Jason Brian Rosenthal, My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me
In Conversation with Briana Schwarz, Florida Regional Director of Sharsheret, the Jewish Breast & Ovarian Cancer Community
On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for The New York Times’s “Modern Love” column — “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. This creative play on a personal ad, in which a dying wife encouraged her husband to go on and find happiness after her demise, quickly went viral worldwide. This inspiring memoir of life, love, loss and new beginnings by the widower of bestselling children’s author and filmmaker, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is heartbreaking, wry and brutally honest. Jason describes his commitment to respect Amy’s wish even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal — how he and their three children, despite their profound sorrow, went on. Jason’s emotional journey offers insights on dying and death, the excruciating pain of losing a soulmate and a reflection on Amy’s gift to him — a fresh start to fill his empty space with a new story.
Jason B. Rosenthal is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Boy, co-written with his daughter, Paris. He is the board chair of the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which supports childhood literacy and research in early detection of ovarian cancer.
Janice Kaplan, The Genius of Women
In Conversation with Susan Gladstone Pasternack, Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
Girls are told that they can be anything, so why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system, and celebrates the women geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway. Even in this time of rethinking women’s roles, genius is almost exclusively defined through male achievement — think Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs. As for great women? In one survey, the only female genius anyone listed was Marie Curie. Kaplan set out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside. Using a mix of memoir and narrative, she discovers women geniuses throughout history in fields from music to robotics. Such women as Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Li prove that genius isn’t just about having talent; it’s about ignoring obstacles and breaking down barriers so that one’s talent is recognized, nurtured, and celebrated.
Janice Kaplan has enjoyed wide success as a magazine editor, television producer, writer, and journalist.
Bess Kalb, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
Dara Kurtz, I Am My Mother's Daughter
In Conversation with Zibby Owens, creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Zibby, named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York Magazine’s Vulture, conducts warm, inquisitive conversations with authors, making her show a top literary podcast as selected by Oprah.com in 2019 and 2020.
Bess Kalb Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (As Told To Me) Story
Bess Kalb saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force— irrepressible, glamorous, unapologetically opinionated. At ninety, Bobby died. But in this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, recounting family lore, family secrets and the stories of four generations of indomitable women - and the men who loved them. There was Bobby's mother, who traveled alone from Belarus to America in the 1880s; Bess's mother, a 1970s rebel; then Bess, who left New York for the rough-and-tumble world of L.A. television. Bobby reminds Bess of the experiences they shared, their phone calls, texts, and unforgettable heart-to-hearts brought vividly to the page, and her signature wisdom (If the earth is cracking behind you, you put one foot in front of the other; Never. Buy. Fake. Anything; I swear on your life every word of this is true). With humor, poignancy, and great imagination, Kalb gives portrays the special bond that can skip a generation and endure beyond death.
Bess Kalb is an Emmy Award-nominated writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! television show and journalist with The New Yorker magazine.
Dara Kurtz I Am My Mother’s Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss and Love
For most of her adult life, Dara Kurtz kept a Ziploc bag of letters written by her mother, who passed away from cancer when Dara was twenty-eight years old. The bag also included letters written by her long-departed grandmothers. She often longed to ask her mother and grandmothers for advice, especially when she, like her mother, was diagnosed with cancer at age 42. Dara has passed down 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. Dara shares a glimpse into their lives and personalities, their wisdom, the incredible love between Jewish mothers and daughters and the life lessons that helped her overcome cancer. Refocusing her life, she has launched a successful blog, Crazy Perfect Life, to inspire others to make the most of every day.
Dara Kurtz is also the author of the Amazon best seller, Crush Cancer. "It's the book I needed when I was diagnosed that wasn't there."