Five books: Jake Ep­stein

The Broad­way star re­turns home to take part in the an­nual Un­Cov­ered pro­duc­tion at Ko­erner Hall by Ron John­son

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Jake Ep­stein has strut­ted across many a stage both in Toronto and in New York City where he starred in

on Broad­way. But re­cently, peo­ple are get­ting to know him as a mem­ber of the cast of the hit TV show star­ring an­other Toronto na­tive, Keifer Suther­land.

Ep­stein grew up in North York where he at­tended Claude Wat­son School of the Arts and Earl Haig Sec­ondary School. Then

hap­pened, and his star was on the rise. Since then, he’s worked mostly on­stage, in such pro­duc­tions as the Green Day project and the Broad­way pro­duc­tion of

This month, Ep­stein is back in Toronto as one of the many stage stars in along­side the likes of Brent Carver, Di­vine Brown and Melissa O’Neil. The show runs Nov. 14 to 16 at Ko­erner Hall. Here, Jake shares thoughts on his five favourite books, in­clud­ing one writ­ten by his mother. All the Light We Can­not See by An­thony Do­err This book tells two par­al­lel Sec­ond World War sto­ries about a blind girl, able to sur­vive be­cause of the life lessons her fa­ther taught her, and a gifted Ger­man boy, who gets se­lected to join a train­ing school for the Nazi mil­i­tary elite. I love this book not only be­cause of the unique per­spec­tive on the war, but be­cause the lan­guage is so beau­ti­fully poetic. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger This is my favourite novel to reread at dif­fer­ent stages of my life. Prob­a­bly the great­est char­ac­ter study in mod­ern lit­er­a­ture, ev­ery­one can iden­tify with Holden Caulfield's raw angst, alien­ation and strug­gle with authen­tic­ity. It gets sad­der to read as the years go on, but no less riv­et­ing. To Look a Nazi in the Eye by Kathy Kacer As a child of Holo­caust sur­vivors, my mom has made it her life goal to ed­u­cate younger gen­er­a­tions about the war. She is con­stantly search­ing for new ways to make the his­tory rel­e­vant. She ab­so­lutely nails it with her lat­est book, based on a true story about Jor­dana Le­bowitz and her trip to Ger­many to wit­ness the trial of Oskar Grön­ing.

Jake Ep­stein

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