“Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy” tells the story of three generations of 20th-century Jews for whom the desire to fit in and the fear of public humiliation either drove their aspirations or crushed their spirit.
Shanda means shame or disgrace in Yiddish. In her deeply engaging, astonishingly candid memoir, author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin exposes the fiercely guarded lies and intricate coverups woven by her extended family. Beginning with her own long suppressed secret, the story spirals through the hidden 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 also showcases her family’s remarkable talent for reinvention in a narrative that is touching, searing, and surprisingly universal.
Pogrebin will be interviewed by Shelley Sackett, attorney, freelance journalist and former editor of the Jewish Journal. Pogrebin will be on Zoom and projected to a live audience at the JCCNS. Zoom-only tickets are also available.+ More... - Less...
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