Monday, January 10, 3:00 pm
Claudia Kalb, Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers
Spotlighting icons past and present, Kalb explores how and when inspiration strikes among prodigies, midlifers, and late bloomers. What propels some individuals to reach extraordinary creative heights in the earliest years of life while others discover their passions decades later? Through engaging storytelling and deep reporting, Spark unravels the relationship between brains, talent, passion, creativity, willpower, and imagination.
Thursday, January 20, 1:00 pm
Anne Sebba, Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy
In June 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, a couple with two young sons, were led separately from their prison cells on Death Row and electrocuted moments apart. Both had been convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union, despite the fact that the evidence against Ethel was shaky at best and based on the perjury and much new evidence has surfaced since then.
Monday, January 31, 7:30 pm
Ira Rosen, Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes
at the Levis JCC Sandler Center
Peabody and Emmy Award winning writer and producer Ira Rosen reveals the intimate, untold stories of his decades at America’s most iconic news show. For nearly twenty-five years, Ira Rosen has pro-duced some of the most memorable, important, and groundbreaking stories for 60 Minutes.
Tuesday, February 1, 7:30 pm
Lise Pearlman, The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1: The Man Who Got Away
The book revisits the 1932 kidnapping/murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. and suggests a shocking solution never before considered by any author. The evidence laid out in the book exonerates Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the immigrant executed for the crime, and instead implicates Lindbergh himself. Through this page-turner the author describes an elaborate hoax and educates readers on its sociopolitical context.
Thursday, February 17, 1:00 pm
Uri Adoni, The Unstoppable Startup: Mastering Israel's Secret Rules of Chutzpah
When it comes to startup success, one country stands out: Israel. Even though it is a relatively small country, Israel has one of the highest concentrations of startups in the world, the highest venture capital per capita and is one of the top countries in terms of the number of companies listed on NAS-DAQ. Uri Adoni goes behind the scenes to explain the principles and practices that can make any startup, anywhere in the world, become an unstoppable one.
Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 pm
Tracy Walder, The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists
This is the incredible true story of a Jewish American woman who was recruited by the CIA out of her college sorority. On 9/11 she was tracking terrorists with President Bush, Vice President Cheney or Secretary of State Powell looking over her shoulder. Driven to stop the new breed of terror that war created, Walder picked up her alias identity, flew overseas, and continued the hunt. She would eventually move over to the FBI where she faced rampant sexism. The Unexpected Spy is a powerful memoir about a woman who made a career in a male-dominated field and what she’s taken away from it now that she’s no longer in government service.
Thursday, March 10, 1:00 pm
Gwen Strauss, The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany
The Nine follows the true story of the author’s great aunt who led a band of heroic young female resistance fighters as they escaped a German labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines from Germany back to Paris. They were subjected to a series of French prisons, torture and deported to Germany. By the time they were enslaved at the labor camp, they were a close-knit group of friends. During the final days of the war, forced onto a death march, the nine made a daring escape. Drawing on incredible research, this powerful narrative is a moving tribute to the power of humanity and friendship in the darkest of times.