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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 2nd edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446677612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446677615
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This autobiography by the tiny, energetic TV and radio personality "Dr. Ruth" is jam-packed with fascinating details about her remarkable life, both before and after she became America's most popular sex therapist. The book starts in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1939, when as a 10-year-old she boarded a "kinder transport" train for Switzerland with dozens of other German-Jewish children, never to see her parents again. Karola Siegal spent World War II in a Swiss-Jewish children's home and, at 16, emigrated to Israel, where she traded her "too German" first name for her middle name, Ruth, and began a quest for an education that led her to the Sorbonne and to New York, where she eventually received a doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College and a certificate as a psychosexual therapist from Cornell. Not to worry, Dr. Ruth is as open about her own life as she is in giving advice to others, and she candidly discusses her own sexual awakenings, her three marriages, her two children and her delight in her media career in this engaging book.
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From Library Journal

Writing in the down-to-earth style her many fans know, "Dr. Ruth" begins her autobiography in 1939, the year she was sent from Frankfurt to a school for German-Jewish orphans in Switzerland. She never saw her parents or grandmother again. The sadness, loss, and hardships of those years and, following the war, in Israel on a kibbutz, form a compelling portion of this book. No less interesting is the story of her improbable rise from uneducated survivor to academician and, finally, sex therapist and media celebrity. Westheimer's distinctive voice is nearly audible. Because of her popularity and her inspirational story, this is recommended for most public and undergraduate libraries. Terrill Brooks, Baker Coll. Lib., Flint, Mich.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By meiringen on March 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Great autobiography of Dr. Ruth! So many things that I didn't know about her: fled Nazi Germany at age 10, never saw her family again, lived on a kibbutz in Israel, was a soldier for the Haganah, then came to the USA, where she found her career and true love.
Very open and candid, and also tragic at times. It's a book I couldn't put down, once I started reading it! Highly recommended!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara on January 23, 2014
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Saw the play "Becoming Doctor Ruth" and got a hold of the book. The play was great. The book is not as good.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Moses on April 6, 2008
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My second cousin, Ben Yagoda wrote this book and I am proud of him! This is an amazing, inspirational account of an amazing woman's life and the story of her overcoming much adversity- from rags to riches story. My grandmother met her and spoke very highly of her too. Buy and read this book!
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More About the Author

Born in Germany in 1928, I was sent to a children's home in Switzerland at the age of ten which became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who had been sent there to escape the Holocaust. At 17 I went to Israel where I fought for the country's independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters. I then moved to Paris where I studied at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. I immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 and obtained my Masters Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research. In 1970, I received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College.
My work at Planned Parenthood is what prompted me to further my education in human sexuality by studying at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.
My TV show Sexually Speaking first aired in 1980 as a 15-minute taped show, which then increased in popularity and became a nationally syndicated radio show.
In recent years, I have made regular appearances on the PBS Television children's show Between the Lions as "Dr. Ruth Wordheimer" in a parody of my therapist role, in which I help anxious readers and spellers overcome their fear of long words.
Currently I am an Adjunct Professor at N.Y.U. and an Associate Fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University, where I teach a course on the American family. I am also a Fellow of Butler College at Princeton University, where I will teach a course on the Jewish family. In addition to having my own private practice I am a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and frequently lecture at universities across the country.

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