Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Family, Real Love

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A Real Housewife of New York City reveals the Jewish mother's secrets to life, love and happiness.

The Jewish Mother knows what she wants-and what you should want too. Here, readers will learn how to make her methods their own, and give and get love and happiness in great amounts. Jill Zarin, the breakout star of Bravo's hit series The Real Housewives of New York, teams up with her sister, Lisa Wexler, award-winning host of the daily radio program The Lisa Wexler Show, and her ...

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Overview

A Real Housewife of New York City reveals the Jewish mother's secrets to life, love and happiness.

The Jewish Mother knows what she wants-and what you should want too. Here, readers will learn how to make her methods their own, and give and get love and happiness in great amounts. Jill Zarin, the breakout star of Bravo's hit series The Real Housewives of New York, teams up with her sister, Lisa Wexler, award-winning host of the daily radio program The Lisa Wexler Show, and her mother, the estimable Gloria Kamen, who made a splash on Jill's series last year. With real-life stories from the mother/daughter trio illustrating their wise and witty tips on dating, marriage, money, and more, Secrets of a Jewish Mother is all the advice readers didn't know they needed but will never forget.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The latest of TV's Real Housewives of New York City to enter the publishing arena, Zarin wisely recruits her sister, radio host Wexler, and their mother, online columnist Kamen, to produce an opinionated guide to life from the point of view of three Jewish moms-the kind whose "stereotypical traits" ("domineering, interfering, tactless and loud") have resulted in strong families and successful careers. Insisting that "if a lesson is worth teaching once, it is worth teaching at least two thousand times," the trio use a conversational, collaborative approach to make each themed chapter (including dating, health and beauty, education, career, and, of course, parenting) stick, trading off charismatic group narration with first-person interjections and personal stories that expand upon traditional, time-tested advice: "We come from a long line of long marriages. ...We were taught it is normal to go through bad times in a marriage, even bad year." They also provide "ask yourself" questions to motivate further exploration, and a short chapter on "Superstitions and the Clichés that Matter." Honest, self-aware, and frequently funny, these women deliver a triple-strength dose of universal advice.
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Daily Beast
No-nonsense advice.
Elise Pearlman
...an astonishing cornucopia of heartfelt insights from three savvy, headstrong women who share tried- and-true strategies for dealing with universal issues relating to friendship, dating, marriage, parenting, and family, and you don't have to be Jewish to appreciate it.
Huntington Patch
Hamptons.com
Filled with candid, humorous and loving advice and personal glimpses into their lives, this trio offers up some tips we should all heed and live by?This is a thoroughly enjoyable read and should be passed around to mothers, daughters, sister, nieces, aunts, girlfriends and all ladies who might enjoy reading and discovering that in the end we are all basically the same - with the same hopes and desires - and remember an old adage redefined here: 'Hell hath no fury like a [Jewish] mother scorned!' Bravo! to Kamen, Wexler and Zarin (and I don't mean the TV channel).
Momsword.org
All-in-All, I love everything that the three mothers had written. I did learn quite a bit of things from each and every one of them. I liked the fact they each gave their own advice and stories in each chapter. From friendship, dating, beauty, marriage, parenting, money and more, this is a great book and a keeper! Another part I liked was in the chapters there was a section called 'Ask Yourself', because I do find myself answering the questions... So I would like to say Mazel Tov to Jill, Lisa and Gloria. Toda. Thank you for letting me read this wonderfully written book.
MSNBC's Morning Joe
A great book this Mother's Day
Sammi's Blog of Life
I felt this book was incredibly smart. It shows the ups and downs of these three women's lives. Like the book title says "Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love." Nothing is sugarcoated and artificial. I really like how each chapter of the book has stories from each person's life. How Jill dealt with divorce, Gloria's struggle with her friendships at certain points in her life, and Lisa's view on money?In conclusion, I really feel this book is a wonderful read. It makes you think differently about life in certain ways that you normally don't.
SavvyAuntie.com
From friendships to love, marriage and children, the book covers many aspects of life with laugh-out-loud stories and pointed advice the [authors] have learned as Jewish mothers and Jewish daughters.
Shalom Life
Aside from advice on raising kids and stories from Kamen and her daughters, Secrets of a Jewish Mother deals with marriage, friendship, dating, money, and more, and includes practical quizzes and self- assessment action steps.
Star
Practical advice. A mother's wisdom: Know how to laugh at yourself apologize when you're wrong and always carry pepper spray!
UrbanBaby.com
[Jill Zarin's] sharing little pearls of wisdom, along with her mom, Gloria Kamen, and sis, Lisa Wexler, in the book Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love. (Just in time for Mother's Day!) Their prescription for successful parenting (friendships, dating, etc.) has a universal quality to it, so it's not only for Jewish moms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451232670
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 571,481
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JILL ZARIN is one of The Real Housewives of New York City, which attracts more than two million viewers each week.

