Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Mark Oppenheimer’s new book, ‘Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood,’ was published this week. It recounts the events of 10/27 and their aftermath. Do you intend to read the book?”
Of the 233 people who responded, 29% said they were “eager to read the book now,” and 27% said they planned to read the book at a later time. Forty people (17%) said they were not interested in reading the book, and another 12% said they would not be reading the book because it would be too difficult to relive 10/27 and its aftermath. Thirty-five people (15%) said they were not yet sure whether they would be reading the book
Thirty-six people submitted comments. A few follow.
A cottage industry of professional mourners has been created as a result of the murders…not quite ready to hear another one at this moment.
Depends on the reviews. If it looks informative beyond what we in Pittsburgh already know or makes profound well-written insights, I’ll read it. But not just because he’s writing about a tragic event in my community which I have read reams about.
I hope it sells well, but I want to move on and heal without sadness.
Further open discussion of the tragic events should be healthy, and encouraged.
I bought the book for myself and one for each of my sons. This is a story about all of us.
It’s reprehensible that the author and publisher hope to profit, via book sales, from our tragedy. Every penny they receive (i.e., blood money) should go to charity. This book disrespects the dignity of the deceased.
I’m a Tree of Life member and don’t want to read his thoughts on what I still live every day.
Ordered the book on the first day it was available. It behooves us all to take in all the journalism available, so that we understand where we stand in the world. The Fourth Estate is our mirror…
Have already read it and find the book a well reported chronicle of the events and people involved.
Not only is this a must read, it should be taught in classrooms.
I was interviewed by Mark but at this particular moment in time, with the anniversary approaching, I need to to wait until the anniversary passes. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick