Florida JCCs Book Series: Bess Kalb and Dara Kurtz

By Miami Beach JCC (other events)

Thursday, May 13 2021 1:00 PM 2:00 PM EST

Welcome to the Florida JCCs Monthly Book & Author Series, brought to you by the six participating JCC's in South Florida and Orlando.

This month features Bess Kalb, "Nobody Will Tell You This But Me" and Dara Kurtz, "I Am My Mother's Daughter".

In Conversation with Zibby Owens, creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don't Have Time to Read.

About The Books

Even after she left home for Hollywood, Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force—irrepressible, glamorous, unapologetically opinionated. Bobby doted on Bess; Bess adored Bobby. Then, at ninety, Bobby died. But in this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life. Nobody Will Tell You This But Me marks the creation of a totally new, virtuosic form of memoir: a reconstruction of a beloved grandmother’s words and wisdom to tell her family’s story with equal parts poignancy and hilarity.

Dara Kurtz kept a Ziploc bag of let­ters writ­ten by her moth­er, who died from can­cer when Dara was 28 years old. This bag also includ­ed let­ters writ­ten by her depart­ed Jew­ish grand­moth­ers. Fear­ing the sad­ness these let­ters might bring, Dara left the Ziploc bag buried in her home for decades. Dara often longed to ask her moth­er and grand­moth­ers for their advice, espe­cial­ly when she, like her moth­er, was diag­nosed with can­cer at the age of 42. Even­tu­al­ly, Dara opened the bag of let­ters and reread them. They brought back beau­ti­ful fam­i­ly mem­o­ries, taught her many life lessons about the love between moth­ers and daugh­ters, and the wis­dom passed on from one gen­er­a­tion to the next.

About the Authors

Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nom­i­nat­ed writer for Jim­my Kim­mel Live. Her writ­ing for the show earned her a Writer’s Guild Award in 2016. She has also writ­ten for the Oscars and the Emmys. A reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to The New York­er’s “Dai­ly Shouts,” her work has been pub­lished in The New Repub­lic, Grant­land,, Wired, The Nation, and elsewhere.

After being diag­nosed with breast can­cer at the age of 42, Dara Kurtz left her 20-year career as a per­son­al banker and finan­cial advi­sor to focus on a new career in writ­ing, speak­ing, and pod­cast­ing. Today her per­son­al blog, Crazy Per­fect Life, reach­es over 180,000 fol­low­ers. Dara is the author of two books, Crush Can­cer: Per­son­al Enlight­en­ment from a Can­cer Sur­vivor and Can­cer Crush Work­book. Dara is a writer with one goal: to use her life expe­ri­ences to help peo­ple strength­en their rela­tion­ships and cre­ate more hap­pi­ness and joy in their every­day lives.