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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

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To understand Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots , or to even talk about it, I think it has to be clear what it is, and is not.
It is a fascinating coming-of-age story. It is not reflective of the Orthodox community as a whole. I’m not even sure it’s reflective of much more than one woman’s experience in the Hasidic Satmar sect that lives in Willamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Long Goodbye

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Horror. That’s the dominant feeling I had reading Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye: A memoir .

Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading by Maureen Corrigan

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From a truth-in-advertisement standpoint, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books delivers.

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Of the many sad stories surrounding newspapers over the past decade, one of the saddest is the dismantling of foreign bureaus. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Chicago Tribune’s Kim Barker spent the next seven years covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, and The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan covers the odd, violent and occasionally funny days of her time there.

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

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This book was so sad, I literally curled up under my covers and talked to the cat for a while after reading it.

It’s not just that you literally witness de Rossi’s self-sabotage – at her lowest weight she was at 82 pounds – but that her self-hatred literally oozes off the pages in Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Cleaving by Julie Powell

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Trapped under all the mischigas of Julie Powell's Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession is an interesting story about marriage, sex and butchery. Sadly for everyone involved, there's so much self-indulgence layered on top that you'll start choking, and it won't be from your luncheon meat.

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