Evelyn Rubenstein JCC - Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book and Arts Festival

In 2020 many things have changed, but the power of community has not diminished. This year, we are going virtual to celebrate our 48-year tradition of connecting community through authors, music, theatre and film! From the comfort of your own home or special experiences like drive-in movies, enjoy exciting content from our star-studded line-up, featuring celebrity memoirs, international authors, debut novelists, children and parenting experts. Tune in, tell a friend and connect to amazing speakers and each other.

Blue Willow Bookshop are proud to be a partner for the annual Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book and Arts Festival, November 1-22, 2020. When ordering books please make sure to put JCC in the comments section as we are giving 15% of proceeds back to the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC to support their programs. The speakers' booklist is below along with the books that are bundled with event tickets. The purchase of the book through Evelyn Rubenstein JCC includes a ticket to a private zoom event.

SNEAK PREVIEWS:

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. Jennifer will be in conversation with Houston’s own, Chris Cander, author of The Weight of a Piano.
Wednesday, October 7 | 7:00 PM - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

The Cobbler: How I Disrupted An Industry, Fell From Grace and Came Back Stronger Than Ever by Steve Madden. Steve will be in conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN journalist.
Thursday, October 15 | 7:00 PM - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben. Harlan will be in conversation with Emily Griffin, New York Times Bestselling Author.
Sunday, October 25 | 7:00 PM - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

Cameron Douglas, author of Long Way Home: A Memoir of Fame, Family, and Redemption 
Thursday, October 22 | 7:30 PM
 - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

OPENING NIGHT:
Max Brooks, author of Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre 
Sunday, November 1 | 7:30 PM  - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

Joan Lunden, author of Why Did I Come Into This Room?:  A Candid Conversation about Aging, in conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN journalist 
Sunday, November 8 | 7:00 PM - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

COMMUNITY READ:
Esther Amini, author of Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America 
Monday, November 9 | 7:30 PM 
- Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

Iris Krasnow, author of Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons in Friendship, Courage and Loyalty 
Tuesday, November 10 | 7:30 PM - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

Abby Chava Stein, author of Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman 
Thursday, November 12 | 7:30 PM - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

Raffi Berg, author of Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort 
Sunday, November 15 | 2:00 PM - Purchase the book and ticket bundle from ER JCC here

IMPORTANT: All bundled books will be available for curbside pick-up starting the day of the event. However, The Community Read book, Concealed by Esther Amini will be available on a rolling basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Concealed is print-to-order so therefore is not returnable. We recommend ordering Concealed in plenty of time as many printers are unable to print at their normal rates right now.

The Festival organizers have also provided a list of books recommended for children, and a list of further recommendations for adults.

We are offering porch pickup from our store in Houston,TX or priority shipping. If you have any questions, please contact us here at the shop: 281-497-8675. When ordering books please make sure to put JCC in the comments section as we are giving 15% of proceeds back to the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC.

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The Yellow Bird Sings: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250179760
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020

"Rosner’s exquisite, heart-rending debut novel is proof that there’s always going to be room for another story about World War II....This is an absolutely beautiful and necessary novel, full of heartbreak but also hope, about the bond between mother and daughter, and the sacrifices made for love." The New York Times


The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781635766950
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Published: Radius Book Group - October 13th, 2020

Everyone knows Steve Madden's name and his shoes, but few are familiar with his story. Over the past thirty years Steve Madden has taken his eponymous shoe company from the fledgling start up he founded with a mere $1,100 to a global, multi-billion dollar brand.


Long Way Home Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520832
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Published: Knopf - October 22nd, 2019

On the surface, Cameron Douglas had everything: descended from Hollywood royalty (son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas), he was born into a life of wealth, privilege, and comfort.


The Boy from the Woods Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538748145
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 17th, 2020

A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away.

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.


The Boy from the Woods Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538748206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 20th, 2020

A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away.

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.


Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984826787
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Published: Del Rey - June 16th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The #1 New York Times bestselling author of World War Z is back with “the Bigfoot thriller you didn’t know you needed in your life, and one of the greatest horror novels I’ve ever read” (Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and Recursion).
 


The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
By Andrew Blauner (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781598536164
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Published: Library of America - October 22nd, 2019

A one-of-a-kind celebration of America's greatest comic strip--and the life lessons it can teach us--from a stellar array of writers and artists


The Last Interview: A Novel Cover Image
By Eshkol Nevo, Sondra Silverston (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781635429879
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Published: Other Press - October 13th, 2020

From the internationally best-selling author of Three Floors Up, a literary page-turner that delves into the deepening cracks in a carefully constructed public persona.
 


Why Jews Do That: Or 30 Questions Your Rabbi Never Answered Cover Image
By Avram Mlotek, Faby Rodriguez (Illustrator), Jenny Young (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781510760493
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - August 25th, 2020

A Fun Take on "Judaism for Dummies" that Will Answer All Questions Wondered by the Goyim and Jewish People Alike

When the subject of religion comes up, people often get very shy and are worried about offending. Now, if there was only a book that covered all the nooks and crannies of a religion, written in an easily digestible way...


Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780874419870
Availability: Backordered
Published: Behrman House Publishing - June 5th, 2019

Why does Hebrew matter?

In answering this question, Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes addresses the many ways

engagement with Hebrew enriches Jewishness‚"‚€‚"culturally, religiously, ethnically.

