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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

ELANA MARYLES SZTOKMAN - POSTPONED

Tuesday, September 16th

12:00 pm at The Standard Club

This eye-opening look at the rising oppression of Israeli women offers a rallying cry for how women everywhere can fight back.

Across Israel - one of the world's most democratic countries - women are being threatened and abused as ultra-Orthodox Jewish factions seek to suppress them. In this stunning expose, award-winning author and leading Jewish women's activist Elana Sztokman reveals the struggles of Israeli women against this increasing oppression, from segregation on public buses-in a move Hillary Clinton called "reminiscent of Rosa Parks"- to being silenced in schools and erased from newspapers and ads. This alarming patriarchal backlash isn't limited to Israel either: its repercussions endanger the rights and freedoms of women from Afghanistan to America.

But there's hope as well: courageous feminist activists within the Orthodox world are starting to demand systemic change on these fronts, and, with some support from non-Orthodox advocates, they're creating positive reforms that could help women everywhere.

Blending interviews with original investigative research and historical context, Sztokman traces the evolution of this struggle against oppression and proposes solutions for creating a different, more egalitarian vision of religious culture and opportunity in Israeli society and around the world.

Fearless and inspiring, The War on Women in Israel brings to light a major social and international issue and offers a rousing call to action to stop the repression of women in Israel and worldwide.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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MARIANNE COOPER

Wednesday, September 17th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Cut Adrift by Marianne Cooper makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Set against the backdrop of rising economic insecurity and rolled up safety nets, Marianne Cooper explores what keeps Americans up at night. Through poignant case studies, she reveals what families are concerned about, how they manage their anxiety, whose job it is to worry, and how social class shapes all of these dynamics, including what is even worth worrying about in the first place. This powerful study is packed with intriguing discoveries ranging from the surprising anxieties of the rich, to the critical role of women in keeping struggling families afloat. Through tales of stalwart stoicism, heart-wrenching worry, marital angst, and religious conviction, Cut Adrift deepens our understanding about how families are coping in a go-it-alone age - and how the different strategies affluent, middle-class, and poor families rely upon not only reflect inequality, but also fuel it.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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GALE GAND - A Women's Exchange Event

Thursday, September 18th

12:00 pm at Westmoreland Country Club

In Lunch!,  her latest book, Gale Gand shows you how to make it happen - simply and easily, and for a fraction of the price of prepared salads and sandwiches. This book offers 150 recipes - including plenty of kid-friendly fare (tested and approved by Gand's own children) - along with tons of tips for packing foods to go or turning lunch into a celebration with friends and family.

For reservations, please go to: http://www.womens-exchange.org/

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REBECCA MAKKAI

Thursday, September 18th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

The Hundred-Year House is an incredible and original new novel from Rebecca Makkai, the acclaimed author of The Borrower. Now, Makkai returns with an ingenious novel set on an historic estate that once housed an arts colony. Doug, the husband of the estate's heir, desperately needs the colony files to get his stalled academic career back on track. But what he discovers when he finally gets his hands on them is more than he bargained for. Doug may never learn the house's secrets, but the reader will, as Makkai leads us on a thrilling journey into the past of this eccentric family.

This event is free and open to the public.

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SLEEPY STORY TIME

Friday, September 19th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

To celebrate National Curiosity Day, we are having a Curious George themed Sleepy Story Time. Put on your favorite jammies and grab your most special stuffed friend and join us for an evening of curious fun!

This event is free and open to the public.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

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JENNIFER SENIOR - A FAN Event

Friday, September 19th

7:00 pm at Cornog Auditorium, New Trier West Campus

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. In asking what the effects are of children on their parents, journalist Jennifer Senior analyzes the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear... by focusing on parent-HOOD, rather than parent-ING. All Joy and No Fun is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today - and tomorrow.

This event is free and open to the public.

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NANCY HORAN

Tuesday, September 23rd

6:00 pm at the Chicago Public Library, Pritzker Auditorium

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

This event is free and open to the public.

