- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Oct. 2 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439187010
- ISBN-13: 978-1439187012
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots Paperback – Oct 2 2012
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"A remarkable tale."--"Kirkus Reviews"
One of "O" magazine's "10 Titles to Pick Up Now"
"Unorthodox is a fascinating book . . . Feldman's voice resonates throughout."--"The Jewish Daily Forward"
"Deborah Feldman was raised in an insular, oppressive world where she was taught that, as a woman, she wasn't capable of independent thought. But she found the pluck and determination needed to make the break from that world and has written a brave, riveting account of her journey. "Unorthodox "is harrowing, yet triumphant."--Jeannette Walls, #1 bestselling author of "The Glass Castle" and "Half Broke Horses"
"Feldman gives us special insight into a closed and repressive world. . . . Her memoir is fresh and tart and utterly absorbing."--"Library Journal"
"An unprecedented view into a Hasidic community that few outsiders ever experience. . . . "Unorthodox" reminds us that there are religious communities in the United States that restrict young women to marriage and motherhood. These women are expected to be obedient to their community and religion, without question or complaint, no matter the price."--"Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"[Feldman's] no-holds-barred memoir bookstores on February 14th. And it's not exactly a Valentine to the insular world of shtreimels, sheitels and shtiebels. Instead, ["Unorthodox"] describes an oppressive community in which secular education is minimal, outsiders are feared and disdained, English-language books are forbidden, mental illness is left untreated, abuse and other crimes go unreported . . . a surprisingly moving, well-written and vivid coming-of-age tale."--"The Jewish Week"
"[Feldman's] matter-of-fact style masks some penetrating insights.""--The New York Times"
"Nicely written . . . [An] engaging and at times gripping insight into Brooklyn's Hasidic community."--"Publishers Weekly"
""Unorthodoz" is painfully good. . . .Unlike so many other authors who have left Orthodoxy and written about it, [Feldman's] heart is not hardened by hatred, and her spirit is wounded but intact. . . . She is a sensitive and talented writer."--JewishJournal.com
About the Author
Deborah Feldman was raised in the Satmar Hasidic community in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. She attends Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City with her son.
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I felt for her every step of the way and although not everyone will agree with me, I'm happy for her because she has her freedom. There's not "one size fits all" in our religion and life is all about choices.
I saw the book as a story about one courageous woman's journey to live her life the way that she wants. Too bad that she had to make some painful sacrifices.
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