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YBC Book Club Gives Eaders Opportunity to Read Great Works Together in Real Time

AMHERST – The Yiddish Book Center has opened registration for its 2020 Great Jewish Books Book Club. Now in its fourth year, the Book Club delivers four books over the course of a year –works selected from the vast trove of modern Jewish literature. (All selections are in English.)

Book Club members read selections together. The idea is to have people across the country, and around the world, reading the same book at more or less the same time – and meeting up to talk about it, whether online or in person.

According to Josh Lambert, the Yiddish Book Center’s academic director, “Some of the books may be difficult, avant-garde, modernist works, and some may be easier, more familiar. We’re always going to pick books that make us ask complex questions about Jewish identity, history, and experience. Something thought-provoking, something that will stick with you. Each one, we hope, is a book that’s worth having on your shelf, that’s part of being well-read in Jewish literature.”

The deadline to register for the 2020 Great Jewish Books Book Club is December 20, 2019. The cost for the one-year membership is $78 (includes four books and shipping within the US). International shipping is available for an additional fee. Gift memberships may be purchased. For more information and to register online, visit

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