One Book/One Community Read Program
97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman
In selecting 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman for the town’s first-ever One Book/One Community Reading Program, our three library directors and reading enthusiasts see this book as recalling the rich immigrant heritage that we all share and value.
Eastchester’s 350th Anniversary will celebrate these common legacies, beginning with a lecture by 97 Orchard’s author Jane Ziegelman on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 3:00 pm, at Sommer Center, at Concordia College, with a reception to follow. This talk will kick off a year-long series of E-350 events and programs that are open to all residents and invite their participation.
In 97 Orchard, An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, Jane Ziegelman explores how five different immigrant groups brought their food passions to New York and managed the challenges of producing family meals in cold water flats. Her book places these families in a context, tracing the immigration movement from mid-nineteenth century Germans to the Irish and German Jews and, then, to the Russian Jews and Italians who followed in the 1890‘s and early twentieth century. The work also includes a realistic look at life at Ellis Island and the unique food terminology of the foreign-born groups that has contributed to today’s common English. Copies of the book may be borrowed from the local libraries: Eastchester, Tuckahoe or Bronxville. Some are available on Kobo or Kindle for large-print readability. For library card holders, the book may also be reserved online through the Westchester Library System. Or, purchases may be made at Womrath’s Bookshop in Bronxville.
The project’s goals are to involve residents from high-schoolers to seniors, from those who love cooking to those who simply love eating. With the book as a touchstone, there are many possibilities for community engagement: discussion groups, ethnic eating experiences, recipe sharing, cooking lessons and trips to 97 Orchard Street (home of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum) and Ellis Island.
If you wish to contribute your ideas to this program’s development, contact your community’s librarian: Tracy Wright (Eastchester) at firstname.lastname@example.org; Swadesh Pachnanda (Tuckahoe) at email@example.com; or Gabriella Radujko (Bronxville) at firstname.lastname@example.org.