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    nOVEMBER 5–20, 2011
    NEW &                                                                                                                                                                                             Calling All Book Clubs:
    NOTABLE                                                                                                                                                                                           Be a Book Club Insider
    AUTOgRAPhED                                not able to attend dyan cannon, Jim lehrer, senator Joe
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    BOOKS AVAILABLE!                           of their books are available at!                                                                                              Book Festival Selections
                                              We are proud to partner with Barnes & Noble, the official bookseller of the 20TH Edition of
                                              the Book Festival of the MJCCA. Barnes & Noble will be selling books onsite throughout                                                              We are pleased to feature an
                                              the Festival. Pick up a few for yourself, but don’t forget your friends and family!                                                         impressive selection of books perfect
                                                                                                                                                                                            for your book clubs and discussion
                                              This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment                                                       groups. These are the season’s best,
                                              for the Humanities through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
                                                                                                                                                            most thought-provoking books that your book club can read, discuss
                                                                                                                                                             and then come meet the author in person during the Book Festival.

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                                                                                                   BOOK CLUB SELECTIOn
     To celebrate 20 years of bringing                                                                                                                                                november 6                              november 15
    the best and the brightest authors                                                             gOODFRIEnD’S gRILL                                           Fifth avenue, 5 a.m., sam Wasson        the eichmann trial, deborah lipstadt
                                                                                                   Delicious boxed lunches and snacks from
        to our community, we will be                                                               Goodfriend’s Grill are available for purchase                    the big thirst, charles Fishman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                november 16
    serving delicious, complimentary                                                               before the designated book event begins.
           treats at specific events                                                               We kindly request that you enjoy your meal                                       november 7           hiding in the spotlight, Greg dawson
                                                                                                   on Main Street as food and drinks are not                  home in the morning, mary Glickman               the lost Wife, alyson richman
      throughout the Festival. Look for                                                            permitted in either the gym or the Morris and
      the icon on the following pages                                                              Rae Frank Theatre.                                             the submission, amy Waldman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               november 17
       and enjoy a sweet treat on us!                                                              SWEET TREATS                                                     loose diamonds, amy ephron
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the dovekeepers, alice hoffman
                                                                                                   Serving delicious complimentary treats.
                                                                                                                                                                                     november 14
                                                                                                                                                                   the False Friend, myla Goldberg
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                                            Help us celebrate 20 years of bringing books to our                                                                                                           CELEBRATING
                                            community by giving the gift of a good book to our soldiers,
                                            here and overseas. We urge you to make a difference in the
                                            lives of our military personnel by donating your gently used
                                                                                                                                            Retrospective                                                 20 YEARS OF
                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE BEST AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE BRIGHTEST
                                            hardcover and paperback books at the MJCCA throughout
                                            the month of November. All books collected will be sent to                      When the MJCCA (then the AJCC) introduced            Telushkin, Chaim Potok, Mitch Albom, Norman
  proudly supports                          our soldiers overseas and to military and veterans’
                                                                                                                            the first Book Festival in 1992, it was a five-day   Mailer, and John Updike—to name a few.
                                                                                                                            event with merely seven authors. Twenty eventful
                                            hospitals throughout the United States.                                         years later, our festival has grown into a           To celebrate 20 years of bringing books and
                                                                                                                            two-week extravaganza that boasts more than          culture to our community, and to thank you for
                                                      GENRES OF BOOKS REQUESTED BY THE TROOPS:                              45 authors, hosts 10,000+ festival-goers each        your continued support, we are pleased to offer
                                            • Fantasy and Science Fiction • History                                         year, and is recognized as one of the most           special treats at specific Book Festival programs
                                            • Biographies and Memoirs     • Spy Novels                                      noteworthy and well-respected Book Festivals in               (look for the Sweet Treats logo throughout
                                            • Political Thrillers         • Adventure and Westerns                          the nation.                                                   this brochure). In addition, we have
                                            • Political Affairs           • Classic American Literature                                                                          brought back some of our favorite Book Festival
                                                                                                                            Over the years, we’ve welcomed hundreds of           titles from years past to the Barnes & Noble
                                                       PLEASE NOTE: Books without front covers, with loose, brittle or
                                                        missing pages, stains or water damage cannot be accepted.           the best and the brightest to our community          Bookstore on Main Street. And, we invite you to
                                                                                                                            including: Pat Conroy, Alan Alda, Gene Wilder,       share your own personal Book Festival memories
                                                 DO A MITZVAH: JOIN US ON PACKING DAY, DECEMBER 25                          Annie Leibovitz, Elie Wiesel, Rabbi Joseph           on our website and on our Facebook page.
                                            Volunteer your time and talent to help us on Sunday, December 25 as
                                            we write letters, sort, and box the books we have collected. Books will
                                            be collected through November 30.                                                                                                                    website
 (Project GIVE is a program of the MJCCA)        For more information contact or 678.812.3978.                    

                                                                           Dr. Gupta makes a house
                                                                           call to the MJCCA to
                                                                           chat with CNN Senior
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                                                                           ELIZABETH COHEN about                                                      he
                                                                                                                            Join the MJCCA during the Book
                                                                           his exciting, new thriller,                                                      hree
                                                                                                                            Festival for $29 a month* (for three
                                                                                                                            months), and we’ll waive the
                                                                           Monday Mornings.                                                              antage
                                                                                                                            registration fee. To take advantage
                                                                                                                            of the membership offer or inquire
                                                                                                                            about other specials, please stop
                                                                                                                            by the Membership Office located
                                                    with Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Sr. Medical Correspondent
                                                                                                                            next to the customer service
                                                   The MJCCA’s Upfront & Unscripted is a unique program                     desk on Main Street anytime
                                                   of spontaneous, thought-provoking discussion between
                                                                      two luminaries of the medical world.                  during our Book Festival events.
PROLOGUE                                                                                                                                         nOVEMBER 5, 2011

                                                                                   Presented by

                                                                                                                                                 FUNNY IN THE HOUSE

                                                                                                                                                 7:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                 A nIghT OF IMPROV
                                                                                                                                                 Book Festival Retrospective
                                                                                                                                                 with Dad’s garage

                                                                                                                                                 Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00

                                                                                                                                                 Join the MJCCA and the comic geniuses from Dad’s
                                                                                                                                                 Garage for a hilarious night of improv as we look back
                                                                                                                                                 on 20 memorable years of Book Festivals.

