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Barbara Kingsolver - Unsheltered

Thursday, October 18th, 6:00pm,  Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline

Barbara Kingsolver - Unsheltered

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards - including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize - returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resilience and compassion in times of great upheaval.

Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that, though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kinship - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit.  Purchase tickets here.

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Jason Reynolds - LuThursday, October 25th, 6:00pm,  Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline

Jason Reynolds - Lu

Celebrated children’s author Jason Reynolds discusses Lu, the fourth and final book in the Track series.

Lu was born to be co-captain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that’s got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that - not to mention the gold chains and diamond earrings - no one’s gonna outshine him. Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu’s way - literally and not-so-literally - and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means.

Starting with National Book Award finalist Ghost, the Track series follows the four rookie members of a middle-school track team.  Purchase tickets here.

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Abbi Jacobson - I Might Regret ThisWednesday, October 31st, 8:00pm,  Chevalier Theatre, Medford, co-sponsored by Jewish Women’s Archive

Abbi Jacobson - I Might Regret this

Abbi Jacobson is one of the series creators, executive producers, and stars of Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed hit show Broad City. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the illustrated book, Carry This Book, and has also created two coloring books: Color This Book: New York City and Color This Book: San Francisco. She is the host of A Piece of Work, the Webby award-winning podcast from Museum of Modern Art and WNYC Studios.

I Might Regret This is a hilarious and poignant collection about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew. Purchase tickets here.

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