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Fall Arts 2018: The Book List
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Fall Arts 2018: The Book List

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“The Faithful.” The Molly Burack annual lecture presents author Rachel Reuben, who will talk about her novel that takes place in 1990s Crown Heights. Five compelling coming-of-age characters live out this edgy, push-pull story that juxtaposes ultra-Orthodox Judaism with the modern, secular world. Dessert reception following program. Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to Susan Wallenstein at swallenstein@jccmetrowest.org or call 973-530-3474. JCC MetroWest, West Orange, jccmetrowest.org, 973-530-3915

“Dinner at the Center of the Earth.” Nathan Englander will discuss and sign paperback copies of his political thriller that’s set in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. [Words] Bookstore, Maplewood, 973-763-9500

“Gateway to the Moon.” Author Mary Morris will talk about her novel that travels from 15th-century Spain, when Jews and Muslims were forced to convert or be expelled, to a sleepy 20th-century town in New Mexico. A light brunch will be served. Oct. 28, 11 a.m. $20; $15 in advance. Cong. Torat El, Oakhurst, torat-el.org, 732-531-4410

On the Chocolate Trail.” Rabbi Deborah Prinz discusses the Jewish history of chocolate. Preceded by a light, chocolate-themed dinner. Oct. 30, 7 p.m. $25, $18 members. RSVP to vgarrison@thejewishcenter.org or call 609-921-0100, ext. 200. The Jewish Center, Princeton, thejewishcenter.org, 609-921-0100

“Unconditional Love, A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent.” Author Jane Isay will talk about her book about the challenges of being a grandparent. She argues that being a grandparent can turn missed opportunities into delight. Dessert reception following program. Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to Susan Wallenstein at swallenstein@jccmetrowest.org or call 973-530-3474. JCC MetroWest, West Orange, jccmetrowest.org, 973-530-3915

“The Collector’s Apprentice.” Caroline Leavitt facilitates a conversation with author B.A. Shapiro. Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. Free. Register at montclairlibrary.org. Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555

“The Eddie Cantor Story, A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics.” Author David Weinstein will talk about his book chronicling the life of Eddie Cantor, star of theater, film, radio, and television. Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to Susan Wallenstein at swallenstein@jccmetrowest.org or call 973-530-3474. JCC MetroWest, West Orange, jccmetrowest.org, 973-530-3915

“The German-Jewish Cookbook.” Authors Sonya and Gabrielle Gropman present a trip back to the comforting world of German-Jewish food and culture with great stories and recipes. $18, $15 members of JCC of Central New Jersey; includes dessert tasting. Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. RSVP to 973-763-9940. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, 908-889-8800, ext. 253

“The Many Deaths of Jew Suss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew.” Talk with author Yair Mintzker about an iconic figure in the history of anti-Semitism. $8, free for members of JCC of Central Jersey. Nov. 27, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Reservations required. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, 908-889-8800, ext. 260

“The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story.” Author Ellen Friedman discusses the repercussions of the Holocaust in her extended family and how they survived through luck and being endlessly enterprising. $8, free for members of JCC of Central Jersey. Dec. 10, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Reservations required. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, 908-889-8800, ext. 260

“Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook.” A three-course luncheon, in partnership with the restaurant Lorena, and book talk with the popular cookbook author. Dec. 11.   [Words] Bookstore, Maplewood, 973-763-9500

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