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Book Festival of the MJCCA Presents Virtual Author Talks LIVE!


Don’t miss our upcoming Virtual Book Festival Events! Join us for Book Festival In Your Living Room LIVE on Zoom. Most programs are free and all are welcome!

Tues, July 7
An Evening with Lisa Taddeo and Chelsea Handler
New York Times Bestselling Authors of Three Women and Life Will Be the Death of Me…and you too

Thurs, July 9
Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother

Wednesday, July 15
Daniel Silva, The Order

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | 8:00 pm ET
An Evening with Lisa Taddeo and Chelsea Handler New York Times Bestselling Authors of Three Women and Life Will Be the Death of Me…and you too

In Partnership with the JCCs of Boulder, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, and St. Louis

Join us for an evening of intimate and fascinating conversation with two of today’s most dynamic women, New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Taddeo and Chelsea Handler.

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About Three Women

When Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women hit bookstore shelves last summer, it became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and one of the most talked-about books of the year. Three Women is, without a doubt, “the most in-depth look at the female sex drive that’s been published in decades” (New York) and a “groundbreaking...breathtaking…staggeringly intimate” (Entertainment Weekly) look at the sex lives of three real American women—based on nearly a decade of reporting.

Hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance” (The Washington Post), Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics—and topped bestseller lists—worldwide.

In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, the homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks and, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, the seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in the northeast we meet Sloane, the successful, refined restaurant owner whose husband enjoys watching her have sex with other men and women.

Based on years of immersive reporting and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy. “A work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy” (Kate Tuttle, NPR), Three Women introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.

About Life Will Be the Death of Me…and you too

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler comes the funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of her year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.

From In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog poop, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead.

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

About the Authors

Lisa Taddeo has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Three Women. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.

Chelsea Handler is a five-time New York Times bestselling author with titles, including My Horizontal Life (2005), Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (2008), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (2010), Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (2011), and Uganda Be Kidding Me (2014). In 2012, Time named her one of the most influential people in the world as part of its annual “Time 100.”

 

Please register in advance to ensure your spot as space is limited! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Books are available from our partner, A Cappella Books. A Cappella Books offers free local delivery to most in-town Atlanta neighborhoods for purchases of $20 more. All orders outside the store's delivery area will be promptly shipped.


Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 8:00 pm ET
Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
 

In Partnership with the JCCs of Boulder, Cherry Hill, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Nashville, Rochester, Seattle, and A Cappella Books

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Barry Sonnenfeld, one of Hollywood’s biggest film and television directors, brings us his outrageous and hilarious memoir tracing his idiosyncratic upbringing in New York City, his breaking into film as a cinematographer with the Coen brothers, and his unexpected career as the director behind such huge film franchises as The Addams Family and Men in Black, and beloved work like Get Shorty, Pushing Daises, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Sonnenfeld's philosophy is, "Regret the Past. Fear the Present. Dread the Future." Told in his unmistakable voice, Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother is a laugh-out-loud memoir about coming of age. Constantly threatened with suicide by his over-protective mother, disillusioned by the father he worshiped, and abused by a demonic relative, Sonnenfeld somehow went on to become one of Hollywood's most successful producers and directors.

Sonnenfeld was one of Letterman's favorite guests, and has appeared on Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and many other shows. The stories he can regale you with include surviving a plane crash, his Bar Mitzvah in a Catholic Church, the unique challenges of meeting with Warren Beatty, and what it was like to work for Penny Marshall and trade jokes with Robin Williams. Sonnenfeld was a longtime tech columnist for Esquire, carries a photo of a perfectly cooked steak in his wallet to show waiters, and has challenged and beaten many notable celebrities in something he calls leg wrestling.

Written with poignant insight and real-life irony, the book follows Sonnenfeld from childhood as a French horn player through graduating film school at NYU, where he developed his talent for cinematography. His first job after graduating was shooting nine feature-length pornos in nine days. From that humble entrée, he went on to form a friendship with the Coen Brothers, launching his career shooting their first three films. Though Sonnenfeld had no ambition to direct, Scott Rudin convinced him to be the director of The Addams Family. It was a successful career move. He went on to direct many more films and television shows. Will Smith once joked that he wanted to take Sonnenfeld to Philadelphia public schools and say, "If this guy could end up as a successful film director on big budget films, anyone can." This book is a fascinating and hilarious roadmap for anyone who thinks they can't succeed in life because of a rough beginning.

