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What We Write and Talk About In a (Shared) Room of Our Own
Women in writing groups learn to take seriously their skills, and themselves.
Female resistance to the Nazis. Jewish women doctors who pioneered birth control. Teen sex crisis in comic form.
What We Write and Talk About In a (Shared) Room of Our Own
Sometimes, even hardcore feminists find themselves competing in a beauty contest.
“The Secrets” This film by Avi Nesher (“Turn Left at the End of the World”) is set in Israel’s sacred city of Tzfat with its New Age element, and has... Read more »
The nine moving and sophisticated autobiographies in My Future is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants (NYU Press, $25), translated and edited by Jocelyn Cohen and Daniel Soyer, provide new insights both into... Read more »
All of the characters in the connected stories by Danit Brown in Ask for a Convertible (Pantheon Books, $22.95), struggle to find an identity and a home for themselves. Chief among them is Osnat... Read more »
A new scholarly biography, Let Me Continue to Speak the Truth: Bertha Pappenheim as Author and Activist (HUC Press, $34.95) by Elizabeth Loentz, takes the reader on an erudite journey to the world... Read more »
Marie Syrkin: Values Beyond the Self (Brandeis, $35), a biography by Carole S. Kessner, reveals a remarkable woman. Marie Syrkin, a leading Jewish public intellectual, was born in Switzerland in 1899. She became... Read more »
New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future (Jewish Lights, $24.99), edited by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, is a sweeping exploration of feminism’s impact on contemporary Jewish life. The book is divided into... Read more »
The first lines of a few of the stories in my little red book (Twelve, $14.99), edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, give some indication as to the subject of this collection: “I was ten... Read more »
These days, it seems every mother — regardless of whether she breastfed a child — has strong feelings on the subject of breastfeeding. Unbuttoned: Women Open up About the Pleasure, Pains... Read more »
These days, real estate is all. Just prior to reading the fourth novel by journalist and novelist Linda Grant, The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago, £11.99), I watched a British TV documentary about... Read more »
The Believers, by Zoë Heller (HarperCollins, $25.95), is a slashing satire of New York’s liberal elite. Literary mavens tell you the old-fashioned novel is dead? Don’t believe it. If you love a sprawling... Read more »
Hope, Not Fear: A Path to Jewish Renaissance (St. Martin’s, $24.95) by Edgar M. Bronfman and Beth Zasloff appeared a few months ago, when the world looked rosier. In those halcyon days, pre-Madoff,... Read more »
Conventional wisdom dictates that you should never shop for groceries while hungry. I would further advise that you not pick up a copy of Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and... Read more »
Joyce Zonana, author of Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile’s Journey (Feminist Press, $15.95), was 18 months old when she emigrated with her Egyptian-Jewish parents from Cairo to Brooklyn. She remembers... Read more »
If a superplague were released that would wipe out humanity, how would you spend your last days? Last Last Chance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25), the debut novel from Fiona Maazel, takes us through... Read more »
A little woman made the worldHer bed,That great round globe.And it didn’t escape the worldThat a little womanLay resting on him.And he grew grasses into her lap,Wrapped her bodyWith leaves... Read more »
Grandma was short and compact as a fire hydrant, with gray wavy hair swept straight back from her face, held with tortoise-shell combs. Her eyelids drooped as if weighted, and her... Read more »
The haunting memoir of two survivors who meet in a post-war Polish medical school, and learn in the most devastating way that not all scars are visible, nor can every ailment be treated.
But an astounding number of doctors who pioneered the 20th century’s birth control movement were Jewish women! Sometimes arrested for promoting contraception and sex-ed in neighborhood clinics, they paved the way for today’s repro-rights activists. Plus… Helen R. Cordes tells us how to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pill.
Uncovering female resistance to the Nazis, historian Stobl notices a modest self-dismissal: many of these women never identify their profoundly serious, courageous and - yes - defiant behaviors as actual fighting back. They shy away from being labeled heroes.
A short story, hilarious, poignant and graphic--in every sense--about a moment in middle school when a bat mitzvah-aged girl faced a crisis of sexual identity. Uh-oh. Grown-up, she's exactly the kind of girl she'd insisted she wasn't.
12 Writers in a Room
Raising My Voice
The Last Writers’ Group
Jewish Text Comes First… then Adrienne Rich
“If You Can Write It, I Can Write It, Too.”
For women who’ve decided to step away from their professions for a few years while caring for young children or elderly parents — but don’t want to lose ground when... Read more »
As a lifelong New Yorker and former chef and caterer who now directs the Graduate Program for Food Studies and Food Management at NYU, Professor Jennifer Berg knows her way around Big... Read more »
Barbara Margolies has taken a few leaps in her life. From elementaryschool teacher, to children’s book author, to intrepid world traveler. When you ask the Brooklyn-born mother of two how in... Read more »
“You see? This is what happens when you don’t use sex toys,” 38-year-old Beverley Damelin joked, motioning to her burgeoning belly. Arrayed in front of the visibly pregnant Damelin were vibrators, all... Read more »
While many traditional Jewish philanthropic organizations are in disarray as the economy falters and scandal shocks, three young Jewish women are proving that ingenuity and dedication may be more effective... Read more »
A documentary film company run by Ellen Friedland sees its mission as documenting “unfolding” Jewish stories, and turning them into “educational programs on Jewish culture around the world.” Since 1997, JEMGLO (Jewish... Read more »
Walking toward the Lilith office on a cold, wintry day last month, I noticed a woman in a nondescript old coat and flip-flops leaning against a Macdonald’s trash can unwrapping... Read more »