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GENERAL TONY ZINNI

Wednesday, September 24th

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

 

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Thursday, September 25th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Before the First Shots Are Fired is a hard-hitting analysis of the history of America's use of military action and a spirited call for change.

For the better part of the last half century, the United States has been the World's Police, claiming to defend ideologies, allies, and our national security through brute force. But is military action always the most appropriate response? Drawing on his vast experience, from combat in Vietnam to peacekeeping in Somalia, to war games in Washington, DC and negotiations with former rebels in the Philippines, retired four-star General Tony Zinni argues that we have a lot of work to do to make the process of going to war - or not - more clear-eyed and ultimately successful. He examines the relationship between the executive and the military (including the difference between passive and engaged presidents); the failures of the Joint Chief of Staff; the challenges of working with the UN, coalition forces, and NATO; the difference between young, on the ground officers and less savvy senior leaders; the role of special forces and drone warfare; and the difficult choices that need to be made to create tomorrow's military.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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KEVIN EMERSON

Thursday, September 25th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

Kevin Emerson's Exile combines the swoon-worthy romance of a Susane Colasanti novel with the rock 'n' roll of Eleanor & Park. Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional--minus the whole falling-for-the-lead-singer-of-the-latest-band part. But Caleb Daniels isn't an ordinary band boy--he's a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. She also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band's past becomes another's present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. Maybe it's time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself

This event is free and open to the public.

Recommended for teens ages 12 and up.

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DAVID ROLL

Thursday, September 25th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

The Hopkins Touch offers the first portrait in over two decades of the most powerful man in Roosevelt's administration. David Roll shows how Harry Hopkins, an Iowa-born social worker who had been an integral part of the New Deal's implementation, became the linchpin in FDR's--and America's--relationships with Churchill and Stalin, and spoke with an authority second only to the president's. Gaunt, nearly spectral, and malnourished following an operation to remove part of his stomach, the newly widowed Hopkins accepted the president's invitation to move into the White House in 1940 and remained Roosevelt's closest advisor, speechwriter, sounding board, and friend nearly to the end. Between 1940 and 1945, with incomparable skill and indefatigable determination, Hopkins organized the Lend-Lease program and steered the president to prepare the public for war with Germany. He became FDR's problem-solver and fixer, helping to smooth over crises, such as when the British refused to allow an invasion of Europe in 1943, enraging Stalin, who felt that the Soviet Union was carrying the military effort against the Nazis. Lacking an official title or a clear executive branch portfolio, Hopkins could take the political risks his boss could not, and proved crucial to maintaining personal relations among the Big Three. Beloved by some--such as Churchill, who believed that Hopkins "always went to the root of the matter"--and trusted by most--including the paranoid Stalin--there were nevertheless those who resented the influence of "the White House Rasputin."
Based on newly available sources, The Hopkins Touch is an absorbing, substantial new work that offers a fresh perspective on the World War II era and the Allied leaders, through the life of the man who kept them on point until the war was won.

This event is free and open to the public.

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LAURIE PETERSEN & ZURICH ESPOSITO

Friday, September 26th

12:00 pm at the University Club

An unparalleled architectural powerhouse, Chicago offers visitors and natives alike a panorama of styles and forms. The third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago brings readers up to date on ten years of dynamic changes with new entries on smaller projects as well as showcases like the Aqua building, Trump Tower, and Millennium Park. Four hundred photos and thirty-four specially commissioned maps make it easy to find each of the one thousand-plus featured buildings, while a comprehensive index organizes buildings by name and architect. This edition also features an introduction providing an indispensable overview of Chicago's architectural history.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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HOLLY BLACK & CASSANDRA CLARE

Friday, September 26th

7:00 pm at Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton Street

From the imaginations of #1 bestselling authors Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Cassandra Clare (the Mortal Instruments trilogy) comes The Iron Trial, a heart-stopping plunge into the magical unknown. Callum Hunt completes the Iron Trial and enters the Magisterium - a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

This event is free and open to the public.

