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Good Girls, Nasty Women: Gender and American Jewish History

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Great news for those of you who couldn't make it to "Good Girls, Nasty Women: Gender and American Jewish History" last month: a recording of the full conversation with Lynn Povich, Bonnie S. Anderson, and Rebecca Traister is now available for viewing online.

On March 28, 2017, Jewish Book Council and Jewish Women's Archive hosted a conversation with feminist writers Bonnie Anderson, Lynn Povich, and Rebecca Traister about the women behind history's great revolutions and contemporary movements—from the activists of America's Antebellum to the women's liberation stirrings of the midcentury to today's "nasty" women—as part of the third season of Jewish Book Council’s Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation series at The Jewish Museum, moderated by Bari Weiss of The Wall Street Journal.

You can find out more about the authors' books by clicking the book covers below—and be sure to download the BOOK CLUB GUIDE to all three titles to discuss these books with your reading group!

Will you be in New York on May 3rd? Join Jewish Book Council for our final event in the 2017 season, a conversation with the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize Fellows: Paul Goldberg, Idra Novey, Adam Ehrlich Sachs, Rebecca Schiff, and Daniel Torday. Click the button below to register for the discussion and award ceremony!


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Book Cover of the Week: Women in Clothes

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

I just came across the book covers for the U.S. and U.K. editions of Women in Clothes at the same time and I honestly cannot decide which I like better, they're both so lovely:


A compilation of thoughts, photographs, interviews, and illustrations from the likes of "Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton & 639 Others"—including Cindy Sherman, Kim Gordon, Kalpona Akter, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Tavi Gevinson, Miranda July, Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, and Molly Ringwald—Women in Clothes began as a survey project of 50 questions prompting women of all ages, nationalities, religious affiliations, class, and ethnicities to consider how apparel influences women's lives day-to-day. This one's another exception to the "never judge a book by its cover" rule: subdued yet striking, alluring and unusual inside and out.

Plus, I submit the following soundbite from one of the interviews within, a dialogue between preschool teacher Dina Goldstein and her son, radio host Jonathan Goldstein:

JONATHAN: Okay, what is your cultural background and how has that influenced how you dress?

DINA: Well, I'm Jewish. How has that influenced me? I guess I dress like other Jewish women. But I don't like those well-kept women. They all look sort of alike, and they all have makeup. They wear their hair in a ponytail, their clothes are just so, and their shoes are the latest... I can't be that type.

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Women's History Month

Friday, March 01, 2013 | Permalink

March is Women's History Month. Celebrate with a few of the important Jewish women who have truly made a difference. Find the complete list here.