                                                                                                                                                 DISHING THE DIRT
© Fred Conrad

                                                                                                                                                 9:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                 MEIR ShALEV
                THOMAS L.                                              From the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem and
                                                                       The New York Times #1 bestseller, The World is Flat,                      My Russian Grandmother and Her American
                                                                                                                                                 Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir
                                                                       comes That Used to Be Us, a look at how America
                                                                       is failing to meet its four greatest challenges:
                Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and                      globalization, the revolution in information                              Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00
                The New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist           technology, chronic deficits, and energy
                                                                       consumption. Thomas L. Friedman explains how                              Enjoy a hot cup o’ joe in our Israeli coffee house while
                                                                       the end of the cold war blinded the nation to the                         you listen to one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Meir
                September 26                                           need to address these issues and shows how our
                                                                       history, when properly understood, provides the
                                                                                                                                                 Shalev. his hilarious book, My Russian Grandmother and
                                                                                                                                                 Her American Vacuum Cleaner, is a lighthearted tale of
                7:30 PM                                                key to addressing them. In this fascinating book
                                                                       from one of our nation’s most influential columnists,
                                                                                                                                                 family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of
                                                                                                                                                 storytelling in the village of Meir Shalev’s birth, where his
                Zaban Park                                             Friedman spells out what we need to do now to                             unforgettable Grandma Tonia lived in a constant state of
                                                                       rediscover America and rise to the moment. That                           battle with the family’s biggest enemy in their adoptive
                Non-Members $22                                        Used to Be Us is both a searching exploration of the                      land: dirt. This is a charming memoir of the obsessive but
                                                                       American condition today and a rousing manifesto
                Members $15                                            for American renewal.
                                                                                                                                                 loving Tonia, the pioneers who gave Shalev’s childhood                        Attend both events
                                                                                                                                                 its spirit of wonder, and the grit and humor of people                         for one low price!
                                                                                                                                                 building ever-new lives.
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                T H I S IS A BONUS E VE NT I N CLU D ED IN PAT RO N & SER IES PA S S E S !                  The                                  Presented in Partnership with                                                 & DishiNg the Dirt



                tickets available at                                                                   Stern
                                                                                                                                                 The Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Non-Member: $27

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                MJCCA, Zaban Park • 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338                               M                      S

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     nOVEMBER 6, 2011

     FIFTH AND HEPBURN                                             WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

     10:15 AM                                                      12:30 PM
     SAM WASSOn                                                    ChARLES FIShMAn
     Fifth Avenue, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn,                           The Big Thirst: The Secret Life
     Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of                       and Turbulent Future of Water
     the Modern Woman
                                                                   Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00
     Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00
                                                                   The Big Thirst is a mind-changing narrative about how
     Audrey hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image        water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, yet
     many of us have of hepburn—dainty, immaculate—                we take it completely for granted. Bringing readers on
     is anything but true to life. here, for the first time, Sam   a fascinating journey—from the wet moons of Saturn to
     Wasson presents the woman behind the little black             the water-obsessed hotels of Las Vegas to our very own
     dress who rocked the nation in 1961. With a colorful cast     water crisis in Georgia—Charles Fishman shows that
     of characters including Truman Capote, Edith head,            we’ve already left behind a century-long golden age
     Givenchy, “Moon River” composer henry Mancini, and,           when water was abundant, safe, and cheap, and have
     of course, hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the         entered an age of water scarcity. Fishman asserts that
     America of the early sixties before Woodstock and birth       all of our water problems are solvable, and describes a
     control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of holly     range of promising solutions.
     Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing
     fashion, film, and sex for good.

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     nOVEMBER 6, 2011

     FOR GOODNESS SAKE                                                                                   MY MOTHER, MYSELF

     2:15 PM                                                                                             4:00 PM
     TED gUP                     DAVID LEVInSOn                                                          LUCETTE LAgnADO
     A Secret Gift               Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins                                           The Arrogant Years: One Girl’s
                                                                                                         Search for Her Lost Youth
     Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00
                                                                                                         Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00
     A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness—and a
     Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History                                                        Winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature,
     of the Great Depression, ted gup                                                                    Lucette Lagnado’s The Man in the White Sharkskin
     Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton,                                         Suit was acclaimed as “a crushing, brilliant book” by
     Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached,                                        The New York Times Book Review. That book centered
     to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to                                        largely on Lagnado’s father, Leon, an Egyptian Jew,
     submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor                                           who was forced to flee during Nasser’s dictatorship,
     calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author’s grandfather, Sam                                        and forge a new life for himself and his family.
     Stone, was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow
     Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most                                         In her much-anticipated new book, The Arrogant
     of them would ever witness. Seventy five years later, Ted Gup                                       Years: One Girl’s Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo
     discovered all of the letters in a suitcase in his grandfather’s                                    to Brooklyn, The Wall Street Journal cultural reporter
     attic. Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of                                           focuses more specifically on her mother Edith’s
     hope contained in the letters, he set out to unveil the lives                                       experiences—coming of age in a magical old Cairo
     behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the                                       inhabited by pashas and their wives. The Arrogant
     country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted                                        Years provides a marvelous snapshot of the tumultuous
     at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created                                         60s and 70s and the destabilizing effects of such rapid
     the impact that Mr. B. Virdot’s gift had on each family.                                            change on young women grappling to find a place in
                                                                                                         the New World order.
     Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone
     Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World
     a Better Place, David Levinson
     Once a self-proclaimed “reluctant volunteer”—too busy and
     unmotivated—David Levinson is now director of the largest
     regional volunteer network, Big Sunday, with an army of
     fifty thousand volunteers across California. Speaking to the
     reluctant volunteer in everyone, he boosts our “Volunteer                  FF EVEnT F
     IQ” with specific advice on how, where, and why we can                   KO


     help. he candidly addresses the benefits and pitfalls of
     volunteering. With a list of “Fifty-two Ways to Give Back,”
     Levinson brainstorms ideas for traditional and offbeat ways
     to contribute to your community.

                                                                          see page 6 for more details.

