Special Book Event with Letty Cottin Pogrebin
NCJW/Essex is thrilled to welcome Letty Cottin Pogrebin for a Special Book Event on January 10, 2023. The acclaimed author and activist recently published Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy, and she will join us to discuss her life, her writings and the themes she explores in her new book. The intimate conversation will be held over Zoom.
“The richness of Pogrebin’s stories, the complexity and beauty of her story-telling, and her devastatingly honest soul-baring make Shanda a powerfully stunning piece of life and art.” – Mayim Bialik, actor, author, neuroscientist and cohost of “Jeopardy”
Registration for this Special Book Event is $18.00, which includes a hard cover copy of the book.
Once you have registered we will reach out to determine the best way to deliver your book. To ensure you have plenty of time to read Shanda prior to our Special Book Event, please register no later than Monday, December 19. It also makes a great holiday gift!
“Letty Cottin Pogrebin takes aim at the machinery of shame, and does it with personal stories that are vivid, emotional, and unforgettable.” – Alan Alda, actor, writer, director
DATE: Tuesday, January 10
TIME: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
TICKET: $18.00, which includes a hardcover copy of the book; Register below.
PLACE: Via ZOOM (a link will be provided closer to the date of the event)
QUESTIONS: Contact Angie Benedict (email@example.com) at 973-740-0588
“…a memoir wonderfully grounded in the vibrancy of Jewish-American life, circa mid-20th-century. Its warmth and affection are contagious.” – Literary critic Vivian Gornick
More info on Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy
In her new book Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, author and activist, exposes the fiercely-guarded secrets and intricate coverups woven by members of her extended immigrant family – three generations of complicated, intense 20th century Jews for whom the desire to fit in and the fear of public humiliation either drove their aspirations or crushed their spirit.
Beginning with her own long suppressed secret, Pogrebin’s memoir spirals through the hidden lives of her parents and relatives—revealing the truth about their origins, sexual traumas, marital misery, abandoned children, religious transgressions, identity issues, radical politics, and embarrassing illnesses.
Though a memoir, Shanda (the Yiddish word for shame or disgrace) also mirrors the lives of generations of thousands of 20th century Jews similarly haunted by a dread of their own inadequacy, or an obsession with other people’s judgement. It is also a meditation on the universal fear of scandal and humiliation, and a paean to the timeless struggle of all new immigrants to fit in.