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BooksNext meeting: July 16

Join the Chronicle Book Club!

“Call It Sleep” by Henry Roth

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle invites you to join the Chronicle Book Club for its July 16 discussion of “Call It Sleep” by Henry Roth. From the Jewish Book Council: “When Hen­ry Roth pub­lished his debut nov­el ‘Call It Sleep’ in 1934, it was greet­ed with con­sid­er­able crit­i­cal acclaim though, in those trou­bled times, lack­lus­ter sales. Only with its paper­back pub­li­ca­tion thir­ty years lat­er did this nov­el receive the recog­ni­tion it deserves — and still enjoys. Hav­ing sold-to-date mil­lions of copies world­wide, ‘Call It Sleep’ is the mag­nif­i­cent sto­ry of David Schearl, the ​‘dan­ger­ous­ly imag­i­na­tive’ child com­ing of age in the slums of New York.

“First pub­lished in 1934, and imme­di­ate­ly hailed as a mas­ter­piece, this is a nov­el of Jew­ish life full of the pain and hon­esty of fam­i­ly rela­tion­ships. It holds the distinc­tion of being the first paper­back ever to receive a front-page review in The New York Times Book Review, and it became a nation­wide bestseller.”

Your Hosts:
Toby Tabachnick, editor of the Chronicle
David Rullo, Chronicle staff writer

How and When:
We will meet on Zoom on Sunday, July 16, at noon.

What To Do
Buy: “Call it Sleep.” It is available from online retailers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon and through the Carnegie Library system.

Email: Contact us at, and write “Chronicle Book Club” in the subject line. We will send you a Zoom link for the discussion meeting.

Happy reading! PJC

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