Since 2008, the Jewish communities of Baltimore, Denver, Long Island (NY), Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), and The Twin Cities (MN) have chosen My Father's Paradise as their "One Book" community read, using the book as a springboard for wide-ranging events and year-long discussions of culture, history and identity. If you've selected My Father's Paradise for your book club, here are some resources that may help spark a lively discussion:
• DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: At the back of the paperback edition is a lengthy Q & A with the author and several pages of discussion questions. For clubs using the hardcover, a Philadelphia organization has produced an exceptional readers' guide, complete with questions for discussion. Download the discussion guide (PDF) here.
• THE SABAR FAMILY TREE: Unraveling the ties among the main characters in My Father's Paradise can at times be tricky. Click here to download a selective one-page family tree (PDF). Thanks to On The Same Page Long Island for the design.
• HEAR THE AUTHOR: Ariel has talked about My Father's Paradise on NPR and many other radio stations. To hear Ariel (and his father) discuss the making of the book, please click below.
Ariel and his father on Southern California's KPCC (18 minutes)
Ariel on Philadelphia NPR station WHYY
Ariel on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing his February 2013
Smithsonian Magazine article on the scholarly hunt for the last
speakers of Aramaic.
• WATCH THE AUTHOR: You can stream video by clicking below.
Interview on "Mosaic" public affairs program
WPTV / Palm Beach NBC affiliate (30 minutes) - Nov. 2011
Interview on PBS's The Book Studio (8 minutes) - January 2010
Interview on C-SPAN2's Book TV (10 minutes) - March 2009
• READ ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Algonquin Books Conversation with the Author (pdf)
D.C. Examiner Q & A Photo Spread (pdf)• CONSIDERING THE BOOK FOR YOUR CLUB?
Download and pass around the Introduction and First Chapter (pdf).
• Order MY FATHER'S PARADISE