, might belong to his family. Woven throughout this compelling and fast-paced story are Sarvas's thoughtful explorations of identity, faith, relationships, and art.Join our FB group (#linkinbio) to discuss the book as you read along with us.
To enter to win a copy of the book (signed by Mark!), plus a beautiful @fsgbooks tote, just follow @jewishbookcouncil and @fsgbooks and tag one friend who you think would love to get in on this summer read
This is the resting place of Simone Weil
in Ashford, 90 kilometers from London.
Revisiting on a sunny morning. Weil was
a complex young girl, brilliant and singular,
a revolutionary visionary. Imagination and
fiction make up more than three quarters
of our real life, she once wrote. Like
Wittgenstein she sought the core of truth,
a place where mathematicians and mystics
meet. Displaced for her Jewish origins
during World War II, she was forced to flee
her beloved France and can be found in an
obscure cemetery in Ashford, now but a
Eurostar away from home.
Returned to @thejewishmuseum last night for our much-loved author event series, Unpacking the Book Podcast queen @sbutnick moderated a fascinating conversation between @rachelskadish & Lisa Moses Leff about the subjectivity of history, the magic of archives, and preservation in the digital age
Anne Frank would have been 89 years old today. Read her (wise, witty, insightful, heartbreaking) diary. Fight prejudice and bigotry wherever you see it. Lift up the voices of young people, especially young girls. Write your own diary. Seek out all that is good and beautiful. Happy birthday, Anne