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     nOVEMBER 6, 2011                                                                               nOVEMBER 7, 2011
     SUNDAY                                                                                         MONDAY

     WITH TWO YOU GET EGGROLL                                                                       RISING LITERARY VOICES

     5:30 PM ChInESE DInnER                                                                         12:00 PM
     7:00 PM AUThOR EVEnT                                                                           MARY gLICKMAn                    AMY WALDMAn
                                                                                                    Home in the Morning              The Submission
     Kosher Chinese                           Big in China                                          Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00
     NoN-MeMber TickeT + chiNese DiNNer: $28.00                                                     Home in the Morning, Mary glickman
     NoN-MeMber ticket oNLy: $16.00                                                                 In this stunning literary debut, Mary Glickman tells Jackson
     MeMber TickeT + chiNese DiNNer: $23.00                                                         Sassaport’s story, a nice Jewish boy from Mississippi
     MeMber ticket oNLy: $11.00                                                                     who struggles to forge an identity and find love during
                                                                                                    the early years of the civil rights movement. Glickman
     Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching and Eating                                                    displays great skill in interweaving different decades and
     with China’s Other Billion, Michael Levy                                                       locales into a moving love story that is also an insightful
     In September 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to                                        exploration of the complexities and confusions that result
     teach English in the heart of China's heartland. his hosts in                                  from clashing cultural norms—northern and southern,
     the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him: resident                                    black and white, male and female, Jewish and Christian,
     expert on Judaism, romantic adviser, and provincial                                            working class and ruling class.
     basketball star, to name a few. his account of overcoming
     vast cultural differences to befriend his students and                                         The Submission, Amy Waldman
     fellow teachers is, by turns, poignant and laugh-out-loud                                      What if a Muslim architect had won a contest to design
     funny. Kosher Chinese offers us a fascinating account of                                       the World Trade Center memorial? That’s the question that
     the often overlooked interior of China.                                                        drives Amy Waldman’s gripping, deeply intelligent novel,
                                                                                                    The Submission. The book opens with jury member—and
     Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures                                                           9/11 widow Claire Burwell pushing for the winning design
     Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and                                                       ‘The Garden.’ When the design and its Muslim creator
     Becoming a Star in Beijing, Alan Paul                                                          are leaked, a media firestorm erupts, and Claire finds
     Based on his award-winning Wall Street Journal online                                          herself trying to balance principles against emotions amid
     column, “The Expat Life,” Big in China explores Alan Paul’s                                    escalating tensions about the place of Islam in America.
     unlikely three-and-a-half-year journey of reinvention
     in this rapidly developing country. At the heart of the                                        Amy Waldman is a former The New York Times reporter
     memoir is his time fronting “Woodie Alan,” a blues band                                        and was co-chief of the South Asia bureau of The New
     he formed with a Chinese partner. The cross-                                                   York Times and a national correspondent for The Atlantic.
     cultural collaboration became an                                                 IOUS
     unlikely success. “Woodie Alan”                                     E IS A     F
                                                                     THER INESE BUTURE.
                                                                        CH UR FU
     became symbolic of Paul’s entire                                   IN YO
     China experience and proof of
     what transpires when one can
                                                                      Kosher Catering Provided by
     suspend preconceived notions
     and plunge into a new reality.
     *Chinese dinner is not included
     in the Sunday Pass.

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     nOVEMBER 7, 2011                                                      nOVEMBER 8, 2011
     MONDAY                                                                TUESDAY

     2-for-1 EVENT                                                         HOW GOOGLE BECAME A VERB

     Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00                                   7:45 AM
     CAnDID CAnDOR                                                         STEVEn LEVY
                                                                           In the Plex: How Google Thinks,
     6:30 PM                                                               Works, and Shapes Our Lives
     AMY EPhROn
     Loose Diamonds…and Other Things                                       selig center
                                                                           1440 spring street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
     I’ve Lost (and Found) Along the Way

     With her wonderful sense of humor, marvelously candid                 Non-Member/Member: $15.00
     voice, and astonishing perception, Amy Ephron weaves                  includes continental breakfast
     together the most insightful, profound, and just plain
     funny stories of her life to form a tapestry of a woman’s             Few companies in history have ever been as
     experiences from childhood through young adulthood,                   successful and as admired as Google, the company
     marriage, divorce (and remarriage), and everything in                 that has transformed the Internet and become an
     between. Writing with great honesty and exacting prose,               indispensable part of our lives. how has Google
     Ephron gives us an evocative, engaging, and often                     done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy                   Kosher Catering Provided by
     piercing look at modern life.                                         was granted unprecedented access to the company,
                                                                           and in this revelatory book he takes readers inside
                                                                           Google headquarters—the Googleplex—to show how
     SWEET ‘n SEXY
                                                                           Google works.
     8:00 PM
                                                                           Levy reveals the secret to Google’s success: its
     ERICA JOng                                                            engineering mind-set and adoption of such Internet
     Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women                                          values as speed, openness, experimentation, and
     Write About Real Sex                                                  risk-taking and details how Google pampers its
                                                                           engineers with free food and dry cleaning, on-site
     From the author of the iconic seventies book, Fear of                 doctors and masseuses—giving them all the resources
     Flying, comes Sugar In My Bowl, an anthology of candid                they need to succeed. No other book has ever turned
     essays about how women feel about sex. Jong has                       Google inside out as Levy does with In The Plex.
     gathered a collection of the best original writing about
     the erotic experience from women writers of all ages.
     Surprising, beautiful, evocative, and revealing, Sugar in
     My Bowl embraces our humanity and tells the truth about
     the female experience of sexuality.

