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Book Fest in Your Living Room!

 

We are pleased to join JCCs from all around the nation in offering this exciting book and author series of the MCJCC Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Purchase a ticket to these Live Zoom Webinar events. Programs will be recorded and made available to ticket holders for seven days following the event.

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COMING UP:

Sharon Stone, The Beauty of Living Twice

Tue. May 11, 2021 | 8 pm  (THIS IS THE NEW DATE)

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Ticket:  FREE

Ticket and copy of book: $36   (includes tax and shipping)

 

Author of The Beauty of Living Twice

In conversation with International Superstar Gloria Estefan

Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

Presented in partnership with Books and Books, Coral Gables and the National JCC Literary Consortium

Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose. She was one of the most renowned actresses in the world–until a massive stroke cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health. In an industry that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the globe.

Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a business that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love.

Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent, but for her candor and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded, and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice, and speak out.

 

Sharon Stone is an actress, human rights activist, artist, mother, daughter, sister, and writer. She has been honored with a Nobel Peace Summit Award, a Harvard Humanitarian Award, a Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award, and an Einstein Spirit Award, as well as many other accolades. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family.

International superstar Gloria Estefan is a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers. Billboard Magazine considers her the single most successful Latin crossover artist in music history.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide she’s been awarded with 7 Grammy Awards, an Oscar nominated performance for the song “Music Of My Heart,” a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In 2015, President Obama honored Emilio & Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor,
presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the United States, to world peace, and to cultural endeavors. In 2017, Gloria was the first Cuban-American, singer-songwriter to receive The Kennedy Center Honors.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

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Paula Shoyer, The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook

Thur., May 13 | 7:30 pm

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LIVE COOKING DEMO WITH PAULA SHOYER, “THE KOSHER BAKER”!

Ticket:  $6

Ticket and copy of book: $30   (includes tax and shipping)

Presented in partnership with the MJCCA Community Outreach Department, the National JCC Literary Consortium, and A Cappella Books!

Let’s cook with the Kosher Baker herself, Paula Shoyer! Paula will be pulling out all the stops, making a few delicious dishes just in time for Shavuot! First, it’s NY cheesecake in the Instant Pot followed by a more traditional recipe for her famed blintzes. Either way, you don’t need an Instant Pot to participate — all of her recipes can be made using appliances you already own! Both recipes are below if you’d like to purchase your ingredients in advance and cook along with Paula!

About The Instant Pot® Kosher Cookbook

Welcome to the first Instant Pot® cookbook to feature kosher food. Paula Shoyer has expertly developed a robust array of both traditional and contemporary kosher recipes for the king of all kitchen appliances: the Instant Pot®!

Jewish food and the Instant Pot® are a natural fit. So many traditional Jewish dishes are soups and stews—prepared before Friday night and kept warm throughout Shabbat, when observant Jews aren’t allowed to cook—and that’s the sweet spot of the Instant Pot®. For decades, Jewish families have relied on slow cookers to achieve the soft, flavor-filled stews of their ancestors, but they lamented the time required. Now, the Instant Pot® allows for vastly shorter cooking times without compromising flavor or texture. The Instant Pot ® Kosher Cookbook includes timeless Jewish favorites tailored to this modern appliance: stuffed cabbage, Israeli cooked salads, corned beef, brisket, cholent, Yemenite and Persian beef and lamb stews, chicken soup, beet soup, kasha varnishkes, tzimmis, even apple cake. There are weeknight meals as well as recipes for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, and Passover, along with kosher versions of international classics such as lasagna, sesame noodles, arroz con pollo, Asian noodle soups, and risotto—all expertly and deliciously adapted to the Instant Pot®.

 Paula Shoyer is the author of The Healthy Jewish KitchenThe Holiday Kosher BakerThe Kosher BakerThe New Passover Menu, and the new Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook, available in September 2020. She has a degree in French pastry from the Ritz Escoffier in Paris and does cooking classes and talks all around the world. Paula was honored by Jewish Women International as a “Woman to Watch.” More about Paula can be found on her website at thekosherbaker.com and on instagram @kosherbaker and on Facebook at The Kosher Baker.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Anti-Trust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

Wed., May 19 | 8:00 pm

Ticket:  $11

Ticket and copy of book: $36 (includes tax and shipping)

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Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

Book purchases support your local JCCs!  A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

ANTITRUST is important, urgently needed book from the much-admired senior senator from Minnesota, and former candidate for president of the United States–a fascinating exploration of antitrust in America and the way forward to protect all Americans from the dangers of curtailed competition, and from vast information gathering, through monopolies.

