Sof Book Club Update

Contributed by Carolann Biederman

The Sof Book Group has been meeting since 2005 to discuss meaningful books with Jewish themes, histories, authors or perspectives. We meet on Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm, in a comfortable, informal setting at a member’s home. Hosting is voluntary.

The ground rules are simple: 1) read the book and 2) come prepared to share your thoughts about it. There is a moderator to ensure that everyone has a chance to speak, and usually enough time for the group dynamic to flourish. Often the books that are liked the least invoke the richest conversations and insights.

While we try to limit our focus to a single Holocaust-related book each year, we will stray a bit with our next two books:


Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman
The compelling graphic novel of the author’s parents’ Holocaust experience in Poland, illustrated by showing various nationalities as different animals.





A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
This novel tells the story of Jews in 1943 Italy when Mussolini was overthrown and the Nazis occupied a region in the northeast. It’s essentially the story of how these refugees fared in Italy and the end of the war.