                                                       Bring you
                                                         and make riends
                                                       Girls' Nig it a
                                                                 ht Out!
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DECADES of DEBATES                       nOVEMBER 9, 2011
                                         KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATION

                                         7:00 PM
TUESDAY                                  COMMEMORATIOn
NOVEMBER 8                               at the Besser Holocaust
                                         Memorial Garden

8:00 PM                                  Free to the community

Non-Member: $16.00
Member: $11.00

From the man widely hailed as “the
                                         FATHER KNOWS BEST
Dean of Moderators” comes a lively
and revealing book that pulls back
the curtain on more than forty years
                                         8:00 PM
of televised political debate in         gILAD ShAROn
America. A veteran newsman who           Sharon: The Life of a Leader
has presided over eleven
                                         Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00
presidential and vice-presidential
debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a      Gilad Sharon, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s youngest son
ringside seat for some of the epic       and close confidant, has combed through the private
political battles of our time,           notes as well his father’s vast archive—diaries, daybooks,
shedding light on all of the critical    military directives, correspondence, and thousands
turning points and rhetorical faux       of other documents—to offer a rare, intimate, and
pas that helped determine the            compellingly written look at the man and his evolution
                                         into one of the world’s most powerful and influential
outcome of America’s presidential
                                         figures. Filled with news-making revelations, Sharon is
elections—and with them the course
                                         the anatomy of being prime minister, offering a rare
of history. Drawing on his own           glimpse into the Israeli leader’s private discussions with
experiences as “the man in the           major heads of state, from George W. Bush to Vladimir
middle seat,” in-depth interviews with   Putin, hosni Mubarak to Jacques Chirac and King
the candidates and his fellow            Abdullah, and provides an unparalleled view of global
moderators, and transcripts of key       politics in action. A dazzling portrait of a legendary man
exchanges, Lehrer isolates and           and the nation he helped build, Sharon is a masterful
                                         biography and an illuminating analysis of modern
illuminates what he calls the “major
                                         Middle Eastern politics and the forces that have shaped
moments” and “killer questions” that     this volatile region.
defined the debates, from
Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.
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     nOVEMBER 10, 2011

     VALUE OF WORDS                                                     MADAM MAYOR

     10:00 AM                                                           12:00 PM
     RABBI PAMELA JAY gOTTFRIED                                         MAYOR EVA gALAMBOS
     Found in Translation: Common                                       A Dream Come True: My Very Good Life
     Words of Uncommon Wisdom
                                                                        Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00
     Free to the community
                                                                        The woman and first mayor behind the newly formed
     Pamela Jay Gottfried is an ordained rabbi, teacher, mother,        city of Sandy Springs, brings us a fascinating look at
     and self-described wordie. Since moving to Atlanta in              the major issues of both her life and life in America
     1993, she has taught at The Weber School and The Epstein           over the past 60 years. The struggle between labor
     School, the MJCCA’s Brill Institute for Jewish Learning and is     and management, the women’s movement, the racial
     the scholar-in-residence at Camp Ramah Darom. In her first         conflicts that engulfed the nation and especially the
     book dedicated to the love of words, Gottfried offers readers      South, and the conflict between central cities and their
     a shared vocabulary and fresh perspective about everyday           suburbs, and finally, the sometimes ridiculous aspects of
     experiences through lighthearted, inspirational essays.            politics all come alive in this fascinating memoir from an
     Found in Translation is filled with words that can express our     extraordinary woman.
     ideas and emotions and our true selves, to one another.


     11:00 AM
     Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All

     Free to the community

     So how did an under-educated, over-dressed, drinking,
     swearing, Jewish girl come to be the right hand man (um,
     woman) to Ralph Reed, the former executive director of
     the Christian Coalition? According to Lisa Baron, she didn’t
     set out to become the queen of the religious right; it just sort
     of happened. Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All
     is a political memoir based on Baron’s eight years working
     side-by-side with the Christian icon. Baron takes readers
     deep into the wide world of politics—evangelical style!

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     nOVEMBER 10, 2011                                               nOVEMBER 11, 2011
     ThURSDAY                                                        FRIDAY

     2-for-1 EVENT                                                   MEMORIES ARE A BLESSING

     Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00                             10:45 AM
     WhAT hIS ChILD hAS TAUghT hIM                                   BILLY LIghT
                                                                     Grandmas Never Leave Us
     6:30 PM
     TOM FIELDS-MEYER                                                Free to the community
     Following Ezra: What One Father Learned
                                                                     When MJCCA member Billy Light lost his mother and
     About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love                           mother-in-law within a few months of each other, he
     from His Extraordinary Son                                      and his wife were left with the difficult task faced by all
                                                                     parents—explaining death and grief to their two young
     When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism at age three,       children, then five and seven years old. Finding very few
     Tom Fields-Meyer knew little about parenting and even less      resources to guide them, Light decided to write his own
     about neurological disorders. This intimate memoir chronicles   story, asking his daughter Lindsey to help by filling it with
     his remarkable experiences of learning and growth from the      charming illustrations she drew in crayon. Kept in a drawer
     time Ezra was diagnosed to his bar mitzvah at 13.               for more than 20 years, Light recently dusted off this family
                                                                     treasure, deciding it was time to share his story and
     TERROR, ThEY WROTE                                              important message with us all. Grandmas Never Leave Us
     8:00 PM                                                         is, quite simply, a book about death and dying; about how
                                                                     we say goodbye to our loved ones while holding them in
     ALEX BEREnSOn                                 DAnIEL BYMAn      our memories forever.
     The Secret Soldier                            A High Price

     The Secret Soldier, Alex Berenson
     In his extraordinary new suspense novel, The Secret Soldier,
     The New York Times bestselling author Alex Berenson brings
     back one of his most intriguing characters, terrorist hunter
     John Wells. Those who can’t get enough post-9/11 novels
     about a maverick intelligence operative trying to foil yet
     another Islamic terrorist group bent on cataclysmic mayhem
     will welcome Berenson’s fifth thriller featuring Wells.

     A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures
     of Israeli Counterterrorism, Daniel Byman
     In A High Price, Daniel Byman breaks down the dual
     myths of Israeli omnipotence and—conversely—
     ineptitude in fighting terror, offering instead a nuanced,
     definitive historical account of the state’s bold but often
     failed efforts to fight terrorist groups. The product of
     painstaking research and countless interviews, the book
     chronicles different periods of Israeli counterterrorism
     and is a fascinating read.