LISA WEXLER is the award-winning host of the daily radio program The Lisa Wexler Show.
GLORIA KAMEN, mother of Lisa Wexler and Jill Zarin, was the surprise hit of Real Housewives season two. She writes the “Ask Gloria” column on BravoTV.com and lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A lot of love and a little matzoh ball soup never hurt anyone ix

1 Friendship: Finding a friend is finding the best part of yourself and setting it free 1

2 Dating: Just because he isn't perfect doesn't mean he won't be perfectly right for you 37

3 Beauty and Health: Let's face it; it's hard to undo a first impression, and if a first impression is really lousy, you won't have the chance to make a second 74

4 Education: What you know is the one thing no one can take away from you 102

5 Career: Careers are where you realize your potential and fulfill your dreams 124

6 Marriage: If anyone who has been married a longtime tells you her marriage is and always has been perfect, she is lying 148

7 Family Focus-The Non-negotiables: You are a bride today and a mother-in-law tomorrow. Be kind. What goes around, comes around 176

8 Money: Money is round. It comes and goes in life 206

9 Parenting: Make sure your children know you love them, every day and in as many ways as you can 226

10 Superstitions and the Clichés That Matter Kaynahora, pooh, pooh, spit 274

Are You a Real Jewish Mother?: Laugh at ourselves, and love each other 281

A Coda from the Kinder 285

Addendum 288

Yiddish Glossary 300

Acknowledgments 306

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    Horrible Book

    Any genuine advice book that tells our daughters and loved ones to pour their drinks on their meal if they don't want to eat it, instead of teaching self restraint it strange. I think it is rude and classless to pour water or soda on your table at a resturant. This same book tells one to marry for money more than love. That breaks my heart that these Jewsih Women really feel this is sage advice to be giving.

    I have never read such a useless amount of information between two covers. Can I get a refund if I am that unhappy with it? It was probably the worst I have ever suffered through.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    Wonderful Guide to Life!

    I just finished reading "Secrets" and absolutely loved every page of it. You don't have to be Jewish either - I'm Italian yet I related to every single subject. The book is laid out in a wonderfully conversational fashion, topic by topic. So for instance, if you are interested in "Friendship" or "Education", insightful remarks come first, and then they each relate stories that validate their opinions - and these topics/stories are human experiences that most of us have gone through - kids laughing at you as a child, making the best decision about your own or your child's education, building better relationships with everyone in your life. The advice is profound in its simplicity. It taught me that even the smallest change can produce big results. I didn't expect to laugh out loud - but the book has some really humorous sections too. Flip to the back section and read the list "Are You a Real Jewish Mother?" - guaranteed to make you smile. Last, the new section on bullying is much-needed advice for anyone with children in school. If you are interested in being a better person or even just learning about new ways to interpret the experience of every day living, this is the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    Waste of Time

    If you're truly looking for life advice, this is not the place to get it. This is a collection of pedestrian, cliche and just plain ridiculous advice. Don't waste your time or money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    save your money

    save your money, couldn't even finish it sold it a garage sale for change

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