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Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom

by Ariel Burger

Before he taught others, Rabbi Ariel Burger was the student of Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate, author and activist Elie Wiesel. One of the lessons Burger cherishes from his mentor and friend deals with moral education. He explains, "people are morally ignited less by the cognitive processing of learning information than by visceral experience... moments of gooseflesh, chills up the spine, the welling up of tears." Burger knows it is through this style of learning that a student becomes what Wiesel called

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Ways to Hide in Winter

by Sarah St. Vincent

Kathleen works in a small store at the edge of a state park in Pennsylvania's Blue Ridge Mountains. She was widowed at 22 by a car wreck that left her badly injured, but she insists that she does not have a limp. She wants only to be left alone. But then a stranger appears out of the harsh snow of mountain winter, wearing dress shoes and a disarming expression; his native country is Uzbekistan, and he gives no good reason why he should be lurking out-of-season at the hostel next to Kathleen's store.

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by Sharon M. Draper

Coretta Scott King Award recipient Sharon M. Draper (Out of My Mind, Stella by Starlight, Panic) offers a timely middle-grade novel that addresses divorce, racism and identity in her trademark empathic and accessible style.

Isabella is an exceptional pianist, has two best friends, is obsessed with making glitter slime, and has loving, supportive parents. Unfortunately, when Isabella was eight, her parents divorced. The adjustment was challenging, but now Izzy is 11, and things have gotten rougher. Her dad,

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Come November

by Katrin van Dam

As her mother invests everything they have into preparing to leave this planet with her Heaven's Gate-like cult, teenager Rooney takes on the responsibilities of keeping the family afloat.

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The Songbird

by Marcia Willett

In this tender novel, the bonds among inhabitants of a British estate transcend the stories, burdens and secrets of their lives.

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Never Grow Up

by Jackie Chan, Zhu Mo, trans. by Jeremy Tiang

Jackie Chan's reflective second memoir offers entertaining filmmaking anecdotes but delves deeper to reveal his insecurities and infidelities.

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Don't Touch My Hair!

by Sharee Miller

Sharee Miller's Don't Touch My Hair! is a right-on-time narrative showcasing the power kids--and all people--have to demand their voices be heard.

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Crown Publishing Group: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Media Heat

Thursday, December 13, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Katharine Weber, author of Still Life with Monkey (Paul Dry Books, $16.95, 9781589881297).
Daily Show: Bob Woodward, author of Fear (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9789526532998).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Anthony Atamanuik, co-author of American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives (Morrow, $24.99, 9780062851888).

Monday, December 10, 2018

Fresh Air: Samuel Schwartz, author of No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (PublicAffairs, $28, 9781610398657).
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781476795928).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Barbara Kingsolver, author of Unsheltered: A Novel (Harper, $29.99, 9780062684561).

Fresh Air: Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781476753836).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Today Show: Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Short Cuts to Happiness: Life-Changing Lessons from my Barber (The Experiment, $18.95, 9781615194872).
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