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December 2021

Ian Kerner

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex: Laying Bare and Learning to Repair Our Love Lives NONFICTION After more than 20 years of doing sex ther­a­py, Dr. Ian Kern­er is a Sher­lock Holmes of the bed­room‚ a sex­u­al detec­tive help­ing indi­vid­u­als and cou­ples solve the mys­tery of their sex­u­al dis­tress: low libido, the inabil­i­ty to per­form, sex­u­al anx­i­eties, erot­ic con­flicts, a secret desire they’re keep­ing from a part­ner (or even them­selves). And just like a detec­tive, one of the first things he does is…

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Daniel Sokatch

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted NON­FIC­TION A primer on Israel and the Israeli-Pales­tin­ian issue. ​“Can’t you just explain the Israel sit­u­a­tion to me? In, like, 10 min­utes or less?” This is the ques­tion Daniel Sokatch is used to answer­ing on an almost dai­ly basis. As the head of the New Israel Fund, which is ded­i­cat­ed to equal­i­ty and democ­ra­cy for all Israelis, not just Jews, Sokatch is supreme­ly well-versed on the Israeli con­flict. Can We…

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James McAuley

December 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France NON­FIC­TION In the dra­mat­ic years between 1870 and the end of World War II, a num­ber of promi­nent French Jews‚ pil­lars of an embat­tled com­mu­ni­ty‚ invest­ed their for­tunes in France’s cul­tur­al arti­facts, sac­ri­ficed their sons to the coun­try’s army, and were ulti­mate­ly reward­ed by see­ing their col­lec­tions plun­dered and their fam­i­lies deport­ed to Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps. In The House of Frag­ile Things, James McAuley explores the cen­tral role of art in the assim­i­la­tion…

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Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Anxiety Sisters' Survival Guide: How You Can Become More Hopeful, Connected, and Happy HEALTH/LIFESTYLE A warm and prac­ti­cal guide to cop­ing with anx­i­ety – and find­ing ways to laugh any­way. Abs and Mags, aka the Anx­i­ety Sis­ters, have spent the past thir­ty years fig­ur­ing out how to out­smart their anx­i­ety-rid­den brains, and the last five years shar­ing what they’ve learned with a grow­ing online com­mu­ni­ty of like-mind­ed suf­fer­ers who are look­ing for ways to cope bet­ter. Whether you’re look­ing to bet­ter under­stand…

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Jonathan Dunsky

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Auschwitz Detective ­FIC­TION In the Adam Lapid Series, Jonathan Dun­sky has brought to life a very unique pri­vate detec­tive, and the two most recent addi­tions to Detec­tive Lapid’s sto­ry, A Dead­ly Act and The Auschwitz Detec­tive, are chalked full of unique chal­lenges and twists. Adam Lapid is a retired Hun­gar­i­an police detec­tive and a Holo­caust sur­vivor. A Dead­ly Act takes place at the end of World War II, find­ing our hard-boiled detec­tive hav­ing just lost his wife, daugh­ters, and sib­lings to the atroc­i­ties of Auschwitz and immi­grat­ed to Pales­tine, where…

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Heather Dune Macadam

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz NON­FIC­TION From Heather Dune Macadam, the untold sto­ry of the 999 young, unmar­ried Jew­ish women who were tricked on March 25, 1942 into board­ing the train that became the first offi­cial trans­port to Auschwitz. Timed to coin­cide with the 75th anniver­sary of the lib­er­a­tion of Auschwitz and draw­ing on exten­sive inter­views with sur­vivors, his­to­ri­ans, wit­ness­es, and rel­a­tives of those first depor­tees, 999 is an impor­tant addi­tion to Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture and wom­en’s history.      …

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Tracy Walder

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Unex­pect­ed Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Tak­ing Down Some of the World’s Most Noto­ri­ous Terrorists NON­FIC­TION Tra­cy Walder, a Jew­ish Amer­i­can woman, was recruit­ed by the CIA out of her soror­i­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. On 9/11 she was track­ing ter­ror­ists with Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney or Sec­re­tary of State Col­in Pow­ell look­ing over her shoul­der. Dri­ven to stop the new breed of ter­ror that war cre­at­ed, Walder picked up her alias iden­ti­ty, flew over­seas, and…

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Robert Lefkowitz

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Fun­ny Thing Hap­pened on the Way to Stock­holm: The Adren­a­line-Fueled Adven­tures of an Acci­den­tal Scientist NON­FIC­TION The rol­lick­ing mem­oir from the car­di­ol­o­gist turned leg­endary sci­en­tist and win­ner of the Nobel Prize that rev­els in the joy of sci­ence and discovery.           Robert J. Lefkowitz is a Nobel Prize-win­ning sci­en­tist (Chem­istry, 2012) who is best known for show­ing how adren­a­line works via stim­u­la­tion of spe­cif­ic recep­tors. He was trained at Colum­bia, the NIH and Har­vard before…

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Louie Kemp

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures NON­FIC­TION This unique­ly inti­mate mem­oir of a life­long friend­ship with Bob Dylan offers nev­er-before-told sto­ries, behind-the-scenes glimpses, rare pho­tos, and affec­tion­ate anec­dotes about one of the key fig­ures in Amer­i­can music and let­ters. With a cast of char­ac­ters that includes Mar­lon Bran­do, Cher, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Den­nis Hop­per, Louie’s moth­er, and many more, Dylan & Me is the ulti­mate rock-and-roll biog­ra­phy – a ​“back­stage pass” to Louie and Bob’s life, friend­ships, and music by the guy who was there every step of the way.    …

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Ira Rosen

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tick­ing Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes NON­FIC­TION Two-time Peabody Award-win­ning writer and pro­duc­er Ira Rosen reveals the inti­mate, untold sto­ries of his decades at Amer­i­ca’s most icon­ic news show. It’s a 60 Min­utes sto­ry on 60 Min­utes itself. When pro­duc­er Ira Rosen walked into the 60 Min­utes offices in June 1980, he knew he was about to enter tele­vi­sion his­to­ry. His career cat­a­pult­ed him to the heights of TV jour­nal­ism, break­ing some of the most impor­tant sto­ries in TV news. But behind the scenes was a war room of clash­ing pro­duc­ers, anchors, and the…

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