Black Boychik chronicles the hilarious and awe-inspiring journey of Sarge: born black (and Jewish!), adopted and raised white. Enduring prejudice, addiction and homelessness, Black Boychik tells a story of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction, making it in show business, and becoming a husband, father, son – and a mentor to thousands.
Susan Adelman, MD – After Saturday Comes Sunday
Sara Blair – How the Other Half Looks: The Lower East Side and the Afterlives of Images
Tracey Cohen – Six-Word Lessons on the Sport of Running: 100 Lessons to Enjoy Running for a Lifetime
Teviah L. Estrin, Ph.D. – Religiosity and the Brain: Why People Believe God Must Exist
Marsha Gordon – That’s What I Like About You
Jeffrey M. Last, Ph.D. – Essays on Judaism and Psychology: Explorations in T’filla and Avoda
Jane Mersky Leder – Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide
Alexa Randolph - With Love, Ella
Lisa Rose – Star Powers Series
Beatrice Sonders & David Salama - Hiding in Plain Sight: My Holocaust Story of Survival
Susana Stoica, Ph.D. – Heal your Brain, Reclaim your Life: How to Recover and Thrive After a Concussion
Steven Wineman – The Therapy Journal
Sponsored by Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Co-sponsored by David-Horodoker Organization
Looking for something great to read? Join us at Book Fair Sneak Peek for an intro to our offerings, including newly-published works!
Sneak Peek Panel:
Sharon Schwartz • Connie Silver • Cheri Victor
Recommended books will be available with a special discount on this day only.
Alexandra Silber was a young child when she learned of her father’s cancer. Her life revolved around his chemotherapy treatments, medical trials, her father’s imminent passing, and the accompanying threat of abandonment. Lost in grief after his death, she and her mother hardly knew where to begin. Suddenly, into their house burst three old friends from theater camp. Now it’s a battle with everything death can throw at them: meddling relatives, merciless bureaucracy, and soul-sapping sadness. Silber, who has performed on Broadway and London’s West End, delivers an ode to the restorative power of family and friendship.
Sponsored by Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network
PJ Library Author, Debra B. Darvick leads an interactive reading and meaningful project. We are brothers, sisters, grandparents & friends.
We are smiling, laughing, crying & cheering.
We are all ages, colors, lifestyles & abilities.
We are the face of Jewish life today.
Registration appreciated by Thursday, November 1
Co-sponsored by JFamily’s PJ Library & jbabydetroit!, JCC’s Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center, JCC Day Camps Powered by Tamarack, Temple Beth El
After a sexual assault at an elite New England boarding school, 15 year-old Chessy Prout reports her attacker to police and later testifies against the popular senior in an internationally-broadcasted trial. Her willingness to stand up to the school’s toxic culture results in swift backlash: girls shun her, boys bully her, and school leaders try to intimidate her. Chessy launches the #IHaveTheRightTo campaign encouraging people to claim their rights to their bodies and voices and stand together in solidarity with victims of sexual violence.
Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit
The Talmud says: “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.” This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel’s DNA. In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman – praised by David Remnick as “arguably [Israel’s] best investigative reporter” – offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions.
Underwritten by the Spencer M. Partrich Charitable Foundation
Co-sponsored by Zionist Organization of America – Michigan Region
Co-sponsored by Hazon Detroit
Alex Cohen, a twenty-six year old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, but as he explores the plant’s vast floors and assembly lines, he comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt, and Alex’s own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite?
Co-sponsored by IRP
When Matt Santos, a veteran Hollywood character actor, gets a call about a painting allegedly looted from his family by the Nazis in 1944 Budapest, his life is thrown into personal, professional, and spiritual turmoil. What inflames his interest most is why his father, always an opportunist, wants nothing to do with the return of this valuable painting. By the time Memento Park reaches its conclusion, Matt’s narrative is as much about family history and father-son dynamics, as it is about the art itself.
Co-sponsored by Bookstock Fund, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
In her literary debut, broadcaster and filmmaker Jamie Bernstein offers an intimate, gossipy memoir of growing up as the eldest child of renowned composer Leonard Bernstein. When a second-grade classmate calls her “famous father girl” Jamie doesn’t yet realize the impact of her father’s fame – but it slowly dawns on her. This often hilarious and deeply moving tale is an intimate lens into a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and his music that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives.
Co-sponsored by The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, ORT America – Michigan Region, Sisterhood of Adat Shalom Synagogue
At a time when Congressional investigations pervade American politics, this book offers readers a rare insider’s portrait of the world of Congressional oversight. In the face of mounting partisanship, dysfunction, and cynicism, Financial Exposure reveals how Congressional oversight investigations can be a powerful tool for uncovering facts, building bipartisan consensus, and fostering change. Co-sponsored by Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media Center/Joan & Dr. Robert Jampel
A must-have resource for omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores alike, this vegetable cookbook clearly organizes vegetable profiles and recipes by season for easy reference. Together with guidelines on how to prep, cook, pair, and eat every veggie, each chapter in this vegetable cookbook features recipes to make vegetables a staple at your table. How do you actually cook a pumpkin? What pairs well with asparagus? When is kale in season? The Essential Vegetable Cookbook is this and more with 130 quick and simple recipes.
Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Moshe Sisterhood, Temple Israel Sisterhood
In this enchanting sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie – the little girl he saved on earth – in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect. Poignant, beautiful, and filled with unexpected twists, we are reminded that not only does every life matter, but every ending is also a beginning – we need only to open our eyes to see it.
Click here for tickets (book included).
Co-sponsored by Congregtion Shir Tikvah, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi is a devout Muslim raised to think that Christians and Jews are his enemy. The Fox Hunt tells the story of war, unlikely friendship, and Al Samawi’s harrowing escape from Yemen’s brutal civil war through a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of fellow peace activists – many of them Jews and Westerners – spread across the globe. Gracious and generous, this personal account of a remarkable life is a reminder of how peace often comes in small increments from committed individuals.
Sponsored by Jewish Community Relations Council/AJ
A very young Israeli soldier, whose best friends are Palestinian twins, is driven to the breaking point by conflicting loyalties. Over a series of long bus trips, nights on the beach, and marijuana-fueled conversations, Jonathan begins to see the occupation through the eyes of his friends and grasps that their family history is no less tragic than his own. A passionate, poetic coming-of-age story set in a mine field, brilliantly captures the intensity of feelings on both sides of the conflict.
Co-sponsored BY JCC’s Arts, Culture, and Education Department
Set against the tube bombings in London in 2005, Underground Fugue interweaves the stories of four people dislocated by shock waves of personal loss, political violence, and betrayal. Esther has fled New York for London to care for her dying mother, Ionia. Their lives become entwined with their next-door neighbors, Javad – an Iranian neuroscientist – and his college-aged son, Amir. With both nuanced clarity and breathtaking grandeur, Underground Fugue is an elegant and suspenseful story.
$35 - Speaker, book and light dinner
$24 - Speaker and light dinner only
Time to Get Tough
Michael J. Coles
Michael J. Coles, the co-founder of the Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee, didn’t follow the conventional path into business: with no Ivy League pedigree or MBA from a top-ten business school. Coles grew up poor, started working at the age of thirteen, endured false starts and painful defeats – and defied all expectations. His life is a story of turning obstacles into opportunities, tragedies into triumphs, and poverty into philanthropy. His first-hand perspective on the business, political, and philanthropic climate in the last quarter of the twentieth century serves as an important case study in overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Co-sponsored by Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce; Hollander, Ellison & Associates, PC
Medical journalist Randi Epstein takes us on a guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them. Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex are things our bodies control with hormones. Epstein exposes the humanity at the heart of hormone science with a rich cast of characters.
Co-sponsored by the JCC Women’s Executive Health Club
Patron Night underwritten by the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation
6:30 p.m. Patron Dinner
8 p.m. Author Talk - Open to the public
The Faygo Book
Within the pages of The Faygo Book, author Joe Grimm carefully measures out the ingredients of a successful beverage company weathering tough economic times. Take a large cup of family, mix in a quality product, stir in a splash of loyalty, and learn about the social history of a company that has forged a bond with the city of Detroit and its residents for over a hundred years.
To become a patron, please call the Development department at 248.432.5418
Sponsored by Wayne State University Press; Provision Living at West Bloomfield, Michigan
America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews of Europe as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. Now, a lauded Holocaust historian tells the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s little-known effort late in the war to save the Jews who remained. German American lawyer, John Pehle at the Treasury Department, led efforts to freeze the assets and accounts of the nation’s enemies – thus economically fighting the war long before Pearl Harbor.
