Shiksa Goddess by Wendy Wasserstein
Or, How I Spent My Forties

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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.

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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, and of the books, Bachelor Girls and Shiksa Goddess. 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published July 31, 2001 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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And self-deprecating to the end, the author—a “walking magnet for fats, sugars, and useless carbos”—imagines a transformed world of fashion and advertising glamorized by the curvaceous and bodacious (“Waif Goodbye, Hello Bulge”): “By now everyone knows Byelorussia, the five-foot-four, 250-pound, ...

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A true believer in "the tenacity and continuity of her women friends" as "the signature of a truly enviable woman," in these pages Wasserstein seems overly harsh about Hillary Clinton for sending "confusing signals" by being "the loyal, betrayed wife" who stands by her man, at the same time that...

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