Lisa Gruenberg Presents a JBC Author Talk about Her Memoir “My City of Dreams”

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Lisa Gruenberg, My City of Dreams: A Memoir      

Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 P.M.

Another partnered event with FJC, Vilna Shul and the Worcester JCC

(includes 1st night Hanukah candlelighting)

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In the early 2000s, a family crisis set Boston physician Lisa Gruenberg on the unexpected path to being a writer. In 2012, she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction and, in 2019, published her memoir My City of Dreams. In this carefully researched and hauntingly written memoir, Gruenberg not only records her own life, but also that of relatives long lost to darkness, terror, and murder. In dreamlike sequences, she weaves known facts of the lives of those lost into tableaus of imagined family dinners, conversations and leisure activities set in the Vienna landscape. Join Lisa for reflections on writing, being a doctor during these trying times, and the holiday of lights.


Lisa Gru­en­berg is a physi­cian on fac­ul­ty at Har­vard Med­ical School. Her essays have appeared in pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing Ploughshares and The Michi­gan Quar­ter­ly Review. She received the 2012 Mass­a­chu­setts Cul­tur­al Coun­cil Artist Fel­low­ship and has pre­sent­ed at the Med­i­cine and the Holo­caust Con­fer­ence in Israel, at book­stores and uni­ver­si­ties, the Boston Pub­lic Library, and upcom­ing at the LA Muse­um of the Holocaust. You can find her online at


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