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“As Long As It’s Perfect.” Lisa Tognola will discuss her book about
an assistant contractor and her husband facing a collapsing economy.
Oct. 20, 2 p.m. [words] Bookstore, Maplewood, wordsbookstore.com,
973-763-9500. Nov. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, watchungbooksellers.com, 973-744-7177

“Salt in My Soul.” Diane Shader Smith will discuss her book about her late daughter’s struggle with cystic fibrosis. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free, register by Oct. 18.  JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, jccnj.org,
908-889-8800.

“The Roundabout.” Elaine Durbach will be speaking about her novel,
a story about love, loss, and courage. Oct. 27, 4 p.m. The Book House, Millburn, thebookhousemillburn.com, 973-564-6262

“Cilka’s Journey.” Heather Morris will be reading and signing copies of her latest novel about a young girl’s experience in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. $30, includes a hardcover copy of the book. [words] Bookstore, Maplewood, wordsbookstore.com, 973-763-9500

“Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen.” Adeena Sussman will discuss her newest cookbook of Israeli recipes. Nov. 14,
7:30 p.m. $18, $15 members, register by Nov. 8. Wine and snacks included.
JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, jccnj.org, 908-889-8800

“Mindful is the New Skinny.” Jodi Baretz will discuss how she has learned to de-stress, and yoga instructor Adam Schultz will lead a mindful yoga session. Nov. 10, noon. $12, register by Nov. 6. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, jccnj.org, 908-889-8800

“A Girl Raised by Wolves.” Author Lockey Maisonneuve will discuss her memoir and journey through sex trafficking, cancer, murder, and more. Nov. 14, 11:15 a.m. $8, $4.50 seniors, free for members. $6.50 for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, jccnj.org, 908-889-8800.

“The Accusation Blood Libel.” Edward Berenson will discuss his book,
an investigation of America’s only alleged case of blood libel, and what it reveals about anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Europe. Nov. 27, 11:15 a.m.
$8, $4.50 seniors, free for members. $6.50 for lunch, reservations are needed three days in advance. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, jccnj.org, 908-889-8800.

“Life’s Accessories (A Memoir and Fashion Guide).” JFCS of Greater Mercer County will host author Rachel Levy Lesser, who will discuss her coming-of-age memoir that tackles sensitive issues such as anxiety, illness, and loss. Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Shir Ami, Newtown, Pa., shiraminow.org, 215-968-3400.

“One Book, One Jewish Community — ‘Wunderland.’” Jennifer Cody Epstein will discuss her fictional story about a daughter who discovers her estranged mother’s secrets from her early life as an orphan in Nazi Germany. Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $20, register by Dec. 6. Wine and snacks included. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, jccnj.org, 908-889-8800.

“The Plot Against America.” Board member and moderator Robert Berger will discuss Philip Roth’s novel that explores Jewish identity and counterfactual history. Dec. 14, 1 p.m. Free.  B’nai Shalom, West Orange, bnaishalom.net, 973-731-0160.

“A Field Guide to the Jewish People.” Humorists Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel discuss their comedic take on Jewish history. Dec. 17, 7 p.m. JCC MetroWest, West Orange, jccmetrowest.org, 973-530-3915.

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