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Book discussion - Bread Givers

Saturday, December 7, 2019 9 Kislev 5780

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us when Hunter College English professor and PSJC member Sarah Chinn returns to lead us in a discussion of Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska.

“This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah's struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.” — Publisher’s blurb

“Yezierska captures American hunger with extraordinary intensity.”  —Vivian Gornick, New York Times

“Four years before the publication of [Virginia Woolf’s] A Room of One’s Own, someone else had presented a similar idea, albeit in a more subtle way. In her 1925 novel, Bread Givers, a work widely acknowledged to be highly autobiographical, Anzia Yezierska gave us the protagonist Sara Smolinsky. And for Sara, the need for a room of one’s own assumes critical importance and significance throughout the story—several years before Virginia Woolf articulated the concept in a more polemical way.

“But Bread Givers is a rich book that can be approached and understood on many levels. While it might certainly come to mind for anyone compiling a women’s-studies syllabus or bibliography, for example, it also imparts a tale of Jewish life in early 20th-century New York.” —Erika Dreifus,

BPL has 8 copies 6 of which are on the Central Branch’s assignment shelf. Inexpensive used copies are available on-line. Audible sells an audio version.

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