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Books & Biscotti (Book Review) with Tina Urman

Thursday, June 6, 2024 29 Iyar 5784

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMTemple Emanu-El or Online

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to welcome Book Reviewer
Tina Urman to discuss New York Times Best Seller
Hello Beautiful 
by Ann Napolitano

This review will be offered in-person at Temple Emanu-El
and online via Zoom.

Registration is required. Please register below.

Free for Temple Members | $15 for guests (online & pre-registration)
$20 cash-only at the door (No pre-registration required)
Zoom link and password will be emailed after you register



Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him. With Julia comes her family, as she and her three sisters are inseparable: Sylvie, the family’s dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book; Cecelia is a free-spirited artist; and Emeline patiently takes care of them all. With the Padavanos, William experiences a newfound contentment; every moment in their house is filled with loving chaos.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sister’s unshakable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?

An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women, Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.


For more information on the book and the author, please CLICK HERE to visit the publisher's website (Penguin Random House Canada).

Tina Urman brings a creative approach to learning by integrating her knowledge of art and literature with a teaching background. For many years she has been a volunteer gallery guide at the Art Gallery of Ontario and continues to teach courses at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. In addition she presents literary reviews to various private and public groups both within and outside of the city.

Tina further combines her skill and passion for art and literature with Novel Inspirations Tours to New York City at which time she leads groups and provides the opportunity to explore the various museums and galleries while making literary connections to the art.

The importance of charity work is always part of Tina’s focus from raising funds for Breast Cancer Research to supporting Save a Child’s Heart and One Family Fund in Israel. Her most recent incentive was to begin Shop to Share a way in which to help women and their children escaping abusive relationships as a result of Covid with much needed food and supplies.

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