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Nice Jewish Girls: Growing Up in America

by Marlene Adler Marks (Editor)

Other authors: Karen E. Bender (Contributor), Dinah Berland (Contributor), Jane Bernstein (Contributor), Amy Bloom (Contributor), Hindi Brooks (Contributor)40 more, Belinda Cooper (Contributor), Laura Cunningham (Contributor), Carol V. Davis (Contributor), Shira Dicker (Contributor), Dina Elenbogen (Contributor), Marcia Falk (Contributor), Shirley Polinsky Fein (Contributor), Jyl Lynn Felman (Contributor), Jane Schulzinger Fox (Contributor), Jennifer Futernick (Contributor), Miriyam Glazer (Contributor), Karen Golden (Contributor), Allegra Goodman (Contributor), Vivian Gornick (Contributor), Kathryn Hellerstein (Contributor), Erica Jong (Contributor), Persis Knobbe (Contributor), Fern Kupfer (Contributor), Joan Lipkin (Contributor), Marlene Adler Marks (Contributor), Susan Merson (Contributor), cynthia morse (Contributor), Sara Nuss-Galles (Contributor), Grace Paley (Contributor), Letty Cottin Pogrebin (Contributor), Sharon Pomerantz (Contributor), Jori Ranhand (Contributor), Carolyn A. Rogers (Contributor), L. Schimel (Contributor), Sheila Schwartz (Contributor), Enid Shomer (Contributor), Ilana Girard Singer (Contributor), Susan Terris (Contributor), tova (Contributor), Judith Ungar (Contributor), Alexandra J. Wall (Contributor), Ruth Weisberg (Contributor), Carolyn White (Contributor), SL Wisenberg (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

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"While nearly every Jewish female reader will find herself reflected here, the poignancy of these stories will be felt by readers of all ethnicities."--Library Journal Chicken soup and Barbra Streisand, lost fathers and first dates, Hebrew school and Queen Esther, seders and seductions. In this insightful, original anthology, forty-five American Jewish writers explore the richness of their shared heritage, from the tragic to the trivial.   In memoirs, fiction, and poetry new and favorite writers like Grace Paley, Amy Bloom, Vivian Gornick, and Laura Cunningham brilliantly reveal the challenges of coming of age as a Jewish woman in America today.   What have we lost that our mothers and grandmothers had? Do we still feel close ties to family and community? Can we make a decent pot roast?   This spirited collection is full of humor and wisdom, memory and affection--and there isn't a Jewish girl (nice or otherwise) who won't find herself reflected in these vibrant pages.… (more)
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I found many of these stories to be whiney and not that well-written. Very few women had positive experiences growing up Jewish in America. Letty Cottin Pogrebin's experiences with her father were quite interesting, as were Laura Cunningham's experiences with her grandmother. Unfortunately, the pieces by Grace Paley and Amy Bloom also disappointed me. ( )
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Bender, Karen E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berland, DinahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"While nearly every Jewish female reader will find herself reflected here, the poignancy of these stories will be felt by readers of all ethnicities."--Library Journal Chicken soup and Barbra Streisand, lost fathers and first dates, Hebrew school and Queen Esther, seders and seductions. In this insightful, original anthology, forty-five American Jewish writers explore the richness of their shared heritage, from the tragic to the trivial.   In memoirs, fiction, and poetry new and favorite writers like Grace Paley, Amy Bloom, Vivian Gornick, and Laura Cunningham brilliantly reveal the challenges of coming of age as a Jewish woman in America today.   What have we lost that our mothers and grandmothers had? Do we still feel close ties to family and community? Can we make a decent pot roast?   This spirited collection is full of humor and wisdom, memory and affection--and there isn't a Jewish girl (nice or otherwise) who won't find herself reflected in these vibrant pages.

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