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                         20TH EDITION of the BOOK FESTIVAL of the MJCCA AUTHOR LINE-UP: NOVEMBER 5–20, 2011
                                  For more information and to purchase tickets, call our Book Festival Hotline at 678.812.4005 or visit

        SATURDAY                                 SUNDAY                                  MONDAY                                    TUESDAY                             WEDNESDAY                                  THURSDAY                                   FRIDAY
       7:00 pm                               10:15 am                                                                                                                                                            10:00 am
                                      6      FIFTH AND HEPBURN                  7                                       8                                        9                                      10       VALUE OF WORDS                  11
       Improv with Dad’s Garage              Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., S. Wasson                                                                                                                                     Found in Translation, Rabbi
                                     12:30 pm                                  12:00 pm                                7:45 am                                 7:00 pm                                           Pamela Jay Gottfried          10:45 am
9:00 pm                                  WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE               RISING LITERARY VOICES                  HOW GOOGLE BECAME A VERB                KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATION                                                     MEMORIES ARE A BLESSING
                                                                                                                                                                                                       11:00 am                                Grandmas Never Leave Us,
DISHING THE DIRT                         The Big Thirst, Charles Fishman           Home in the Morning,                In the Plex, Steven Levy                at the Besser Holocaust
                                                                                                                                                                                                       PARTY POLITICS
My Russian Grandmother and           2:15 pm                                       Mary Glickman                                                               Memorial Garden                                                                 Billy Light
                                                                                                                       8:00 pm                                                                         Life of the Party, Lisa Baron
Her American Vacuum Cleaner,         FOR GOODNESS SAKE                             The Submission, Amy Waldman
                                                                                                                       DECADES OF DEBATES                      8:00 pm                                 12:00 PM
Meir Shalev                          A Secret Gift, Ted Gup / Everyone
                                     Helps, Everyone Wins, David Levinson      6:30 pm                                 Tension City, Jim Lehrer                FATHER KNOWS BEST                       MADAM MAYOR
                                                                               CANDID CANDOR                                                                   Sharon, Gilad Sharon                    A Dream Come True,
                                     4:00 pm
                                     MY MOTHER, MYSELF                            Loose Diamonds, Amy Ephron                                                                                           Mayor Eva Galambos
                                     The Arrogant Years, Lucette Lagnad                                                                                                                                6:30 pm
                                                                               8:00 pm
                                     5:30 pm                                                                                                                                                           WHAT HIS CHILD HAS TAUGHT HIM
                                                                               SWEET ‘N SEXY
                                     CHINESE DINNER                                                                                                                                                    Following Ezra, Tom Fields-Meyer
                                                                               Sugar in My Bowl, Erica Jong
                                     7:00 pm                                                                                                                                                           8:00 pm
                                     WITH TWO YOU GET EGGROLL                                                                                                                                          TERROR, THEY WROTE
                                     Kosher Chinese, Michael Levy                                                                                                                                      The Secret Soldier, Alex Berenson
                                     Big in China, Alan Paul                                                                                                                                           A High Price, Daniel Byman

                                              10:00 am
 12                                   13      A UNIQUE PATH                    14                                      15                                       16                                      17                                       18
                                              The Choosing, Rabbi Myers
8:00 pm                                                                        12:00 pm                                6:30 pm                                 12:00 pm                                10:30 am
FROM THE SCHOOL HOUSE                         10:00 am – 1:00 pm               LIVING WITH A LIE                       A STUDY OF EVIL                         HOPE FROM DESPAIR                       BESTSELLING MOM
TO THE WHITE HOUSE                   The PJ Library Storytelling Festival
                                                                                   The False Friend, Myla Goldberg         The Eichmann Trial,                    Hiding in the Spotlight,             No Biking in the House Without a
Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews         2:00 pm                                                                               Deborah Lipstadt                       Greg Dawson                          Helmet, Melissa Fay Greene
                                     BOYS OF SUMMER                            7:30 pm                                                                            The Lost Wife, Alyson Richman
                                     The Way of Baseball, Shawn Green /        BREW HA-HA                              8:00 pm                                                                         12:00 pm
                                     Pitching in the Promised Land,            Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah,                 MUSIC MAN                                                                       SECRETS FROM MASADA
                                     Aaron Pribble / Baseball in the           Jeremy Cowen                            Killing Me Softly, Charles Fox          7:30 pm                                    The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman                = BOOK CLUB PICK
                                     Garden of Eden, John Thorn                The Last Testament,                                                             CAREGIVING 101
                                     4:30 pm                                   God and David Javerbaum                                                         A Bittersweet Season, Jane Gross
                                     DANCE DANCE EVOLUTION
                                     Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance,
                                     Judith Brin Ingber
                                     7:00 pm
                                     ESTHER G. LEVINE COMMUNITY READ                                                                                                                                                                     
                                     The Gift of Rest, Joe Lieberman

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8:00 pm                              10:00 am                                                                                                           Barbara and Ed Mendel
Dear Cary, Dyan Cannon               Here I Am, Leonard Felder

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                                     How I Got This Way, Regis Philbin           The George                                                                                                             The Zaban Family
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                                                                                 nOVEMBER 13, 2011
NOVEMBER 12                                                                      SUNDAY
8:00 PM
From the School House                                                            A UNIQUE PATH
to the White House
Non-Member: $22.00 / Member: $15.00
                                                                                 10:00 AM
                                                                                 RABBI AnDREA MYERS
                                                                                 The Choosing: A Rabbi’s Journey from
                                                                                 Silent Nights to High Holy Days

                                                                                 Marcus hillel center at emory university
                                                                                 735 Gatewood road, Atlanta, GA 30322

                                                                                 Free to the community

                                                                                 A young Lutheran girl grows up on Long Island, New
                                                                                 York. She aspires to be a doctor, and is on the fast track
                                                                                 to marriage and the conventional happily-ever-after. But,
                                                                                 as the Yiddish saying goes, “Man plans, and God laughs.”
                                                                                 Meet Andrea Myers, whose coming-of-age at Brandeis,
                                                                                 conversion to Judaism, and awakening sexual identity
                                      We know so much about President
                                                                                 make for a rich and well-timed life in the rabbinate.
                                      John F. Kennedy, yet even his wife
                                      Jacqueline described him as “that          In The Choosing, Myers fuses heartwarming anecdotes
                                      elusive man.” To MSNBC Hardball Host       with rabbinic insights and generous dollops of humor to
                                      Chris Matthews, Kennedy has long           describe what it means to survive and flourish on your
                                                                                 own terms. Portioned around the cycle of the Jewish
                                      been both an avatar and a puzzle. For
                                                                                 year, with stories connected to each of the holidays,
                                      years, Matthews has been collecting        Myers draws on her unique path to the rabbinate--
                                      Kennedy stories from those who knew        leaving behind her Christian upbringing, coming out
                                      him best. In Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero,   as a lesbian, discovering Judaism in college, moving to
                                      the bestselling author and Kennedy         Israel, converting, and returning to New York to become
                                      expert has woven those firsthand           a rabbi, partner, and parent.
                                      encounters with JFK into a great
                                      American novel, telling the tale of how
                                      Kennedy grew from a child of privilege
                                      into a war hero and finally president of
                                      the United States, all the while coping
                                      with a life-threatening disease.