Whether you know Hebrew or not, linguist and cultural anthropologist Jeremy Benstein takes us on a journey into the deeper significance of Hebrew in the life of Jews and


The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062917331
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 26th, 2020

A Palestinian-American activist recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he made a strong commitment to peace in the face of devastating brutality in this moving, candid, and transformative memoir that reminds us of the importance of looking beyond prejudice, anger, and fear.

"Captivating."--Robin Wright, The New Yorker


The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062917324
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - May 7th, 2019

A Palestinian-American activist recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he made a strong commitment to peace in the face of devastating brutality in this moving, candid, and transformative memoir that reminds us of the importance of looking beyond prejudice, anger, and fear.

"Captivating."--Robin Wright, The New Yorker


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My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062940599
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - April 21st, 2020

An inspiring memoir of life, love, loss, and new beginnings by the widower of bestselling children’s author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose last of act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband’s life without her in the viral New York Times Modern Love column, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”


Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541742420
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 1st, 2020

A classic account of courage, integrity, and most of all, belonging


The Ninth Night of Hanukkah Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Shahar Kober (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454940883
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 15th, 2020

A heartwarming picture book with a fresh twist on a Hanukkah celebration: celebrating a ninth night with new neighbors and friends


Zombie Vacation Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681155579
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Published: Apples & Honey Press - September 1st, 2020

A young zombie in need of rest tours Israel looking for the perfect vacation spot.


Why Did I Come into This Room?: A Candid Conversation about Aging Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781948677295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Forefront Books - March 10th, 2020

Why Did I Come into This Room? is a funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman.

“I’m too old for Snapchat, but too young for Life Alert.”

In her most candid and revealing book yet, acclaimed broadcast journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into the various phases of aging that leave many feeling&


Concealed Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780990619420
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenpoint Press - April 21st, 2020

Esther Amini grew up in Queens, New York, during the freewheeling 1960s. She also grew up in a Persian-Jewish household, the American-born daughter of parents who had fled Mashhad, Iran.


The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224414
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Published: Viking - June 2nd, 2020

"In vivid detail... examines the little-known history of two extraordinary dynasties."--The Boston Globe

"Not just a brilliant, well-researched, and highly readable book about China's past, it also reveals the contingencies and ironic twists of fate in China's modern history."--LA Review of Books


Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship, Courage, and Loyalty Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538732267
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 7th, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Iris Krasnow reflects with humor and heart on her summer camp experiences and the lessons she and her fellow campers learned there that have stayed with them throughout their lives.


Going Rogue (at Hebrew School) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781784385392
Availability: Special Order
Published: Green Bean Books - September 22nd, 2020

Ten-year-old Avery Green loves science. He loves football. He is crazy about Star Wars. But Hebrew school? No, thank you. Avery would rather have his arms sliced off with a lightsaber than sit through one more day of Hebrew School. He's only asked about a million times why he has to go, but no one in his family has managed to convince him.


A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780982783856
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Published: Kelson Books - September 30th, 2020

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Jewish Studies. Memoir. Are we ever done leaving home? Acclaimed poet and memoirist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life's central riddle. After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns for a day to the world he left behind as a different person.


The Boys' Club: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062961488
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

Sweetbitter meets The Firm in this buzzy, page-turning debut novel—already optioned to Netflix—about sex and power in the halls of corporate America.

One of Buzzfeed's Most Anticipated Books of 2020, Cosmopolitan's Best Summer Reads of 2020, and the New York Post's 30 Best Summer Books


Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781580059169
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Published: Seal Press - November 12th, 2019

The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman


Facebook: The Inside Story Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735213159
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 25th, 2020

One of the Best Technology Books of 2020Financial Times

“Levy’s all-access Facebook reflects the reputational swan dive of its subject. . . . The result is evenhanded and devastating.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“[Levy’s] evenhanded conclusions are still damning.”—Reason


Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad's Fake Diving Resort Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781785786006
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Published: Icon Books - April 14th, 2020

THE TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED THE NETFLIX FILM THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT.

In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury holiday resort opened for business. Catering for divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the holidaymakers know that the staff were undercover spies, working for the Mossad - the Israeli secret service.


When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982106379
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Published: Scribner - February 4th, 2020

In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father’s past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.

In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in


A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616209117
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 15th, 2020

“Raw, intimate, and true . .


Modern Manhood: Conversations About the Complicated World of Being a Good Man Today Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781982132019
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Published: Tiller Press - November 12th, 2019

Emmy and Peabody Award–nominated health reporter Cleo Stiller’s fun(ny) and informative collection of advice and perspectives about what it means to be a good guy in the era of #MeToo.

Here are a few self-evident truths: Predatory men need to go, sexual assault is wrong, and women and men should be equal.


We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616209032
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 13th, 2020

“Merrill Markoe got all the talent. In addition to being an Emmy-award winning comedy writer, she's also a top-notch artist. We Saw Scenery is revealing, sad, funny, and, above all, relatable. Merrill captures the experience of a young woman finding—and holding onto—her own voice.


Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks: A Cookbook Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593232286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - November 10th, 2020

The New York Times Food columnist and beloved home cooking authority welcomes the next generation of chefs into the kitchen with 100 recipes that are all about what YOU think is good.

Whether you’re new to cooking or you already rock that kitchen, these 100 recipes make it easy to cook what you like, exactly how you like it.