Co-sponsored by Hidden Children & Child Survivors of Michigan, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survior Oral History Archive and the Mardigian Library
Seven years after the death of his mother, Malka, Stanley A. Goldman traveled to Israel to visit her best friend during the Holocaust. The best friend’s daughter showed Goldman a pamphlet she had acquired from the Israeli Holocaust Museum that documented activities of one man’s negotiations with the Nazi’s interior minister and SS head, Heinrich Himmler, for the release of the Jewish women from the concentration camp at Ravensbrück. While looking through the pamphlet, the two discovered a picture that could have been their mothers being released from the camp. Wanting to know the details of how they were saved, Goldman set out on a long and difficult path to unravel the mystery. After years of researching the pamphlet, Goldman learned that a German Jew named Norbert Masur made a treacherous journey from the safety of Sweden back into the war zone in order to secure the release of the Jewish women imprisoned at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Masur not only succeeded in his mission against all odds but he contributed to the downfall of the Nazi hierarchy itself. This amazing, little-known story uncovers a piece of history about the undermining of the Nazi regime, the women of the Holocaust, and the strained but loving relationship between a survivor and her son.
When The Graduate premiered in 1967, its filmmakers had modest expectations for this small, sexy art-house comedy. Now fifty years later, Beverly Gray offers a smart reading of the film itself as well as vivid, behind-the-scenes details of the production. She explores how this unconventional movie rocked the late-sixties world, both reflecting and changing the era’s views of sex, work, and marriage.
Co-sponsored by Friends of Jewish Senior Life
Come see the 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross!
Co-sponsored by JCC’s Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival
Friendship and Faith, Second Edition: The WISDOM of women creating alliance for peace<./b>
Friendship and Faith is about making friends, perhaps the most important thing one can do to make the world a better place. In dozens of real-life stories by women from a wide variety of backgrounds, those who crossed the lines of religion, race, and culture often formed some of life’s deepest friendships.
Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood, WISDOM
With more and more physicians promoting grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, and organic butter as miracle foods, Dr. Joel Kahn wants to set the record straight – eating plants can save your life and the planet, too. He will explore how plant-based eating impacts global warming, the link between vegan diets and sex drive, reversing cancer and autoimmune disease, and why plants may hold the key to better aging and more.
Co-sponsored by Adat Shalom Synagogue
How did an obscure agitator on the political fringes of early 20th-century Germany rise to become the supreme leader of the Third Reich? Cory Taylor, veteran producer of historical documentaries, brings to life this era of political unrest and violent conflict, focusing on Hitler’s formative period immediately following World War I (1918-1924).
Sponsored by ADL (Anti-Defamation League); Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Wayne State University Co-sponsored by JCC’s FedEd/Melton, SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)
Ongoing Activities for Ages 1-10
Dino is coming to the Jewish Book Fair to share all he knows about Shabbat, Israel, and Hanukkah with YOU!
Join us for a dino-mite afternoon of all things dinosaur! Hands-on activities including a reptile experience, dino poop, recycled dinos, and more. You don’t want to miss this fun family event!
Got a dino shirt or costume? Please wear it!
Click here to register by Wednesday, November 7.
Co-sponsored by JFamily’s PJ Library & jbabydetroit!, JCC’s Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center, JCC Day Camps Powered by Tamarack, Janice Charach Gallery, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
In the words of Lee Child, “I want more of Nils Shapiro.” Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the New York Times bestselling debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.
A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.
Co-sponsored by JCC Men’s Executive Health Club
Luncheon - $30 - Click here to make reservations by Monday, November 5
A River Could Be a Tree
How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up as a practicing Jew in New York? Angela Himsel is the seventh of eleven children from a family that belonged to the Worldwide Church of God. In search of the Holy Spirit, Angela chose to study at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was introduced to a thrilling new world that set her on a completely different path. Ultimately she found her own form of salvation in the most unexpected place: a mikvah in Manhattan. This story is told with warmth, humor, and a multitude of religious and philosophical insights.
The Opposite of Hate
At a moment when we are facing an epidemic of incivility and hate, popular CNN commentator Sally Kohn sets out to discover why we hate and how we can inoculate ourselves. The Opposite of Hate examines what motivates hateful behavior and how to challenge it with positive and empathic attitudes and actions and offers the tools to move forward together.
Lunch with the Authors co-sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan; West Bloomfield Township Public Library; Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Is there a divine purpose to your life? Do you know your true potential? Do you believe in soul- mates? Have you ever experienced a connection to the souls of departed loved ones? Learn how an exchange of letters between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi led Rabbi Naomi Levy on a journey into the mysterious workings of our own souls.
