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  1. What an excellent review, Amy. I nodded all the way through.

    In connection with the idea of “fellowships of the heart” that I’m still pondering from ‘Waking the Dead,’ I identified with what Winner had to say about how her Jewish friends just let her go. When she moved away from Judaism, even her spiritual mentor didn’t call and find out why she stopped appearing at shul, etc. I had the sense that she was very much in search of a family even as she searched for a faith — a family that would embrace her back — and I could relate to that.

  2. I’ve got this on my shelf – purchased for a graduation gift that was never given. Oops. 🙂 I may pick it up shortly, based on both your and Carrie’s great reviews!

  3. Interesting. I know that this wasn’t the intent of your review, but I think it’s convinced me that I don’t have time to read it. We’ll see. It’s been on my radar a while, but I read so much new stuff, that I have to be pretty sure it will be worth my time to pick something up on my own.

  4. Interesting. I know that this wasn’t the intent of your review, but I think it’s convinced me that I don’t have time to read it. We’ll see. It’s been on my radar a while, but I read so much new stuff, that I have to be pretty sure it will be worth my time to pick something up on my own.

  5. Meandering is a good word becauase that IS what she does. But I’m glad you enjoyed it on the whole. I know I did! =) Thanks for sharing what you thought about it. I was glad to hear it!

  6. Thanks for the review! Sounds like you are not alone in your opinion. I’ve read alot of books since the last I Read It because I was in a Spring Reading Carnival.

  7. Glad to hear you enjoyed this overall. I enjoyed this one and Mudhouse Sabbath. In fact, I was just looking at Mudhouse the other day and thinking that I should read it again sometime soon.

  8. I’m a Potok fan, too! And I really enjoyed Winner’s memoir. My background may be similar to yours — growing up quite conservative and moving away from some of those “convictions” while retaining the faith — so I felt I could really understand her confusion, struggles, and ultimate confidence to find her own way in the end. I’m glad that a lot of bloggers seem to be reading this book lately! Thanks for your thoughtful review.

  9. I love Lauren Winner’s writing style. Try Mudhouse Sabbath. I have Real Sex on my list for this year. A friend of mine read it and then had her (older) teenage girls read it, too. Thanks for the review. B.

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