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Book Review: “Not Our Kind”

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July 21, 2022


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Book Review

Sisterhood hosts bi-monthly book reviews throughout the year that are open to the public. July’s book review will be led by our congregant, Mima Jackson.

Please Note: This book review will be held by Zoom, and the information to access will be emailed ahead of time to those who register. Our intention is for the book review series to return to in-person in the fall.

A summary of our July book, Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis can be found below:

One rainy morning, two years after the end of World War II, a minor traffic accident fatefully brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. Eleanor, a teacher and recent Vassar graduate, needs a job. Patricia’s difficult thirteen-year-old daughter, Margaux, recovering from polio, needs a private tutor at their Park Avenue home.

Eleanor’s mother, a hatmaker with a shop on Second Avenue, disapproves of the arrangement; the Bellamys live in a restricted building where Eleanor will have to conceal the fact that she’s Jewish. But Eleanor, who has formed an immediate bond with Margaux, loves her new position despite her mother’s misgivings.

Soon after Eleanor arrives at the Bellamys’ country home in Connecticut, she meets Patricia’s charming bohemian brother, Tom, recently returned from the war. The spark between Eleanor and Tom is instant and intense, and Eleanor begins to feel more comfortable in their world, undeterred by the fact that she’s an outsider. Then one hot summer evening a line is crossed, and Eleanor will have to make a decision with consequences for all of their lives.

Gripping and vividly told, Not Our Kind looks at two women on the cusp of change – and asks how much our identities can and should define us.

To help us plan for our book reviews and to receive communications about future book reviews, we ask that you kindly RSVP by noon on Wednesday, July 20, either online or by contacting the Sisterhood at sishood@emanuelhouston.org or 713.529.5771, ext. 233.