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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-01

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lection of mostly first-person short
stories by an accomplished, popular
writer. Actress and solo performer
Cynthia Kaplan's debut collection of
personal stories, Why I'm Like This,
takes -readers on a humorous ride illu-
minating the frailties of life.

Getting Healthy

Stress, weight, menopause and idio-
syncrasies all come to the fore when
this next group of authors visit to
discuss their latest books.
Psychologist Georgia Witkin's

Stress Relief for Disasters Great and
Small examines ways to cope with
the fallout from the terrorist attacks
of Sept. 11. The subtitle of Jan
King's book on "the change" says it
all. The author of When You're Hot,
You're Hot (How I Laughed My Way
Through Menopause), King serves up
serious information with a sense of
humor and heart.
Dr. Shapiros Picture Perfect Weight
Loss 30-Day Plan by Howard M.
Shapiro is a weight-control plan
based on the author's unique "look
and lose" system. His plan has no
forbidden foods nor rigid menu
plans. What have you got to lose?
Queen of quirks Judy Reiser
examines weird and wacky foibles in
her book And I Thought I Was Crazy:
Quirks, Idiosyncrasies and Meshugaas.
Toilet paper over or under? Hangers
facing in one direction? Reiser inter-
viewed more than 2,000 people in
her search for eccentricities that
make up this one-of-a-kind read.
Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Women Are
Not Small Men focuses on heart dis-
ease, the greatest health risk for
women today, while Janet
Reibstein's Staying Alive chronicles
three generations of a close-knit
family haunted by the specter of
breast cancer.
In Found Tribe, Lawrence Schimel,
an award-winning anthropologist,
interviewed gay Jewish men embrac-
ing their spiritual and sexual identi-
ty. This funny and often poignant
and thought-provoking book gives
readers a glimpse of the courage it
takes to be an openly gay Jewish
In Odd Girl Out: The Hidden
Culture of Aggression in Girls, Rachel
Simmons provides explanations for
the indirect hostility that runs
through the lives and friendships of
girls and provides advice to parents,
teachers and school administrators.
Two local authors offer books that
chronicle facing personal tragedy.

Karen Tintori's Trapped: The 1909
Cherry Mine Disaster chronicles the
devastating details of a mine fire;
and George Cantor's Courtney's
Legacy: A Father's Journey follows his
path from depression to a renewed
faith in the gifts of life following his
daughter's death in an accidental fall
from her sixth-floor U-M dormitory

Show Biz And More

Book Fair offers several speakers for
fans of the performing arts.
Like many little girls, Sandy
Schreier.grew up dreaming about
movie stars and their costumes — in
particular their wedding gowns.
Schreier turned those daydreams
into a dream of a book, Hollywood
Gets Married. This stunning pictorial
of Hollywood weddings brings us
hundreds of matrimonial celebra-
tions from the 1920s to the present.
Yale Strom's Book of Klezmer: The
History, Music and Folklore explores
this musical phenomenon born in
the Middle Ages. While the
Holocaust took the lives of most of
Europe's ldezmer musicians, the
music has been reborn. Strom traces
its entire history with verve and
TV viewers of a certain age will
remember Robert Clary as "Louis
Lebeau" from the sitcom Hogan's
Heroes. In his inspirational memoir,

From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes,
Clary offers a much more sobering
view of World War II as he recounts
his own experience in German con-
centration camps.
Finally, in the midst of writing a
sequel to his best-selling Walking the
Bible, Sept. 11 happened and sent
author Bruce Feiler on a search for
the origins of Abraham, the spiritual
father to all three monotheistic
faiths and nearly half the world's
inhabitants. Feiler's book, Abraham,
Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths,
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