Non­fic­tion

Don’t Go Crazy With­out Me: A Tragi­com­ic Memoir

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September 1, 2019
A Jew­ish girl iso­lat­ed in a gen­tile neigh­bor­hood in the 1960s grows up under the sway of her eccen­tric, but neu­rot­ic father. He helps found a small Jew­ish syn­a­gogue for the few Jew­ish fam­i­lies liv­ing in their South­ern Cal­i­for­nia sub­urb. Anti­semitism is always in the air. Her father teach­es her how to have fun; he also pass­es on to her his many fears: of food, con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, oth­er chil­dren’s germs. Alien­at­ed from her emo­tion­al­ly dis­tant moth­er, she bonds with him and his world­view. When his moth­er dies, he plunges from neu­rot­ic to full-blown psy­chot­ic. His daugh­ter near­ly fol­lows him with mishe­gos all her own. To save her­self, she must engage with the world beyond her fam­i­ly. A sexy boy she meets through B’nai B’rith Girls helps, as does becom­ing a vol­un­teer for Robert F. Kennedy’s cam­paign. She’s at the Ambas­sador Hotel the night he is assas­si­nat­ed. This forces her to come to a new reck­on­ing with her fam­i­ly and find new ways to cope with grief and loss.

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