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March Book Club

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Sun, March 01, 2020
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Home of Erik Fortner '92
888 Juniper Street NE Apt 1805, Atlanta GA 30309
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The next Book Club selection, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado, is a memoir of the author's father, Leon Lagnado, a successful Jewish businessman in Egypt who loses everything after the fall of King Farouk and the rise of the Nasser dicatorship.  The glowing review in the New York Times paints the scene of Leon as "one of the city’s most elegant boulevardiers, who spent his nights in the restaurants, cafes, dance halls and casinos of what was then “the most cosmopolitan city in the world.” Impeccably dressed in suits made by Cairo’s finest tailors, he romanced the city’s most beautiful women, did business with French colonial merchants, gambled with wealthy Egyptians and socialized with British officers. Though there was severe rationing in the city during the war, “the nightlife flourished and cafe society preened and the hedonistic streak of the city went almost unchecked.”  However in the wake of the Suez Canal crisis and growing anit-Semitism Leon and his family were forced to leave in 1963.  The author weaves a story of loss and exile and family and triumph.

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March Book Club
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