Inspired by a current events, the Desmond-Fish Public Library’s Community Read is a place to read and discuss works of literature of special contemporary relevance in a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. On each occasion, we will read one book of particular note, and discuss it both as a work of literature and as a text of relevance to contemporary social conflict. This month, we are reading Jews Don’t Count by the British comedian and author David Baddiel.
Described by Stephen Fry as “a masterpiece…so perfectly in the best tradition of political and cultural pamphleteering,” Jews Don’t Count, in the words of its publisher, “argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority.”
Participation is available to all patrons aged sixteen and older. All skill levels and points of view are welcome. Please note: the Library has a small number of copies of Jews Don’t Count, which may not always be available. If you would like to purchase a copy, Split Rock Books keeps the book in stock for this purpose.
The book group is run by Digital Services Librarian Ryan Biracree. In addition to librarianship, Ryan has taught literature at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Mount Saint Mary College, SUNY College of Staten Island, and Sarah Lawrence College, and served as archivist for the Academy of American Poets.