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The TBS Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, May 16 2024, 7:30 pm at the Klein's home, at 279 Bow Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: 631-724-3714


Book: My Father's Paradise
In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted storytellers and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. 

Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people’s traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father’s strange immigrant heritage―until he had a son of his own.

Ariel Sabar
Ariel Sabar won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his debut book, My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq (2008). His second book, Heart of the City (2011), was called a "beguiling romp" (New York Times) and an "engaging, moving and lively read" (Toronto Star). His Kindle Single, The Outsider: The Life and Times of Roger Barker (2014), was a best-selling nonfiction short. His latest book—Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife—was published to rave reviews in August 2020.

Sabar is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and This American Life.
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