Holocaust Girls by S. L. Wisenberg
History, Memory, and Other Obsessions

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This bracing and vivid collection of essays gives voice to what some American Jews feel but don't express about their uneasy state of mind. These essays creatively and sometimes audaciously address the question of what it means to be an American Jew trying to negotiate overlapping identities—woman, writer, and urban intellectual in search of a moral way. S.L. Wisenberg’s deeply ambivalent connection with the Holocaust reappears throughout these essays as she struggles to find a way to live with history without being swallowed by it.

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S.L. Wisenberg is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her award-winning stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the North American Review, Tikkun, and numerous anthologies, including The 1997 Pushcart Prize XXI. She is a freelance writer and leads writing workshops in Chicago.
Published September 1, 2002 by University of Nebraska Press. 148 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A high point comes when Wisenberg considers the matter of Monica Lewinsky, reading whose biography, she writes, “is like taking a five-hour call from your most annoying friend when you were fourteen years old, the one with constant boy problems.” In a weird but inspired turn, Wisenberg compares L...

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At the end of the short essay, in spite of the leaps in time and space, Wisenberg creates a more authentic and intimate portrait of Kafka - and what he has come to represent to Jews worldwide - than a linear, historical account could accomplish in as many pages.

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Wisenberg's new essay collection, Holocaust Girls: History, Memory and Other Obsessions, the author seeks to understand what it means to be Jewish-American more than a half-century after the Holocaust.

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