When:Â Tuesday, April 16, 7 pm â€“ 9 pm
Where:Â Flatiron Building, 14th floor, 175 Fifth Avenue
Cost:Â $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages)
RSVP/Questions:Â Make sure to register via the Facebook eventÂ HEREÂ or email Liz Mathew at eimathew-at-gmail-dot-com [since your name needs to be on the security guest list to allow entry into the building, RSVP is required.]
This monthâ€™s book will be The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. Read the Amazon description below:
Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful potsâ€”which are then sold, collected, and handed onâ€”he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.
And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.