MANCHESTER - A rabbi who did stand-up comedy before 2,000 Muslims probably has a few good stories.

Don't miss Manchester's own, Bob Alper, as he presents his new book, "Thanks. I Needed That," on Sunday, May 5, at 5 p.m. There's no storyteller like Rabbi Bob Alper, the world's only full-time stand-up comic and practicing rabbi, whose hilarious routines are heard daily on the Sirius/XM clean comedy channel.

"Thanks. I Needed That," features 32 true stories - 12 of which center on the Northshire area, including stories about the Manchester Town Office, the old Village Fare restaurant, East Dorset Cemetery, and the Bennington Kennel Club, and many other familiar names - from settings as far flung as The Tonight Show studio, the hills of Vermont, and a tiny Polish village. Readers meet a stained-glass artist whose granddaughter is Drew Barrymore, a woman who attends services with her dog, a 5-year-old grief counselor and an elderly Holocaust survivor who discovers that he can speak about his lost sisters for the first time.

Infused with Bob's trademark humor, "Thanks. I Needed That" also artfully, unexpectedly, touches the reader deeply through stories of ordinary people: their struggles, successes, failures, and often, the unintentional and surprising ways strangers enhance the lives of others.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com


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