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The History of Love, Pages 192 Through the End (Spoiler Alert!)

Hi, Bookies: In our final section of the book, Krauss takes us back to the Singers: Uncle Julian heading home, Charlotte becoming “more withdrawn, or…obscure, as in faint, unclear, distant.” And Alma’s memories of her dad becoming “more faint, unclear, distant.” Nice parallel writing. Alma digs into trying to figure out who Isaac Moritz is and discovers his books, one beginning […]

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The History of Love, Pages 135 Through 191

Welcome back, Bookies: Hope your reading’s going well—I even see that some of you have finished the book ahead of schedule, the sign of a good book! In this section, Alma pursues her quest to find out if there was a real Alma Mereminski. She explores the N.Y.C. birth and death records’ offices, but to no avail: “Loneliness turned into […]

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The History of Love, Pages 65 Through 134

Hi, Bookies: On our journey to page 134, we meet Zvi Litvinoff, the Polish writer of The History of Love within The History of Love. We learn about his marriage to Rosa; how he immigrated to Chile; how he wrote the book in Yiddish and Rosa helped translate it into Spanish; how the original manuscript was lost in a flood; […]

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The History of Love, Pages 1 Through 64

Hi, Bookies: Now that we’ve begun our book together it’s time to start the conversation. Let’s look at how the story unfolds and the journey Nicole Krauss has begun to take us on. The story so far: We meet Leo Gursky, a Polish-Jewish retired locksmith who immigrated to New York City after WWII, during which his family was assassinated by […]

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Hello Again, Bookies!

Hi, Bookies: I’m Claudia Bloom, and I’m so happy to be back here for another summertime read, as I was last year with many of you. Although our winning book, The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss, may not be exactly a “beach read,” I’m still very excited about its selection for August. When I led the book club last […]

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Your August Winner

Hi, Bookies: By a wide margin, our winner is The History of Love, Nicole Krauss’s tender, wry, surprising novel about a novel, also called The History of Love, that ties together two lonely people: an elderly emigrant of Nazi-occupied Poland and a teenage girl who’s nursing her own deeply felt loss. Real Simple Associate Research Editor Claudia Bloom will be […]

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