Nomi Eve, Henna House: This Thursday

Join local author Nomi Eve as she discusses her new book which depicts a slice of Jewish history rarely highlighted in the United States. Adela is a young Jewish girl in early twentieth-century Yemen. In a house full of garrulous brothers, an ailing father, and a bitter mother, Adela seeks solace in a hidden cave where she can dream and, most of all, protect herself from the attentions of the Confiscator, a Muslim official who seizes Jewish children whose fathers have died. Racing against time and her father’s illness, Adela’s family makes an engagement with a distant cousin, Asaf, whom Adela invites into her cave and her heart. When Asaf and his father leave town, Adela is comforted by the arrival of her aunt, a henna artist, and her female cousins. As Adela grows, we follow her family and its community through their journey to the prosperous port of Aden; marriages and deaths; the establishment of Israel; and, finally, their departure for Israel in the famous airlift Operation On Wings of Eagles. --Lynn Weber

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Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch

Any serious reader who knows the power of favorite books to be fresh even when read and re-read numerous times will find Mead's engagement with 'Middlemarch' strikes a chord. Rebecca Mead's literary exploration of 'Middlemarch" is not the self-focused memoir that the title might lead you to expect. Instead, within these pages she entwines literary analysis, research into the life of the unconventional genius who wrote this most empathetic of 19th century British novels, and her musings on the mutability of her own encounters with 'Middlemarch' as she returns to it at different points in her own life.

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