The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

by Sue William Silverman
The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

by Sue William Silverman


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Gentile reader, and you, Jews, come too. Follow Sue William Silverman, a one-woman cultural mash-up, on her exploration of identity among the mishmash of American idols and ideals that confuse most of us—or should. Pat Boone is our first stop. Now a Tea Party darling, Boone once shone as a squeaky-clean pop music icon of normality, an antidote for Silverman’s own confusing and dangerous home, where being a Jew in a Christian school wasn’t easy, and being the daughter of the Anti-Boone was unspeakable. And yet somehow Silverman found her way, a “gefilte fish swimming upstream,” and found her voice, which in this searching, bracing, hilarious, and moving book tries to make sense of that most troubling American condition: belonging, but to what?

Picking apricots on a kibbutz, tramping cross-country in a loathed Volkswagen camper, appearing in a made-for-television version of her own life: Silverman is a bobby-soxer, a baby boomer, a hippy, a lefty, and a rebel with something to say to those of us—most of us—still wondering what to make of ourselves.

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ISBN-13: 9780803264991
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: American Lives
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
File size: 701 KB

About the Author

Sue William Silverman’s memoir, Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction, is also a Lifetime television movie. Her memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction. She is also the author of Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir, teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a professional speaker (

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Dear Gent[i]le Reader 1

The Pat Boone Fan Club 3

The Wandering Jew 15

The Mercurialist 27

Gentle Reader 29

The Endless Possibilities of Youth 32

Swimming Like a Gefilte Fish 48

For Jews Only 52

That Summer of War and Apricots 53

The Invisible Synagogue 66

Concerning Cardboard Ghosts, Rosaries, and the Thingness of Things 72

Prepositioning John Travolta 84

Gentle Reader 91

Galveston Island Breakdown: Some Directions 93

Gentle Reader 109

The Fireproof librarian 110

Fahrvergniigen: A Road Trip through a Marriage 133

Almond Butter in the Ruints 144

I Was a Prisoner on the Satellite of Love (Featuring Crow T. Robot, Star, Mystery Science Theater 3000) 151

See the Difference 171

The New Pat Boone Show 186

My Sorted Past 200

Gentle Reader 213

An Argument for the Existence of Free Will and/or Pat Boone's Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 214

Encore 232

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