Einstein and the Rabbi

Naomi Levy, 2017

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest―a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness...” ―Albert Einstein
When Rabbi Naomi Levy came across this poignant letter by Einstein it shook her to her core. His words perfectly captured what she has come to believe about the human condition: That we are intimately connected, and that we are blind to this truth. Levy wondered what had elicited such spiritual wisdom from a man of science? Thus began a three-year search into the mystery of Einstein’s letter, and into the mystery of the human soul. Levy leads us on a breathtaking journey full of wisdom, empathy and humor, challenging us to wake up and heed the voice calling from within―a voice beckoning us to become who we were born be.

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Pachinko

Min Jin Lee, 2017

This story traces the life of one Korean family over several generations beginning in the early 1900’s.  In 1910, when Japan annexed Korea, every Korean citizen became a subject of Imperial Japan and remained so until Japan’s defeat at the end of World War II. Beginning with a fisherman and his wife, the book follows one family, exploring their lives living in Japan and the discrimination they endured.  It is an account of a persecuted immigrant community.  Pachinko is a story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance.

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Great Alone

Kristin Hannah, 2017

This story traces the life of one Korean family over several generations beginning in the early 1900’s.  In 1910, when Japan annexed Korea, every Korean citizen became a subject of Imperial Japan and remained so until Japan’s defeat at the end of World War II. Beginning with a fisherman and his wife, the book follows one family, exploring their lives living in Japan and the discrimination they endured.  It is an account of a persecuted immigrant community.  Pachinko is a story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance.

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert, 2015

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.  Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Max Tegmark, 2017

How will Artificial Intelligence (AI) effect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human?  The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified to explore that future better than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.  This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time.  It does not shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues - from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

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Grief Cottage



Gail Godwin, 2017
 
Gail Godwin’s new novel is part coming-of-age story, part ghost story. Eleven year-old Marcus goes to live with his great aunt, Charlotte, an artist who lives on a small South Carolina island.  Marcus is highly intelligent ,extremely observant and possesses a vivid imagination.  Charlotte, a self-taught painter, recounts the history of an abandoned cabin on the North End.  Her nephew is fascinated by the dreadful story of an entire family, including a youngster, who perished years ago during a hurricane.  Marcus visits the “Grief Cottage” each day.  Eventually, he believes he sees the ghost of the drowned boy.  This discovery both excites and terrifies him. Grief Cottage follows Marcus through adulthood and touches the reader with an unsentimental investigation of grief, remorse and hidden memories.

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Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue, 2016

With controversy about immigration driving politics in the United States and Europe, a beautifully-crafted novel that looks at the day-to-day life of a family from Africa. Jende Jonga, an immigrant from Cameroon, uses connections to come to the U.S. to make a better life for his wife and son.  He finds an ideal job, working as a chauffeur for Mr. Edwards, a banking executive.  Jonge loyalty allows him an entrĂ©e into the banker’s personal life. Unfortunately, the year is 2007 and the financial crisis is about to explode and topple Wall Streeters, including Jonge’s boss.  Jone loses his job and is forced to work several low-paying kitchen jobs to support his family.  The most intense drama of the book is in the effect this has on both couples—the haves and not-haves.  No matter what one feels about the pros and cons of immigration policy, Mbue’s sensitive portrayal of two families will personalize the issue. 

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