Mind, body and soul Eve Ensler, best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues,” writes in her new memoir “In the Body of the World” that she has spent much of her life dissociated from her own body. After surviving abuse as a child, using drugs and engaging in promiscuous sex, she finally connected with her body after witnessing atrocities in the Congo and surviving cancer. The author will discuss her memoir in Palo Alto. 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $25-$35. photo-lindsay aikman-michael priest photography



“A Not-So-Nice Jewish Boy Faces World War II.” Norman Beim discusses his memoir on his experience as a soldier in World War II. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 2. Free.


“Sipping from the Nile, my Exodus from Egypt.” Jean Naggar discusses her memoir about her childhood during the 1956 Suez Crisis. At Levinthal Hall, Stanford University. 4:15 p.m. Free.


“Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in Holocaust.” Author Marty Brounstein discusses his book. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. 10:30 a.m. Free. (510) 549-9447.