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One Book | One Community 2015
One Book | One Community 2015Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Sunday, December 6, 2015
Debut memoir by young Soviet émigré chosen as 2015 Chicago Jewish Community ONE BOOK | ONE COMMUNITY selection
For the fifth year in a row, Spertus Institute is proud to spearhead One Book | One Community, in which a single Jewish book is selected as the focal point of discussions and events across the Greater Chicago Jewish community.
The One Book | One Community initiative is a centerpiece of our community’s celebration of Jewish Book Month.
It is our pleasure to announce that this year's book is A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka by Lev Golinkin.
"A perceptive, unflinching, and unexpectedly funny look at a life sculpted by history."
—Amazon Best Book of the Month
"An awesome intercontinental whirlwind, funny and smart."
—Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Little Failure
Author Lev Golinkin was born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1980, during the twilight of the Soviet Union, a time of virulent antisemitism. When immigration was made briefly possible due to international pressure, his family risked everything to make a new life for Lev and his sister. Years later, Lev, an American adult just out of college, retraced his family's long trek. To offer his thanks, he located the strangers who helped his family and fought for their freedom. A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka is his story — and theirs.
Resources for book groups and individual readers will be available online in November.
Lev Golinkin will join us for two special author appearances, one at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park and one at Spertus Institute. We hope to see you there!
Author photo by Diana P. Lang