Saturday, January 24, 2009

February 2009 Selection: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

This month, we're reading historical fiction best-seller, "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks.

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-she begins to unlock the book's mysteries.

Hanna's investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra- nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 P.M. at Barnes & Noble at Carolina Place Mall for a phone chat with the author. Please RSVP by e-mailing us here.


Seaside Book worm said...

You made a very good book choice.
I don't go to your meeting as I live in SC but I do visit your blog to what you are reading. I am still reading People of the Book. That is all I will say. If you want some background info. about the book you can visit my blog at Jewish Rantings, There is a author's discussion at Boston University. There is a article about the Sarajevo Haggaddah, and the photographs of the book.

Alison Woo said...

Thanks so much! I love to hear what other people are reading, too. Let us know what you think of the book when you are done.