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The Jewish Community Library presents DARA HORN

The Jewish Community Library presents Dara Horn, author of A Guide for the Perplexed. Dara will be in conversation with executive director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Lori Starr.

About the book: Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted leaving Judith free to take over Josie s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.

A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.


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Event date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1835 Ellis St
San Francisco
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A Guide for the Perplexed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393064896
Availability: Not In Stock/Special Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013