Underwritten by Shari and Alon Kaufman Co-sponsored by Adat Shalom Synagogue, SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)
A New York Times culture reporter, Dave Itzkoff uses both straight reporting and insightful analysis in the first major biography of Robin Williams (1951-2014). The author portrays an artist who, though not necessarily tormented, was driven by his insecurities and addictive personality to seek constant and immediate validation through his performances. Through the perspectives of Robin’s family and friends, the author draws out the many different Robins the world has come to know – but as Itzkoff shows, there is much more.
Co-sponsored by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, JCC’s Opening the Doors, Judson Center, Kadima
Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart are enlisted to help an elderly woman facing eviction from her Tuscan villa by a powerful corporation which mysteriously produces a deed allegedly superior to hers. A bound handwritten manuscript is found, entirely in German, and hidden in its pages is a story long-forgotten. As Catherine and Liam dig through layers of lies, corruption and human evil, they discover an unfinished story of heart, redemption, and hope – the ending of which is yet to be written.
Co-sponsored by Southfield Public Library
Jenna Blum creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally-charged, beautifully-rendered story that spans a generation from the 1960s to the 1980s. The husband, owner and head chef of a famous New York restaurant devastated by a grief he cannot name, the frustrated wife competing with a ghost she cannot banish, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of both her family and another lost before she was born, are transformed in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.
Co-sponsored by Commerce Township Community Library
The former ambassador to the Czech Republic, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution and a CNN commentator, Eisen tells the story of a historically significant palace in Prague that later became the US ambassador’s residence and some of its most interesting inhabitants. When Eisen moved into the palace in Prague, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture. From that discovery unspooled the twisting, captivating tale of four of the remarkable people who had previously called this palace home. Weaving in the life of Eisen’s own mother to demonstrate how those without power moved through history, The Last Palace tells the dramatic and surprising tale of the endurance of liberal democracy.
Co-sponsored by JCC Center Travel, JCC’s The Active Life
In his absorbing and ground-breaking new book, RACING AGAINST HISTORY: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler, author Rick Richman tells the stunning story of three powerful personalities who sought to turn the tide of history. The three greatest Jewish leaders of their time -- David Ben-Gurion, Vladimir Jabotinsky, and Chaim Weizmann -- representing the left, right, and center of Jewish political thinking -- traveled to a United States gripped by isolationism, as part of a year-long effort to organize a worldwide Jewish army at the beginning of World War II.
Although they met with indifference from FDR and his administration, as well as disinterest from an American Jewish establishment that feared accusations of warmongering or dual loyalty, they struck a powerful chord among the many thousands of American Jews who turned out to hear their speeches. Richman shows how their valor helped unite and mobilize American Jews, setting the stage -- only eight years later -- for the founding the Jewish state.
Richman’s book is based on previously unpublished speeches, diaries, and letters of all three leaders, including excerpts from Ben-Gurion’s 1940 diary translated into English for the first time. He has written for Commentary, The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Press, Mosaic Magazine, The New York Sun, PJ Media, The Tower Magazine, and other publications, and he founded the Jewish Current Issues blog in 2003. The three Zionist leaders’ race against history is a historic saga, one that is particularly important today when the Jewish state faces continual existential threats. I look forward to arranging an interview for you with the author of this gripping tale.
Sally Koslow imaginatively brings to life the shocking affair of gossip columnist Sheilah Graham and F. Scott Fitzgerald during the last three years of his life. This story of Sheilah and Scott’s instant chemistry and their on-again, off-again, but always intense liason, is told with taste and sympathy for these deeply flawed characters.
Co-sponsored by Temple Kol Ami Sisterhood
This Narrow Space is a memoir of an American pediatric oncologist who faced medical, personal and cultural challenges at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Waldman recounts seven years as an attending physician where his young patients included Israeli Jews and Arabs, and Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza. Besides offering warm portraits of the children and their families, Waldman chronicles his transformation from a somewhat naive underprepared physician to one more politically and culturally astute.
Co-sponsored by Hadassah - Greater Detroit Chapter
Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is best known as the author of Night, Survivor of Auschwitz, and a powerful, enduring voice of the Holocaust. In this volume, Epstein shares her memories of Wiesel and brings together more than 30 interviews, with friends, colleagues, and others who knew him – including Ted Koppel, Kati Marton, and Bernard Henri-Levy – plus photographs, speeches, and articles to provide a fuller understanding of who he was and his legacy.
Forms for pre-publication orders will be available to have the book arrive in time for Hanukkah.
Co-sponsored by C.H.A.I.M. (Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Michigan)