From Standard Oil, and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, to the Progressive Era’s trust-busters, Amy Klobuchar, in this large, compelling history, writes of the fight against monopolies in America.

She writes of the breakup of Ma Bell, the pricing monopoly of Big Pharma, and the future of the giant tech companies (Facebook, Amazon, Google).

She begins with the Gilded Age (1870s-1900), when builders of fortunes and rapacious robber barons such as J. P. Morgan, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt were reaping vast fortunes as industrialization swept across the American landscape, with the rich getting vastly richer and the poor, poorer. She discusses President Theodore Roosevelt, who, during the Progressive Era (1890s-1920), “busted” the trusts (breaking up monopolies); the Clayton Act of 1914; the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914; and the Celler-Kefauver Act of 1950 (it strengthened the Clayton Act). She explores today’s Big Pharma and its price-gouging; and tech, television, content, and agriculture communities and how a marketplace with few players, or one in which one company dominates distribution, can hurt consumer prices and stifle innovation.

As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Klobuchar is at work on, among others, issues raised by giant tech companies, such as Facebook, Google (it reportedly controls 90 percent of the search engine market), and Amazon, and puts forth her plans, ideas, and legislative proposals designed to strengthen the antitrust laws and antitrust enforcement.

AMY KLOBUCHAR is the senior senator from Minnesota, the first woman from that state to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She was born in Plymouth, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

 

 

 

Andrew McCarthy, Brat, An ’80s Story

Monday, May 24 | 8 pm

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Ticket:  $6

Ticket and copy of book: $36   (includes tax and shipping)

A Very Special Evening with Andrew McCarthy, Brat, An ’80s Story

Book purchases include signed bookplate, shipping, and tax.

Fans of Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends will love this beautifully written, entertaining, and emotionally honest memoir by an actor, director, and author who found his start as an 80s Brat pack member.

Most people know Andrew McCarthy from his movie roles in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Less than Zero, and as a charter member of Hollywood’s Brat Pack. That iconic group of ingenues and heartthrobs included Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Demi Moore, and has come to represent both a genre of film and an era of pop culture.

In his memoir Brat: An ’80s Story, McCarthy focuses his gaze on that singular moment in time. The result is a revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction, and masculinity. New York City of the 1980s is brought to vivid life in these pages, from scoring loose joints in Washington Square Park to skipping school in favor of the dark revival houses of the Village where he fell in love with the movies that would change his life.

Filled with personal revelations of innocence lost to heady days in Hollywood with John Hughes and an iconic cast of characters, Brat is a surprising and intimate story of an outsider caught up in a most unwitting success.

 

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped by our partner, A Cappella Books, after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

EVENT RECORDINGS:

Event recording for ticket holders will be available 24 hours after the event for a limited time; please email [email protected] if you would like a copy.

Jennifer Weiner, That Summer

May 27 | 8 pm

Ticket:  $6

Ticket and copy of book: $36   (includes tax and shipping)

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A Very Special Evening with Jennifer Weiner, That Summer

In Conversation with Rebecca Serle, New York Times Bestselling Author

Note: Book includes signed bookplate and a complimentary “That Summer” chapstick sent from A Cappella Books.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night? While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy? From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 18 books, including Good in BedThat Summer, and an essay collection, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

About the Moderator

Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives in New York and Los Angeles. Serle developed the hit TV adaptation of her YA series Famous in Love, and is also the author of The Dinner List, and YA novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. She received her MFA from the New School in NYC. Find out more at RebeccaSerle.com.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium and A Cappella Books.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped by our partner, A Cappella Books, after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

EVENT RECORDINGS:

Event recording for ticket holders will be available 24 hours after the event for a limited time; please email [email protected] if you would like a copy.

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