Wendy Wasserstein – Shiksa Goddess

Celebrated playwright and magnetic wit Wendy Wasserstein was firmly rooted in New York’s cultural life, but her appeal is universal. Shiksa Goddess collects her urbane, inspiring, and deeply empathetic essays, all written when she was in her forties, and all infused with her trademark irreverent humor: everything from Chekhov, politics, and celebrity, to family, fashion, and real estate. Whether fretting over her figure, discovering her gentile roots, proclaiming her love for ordered-in breakfasts, lobbying for affordable theater, or writing tenderly about her very Jewish mother and her own daughter, born when she was 48 and single, Wasserstein reveals the full, dizzying life of a shiksa goddess with unabashed candor and inimitable style.
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Jen Epstein – Don’t Get Too Excited

Jen Epstein was born a worrier. As a child she worried her uvula would break off and she would swallow it and choke to death. Then she worried high voltage wires would get her. Eventually she was diagnosed with learning disabilities and later, obsessive compulsive disorder. Smart but challenged, Jen navigates two years in Israel as a high school student and squabbling with technical support for her TV. She survives a two-night stay in the hospital, with all its dangers of contamination, and the nursing staff traipsing into her room at all hours of the night wanting her bodily fluids.
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