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5.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up past midnight, Jan. 3 2010
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B. A. Scharf (BC, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Susan Gilman delves deep into her past and shares stories of her confused childhood (1960s & 70s) as a secularly-raised Jewish child in a rough, multi-ethnic New York neighbourhood.

This jumped out at me from a crowded library shelf. Started reading it standing in the stacks; realized after 15 minutes I'd better sign it out. Read it to the end that night, wished that I'd looked for her other book too!

From the cover & reviews you might dismiss it as "chick-lit". Wrong, wrong, wrong. Over-the-top edgy, profound, (often profane), poignant, gut-wrenching - all these decribe this memoir - but most of all extremely, darkly funny. 5 shiny stars, for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun..., April 29 2014
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Pat the cat - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless (Paperback)
The byline says it all... This book compiles the memoirs and tales of a girl born in the mid-1960s who tried her best to grow up groovy in NYC but seemed to achieve clueless instead.... I really enjoyed the whole book but I found the memories of her grade school and teenage years the most fun. The author does a fine job at describing the era and culture of the various stages of her life, spurring me to take a very vivid trip back down memory lane. The heroine's cluelessness is quite endearing and her rebellious sassy personality is a hoot. I wonder how much embellishment the author put on the tales that she recalls?! This is a light, fun read. I give it 4 out 5 stars (very good).
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