KOH Library and Cultural Center

2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

KOH New Arrivals!

Come check out our latest books and DVD's:


Rhyming Life & Death by Amos Oz
To The End of the Land by David Grossman
The Puzzle King by Betsy Carter
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman
A Curable Romantic by Joseph Skibell
Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World by Harold Kushner
My Mother's Sabbath Days by Chaim Grade
The Measure of His Grief by Lisa Moss
Prisoner of his Mind by Ruth Rapaport
Great House by Nicole Krauss


Waltz With Bashir
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
O Jerusalem
Among The Righteous: Lost Stories From the Holocaust in Arab Lands

KOH Fiction Book Club Meeting

Please join us on December 14th at 7 PM to discuss "Isaac's Torah", by Angel Wagenstein.

Bulgarian author and screenwriter Wagenstein devotes his powerful novel to an affable Jewish tailor from a small town in Eastern Europe who survives the reigns of Hitler and Stalin. Wagenstein himself escaped from a concentration camp and was saved from execution when Soviets entered Bulgaria. Half a century later, he creates self-effacing narrator Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld, threading Jewish jokes throughout the narrative not only to sweeten the bitter material but also because they encapsulate the humanistic foundation of Isaac's philosophy. Isaac's mesmerizing voice charms through every disaster, and engages and delights the reader without distracting from Wagenstein's profound insights into life's absurdities.

Simone Clay will facilitate the discussion.

After our book discussion, we will be choosing our books for 2011.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November Book Club Meeting

This month we will meet on November 16th at 7 p.m. Ruth O'Riva will lead our discussion of the book, "A Day of Small Beginnings" by Lisa Rosenbaum.

In rural Zokof, Poland, in 1906, young Itzik Leiber protects three small Jewish boys from a beating, resulting in the accidental death of a menacing Polish peasant. Itzik hides in a Jewish cemetery where he unknowingly draws the soul of Friedl Alterman—who died the previous year at 83. Friedl, childless in life, protects Itzik as he flees Zokof for Warsaw, then America. Fast forward 86 years as Itzik's son, Nathan Linden (name change), a scholar of international law, is a guest of the Polish government. He is drawn to his father's hometown (via a still-protective Friedl), and there he comes upon Rafael Bergson, "the last Jew in Zokof," who forces Nathan to confront his ambiguous feelings about religion and begs him to help restore Friedl's spirit through prayer and ritual. But it may be up to Ellen, Nathan's free-spirited choreographer daughter, to come to Poland to liberate Friedl's soul. Friedl's voice retreats after the early chapters, and Rosenbaum handles the shifts in voice, time and place smoothly.

Newcomers always welcome!