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Letty Cottin Pogrebin: Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy

(Memoir, 432 pp. 2022)

In her candid memoir, writer and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin exposes the fiercely-guarded lies and intricate cover-ups woven by dozens of members of her extended family. Beginning with her own long-suppressed secret, Pogrebin bares the intimate lives of her parents and relatives—revealing the truth about their origins, personal traumas, marital misery, abandoned children, religious transgressions, sexual identity, radical politics, and supposedly embarrassing illnesses. While unmasking their charades and disguises, Pogrebin showcases her family’s remarkable talent for reinvention.

Book Group Guide by Hadassah Magazine, October 22, 2022

Review by Eugene R. Fidell, The Berkshire Edge, September 21, 2022

Review by Julie R. Enszer, The Jewish Book Council, November 28, 2022

Review by Kirkus, July 13, 2022

Review by Walter Cummins, California Review of Books, September 2022

Review by Linda Matchan, The Jewish Journal, September 15, 2022

Review by Jenni Frazer, The Jewish Chronicle, October 7, 2022

Author interview with Judith Rosenbaum, CEO of Jewish Women’s Archive (YouTube), September 15, 2022

Author interview with Abigail Pogrebin, Moment Magazine (YouTube), October 25, 2022

Author interview with Lisa Hostein, Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor, October 2022