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Sunday, October 17 

A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn will be reviewed by Angus Smith, reviewer and writer for several publications whose interests include Jewish and Russian culture, music, art and national security.

When Josie Ashkenazi, a software prodigy, visits the Library of Alexandria as a tech consultant, she is abducted in Egypt’s post-revolutionary chaos. A century earlier, Cambridge professor Solomon Schechter arrived in Egypt, to explore the Cairo Genizah. Their stories intertwine in this novel which examines how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul.