TBE Book Club

All Book Club Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Beit Midrash. All are welcome to attend. View our 2016-17 calendar.

Upcoming Events


The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30-9:00 pm

When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts  patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie’s auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?  

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused  entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of New York’s art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.  


As she did in her bestselling novel The Art Forger, B. A. Shapiro tells a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask: What happens when luminous talent collides with unstoppable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world?


2016-17 Book Club Dates:
September 28, 2016 To The End of the Land, by David Grossman
October 26, 2016 Their Promised Land by Ian Buruma
November 30, 2016 The Attack, by Yasmina Khadra
December 28, 2016 Putting God Second, by Donniel Hartman
January 25, 2017 The Yid, by Paul Goldberg
February 22, 2017  
March 22, 2017  
April 26, 2017  
May 24, 2017  

 


Co-chairs:

Helene Kress, [email protected]
Trina Reinach, [email protected]