About the Author
Barry Sonnenfeld is an American filmmaker and television director. He originally worked as a cinematographer for the Coen brothers before directing films such as The Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values alongside the Men in Black trilogy, Wild Wild West and Get Shorty.

 

Books are available from our partner, A Cappella Books. A Cappella Books offers free local delivery to most in-town Atlanta neighborhoods for purchases of $20 more. All orders outside the store's delivery area will be promptly shipped. Please register in advance to ensure your spot as space is limited! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 8:00 pm ET
Daniel Silva, The Order
Zoom Author Talk + Q & A

In conversation with Jamie Gangel, CNN Special Correspondent
In Partnership with the JCCs of Baltimore, Boulder, Cherry Hill, Indianapolis, Houston, Miami, Nashville, and Rochester

THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT! Book purchase of The Order from our partner, A Cappella Books, is required for one household to receive access to the virtual event on Zoom. Books will be shipped following the event! A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS OF ALL BOOK SALES SUPPORT THE MJCCA!

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PLEASE NOTE: CUSTOMERS WILL RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION LINK TO THE ZOOM EVENT AFTER THEIR BOOK PURCHASE. THIS IS A ONE-TIME USE LINK AND NOT SHAREABLE.

Join us for an entertaining evening with internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, in conversation with his wife, Jamie Gangel. The two will host a lively discussion about Silva’s new thriller, The Order, featuring the continuing adventures of the legendary art restorer and spy, Gabriel Allon.

It was nearly one a.m. by the time he crawled into bed. Chiara was reading a novel, oblivious to the television, which was muted. On the screen was a live shot of St. Peter’s Basilica. Gabriel raised the volume and learned that an old friend had died …

Gabriel Allon has slipped quietly into Venice for a much-needed holiday with his wife and two young children. But when Pope Paul VII dies suddenly, Gabriel is summoned to Rome by the Holy Father’s loyal private secretary, Archbishop Luigi Donati. A billion Catholic faithful have been told that the pope died of a heart attack. Donati, however, has two good reasons to suspect his master was murdered. The Swiss Guard who was standing watch outside the papal apartments the night of the pope’s death is missing. So, too, is the letter the Holy Father was writing during the final hours of his life. A letter that was addressed to Gabriel.

While researching in the Vatican Secret Archives, I came upon a most remarkable book…

The book is a long-suppressed gospel that calls into question the accuracy of the New Testament’s depiction of one of the most portentous events in human history. For that reason alone, the Order of St. Helena will stop at nothing to keep it out of Gabriel’s hands. A shadowy Catholic society with ties to the European far right, the Order is plotting to seize control of the papacy. And it is only the beginning.

As the cardinals gather in Rome for the start of the conclave, Gabriel sets out on a desperate search for proof of the Order’s conspiracy, and for a long-lost gospel with the power to put an end to two thousand years of murderous hatred. His quest will take him from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, to a monastery in Assisi, to the hidden depths of the Secret Archives, and finally to the Sistine Chapel, where he will witness an event no outsider has ever before seen—the sacred passing of the Keys of St. Peter to a newly elected pope.

Swiftly paced and elegantly rendered, The Order will hold readers spellbound, from its opening passages to its breathtaking final twist of plot. It is a novel of friendship and faith in a perilous and uncertain world. And it is still more proof that Daniel Silva is his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies and The Other Woman. He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva’s books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit danielsilvabooks.com.

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER
Jamie Gangel is the award-winning Special Correspondent for CNN covering politics and breaking news. Before joining CNN, Gangel worked for more than three decades at NBC News covering politics and as the National Correspondent for the TODAY show. Over the course of her career she has interviewed Presidents, First Ladies as well as artists and actors like Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Yo Yo Ma, Andrew Wyeth, Eric Clapton, Sean Connery, 50 Cent and Henry Winkler. Gangel is married to #1 New York Times best-selling novelist Daniel Silva. The couple lives in Florida with their twins Lily and Nicholas

 


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