Circle Book Group: _Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt, and Music_ by Mark Kurlansky

41 Amory St., Cambridge, MA 02139

At this meeting of the Circle Book Group, we'll discuss Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt, and Music by Mark Kurlansky. We'll be at the home of Marie Ariel, near Inman Sq. in Cambridge. Bagels, coffee & socializing at 10:15. Note that there's one cat who is out of the way during the meeting.

About this month's read:

This novel covers very little territory geographically, but its human characters stretch from the shtetl to Caribbean isles and beyond. These denizens of New York's Lower East Side come from Germany, Italy, Poland, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Mashed together on very little land, lives collide and combine in a maelstrom of languages, customs, foods, addictions, and violence. The beginnings of neighborhood gentrification foreshadow imminent change. Kurlansky's apt description of all this is meshugaloo, a combination of Yiddish and Spanish words that points to a sort of radical craziness. (Booklist review)
 
Any questions, please contact Marie Ariel at mgariel@redpine.info or (617) 492-2765.