Friday, May 6, 2022

Register For Online Summer Book Series!

Raritan Valley Community College Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

2022 Online Summer Book Series

Join us for our Summer Book Series on Zoom as we explore the past while discussing these award-winning novels.

Friday, June 17, 2022, 10-11 am

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline

We will discuss Eternal by bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. This novel offers a sweeping and shattering epic story of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events that took place in the Jewish ghetto in Rome during The Holocaust. This novel also tells the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome…in the creeping shadow of fascism. 

Friday, July 15, 2022, 10-11 am

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

We will discuss The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. In 2011, the peace of the Syrian city of Homs is disturbed by protests and shelling. A young girl, Nour, is forced to flee across the Levant and North Africa in search of safety. 800 years before, Rawiya, disguised as a boy and apprenticed to a famous map maker, set out on an epic quest to chart the globe, following the very same route. In The Map of Salt & Stars, the tales of these two heroines coming of age in perilous times interweave, and shine a light on a country in turmoil, human resilience and the power of stories. 

Friday, August 19, 2022, 10-11am

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

We will discuss The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher MurrayA remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

These books are available online to download to read or listen to through the Somerset County Library System. These programs are free and open to the public.

Join the book discussion by emailing Program Specialist, Michelle Edgar at

This summer book series is presented in partnership with Chhange, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College and is co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties, The JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, & The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.