A Memoir

Feldman, Deborah

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Feldman, who at the age of twenty-three packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots in Brooklyn, explores the United States and Europe and, as a result of her travels, redefines her sense of identity as a non-Orthodox Jew committed to self-acceptance and healing.

Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, [2014]
ISBN: 0399162771
Characteristics: 289 pages ;,24 cm


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Jun 22, 2014
  • Incarnadine rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I cannot agree with the previous review in terms of how engrossing Exodus is. I found it extremely involving, but in a different way than her first book!

Exodus works extremely well with Unorthodox, and the two books _together_ provide a rare quality of insight into the profound and long terms effects of extreme religious belief systems.

Essential reading for those coming to terms with an extreme religious upbringing! And informative for other readers, though perhaps not all will appreciate the actions and reactions of recovery processes in the same way.

Apr 07, 2014
  • MaxineML rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A much better book, in terms of writing style, than her first memoir, Unorthodox. Yet, the story in this is not as engrossing as her first, and at times comes across in a disjointed manner. I could empathize with Feldman in her first book, but found it much harder to do in this one. Overall, an interesting read, and recommended for those who have read her first book.


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