Letty Cottin Pogrebin in Conversation: A Jewish Book Council Author Talk about Her Memoir Shanda
Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm on Zoom / Please note that this event requires a fee of $20
Co-hosted by Falmouth Jewish Congregation, the North Shore Jewish Community Center and the Worcester Jewish Community Center
To register for Zoom, visit the North Shore JCC website: https://jccns.org/event/letty-cottin-pogrebin-shanda-a-memoir-of-shame-and-secrecy/
Book are available from our partner, Eight Cousins Bookshop in Falmouth: https://www.eightcousins.com
What the reviewers are saying:
“Pogrebin writes with sympathy and affection...A wise, funny look behind the curtains of a family that, it would seem, has little to be ashamed of.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
An intimate memoir from a founding editor of Ms. magazine who grew up in a Jewish immigrant family mired in secrets, haunted by their dread of shame and stigma, determined to hide their every imperfection—and in denial or despair when they couldn’t.
“The richness of Pogrebin’s stories, the complexity and beauty of her storytelling, and her devastatingly honest soul-baring make Shanda a powerfully stunning piece of life and art.”
—Mayim Bialik, actor, author, neuroscientist, and co-host of Jeopardy
About the book and author:
Shanda (shame or disgrace in Yiddish), tells the story of three generations of 20th-century Jews for whom the desire to fit in and the fear of public humiliation either drove their aspirations or crushed their spirit. In her deeply engaging, astonishingly candid memoir, author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin exposes the fiercely guarded lies and intricate coverups woven by her extended family. Beginning with her own long suppressed secret, the story spirals through the hidden lives of her parents and relatives — revealing the truth about their origins, personal traumas, marital misery, abandoned children, religious transgressions, sexual identity, radical politics, and supposedly embarrassing illnesses. While unmasking their charades and disguises, Pogrebin also showcases her family’s remarkable talent for reinvention in a narrative that is touching, searing, and surprisingly universal.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin will be interviewed by Shelley Sackett, attorney, freelance journalist, and former editor of the Jewish Journal. Pogrebin will be on Zoom and projected to a live audience at the JCCNS. Zoom only tickets will also available.