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Archive for July 2nd, 2008

Mary Pipher

Mary Pipher became a cultural force in 1994 with the publication of Reviving Ophelia, the book that opened America’s eyes to the psychological toll that adolescent girls face growing up in a country rife with sexual abuse, school violence and an overwhelming pressure to be thin. Since that time, she’s explored the cultural psychology of families and elderly people in an effort to reveal new truths about American society.


Robert Thurman

An international authority on world religions and spirituality, Asian history, philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman is an eloquent teacher of the relevance of Eastern knowledge and ideas to our daily lives. Drawing an analogy between Tibetans and Jews in regard to finding the courage to overcome genocide and exile, Thurman encourages incorporating Eastern traditions into your life as a way of “enriching what you already are.”


Joseph Telushkin

The author of Jewish Literacy, the most poplar book on Judaism of the past two decades, is now working on a multi-volume presentation of Jewish teachings on personal character, integrity and living an honorable and ethical life.

Jane Smiley

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres has written eleven novels. An outspoken anti-Bush blogger, Smiley speaks her mind on subjects ranging from horse training to marriage, Barbie, and impulse buying. Her new novel Ten Days in the Hills is about Hollywood and sex.

Alex Ross

In his long-awaited first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ democratic, love of the artform grounds 20th-century classical music in a wide political and cultural context that highlights its intersections with the pop, rock, and hip-hop realms.

Daniel Mendelsohn

The classics scholar, literary critic and award-winning author of the acclaimed memoir The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million discusses his search for missing relatives, the “overfamiliarity” of the Holocaust and why we should listen to our elders.

Andrew Sean Greer

Author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a novel about love and war set in San Francisco’s Sunset district in the 1950, in addition to garnering comparisons to Proust and Nabokov, has also received the New York Public Library Young Lions Award for writers under 35.

Daniel Libeskind

One of the world’s most influential architects, Daniel Libeskind has created work resonant with Jewish history and ideas, among them the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, currently under construction. He was also awarded the master plan design for Ground Zero and the World Trade Center site in New York, a project that has resulted in great controversy.

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates’ prodigious output and talent for creating characters who draw us in never ceases to amaze. The newest novel by this National Book Award and PEN/Malamud Award winner is The Gravedigger’s Daughter, a sprawling, masterful epic about a young woman’s struggle for identity and survival in post-World War II America.

Ishmael Beah

There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, high on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than 50 conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. This former child soldier, who was swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil war, gives us one of the only first-person accounts of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.