May 13, 2013
In her plucky Autobiography/Memoir, award-winning journalist Susan Orlins inspires you to embrace your mishegas. With wit and grit, Orlins takes you from her starter Jewish wedding to her second marriage in 1979. She then moves to Beijing (where she has her own spy). Her effort to adopt an infant provides a rare portrait of a bitter era in China. Orlins’s inner Jewish mother is unmistakable when her daughter grows older and urges, “Mom, please don’t hug me like you’re never going to see me again every time I go out.” In the chapter “I May Have Ruined the Marriage, But You’re Ruining the Divorce,” Orlins exquisitely portrays her separation with wry, wrenching self-awareness. She rebounds with a post-traumatic-divorce party and “family” vacations with her ex. While exploring what young Susan would think of her present-day self, Orlins faces a life-changing realization. Readers will relate to this deeply personal story, told with comical sensibility by a quirky, startlingly honest woman. Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others lingers long after you finish reading it.