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Books on the Beach 2013

Rhode Island Hadassah’s Books on the Beach is the Best Yet!

One hundred seventy-seven Rhode Island Hadassah members, friends, and book lovers, dressed in their summer finery, joined together for an afternoon of renewing friendships, catching up on each others’ news, and, yes, enjoying the talks by local authors Hester Kaplan, Michael Stein, MD, and Dale Stanten.

“Terrific afternoon …..it all went so so smoothly….great committee that is
getting to be very professional!,” wrote Rhode Island Hadassah past president
Beverly Blazar. Audrey Hirsch concurred, “A delightful time …..thanks to those who worked so hard.”

The Books on the Beach Committee members were co-chairwomen Karen Asher and Renee Kaminitz, Beverly Blazar, Marilyn Cohen, Diane Ducoff, Ellen Fingeret, Deborah Gerstenblatt, Audrey Hirsch, Betty Ann Israelit, Jane Kondon, Sue Mayes, Fran Mendell, Evy Mittleman, Toby Rossner, Sally Rotenberg, Judy Schoenfeld, Judy Silverman, Rita Slom, and Wendy Spellun.

The husband and wife authors Hester Kaplan and Michael Stein read passages from each other’s work. Asked why Michael chose one of the passages from The Tell, Hester’s newest novel, Michael pointed out her exquisite ability to set the scene using all of the five senses. Hester’s characters are never people who are perfect. She likes to report on those areas of their lives and their marriages that people normally keep private. Hester chose passages from her husband’s new book, The Rape of the Muse, that demonstrated Michael’s sense of precision.

Dale Stanten, author of The Hooker’s Daughter: A Boston Family’s Saga, spoke about the difficult childhood that she and her sister had to endure as they hid their mother’s prostitution from her father. Yet everyone else in their neighborhood was aware of what was going on in their apartment. Dale and her sister were ostracized in the community and were friendless at school; they were even asked to leave the girl scouts. They shielded their mother, who, despite her profession, was kind and sensitive and who insisted that they do not shame others. Nevertheless, her mother sacrificed her children to her own needs. Dale described her life as one of love, forgiveness, and triumph over adversity.

The Hadassah Books on the Beach Committee is already beginning to consider authors for next year’s Books on the Beach. Stay tuned!

Photos, from top:

The beautiful program
Committee member Sue Mayes and Co-chair Karen Asher
Authors Hester Kaplan and Dr. Michael Stein
Author Dale Stanten
Diane Ducoff introducing the authors
Isabel and David Pollock enjoying the program

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