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About The Book


How We Got By: 111 People Share Stories of Survival, Resilience, and Hope through Hardship is a collection of first-person stories, each accompanied by one of Rothman’s full-color illustrated portraits. These personal accounts touch on a wide variety of subjects, from money and business to relationships, family, trauma, and death. A window into the world of how others think, feel, and, ultimately, survive, How We Got By invites us to remember our shared humanity as well as our extraordinary resilience.

About the Authors

Shaina Feinberg and Julia Rothman

Shaina Feinberg is an award-winning American filmmaker and writer. She has been on This American Life, was a resident at Space on Ryder Farms and Twenty Summers, a 2022 Reel Families for Change grantee and a 2023 recipient of the Reboot Studios grant. Her short doc, A Brief History of Hating My Face, was commissioned by The New York Times. She has written for The New Yorker, Washington Post, Tablet and writes regularly for the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.

Julia Rothman is an illustrator, author, and journalist. She and Shaina have a bi-monthly column, Scratch in the New York Times. She has authored and/or illustrated eighteen books for adults and children. Her drawings can also be found on wallpaper, bedding, dishware, clothing and more. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design and is the 2023 recipient of the Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf Visionary Award.

About the Speaker

Mila Finkelshtein, CEO ORT Ukraine, has dedicated her career to the renewal of Jewish life in Kyiv and Ukraine. She worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on the ground in Kyiv before joining ORT Ukraine in 2003. She is happily married and has a 14-year-old daughter who is a student at ORT Technology Lyceum 141. Despite the ongoing crisis in her country, Mila works tirelessly to care for her students, teachers and school communities, and we are so glad she will be able to share this story with you.

About the Moderator

Judy Levin is a book reviewer and discussion facilitator for over 25 book clubs. She is a devoted ORTist and currently serves on the ORT Chicago Advisory Council, and is a past president of Lake County Region. Judy lives in Riverwoods with her husband Stephen. Every year she deftly moderates an engaging conversation with our Lunch With A View author. Don't miss her latest Spring Book Recommendations by clicking here!