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Shiksa Goddess: Or, How I Spent My Forties: Essays

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Celebrated playwright and magnetic wit Wendy Wasserstein has been firmly rooted in New York's cultural life since her childhood of Broadway matinees, but her appeal is universal. Shiksa Goddess collects thirty-five of her urbane, inspiring, and deeply empathic essays — all written when she was in her forties, and all infused with her trademark irreverent humor.

The full range of Wasserstein's mid-life obsessions are covered in this eclectic collection: everything from Chekhov, politics, and celebrity, to family, fashion, and real estate. Whether fretting over her figure, discovering her gentile roots, proclaiming her love for ordered-in breakfasts, lobbying for affordable theater, or writing tenderly about her very Jewish mother and her own daughter, born when she was forty-eight and single, Wasserstein reveals the full, dizzying life of a shiksa goddess with unabashed candor and inimitable style.

Review:

"Sparkling....Wasserstein comes off...warm and honest, unassuming and modest. She's the quirky, cool aunt you always wished were your mom." The Boston Phoenix

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"Perceptive....Sweet....The often-poignant writing embraces wit, tragedy, joy." The Miami Herald

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"It's a small piece of writing hidden at the end of too much frivolity that points to Wasserstein as one of the most effective personal essayists we have. For the Wasserstein fan who remembers reading something of hers somewhere sometime and wants to rediscover it..." Kirkus Reviews

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"Gut-wrenching, life-affirming...show[s] how powerful good writing can really be." New York Post

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"Wendy Wasserstein writes with a heart as big as the Ritz....These funny, truly intimate and uncommonly passionate pieces are a model of their kind." Terrance McNally

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"Wasserstein writes for a certain audience. And for the most part, they should not be disappointed." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Heidi Chronicles comes this bestselling collection of 35 urbane, inspiring, and deeply empathetic essays covering the full range of her mid-life obsessions.

About the Author

Wendy Wasserstein is the author of the the plays Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic, The Sisters Rosensweig, An American Daughter, and The Heidi Chronicles, for which she received a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, the novel Elements of Style, and Bachelor Girls. She was admired both for the warmth and the satirical cool of her writing; each of her plays and books captures an essence of the time, makes us laugh and leaves us wiser. Wendy Wasserstein was born in 1950 in Brooklyn and died at the age of 55. Her daughter, Lucy Jane, lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi

Shiksa Goddess 3
A Place They'd Never Seen: The Theater 7
Hillary Clinton's Muddled Legacy 17
The Forty-eight-Hour Turnaround 21
How Suite It Is 30
The LUMP List 34
She Saw Through Us 38
First Ladies Get Dressed 40
Good, Better, Bette 45
Diary 56
Three Sisters 65
Afternoon of a Fan 68
How to Do a Hollywood Awards Ceremony 72
Don't Tell Mother 79
Wendy's Workshop 85
The Holiday Chronicles 87
My Low-Fat Dinner with Jamie Lee Curtis 92
Jill's Adventures in Real Estate;
or, I can Get it for you at 3.2 101
Women Beware Women 116
Designing Men 120
The Muse That Mewed 123
Heidi Chronicled 128
The Me I'd Like to Be 131
Mom Says Every Day is Mother's Day 135
Waif Goodbye, Hello Bulge 138
Making Nice: When Is Enough Enough? 143
The State of the Arts 148
Dear Broadway, This Isn't Really Goodbye 156
Poles Apart 159
Ah, That First Feast in Wild Manhattan 165
New York Theater: Isn't It Romantic 169
Directing 101: George Abbott on What Works 175
Theater Problems? Call Dr. Chekhov 180
How I Spent My Forties 187
Days of Awe: The Birth of Lucy Jane 206

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The Bronte Sisters, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by The Bronte Sisters)
Dear, dear Wendy Wasserstein, who died in 2006 at age 55, was an accomplished playwright (her The Heidi Chronicles won a Pulitzer Prize--and one of the funniest women on the planet. Her humor shines in Shiksa Goddess (or, How I Spent My Forties) in this book of thirty-five essays published in 2001. From "The Holiday Chronicles" to "My Low-Fat Dinner with Jamie Lee Curtis," it's a volume to savor, and to treasure.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375726033
Author:
Wasserstein, Wendy
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Middle age
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.95x5.23x.52 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375726033 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sparkling....Wasserstein comes off...warm and honest, unassuming and modest. She's the quirky, cool aunt you always wished were your mom."
"Review" by , "Perceptive....Sweet....The often-poignant writing embraces wit, tragedy, joy."
"Review" by , "It's a small piece of writing hidden at the end of too much frivolity that points to Wasserstein as one of the most effective personal essayists we have. For the Wasserstein fan who remembers reading something of hers somewhere sometime and wants to rediscover it..."
"Review" by , "Gut-wrenching, life-affirming...show[s] how powerful good writing can really be."
"Review" by , "Wendy Wasserstein writes with a heart as big as the Ritz....These funny, truly intimate and uncommonly passionate pieces are a model of their kind."
"Review" by , "Wasserstein writes for a certain audience. And for the most part, they should not be disappointed."
"Synopsis" by , From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Heidi Chronicles comes this bestselling collection of 35 urbane, inspiring, and deeply empathetic essays covering the full range of her mid-life obsessions.
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