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We Are What We Read: Contemporary Memoirs on Literature, Learning, and Life

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This class explores contemporary memoirs that revolve around books — personal histories that recount chapters of a writer’s life through the lens of  literature.  Explore four memoirs that revisit authors’ experiences as passionate readers, students, and/or teachers whose lives and educations have been variously nourished by literary fare.  Our readings will prompt many questions:  What makes a book meaningful or “life-changing” to a reader at a particular time and place?  How do the books we read (or don’t read) shape our social identities — the people we become and the groups we belong to?  How do books serve as bonds or barriers in relationships between parents and children, friends and siblings, students and teachers?  How does reading — and talking about books — continue to matter over the course of our lives?  Please read My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul before the first class.  Additional readings include Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn, and Educated by Tara Westover.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Westchester Reform Temple

Lori Rotskoff 



Please read:  Class meets on 9/26, 10/17, 11/14, 12/12



Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 10/03/2018, 10/10/2018, 10/24/2018, 10/31/2018, 11/07/2018, 11/21/2018, 11/28/2018, 12/05/2018)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/26/2018 - 12/12/2018 Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Scarsdale, Westchester Reform Temple  Map Lori Rotskoff