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JANIE BASKIN - Meet & Greet

Saturday, September 27th

11:00 am - 12:30 pm at The Book Stall

Stop in to meet Janie Baskin and hear about her remarkable book, Paint Me a Monster. It is the story of Rinnie Gardener whose life looks like a perfect painting from the outside - a loving family and a beautiful house. But when the paint is stripped away, this dream dissolves to dust. Her parents divorce. Her father treats her like a stranger. Her mother, looming like a black cloud, treats her worse. Painful words become painful bruises. Rinnies own body becomes a source of self-punishment.

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WILLIAM HAZELGROVE

Saturday, September 27th

1:00 - 3:00 pm at The Book Stall

The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove is a classic story of baseball, the price of dreams, and the lessons of life. A mythic baseball story about a broken down World Series pitcher is mourning the death of his wife when an underprivileged Mexican-American boy who lives across the street wants to learn to pitch. This is a mainstream contemporary novel about dreams lost and found. In the great tradition of books like, The Natural, this is a novel with the mythic themes, readability, and appeal to be a mainstream bestseller.

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SHEILA FLAHERTY

Tuesday, September 30th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

This moving and unforgettable debut novel East of Mecca by Sheila Flaherty tells a timely, harrowing, and heartbreaking story of love and betrayal, the transcendent power of friendship, and the ultimate price of oppression. Driven by financial desperation, Sarah and Max Hayes are seduced by promises of a glamorous expatriate lifestyle in Saudi Arabia. Sarah surrenders her career when Max accepts a prestigious job with Ocmara Oil Company and they relocate their family to the shores of the Persian Gulf. Locked inside the heavily-guarded Ocmara compound, Sarah becomes invisible within the fundamentalist Islamic Kingdom. Gradually, she is drawn into a clandestine, illicit friendship with Yasmeen, a Saudi woman. Together they find freedom beneath the veils and behind the walls of the Saudi women's quarters-until inconceivable events force Sarah to make life-or-death decisions. Told with riveting authenticity and exquisite detail, East of Mecca explores the abuse of absolute power with an elegant balance of cultural nuance and moral inquiry. Long after you have turned the last page, you will be haunted by the vivid characters and powerful scenes illuminating this tour de force.

This event is free and open to the public.

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SARA-LAWRENCE LIGHTFOOT - A FAN Event

Tuesday, September 30th

7:00 pm at Evanston Township High School

With the insights she has gleaned from her close and subtle observation of parent-teacher conferences, renowned Harvard University professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot has written a wise, useful book about the ways in which parents and teachers can make the most of their essential conversation - the dialogue between the most vital people in a child's life.
"The essential conversation" is the crucial exchange that occurs between parents and teachers - a dialogue that takes place more than one hundred million times a year across our country and is both mirror of and metaphor for the larger cultural forces that define family-school relationships and shape the development of our children. Participating in this twice-yearly ritual, so friendly and benign in its apparent goals, parents and teachers are often wracked with anxiety. In a meeting marked by decorum and politeness, they frequently exhibit wariness and assume defensive postures. Even though the conversation appears to be focused on the student, adults may find themselves playing out their own childhood histories, insecurities, and fears.
Through vivid portraits and parables, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot captures the dynamics of this complex, intense relationship from the perspective of both parents and teachers. She also identifies new principles and practices for improving family-school relationships. In a voice that combines the passion of a mother, the skepticism of a social scientist, and the keen understanding of one of our nation's most admired educators, Lawrence-Lightfoot offers penetrating analysis and an urgent call to arms for all those who want to act in the best interests of their children. For parents and teachers who seek productive dialogues and collaborative alliances in support of the learning and growth of their children, this book will offer valuable insights, incisive lessons, and deft guidance on how to communicate more effectively. In The Essential Conversation, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot brings scholarship, warmth, and wisdom to an immensely important cultural subject - the way we raise our children.

This event is free and open to the public.

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