JCC Virtual Author Series - Bess Kalb/Dara Kurtz - Mothers & Daughters

     
 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

1 PM EST

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I AM MY MOTHER'S DAUGHTER
For most of her adult life, Dara Kurtz kept a Ziploc bag of letters written by her mother who passed away from cancer when she was twenty-eight years old. The bag also included other letters written by her long-departed grandmothers. These letters gave Dara a glimpse into their lives and personalities at the time the letters were written. They offered her so much wisdom and relevance and taught her so many beautiful, life lessons that Dara decided to share their story, the incredible love between Jewish mothers and daughters, and the wisdom passed on from one generation to the next. As a mother, Dara has passed down these family traditions and wisdom to her two daughters, who now carry on the legacy contained in the Ziploc bag bridging the generations of women in their family. She unexpectedly discovered that this is best done through the lens of love and through the hand-written word.
 
About Dara Kurtz
Dara Kurtz, after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of forty-two, left her twenty-year career as a personal banker and financial advisor to focus on writing, speaking, and podcasting. Today her personal blog, Crazy Perfect Life (www.crazyperfectlife.com), reaches over 180,000 followers. Dara is the author of two books, Crush Cancer: Personal Enlightenment from a Cancer Survivor and Crush Cancer Workbook. Dara's goal is to use her life experiences to help people strengthen their relationships and create more happiness and joy in their everyday lives.

 

NOBODY WILL TELL YOU THIS BUT ME
One of the best books of the year: VOGUE • FORBES  BOOKPAGE • NEW YORK POST 
 
Even after she left home for Hollywood, Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force—irrepressible, glamorous, unapologetically opinionated. Bobby doted on Bess; Bess adored Bobby. Then, at ninety, Bobby died. But in this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life.
 
Recounting both family lore and family secrets, Bobby brings us four generations of indomitable women and the men who loved them. There’s Bobby’s mother, who traveled solo from Belarus to America in the 1880s to escape the pogroms, and Bess’s mother, a 1970s rebel who always fought against convention. But it was Bobby and Bess who always had the most powerful bond: Bobby her granddaughter’s fiercest supporter, giving Bess unequivocal love, even if sometimes of the toughest kind. Nobody Will Tell You This But Me marks the creation of a totally new, virtuosic form of memoir: a reconstruction of a beloved grandmother’s words and wisdom to tell her family’s story with equal parts poignancy and hilarity.
 
About Bess Kalb
Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her writing for the show earned her a Writer's Guild Award in 2016. She has also written for the Oscars and the Emmys. A regular contributor to The New Yorker's "Daily Shouts," her work has been published in The New Republic, Grantland, Salon.com, Wired, The Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Winter Park, FL 32789
I Am My Mother's Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781942134657
Availability: Usually Ships in 7-10 Business Days
Published: Mandel Vilar Press - September 1st, 2020

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told to me) story Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525654711
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Knopf - March 17th, 2020

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