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                                                                                                                                                           CONCERT BY THE MACAROONS
                                                                                                                                                           10:00 AM • All Ages
                                                                                                                                                           What’s inside a mezuzah? What should
                                                                                                                                                           you do if you drop your matzoh ball on
                                                                                                                                                           the ground? Who’s the man we love
                                                                                                                                                           to boo? Join us for a rockin’ kickoff
                                                                                                                                                           concert by The Macaroons and
                                                                                                                                                           find out! Seating is limited; advance
                                                                                                                                                           reservations recommended.
                        BRIN GIN G BO O KS TO L I FE
                                                                                                                                                     DOORS OPEN AT 9:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                     THE SHABBAT PRINCESS .................................................. Amy Meltzer

      Sunday, November 13                                                                                                                            Join PJ Library author Amy Meltzer as she presents The Shabbat Princess. Rosie likes
                                                                                                                                                     queens, but she really loves princesses! One Shabbat eve, she persuades her parents to
                                                                                                                                                     invite the Shabbat Princess to their home. Learn how to make Shabbat special! (Ages 3+)

                                           10:00 am - 1:00 pm                                                                                        NOAH’S SWIM-A-THON..................................................... Ann Koffsky
     For Children Ages 6 Months & Up • $10 per child                                                                                                 Noah won’t go in the pool, until he learns about the camp swim-a-thon and how he can
                                                                                                                                                     help other kids enjoy the camp he loves so much. Meet PJ Library author and illustrator,
                                                                                                                                                     Ann Koffsky and find out how she makes books from start to finish. (Ages 3+)

                  Always a magical highlight of the Book                                                                                             JUMPING JENNY ..................................................................... Ellen Bari
                                                                                                                                                     Jenny was born to jump. Her life is changed forever when she channels her joy for
                   Festival of the MJCCA, The PJ Library’s                                                                  ®
                                                                                                                                                     jumping on her pogo stick—all in the name of tikkun olam or repairing the world. PJ Library
                                                                                                                                                     author Ellen Bari presents her lively book and shows off her pogo stick skills. (Ages 3+)
                 Storytelling Festival promises to be even
                                                                                                                                                     NOSH, SCHLEP, SCHLUFF: BABYIDDISH.......................... Laurel Snyder
             bigger and better than ever. Join in the fun                                                                                            Grandparent & Me Program. Bring your Bubbe and Zayde and come kibbitz with PJ
                                                                                                                                                     Library author Laurel Snyder. Oy!—you will kvell when you hear your little ones speaking
                                                                                                                                                     Yiddish. (Ages 5 & Under)
               as we bring you and your family together
                                                                                                                                                     HAVE A NOSH!
              with magical storytellers for an interactive,                                                                                          Is Tzimmes sweet? Are kreplach green? Taste and make a guess in our Yiddish Tasting
                                                                                                                                                     Room. (For all ages)
                            educational, and unique event!
                                                                                                                                                     DADDY 'N ME KRAV MAGA
                                                                                                                                                     Get a little exercise, Israeli-style! Especially for Dads, Grandpas, and children of all ages.

                     For more information and to register, please visit:                                                                             NOAH’S ARK PROGRAM
                                                                                                                                                     Lions and tigers and bears—oh, yeah! Join Jessica Dickson for a roaring good time with
                                                                                                                your children on Noah’s Ark. Presented by Shalom Baby. (Ages 3 & Under)

                                                                                                                                                     THE PEACE ROOM
                                                                                                                                                     The Peace Room Kid Zone is exclusively for families with babies and toddlers who need a
                                                                                                                                                     place to relax. Peace Room children will enjoy story time led by Kid Zone staff, and
The PJ Library is generously funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta in partnership with the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.   discover a wonderful place where they can have quiet play time. (Ages 2 & Under)
     nOVEMBER 13, 2011

     BOYS OF SUMMER                                                           DANCE DANCE EVOLUTION

     2:00 PM                                                                  4:30 PM
     ShAWn gREEn                                                              JUDITh BRIn IngBER
     The Way of Baseball                                                      Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance
     AAROn PRIBBLE                                                            Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00
     Pitching in the Promised Land
     JOhn ThORn                                                               In Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, choreographer,
     Baseball in the Garden of Eden                                           dancer, and dance scholar Judith Brin Ingber collects
                                                                              wide ranging essays and many remarkable photographs
     Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00                                       to explore the evolution of Jewish dance through two
                                                                              thousand years of Diaspora, in communities of amazing
     The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 mph, shawn green            variety and amid changing traditions. Ingber and
     Two-time All-Star Shawn Green’s memorable Major League                   other eminent scholars consider dancers individually
     Baseball career spanned fourteen years and four teams. he’s one          and in community, defining Jewish dance broadly to
     of the best-loved players in recent decades, known for signing           encompass religious ritual, community folk dance, and
     autographs with a smile and tossing balls with kids in the stands.       choreographed performance. Taken together, this wide
     But his accolades and statistics are only half the story. In The Way     range of expression illustrates the vitality, necessity, and
     of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 mph, Shawn Green shares the         continuity of dance in Judaism.
     lessons the game taught him about being present and attaining
     inner stillness—no matter what life throws at you.

     Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and
     Only Season in the Israel Baseball League, Aaron Pribble
     It was the first (and last) season of professional baseball in Israel.
     Aaron Pribble had been out of Minor League Baseball for three
     years when, at his coach’s suggestion, he tried out for the newly
     formed Israel Baseball League. Pribble was the ideal candidate
     for the upstart league. his is a story of coming of age spiritually
     and athletically in one short season in the throes of romance,
     Middle Eastern politics, and the dreams of America’s pastime far,
     far afield from home.
                                                                                                                                  Live D
     Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret Early History                                                                   Perfor ance
     of the Game, John thorn
     John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, examines
     the creation story of the game and finds it all to be a gigantic lie,
     not only the Doubleday legend, so long recognized with a wink
     and a nudge. Add bluff, bluster, and bravado, and toss in an illicit
     romance, an unknown son, a lost ball club, an epidemic scare,
     and you have a baseball detective story like none ever written.
     Baseball in the Garden of Eden is a tale of good and evil, and the
     snake proves the most interesting character.

