Thursday, October 16, 2008

Book club!

So I finally joined a book club, and last night was our first meeting. The club is called the Daughters of Abraham, and it's made up of Christian, Jewish and Muslim women. The club reads books on religion, alternating between the three faiths.

October's pick, The Ritual Bath, is about an Orthodox Jewish community which goes into upheaval when a woman is raped at the mikvah, the ritual bath of the title. I can't say I was crazy about it- it's basically a popular-fiction potboiler of a mystery, but it was engaging enough and had a lot of information about one type of Orthodox community and Judaism generally. At the meeting, the book was used as a jumping-off-point for us to talk about Judaism, ask questions and share insights. The discussion was terrific and I'm excited to find this group of women to share with.

November's pick is going to be a Muslim selection, Samarkand, by Amin Maalouf. It's a novel, a fictional history of The Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam. And then in December we'll read a Christian book.

If you're interested in the Daughters and what they do, you can visit their website for more information.