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Books & Biscotti

Temple Emanu-El's Popular Book Review Program
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Our 2024-25 Fall-Winter lineup of reviews is here!

Thursdays at 1:00 pm Eastern

Get ready with these great reads!
Questions? Contact Carli Portman or Lisa Freed - or click here to email Lisa. 

All online reviews are free for Temple Emanu-El members and $15 for guests.
See exceptions below for in-person programs.

Upcoming Reviews


September 12, 2024 (In-Person* or Online) - Cathy Tile will review The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng.
Click here for more information and to register. 

*Free for Temple Emanu-El members
$15 for guests (online & pre-registration); $20 cash-only at the door (no pre-registration)

November 7, 2024 (Online only) - Elaine Newton will review The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese.
Click here for more information and to register.
This review will not be recorded.

December 12, 2024 (Online only) - Dr. Janna Nadler will review Fervor: A Novel by Toby Lloyd.
Click here for more information and to register.


January 16, 2025 (Online only) - Tina Urman will review All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me by Patrick Bringley.
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and to register.

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Past Reviews


June 6, 2024 (In-Person* or Online) - Tina Urman reviewed Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

May 9, 2024 (In-Person* or Online) - Cathy Tile reviewed The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

April 18, 2024 - *Special Event* - Back by popular demand! (Online only)
AuthorTalk - Dr. Janna Nadler in conversation with Amanda Peters, author of the novel, The Berry Pickers

March 7, 2024 (Online only) - Elaine Newton reviewed Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

January 18, 2024 (Online only) - Tina Urman reviewed Horse: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks


December 14, 2023 (Online only) - Dr. Janna Nadler reviewed Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan

November 9, 2023 (In-Person* or Online) - Cathy Tile reviewed The Postcard by Anne Berest

October 12, 2023 (In-Person* or Online) - Elaine Newton reviewed Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

August 17, 2023 (Online only) - Elaine Newton reviewed Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

May 25, 2023 - Cathy Tile reviewed The Latecomer: A Novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. 

April 27, 2023 - Tina Urman reviewed The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

March 30, 2023 - *Special Event*
AuthorTalk with Dr. Janna Nadler and Dawn Promislow, author of the novel, Wan.

January 12, 2023 - Cathy Tile reviewed The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak.



December 15 - Tina Urman reviewed What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad.

November 10 - Elaine Newton reviewed Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr.

October 20 - Cathy Tile reviewed The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris.

August 25 - Elaine Newton reviewed The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

July 7 - *Movie* Review! Elaine Newton reviewed The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion.

June 2 - Cathy Tile reviewed The Magician by Colm Tóibín

May 12 - *Movie* Review! Elaine Newton reviewed Belfast, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

March 31 - Dr. Harriet Morris reviewed The Diary of Anne Frank

February 17 - Tina Urman reviewed A Burning by Megha Majumdar

January 13 - Cathy Tile reviewed The Convert by Stefan Hermans



December 9 - Dr. Janna Nadler reviewed Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

November 4 - Elaine Newton reviewed The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

October 7 - Cathy Tile reviewed Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

August 19 - Elaine Newton reviewed Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano



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