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         SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 • 7:00 PM                                                                                 nOVEMBER 14, 2011

     SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN                                                                                             LIVING WITH A LIE
       The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath
                              Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00                                                      12:00 PM
                                                                                                                       MYLA gOLDBERg
                                                                                                                       The False Friend

                                                                                                                       Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00

                                                                                                                       Back for her third MJCCA Book Festival appearance,
                                                                                                                       Myla Goldberg, author of The New York Times bestseller,
                                                                                                                       Bee Season, brings us an astonishingly complex
                                                                                                                       psychological drama with a simple setup: two eleven-
                                                                                                                       year-old girls, Celia and Djuna, best friends and fierce
                                                                                                                       rivals, go into the woods. Only Celia comes out… The
                                                                                                                       lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the
                                                                                                                       accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been
                                                                                                                       abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was
                                                                                                                       ever found. And for twenty years, Celia blocked out
                                                                                                                       how it happened. As an adult, her desperate search
                                                                                                                       to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful
                                                                                                                       consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally
                                                                                                                       charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that

                                                                                        L er G.
                                                                                                                       children become—leading us to question the truths

                                                                                            evine                      that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which
                                                                                                                       we succumb.

  The Sabbath is a gift that Senator Joe Lieberman, as an observant Jew, received from his
  parents who, in turn, received it from their parents, who received it from generations of Jews
  before them. According to ancient tradition, the line of transmission extends back to Moses at
  Mt. Sinai, who received the Sabbath as the fourth of the Ten Commandments. In this book,
  Lieberman will offer the gift of Sabbath observance—a gift that has anchored, ordered, and
  inspired his life—to readers of all faiths. Combining personal and political memoir with history
  and broadly informed religious reflection, this book is a practical how-to guide, with simple
  suggestions for introducing the Sabbath into your own life.

  Created to honor longtime Book Festival volunteer Esther G. Levine, The Community Read is intended to
speak to the entire community regardless of religious affiliation, organizational mission, or political affiliation.                                                  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY, SEATING IS LIMITED:   33
                                                                                 nOVEMBER 15, 2011

                                                                                 2-for-1 EVENT

                                                                                 Non-Member: $16.00 / Member: $11.00

                                                                                 A STUDY OF EVIL
                                                                                 6:30 PM
                                                                                 DEBORAh LIPSTADT
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 • 7:30 PM                                                    The Eichmann Trial: A Chronicle of the Holocaust
      Non-Member: $16.00/Member: $11.00                                          The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann

                                                He' Brew                         by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his
                                                                                 subsequent trial in Jerusalem by an Israeli court electrified
      JEREMY COWAN                             BeerTasting!                      the world. In The Eichmann Trial, award-winning historian
                                                                                 Deborah Lipstadt gives us a compelling reassessment of
      Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah                                                     the groundbreaking trial that has become a touchstone
                                                                                 for judicial proceedings throughout the world in which
      This highly entertaining small-business memoir documents Cowan’s           victims of genocide confront their perpetrators. Lipstadt,
      early days of delivering beers in his grandmother’s Volvo, to winning      a Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish history and holocaust
      awards 13 years later at top craft beer festivals around the country.      Studies at Emory University, details the trial and analyzes
                                                                                 the dramatic effect that the survivors’ courtroom testimony
      Established in San Francisco in 1996, with the first batch of 100 cases    had on the world.
      of HE‘BREW Beer® bottled, labeled, and delivered by hand, Shmaltz
      Brewing Company has sold over 8 million bottles to date. This hilarious
      account takes readers on a wild ride with the head of one of today’s       MUSIC MAn
      most successful and award-winning breweries.                               8:00 PM
                                                                                 ChARLES FOX
                                                                                 Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music
      The Last Testament: A Memoir by God                                        Charles Fox, who has composed more than 100 motion
                                                                                 picture and television scores, will tickle the ivories,
      In this ultimate celebrity autobiography, bestselling author God will      regaling festival-goers with some of his most iconic
                                                                                 television series theme songs including, “happy Days,”
      “telleth-all” for the first time, going behind-the-chapters of the Old
                                                                                 “Laverne and Shirley,” “Love, American Style,” and “Love
      Testament. From the creation of the universe to jeggings, the Lord         Boat,” will tinkle the ivories In this memoir, Fox recounts his
      Almighty has been a pivotal player in nearly all the major decisions of    development as a musician, describing the cornerstone
      the past twenty epochs. Now, for the first time since He wrote             events of his musical and personal life.
      whichever holy book you happen to believe in, God offers startling
      “dish” about all aspects of the universe and creatures therein, starting
      with Adam and Steve (you read right) and ending with Snooki. The
      Last Testament is sure to appeal to a broad base of readers, from the
      most ardent apocalyptist to the most blasphemous Darwinian.
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     nOVEMBER 16, 2011

     HOPE FROM DESPAIR                                                CAREGIVING 101

     12:00 PM                                                           7:30 PM
     gREg DAWSOn                              ALYSOn RIChMAn            JAnE gROSS
     Hiding in the Spotlight                  The Lost Wife
                                                                        A Bittersweet Season: Caring for
     Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00                                 Our Aging Parents—and Ourselves

     Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s
     Story of Survival, Greg Dawson
     When journalist Greg Dawson, then a feature writer/
     columnist for the Herald-Times newspaper in Bloomington,
     told his mother, Zhanna, a longtime piano professor at             with elizabeth cohen,
     Indiana University who’d grown up in the Ukraine, he was           cNN senior Medical correspondant
     planning to write a local-angle story about World War II, she
     proceeded to tell him a story he’d never heard before: the         Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00
     horrific saga of her family being rousted from their home and
     sent on a death march when she was 14. Of how she and              Gross deftly weaves the specifics of her own
     her younger sister, Frina, were forced to use their prowess        experience—a parent with mounting health
     as piano prodigies to entertain Nazi soldiers. Zhanna is now       problems, an enormous amount to learn about care
     living in Atlanta and a member of Congregation Beth Jacob.         for the aged, and unresolved family relationships
     Hiding in the Spotlight tells Zhanna Arshanskaya Dawson’s          with her mother and brother—with a comprehensive
     astonishing, painful and, ultimately, uplifting story by a son     resource for effectively managing the lives of your
     who, for most of his life, never knew he was Jewish.               parents while keeping your sanity and strength intact
                                                                        and your family strong.
     The Lost Wife, Alyson Richman
     Inspiration for The Lost Wife struck novelist Alyson Richman
                                                                        Packed with information, A Bittersweet Season
     by chance. During a haircut, she overheard the stylist next to
                                                                        explains which questions to ask when looking for a
     her telling a story he had recently heard from another client.
                                                                        nursing home or assisted-living facility; why finding
     That woman had recently attended a wedding where the
                                                                        a new general practitioner should always be the
     bride’s grandmother and the groom’s grandfather had
                                                                        first move when relocating an elderly parent; how
     not met previously. At the rehearsal dinner the night before,
     the groom’s grandfather insisted the bride’s grandmother           to deal with Medicaid and Medicare; and why you
     looked hauntingly familiar to him. At the end of the evening,      should always keep a phone charger and an extra
     still adamant that her face looked familiar to him, he asked       pair of glasses in your car.
     her to roll up her sleeve. There, the six-number tattoo from
     Auschwitz was marked to her skin. “You were my wife,” he
     told her.

     Richman imagines the 60 years of separation between these
     two, creating an epic love story that begins in glamorous
     pre-war Prague, but takes a tragic turn as Czechoslovakia is
     swept under the folds of the Nazi Occupation.

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     nOVEMBER 17, 2011


     10:30 AM
     No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

     Free to the community

     Atlantan Melissa Fay Greene is known for award-winning
     nonfiction (The Temple Bombing, Praying for Sheetrock)
     and eloquent journalism, but she is also a mother. With
     four children of her own, she and her husband, Don
     Sammuel, adopted five from foreign countries. In her
                                                                         Saturday, November 19
     whimsical, hilarious account, she pokes fun at her own initial                                   8:00 PM
     cluelessness regarding the adoption process, which the
     couple began after Greene suffered a miscarriage in her                        Non-Member: $22.00 • Member: $15.00
     mid-40s. Greene, in this engaging book, captures the family’s
     triumphant shared delight in one another’s differences.
                                                                      With unparalleled honesty, award-winning film and
                                                                      television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and
     SECRETS FROM MASADA                                              producer Dyan Cannon shares the heartwarming and
                                                                      heartbreaking story of her magical romance and stormy
                                                                      marriage to screen legend Cary Grant. He was the ultimate
     12:00 PM                                                         star, defining Hollywood glamour as well as cinematic
     ALICE hOFFMAn                                                    achievement. She was a bright new actress, beautiful and
     The Dovekeepers                                                  funny, who would one day prove her talent by being the
                                                                      first woman to receive Academy Award nominations for
     Non-Member: $13.00 / Member: $8.00                               her work on-screen and behind the camera. Behind
                                                                      closed doors, she discovered a Cary no one knew; a
     The Dovekeepers is Oprah Book Club Author Alice                  thoughtful, caring, and private person, with dark
     hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel set
     in ancient Israel. In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held            family secrets that weighed heavily on him. With rare
     out for months against armies of Romans on Masada,               photos and never-before-seen letters and notes from
     a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the                Cary Grant, Dear Cary is told with poignancy and
     ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children          hard-won wisdom. For anyone who has ever loved
     survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, hoffman’s
                                                                      and lost, Dyan Cannon’s memoir is an exploration
     novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold,
     resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has                of what love means, and an inspirational story of
     come to Masada by a different path.                              surviving life’s slings and arrows.

38    20Th EDITION of the BOOK FESTIVAL of the MJCCA
     nOVEMBER 20, 2011


     10:00 AM
     Here I Am: Using Spiritual Wisdom to Become                                                                                               SUNDAY
                                                                                                          NOVEMBER 20
     More Present, Centered, and Available for Life

     congregation etz chaim
     1190 indian hills Pkwy
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                                                                                                                             REGIS PHILBIN
     Free to the community

     In the opening to Dr. Leonard Felder’s new book, Here
     I Am, he asks the question, “how am I going to improve                                                                     How I Got This Way
     the way I deal with pressures, complexities, and stressful
     moments that are now an undeniable part of my life?”                                                             Non-Member: $22 / Member:$15
     Felder, a psychologist, found the answer after more than
     thirty years of experience trying different approaches                                                                         Premier Seating: $50*
     on himself and his clients; he found it in the world of
     Jewish spirituality. This enlightening book on personal                                                          Regis Philbin, a beloved American media
     growth offers eight remedies that Felder has found to be                                                         personality, is best known for hosting talk
     consistently effective in relieving stress both at work and                                                       and game shows from the 1960s to the
     at home. Although these remedies come from Jewish                                                                 present and is often called "the hardest
     spiritual wisdom, they can be practiced by everyone,
                                                                                                                        working man in show business.” He holds
     regardless of religion—Felder’s advice is rooted in the
                                                                                                                        the Guinness World Record for the most
     idea of respect for our highest self, no matter what our
                                                                                                                         time spent in front of a television camera.
     unique life situation may be.
                                                                                                                         Now, in a most unique memoir, Philbin
                                                                                                                          shares all of the experiences that have
                                                                                                                          taught him about achieving success
                                                                           and happiness—and about maintaining both for as long as he has. From an awkward
                                                                           first meeting with Jack Nicholson to early encounters with a young Ronald Reagan
                                                                           and a shy, as-of-yet-unknown, eighteen-year-old Steven Spielberg, Regis reveals the
                                                                           many influences that have shaped his life philosophy and career. Recounted here
                                                                           are stories about chance meetings, interactions and full-blown adventures with Bing
                                                                           Crosby, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Cary Grant, Bill
                                                                           Cosby, George Clooney, George Steinbrenner, Charles Grodin, Howard Stern and
                                                                           others. Of course, there are also chapters devoted to his co-stars of many years, Kelly
                                                                           Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford, and one to his wife of 41 years, Joy Philbin. Marked by the
                                                                           same tongue-in-cheek humor and candor he has always displayed, this book will
                                                                           serve and endure as a reminder of why America has related to and loved this
                                                                                                            one-of-a-kind television legend for so many decades.
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