25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

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"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 ...

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Overview

"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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401303112
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/25/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 798,111
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Gold is a stand-up comic who, since her first TV appearance in 1989, has been a guest on numerous
shows ranging from The View to Tough Crowd on Comedy Central. She is the recipient of two Emmy awards for her writing on and producing of The Rosie O' Donnell Show. She is a member of both HRC (The Human Rights Campaign) and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians). She regularly tours theatre and comedy shows around the country and lives in NYC with her two sons. Kate Moira Ryan's plays have been produced by New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theatre and the Women's Project. She has been awarded numerous fellowships most recently the Arnold Weinberger Playwright Residency to the University of Cincinnati and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship by the Ensemble Studio Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University, is an alumna of New Dramatists and a winner of the Young Playwrights Festival.

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    A Very Funny Little Book

    At times hilariously funny, at times exceedingly touching, this book is a great read for everyone. I highly recommend it.

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