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Jan 30 2013

Kveller Book Club: Our Discussion of In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe

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in praise of messy lives katie roiphe kveller book clubWelcome to another installment of the Kveller Book Club! This month, we read Katie Roiphe’s essay collection In Praise of Messy Lives.

In addition to being a successful journalist, Roiphe is what some might call a “love her or hate her” writer, a “provocateur,” and, devastatingly honest, which some people just can’t stand. She even cops to her complicated relationship with the reading public in the introduction to her book where she quotes a piece of hate mail in which her writing is faulted for “the destruction of our civilization.” Whatever you think about Roiphe, though, she tackles topics close to all of us–including divorce, competition amongst parents, narrow-mindedness, and feminism. Here’s what some of our contributing editors thought of the book, and we’d love to hear from you, too. Please chime in! Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 16 2013

Kveller Book Club Reminder: In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe

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Hello, Kveller readers! We’d like to remind you that this month’s Kveller Book Club pick is the essay collection In Praise of Messy Lives, by Katie Roiphe.

One of the things that I’m most enjoying as I read through this collection is that with a book of essays you can dip in and out and not feel lost or confused as a busy parent might when tackling a much longer and more demanding novel.

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Jan 10 2013

Busy Parents: You Do Have Time to Read

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“HOW do you have time to READ??” Whenever I mention a book I’ve read or am reading, this is usually the response I get from other mothers.

I assume this reaction of disbelief is because I have articulately/accurately described the chaos involved in raising four children/one relationship/one self.

But do you notice how no one ever says, when you mention Matthew and Mary, “YOU watch TV??? HOW do you have the TIME?” (on Sundays at 9 p.m. on PBS, FYI). And yet, I know for a fact that most of you parents out there watch non-kid-oriented TV. I have nothing against TV (particularly not if it is Downton Abbey, Homeland, Girls, Mad Men or Game of Thrones). TV is fun. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 3 2013

January Book Club: In Praise of Messy Lives

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in praise of messy lives katie roiphe kveller book clubWe’re very excited to announce our next pick for the Kveller book club!

For this month, we’ll stick with nonfiction and dissect the latest essay collection from Katie Roiphe, In Praise of Messy Lives. Roiphe, a journalist, essayist, literary critic, and mother of two, is known for writing that elicits passionate response from her readership–to put it mildly. In this collection (named on the best books of the year by The New York Times), she tackles “narrow-minded conventions” (like our nation’s obsession with “healthiness” above all else) and examines topics as varied as Facebook, Hillary Clinton, divorce, and of course, motherhood.

Buy your copy here and then join us for a discussion about the book right here on the blog on Wednesday, January 30th.

*As always, if you buy the book–or anything else–by using our link to Amazon,
Kveller will receive a portion of the profit. What a mitzvah!*

Dec 7 2012

What We Learned From Dr. Wendy Mogel

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Yesterday, as part of the Kveller Book Club, we had an awesome Twitter chat with Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus, both parenting books that are well-loved among many in our community.

She had a lot of words of wisdom for us, and since we know not everyone was able to join us yesterday, we thought we’d provide a quick recap: Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 5 2012

Reminder: Book Club Twitter Chat with Dr. Wendy Mogel Tomorrow

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kveller book club twitter chatHello, Kvellerites! Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, we will all have the privilege of chatting with Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of the book The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, which was our Kveller Book Club pick this past month.

If you’d like to join, all you have to do is hop on Twitter and follow along with the hashtag #kvellerlit. Wendy’s handle is @wendymogel (easy enough, right?) and you can tweet your questions to her with the proper hashtag.

The chat will go from 2-2:30 p.m. EST.

Do read up on the book and to hear other parents’ thoughts, read our blog post about it here. And if you’re not on Twitter but have some questions for Wendy, feel free to leave them in the comments section below, and we’ll do our best to ask her for you.

See you tomorrow in the Twittersphere!

Nov 28 2012

Kveller Book Club Discussion: Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel

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I’ve read a lot of books in my life (most of them fairly crappy detective novels), and very few of them have actually made a difference in who I am and how I move through the world. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel is one of them.

I’ve read it three times, once before I had children, and twice since then. Even though it was only written just over a decade ago, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee has quickly become the classic guide for anyone interested in applying Jewish wisdom to their parenting. There are several reasons why this book resonated with me; it’s based on the teachings of my ancestors, and that’s meaningful for me. In addition, Mogel integrates her own Jewish journey and her experiences as a parent with her wisdom and insights from years as clinical psychologist. It’s a powerful and authentic combination. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 14 2012

Book Club Reminder: Blessing of a Skinned Knee

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We wanted to remind all you readers out there that this month’s Kveller Book Club pick is the Jewish parenting classic, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Dr. Wendy Mogel.

We’ll be chatting about the book in two weeks from today, Wednesday November 28th, right here on the blog.

We’re also very excited to announce that Wendy has agreed to do a Twitter chat with us on Thursday, December 6th. The chat will be from 2-2:30 p.m. EST. You’ll be able to ask Wendy (@WendyMogel) anything you want, so start brainstorming your questions now.

If you haven’t bought the book yet, buy it on Amazon and a portion of the proceeds will help support Kveller. We can’t wait to go book clubbing with all of you!


Nov 1 2012

November Book Club: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

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For this month’s Kveller book club, we’re leaving the fiction on the shelf and checking out one of the favorite Jewish parenting books out there–The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Dr. Wendy Mogel.

As the tagline says, this book is all about using traditional Jewish teachings to raise loving, self-reliant children. And who doesn’t want that? For a sneak peek of Dr. Mogel’s bestselling wisdom, check out the excerpts from the book that we have on Kveller, including her advice on respect, manners, overindulgence and overprotection.

We’ll be meeting here on the blog to discuss the book on Wednesday, November 28th. Until then, buy the book or if you’ve already read it, find your copy and brush up. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this Jewish parenting standard. Happy reading!

*Remember, if you purchase this book–or anything else–by using our link to Amazon, Kveller will receive a portion of the profits. What a mitzvah!*

Oct 24 2012

Kveller Book Club: The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

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the people of forever are not afraidWelcome to the Kveller Book Club chat for our latest pick, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Israeli writer Shani Boianjiu. Besides making me feel totally unaccomplished because I haven’t already written a book at age 25, Boianjiu’s debut forced me to spend a lot of time thinking about things I’d probably rather not think about, i.e. what would happen if I had to join the army?

For those of you who haven’t read the book, The People of Forever follows the story lines of three young Israeli girls as they graduate high school and join the Israeli Defense Force. We see them before, during, and after their years in service, and besides learning how to properly throw a hand grenade, we get a glimpse into their interior lives, rifled with neuroses, self-consciousness, and sexual escapades. They are 18, after all. Read the rest of this entry →


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