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CRS Book Club: The Empathy Diaries

Thu, May 4, 2023 • 7:00 PM8:30 PM



The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir by Sherry Turkle

Winner of the 2021 National Jewish Book Award in Autobiography & Memoir! A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2021 • Named a Best Nonfiction Book of 2021 by Kirkus

In this vivid and poignant narrative, Turkle ties together her coming-of-age and her pathbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Growing up in postwar Brooklyn, Turkle searched for clues to her identity in a house filled with mysteries. She mastered the codes that governed her mother’s secretive life. She learned never to ask about her absent scientist father–and never to use his name, her name. Before empathy became a way to find connection, it was her strategy for survival. The Empathy Diaries offers a master class in finding meaning through a life’s work.

Book Club gathers once a month to discuss literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or plays) written by a Jewish author or with a theme of Jewish interest. Meetings are self-moderated and led by different members each month. The group nominates and selects their reading material. Every meeting provides spirited conversation and a chance to learn in a stimulating environment.

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