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The Weight of Ink - August CC Book Club Selection

Mary13Mary13 3955 replies82 postsRegistered User Senior Member
Our August selection is The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish, an interwoven tale of two women living centuries apart—one a 17th century scribe for a blind rabbi and the other a 21st century scholar specializing in Jewish history. Kadish says of her novel: "The Weight of Ink reaches back in time to ask the question: What does it take for a woman not to be defeated when everything around her is telling her to sit down and mind her manners? I started writing with two characters in mind, both women who don’t mind their manners: a contemporary historian named Helen Watt and a seventeenth century Inquisition refugee named Ester Velasquez.” As Helen studies Esther, their stories begin to mirror one another, with each woman struggling to overcome societal obstacles and seize opportunities that appear out of reach.
This astonishing third novel from Kadish introduces readers to the 17th-century Anglo-Jewish world with not only excellent scholarship but also fine storytelling. The riveting narrative and well-honed characters will earn a place in readers' hearts. —Library Journal, starred review
Like A.S. Byatt’s Possession and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, this emotionally rewarding novel follows present-day academics trying to make sense of a mystery from the past…Vivid and memorable. —Publishers Weekly
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  • HImomHImom 34097 replies389 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yay—the librarian was able to cancel my current hold and make a new one which she suspended until 7/1, so I don’t get and start reading too early.
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18419 replies324 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I picked my copy up yesterday from the library. I'm traveling this week and should have some time to delve into it.
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  • MarilynMarilyn 3665 replies124 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Just put the hard copy on hold; #21 so timing might work out. Keeping the ebook from Amazon Prime as a back up.
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  • psychmompsychmom 1810 replies15 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Hope to join you in August!
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  • calla1calla1 1980 replies26 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I loved this book! Great selection.
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  • silverladysilverlady 762 replies19 postsRegistered User Member
    Mine just came in the mail. I will start it when I finish the book that I am reading now.
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  • mathmommathmom 32120 replies158 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    My book was sitting on the hold shelf last time I was at the library. Too soon!
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  • SouthJerseyChessMomSouthJerseyChessMom 3845 replies15 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Holy cow was so hard to find this with the “new improved site” ughhhhhhhh awful
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  • mathmommathmom 32120 replies158 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Maybe we should post here every couple of days so it stays near the top!
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  • CBBBlinkerCBBBlinker 3421 replies35 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    OMG, I truly dislike when they "improve" things on this site! I barely got used to the last major change they did. So far, not impressed.
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  • HImomHImom 34097 replies389 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Scrolling on the phone, my major way of viewing this site has become very challenging because it’s so spread out now. I’m not a fan either. Hope it goes back to the former version. :-1:
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18419 replies324 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited June 29
    I just want to give everyone a head's up. This book is wonderful -- I'm on page 384, with about 170 to go -- but it is not a quick read by any means. It's a very serious, dense, thoughtful book, and I'm taking my time reading it. It references a lot of historical things that I know very little about -- Spinoza; Portuguese Jews; the Jewish community in Amsterdam in the early part of the 17th century. I think I'm probably going to reread the book (quicker next time) with more knowledge.
    edited June 29
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  • mathmommathmom 32120 replies158 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I just started. Good so far!
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18419 replies324 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I just finished it. Very satisfying. I'm really glad we picked this one; I'm not sure I ever would have read it on my own. I'm going to wait a few days (and read some junk in the meantime) and then start it again. There is a lot in there that I know I missed the first time around.
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  • MarilynMarilyn 3665 replies124 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I definitely want to reread before discussing.
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  • authorauthor 332 replies29 postsRegistered User Member
    I am glad you bumped up this thread, for me, to see the book to be discussed.

    "With the help of יהוה"
    :wink: I will join the discussion in August.
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  • Mary13Mary13 3955 replies82 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @VeryHappy, thanks for the heads up. I just started the book and I'm not a fast reader, so I'm glad I didn't wait until mid-July.
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18419 replies324 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I've just started rereading it. (Only up to about page 30.) I have a lot of research to do as I reread this. Boy, is there a lot of history I don't know anything about.
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  • HImomHImom 34097 replies389 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Just got a note that this book is waiting for me at my public library! I will pick it up in two days—can’t wait!
    Also got notified that I have “Educated” as an ebook. I will be busy!
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  • stradmomstradmom 4981 replies50 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Hoping to get it from the library in time to participate
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