25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

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"There's a little Jewish mother in every mother," as comedienne Judy Gold reveals in her achingly hilarious and poignant book

For a Jewish girl who remembers the first book ever read to her as a child was the pop-up version of The Diary of Anne Frank, learning how to be a Jewish mother who wasnt a carbon copy of HER Jewish mother wasnt easy. Here, Emmy Awardwinning comedienne Judy Gold asks, "Are there any Jewish mothers out there like me, or are they all, G-d forbid, like my mother"

In 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, she incorporates her own adventures in Jewish motherdom and her memories of growing up Jewish in suburban New Jersey -- communicating with her mother by putting Ann Landers articles on the fridge ("Dear Ann, My mother wont let me walk alone to school and Im 16! Please help." "Dear Ann, The crossing guard drinks. Please help.") -- with the voices of the fifty other Jewish mothers, she and her co-author, Kathleen Moira Ryan, interviewed. They asked homemakers, lawyers, Holocaust survivors twenty-five questions, including:

--Who's your favorite Jewish mother (Judy's is Barbra Streisand.)?
--How many times a day do you talk to your children or mother (for Judy, it's anywhere from one to the high double digits)?
--Are Jewish mothers really more paranoid (or, "Why do I have to write an entire itinerary with names, addresses, and phone numbers every time I leave the house")?

And so on. The culmination of these extraordinary stories confirms that there is ultimately something strong, courageous, and loving in every Jewish mother -- a hopeful -- and very funny -- message to mothers and their children everywhere.

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Judy, Jewish lesbian comedian, and Kate Moira Ryan, Irish Catholic comedian, set out to interview Jewish mothers to figure out what makes them tick and if Judy is doomed to turn out like her mother. I ... Read full review


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This is a must read for anyone who is has or knows a mother. Judy Gold is a fabulous writer great wit in addition to beautiful prose. Highly recommended!! Read full review


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Judy Gold is a stand-up comic who, since her first TV appearance in 1989, has been a guest on numerous
shows ranging from The View to Tough Crowd on Comedy Central. She is the recipient of two Emmy awards for her writing on and producing of The Rosie O' Donnell Show. She is a member of both HRC (The Human Rights Campaign) and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians). She regularly tours theatre and comedy shows around the country and lives in NYC with her two sons. Kate Moira Ryan's plays have been produced by New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theatre and the Women's Project. She has been awarded numerous fellowships most recently the Arnold Weinberger Playwright Residency to the University of Cincinnati and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship by the Ensemble Studio Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University, is an alumna of New Dramatists and a winner of the Young Playwrights Festival.

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