Summer Book Club

Summer Book ClubCMEE announces its third annual Summer Book Club. Curated by writer Charlotte Kaiser Weinberg and hosted in the homes of CMEE Members, this year’s schedule features authors who are CMEE parents talking about their books. All book talks start at 8pm.




Jujitsu RabbiJuly 25: The Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde, Rebecca Dana
Former senior correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Rebecca Dana will share parts of her new memoir, The Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde. Raised in Pittsburgh, New York City was Dana’s Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she moves to Manhattan and all of her dreams come true. However, when they come crashing down around her, she finds herself living in Brooklyn’s Lubavitch community with Cosmo, a 30-year-old Russian rabbi who practices jujitsu on the side. Both disenchanted with their religions, they go searching for meaning.


Sunshine When She's GoneAugust 8: The Sunshine When She’s Gone, Thea Goodman
Thea Goodman, an award-winning fiction writer will discuss her debut novel, The Sunshine When She’s Gone, which tells the story of a sleep-deprived new father who gives his wife a rare opportunity to sleep-in and then spontaneously flees lower Manhattan with his infant daughter for a long weekend in the Caribbean. Alternating point of view, from the husband to the wife, the book describes each of their disquieting misadventures, and explores the travails of intimacy, the transfiguring impact of parenthood and the slippery quest for happiness.


Chocolate MoneyAugust 21: The Chocolate Money, Ashley Prentice Norton
Ashley Prentice Norton will present her novel, The Chocolate Money, which is described as Mommie DearestPrep, and 50 Shades of Grey all rolled into one. Set in 1980s Chicago and on the East Coast, this electric debut chronicles the relationship between an impossibly rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her sensitive and bookish young daughter, Bettina. Babs plays by no one’s rules while Bettina wants nothing more than to win her mother’s affection and approval, both of which prove elusive.


Registration is free, but each book is available at CMEE for a
$25 donation to the Museum. Books can be picked up at CMEE.
Participants must register in advance by calling CMEE
at 631-537-8250 or REGISTER HERE!
It is not required to read the book prior to the book club meeting!