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25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

by Judy Gold, Kate Moira Ryan

Publisher: Voice
Pages: 240
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781401303112






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Overview of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

"There's a little Jewish mother in every mother," as comedienne Judy Gold reveals in her achingly hilarious and poignant book

For a Jewish girl who remembers the first book ever read to her as a child was the pop-up version of The Diary of Anne Frank, learning how to be a Jewish mother who wasnt a carbon copy of HER Jewish mother wasnt easy. Here, Emmy Awardwinning comedienne Judy Gold asks, "Are there any Jewish mothers out there like me, or are they all, G-d forbid, like my mother"

In 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, she incorporates her own adventures in Jewish motherdom and her memories of growing up Jewish in suburban New Jersey -- communicating with her mother by putting Ann Landers articles on the fridge ("Dear Ann, My mother wont let me walk alone to school and Im 16! Please help." "Dear Ann, The crossing guard drinks. Please help.") -- with the voices of the fifty other Jewish mothers, she and her co-author, Kathleen Moira Ryan, interviewed. They asked homemakers, lawyers, Holocaust survivors twenty-five questions, including:

--Who's your favorite Jewish mother (Judy's is Barbra Streisand.)?
--How many times a day do you talk to your children or mother (for Judy, it's anywhere from one to the high double digits)?
--Are Jewish mothers really more paranoid (or, "Why do I have to write an entire itinerary with names, addresses, and phone numbers every time I leave the house")?

And so on. The culmination of these extraordinary stories confirms that there is ultimately something strong, courageous, and loving in every Jewish mother -- a hopeful -- and very funny -- message to mothers and their children everywhere.

Synopsis of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

"There's a little Jewish mother in every mother," as comedienne Judy Gold reveals in her achingly hilarious and poignant book.

For a Jewish girl who remembers the first book ever read to her as a child was the pop-up version of The Diary of Anne Frank, learning how to be a Jewish mother who wasn't a carbon copy of HER Jewish mother wasn't easy. Here, Emmy Award-winning comedienne Judy Gold asks, "Are there any Jewish mothers out there like me, or are they all, G-d forbid, like my mother????"

In 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, she incorporates her own adventures in Jewish motherdom and her memories of growing up Jewish in suburban New Jersey—communicating with her mother by putting Ann Landers articles on the fridge ("Dear Ann, My mother won't let me walk alone to school and I'm 16! Please help." "Dear Ann, The crossing guard drinks. Please help.")—with the voices of the fifty other Jewish mothers she and her co-author, Kate Moira Ryan, interviewed. They asked homemakers, lawyers, Holocaust survivors twenty-five questions, including:

  • Who's your favorite Jewish mother? (Judy's is Barbra Streisand.)
  • How many times a day do you talk to your children or mother? (for Judy, it's anywhere from one to the high double digits)
  • —Are Jewish mothers really more paranoid? (or, "Why do I have to write an entire itinerary with names, addresses, and phone numbers every time I leave the house?")

And so on. The culmination of these extraordinary stories confirms that there is ultimately something strong, courageous, and loving in every Jewish mother—a hopeful—and very funny—message to mothers and their children everywhere.

Publishers Weekly

Stand-up comic Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Teaming with playwright Ryan, Gold developed a one-woman show based on interviews conducted across America with more than 50 Jewish women of different ages and occupations. When Gold's 70-minute monologue became a sold-out hit at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, it was promoted as "a comic's personal journey to find love, laughter and acceptance as a Jewish mother with two kids and a nagging Jewish mother of her own." On stage, she created characters inspired by the interviews and wove in her own experiences, now expanded into this anecdotal autobiography. For Gold, there are no taboo topics. The 25 chapters range from "Have you ever experienced anti-Semitism?" and "Were you or any of your relatives affected by the Holocaust?" to "How many times a day do you call your children?" and "Why do you think Jewish mothers are the butt of so many jokes?" The q&a serves as a springboard for essays exploring her past, reflecting on everything from growing up in New Jersey to performing before hecklers. Her fluid writing, engaging and entertaining, balances between poignant and humorous memories. 25 cartoon illus. (May 1)

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About the Author, Judy Gold

Judy Gold is an Emmy-winning writer, producer, andstand-up comic. Kate Moira Ryan's plays have been produced by New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theatre, and the Women's Project. She lives in New York City.

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Publishers Weekly

Stand-up comic Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Teaming with playwright Ryan, Gold developed a one-woman show based on interviews conducted across America with more than 50 Jewish women of different ages and occupations. When Gold's 70-minute monologue became a sold-out hit at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, it was promoted as "a comic's personal journey to find love, laughter and acceptance as a Jewish mother with two kids and a nagging Jewish mother of her own." On stage, she created characters inspired by the interviews and wove in her own experiences, now expanded into this anecdotal autobiography. For Gold, there are no taboo topics. The 25 chapters range from "Have you ever experienced anti-Semitism?" and "Were you or any of your relatives affected by the Holocaust?" to "How many times a day do you call your children?" and "Why do you think Jewish mothers are the butt of so many jokes?" The q&a serves as a springboard for essays exploring her past, reflecting on everything from growing up in New Jersey to performing before hecklers. Her fluid writing, engaging and entertaining, balances between poignant and humorous memories. 25 cartoon illus. (May 1)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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