The first email came in July from Amanda Ferber, who passed along the press release for Penn Jillette’s book God No! coming out in August. The email ended as follows:
I would love to send you a copy of GOD, NO! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales to review, feature, or giveaway on One Minion’s Opinion. I look forward to hearing from you.
I’ve always enjoyed watching Penn and Teller on television and it was a book I figured I’d want to read anyway so I dashed off an email with my address and waited eagerly for the arrival of my free copy. And waited. And waited. And by then I knew the library had ordered a few copies so I waited some more. I saw a copy of the audio version and thought that’d be a good pick, since I could listen to it while doing other things. I gave up after disc 4. There were more loony anecdotes than there were signs of being an atheist and after that many hours of listening to the man read his own book, I couldn’t take it anymore. His voice was starting to remind of me Dr. Marvin Monroe, someone else I didn’t want to picture naked. Maybe I’ll borrow the bound version at some point and finish it but it’s not looking likely right now.
This morning I checked my email and found a new announcement, this one from Jessica Abell. The book’s called UNORTHODOX: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
Next Tuesday Simon & Schuster is publishing UNORTHODOX: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, Deborah Feldman’s memoir of growing up in the Satmar sect of Brooklyn’s Hasidic community. In UNORTHODOX—the first story to peek behind the curtain hiding this oppressive group—she tells the heartrending story of her cloistered childhood, her arranged marriage at seventeen, the painful year she and her husband were unable to consummate their marriage, and her ultimate decision to leave the Satmar sect with her son after giving birth to him at age nineteen.
Yesterday the New York Post ran an explosive three-page feature interview with Feldman, which has been since been picked up by the Daily Mail, Jewish Chronicle, and Yahoo! Shine, among others.
Feldman—who is now 25, lives in New York City with her son, and attends Sarah Lawrence College—is ready to share her story with the world and is available for interviews. She can also offer insights about the Hasidic community, particularly its view on appropriate behavior for women.
Feldman’s website address was included and again I was invited to write in and ask for a copy. The Post interview is a fascinating read, I have to admit. I’m not a memoir reader by nature, but I think I’ll go ahead and email back and see if a book arrives. Failing that, maybe my library will wind up with one at some point. I’ll watch for it.