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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345498615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345498618
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—Shukert is saucy, Jewish, and unabashedly quirky. In this collection of autobiographical shorts, she shares memories and anecdotes about growing up in comparatively non-Jewish Nebraska with the pace and proficiency of a veteran auctioneer. The shining gem is the chapter "Nazis in the Walls," which describes eight-year-old, Holocaust-fixated Rachel checking her showerhead for Zyklon B pellets and playing a game with her mother entitled, "People Who Would Hide Us from the Nazis." Perhaps as a habit picked up in explaining religious and familial traditions to goyim in her home state, she also includes a multitude of educational and entertaining footnotes explaining Jewish culture that begin with such greetings as "Howdy Gentiles!" As bright and witty as the author obviously is, however, there is a self-destructiveness and darkness that is at once announced and subsequently glossed over to unsatisfying effect. The humor and irony can feel slightly relentless during moments in which anorexia, alcoholism, and dangerous sexual promiscuity are laughed at a little too loudly. On the other hand, the tenderness and sensitivity of scenes with her grandmother read like a tribute and love letter. All in all, this is a clever and amusing title that is sure to be appreciated by teens who feel just a little outside the norm.—Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA
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More About the Author

Rachel Shukert is the author the the critically acclaimed memoirs Everything Is Going To Be Great and Have You No Shame? Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Salon, McSweeney's, Slate, Gawker, the Daily Beast, Heeb, and Nerve, and been featured on National Public RAdio. She has also contributed to a variety of anthologies, including Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and Best American Erotic Poetry: 1800 to the Present.

Rachel's plays include Bloody Mary (NYIT nominee), Johnny Applef*&ker, Everything's Coming Up Moses, The Sporting Life and The Nosemaker's Apprentice (both with Nick Jones) and The Three Gabor Sisters, and have been produced and developed by Ars Nova, Soho Think Tank, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Ontological/Hysteric, as well as extensively throughout the Netherlands. With Julie Klausner, Rachel co-created, co-wrote, and co-starred in Wasp Cove, New York's favorite live prime-time 1980's soap opera. She is currently developing her first feature with Yarn Films in Los Angeles.

Rachel is also a contributing editor at Tablet Magazine, and an alumnus of the Ars Nova Play Group. She received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, and now lives in New York City with her husband Ben and her bipolar cat, Anjelica Huston.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack Lechner on May 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Have You No Shame? isn't merely laugh-out-loud funny. It's wake-up-your-significant-other-so-you-can-read-it-aloud funny, which is the highest order of funny. If Courtney Love were impregnated with the frozen sperm of S. J. Perelman, but gave the kid to Garrison Keillor to raise -- that kid just might be lucky enough to write like Rachel Shukert.

Shukert's book is a collection of essays about growing up Jewish in Omaha, Nebraska (mostly) -- but that description makes the book sound a lot squarer and more ordinary than it is. We're used to the idea of a male Jewish writer shpritzing caustically and candidly, like Philip Roth or Bruce Jay Friedman. We're used to the idea of a warts-and-all comic memoir that veers between the amusing and the horrifying, ala Augusten Burroughs or Tobias Wolff. But I can't think of another woman who has claimed the particular piece of literary terrain that Rachel Shukert makes her own. She's unabashedly sexual, unapologetically Jewish, and somehow keeps things three-dimensional and real instead of cartoonish and smutty. For instance, while her mordant observational wit spears her family as often as it does anyone else, they still come off as loveable and complex human beings. So does everyone in this hilarious, touching, memorable book.
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By wjh on January 24, 2014
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The author writes really well, and is a great teller of amusing tales. But this book is sort of like eating straight frosting- yummy, but it lacks the 'cake' to hold it together.
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By Shefele on September 24, 2013
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Just started to read her first book... and have many hours of a great read in prospect.. what a good feeling!
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hilarious...some humor indelicate, but definitely a great laugh.
Not for everyone, but friends with whom I have shared it have liked it also.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Pearce on May 2, 2008
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This book is so friggin funny that it aggravated an old war wound from all the laughing I did. It's like some painfully intimate HBO screenplay where no taboo goes un-turned.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Madeleine Maby on May 13, 2008
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I loved this book so much that over the course of the 2 days I was reading it (couldn't put it down, also didn't want to finish it) I read excerpts of it outloud to people in my apt, a restaurant, a bar, and even a Chase bank. Since finishing it I have recommended it to friends, parents friends, hair stylists, and dentists alike and I recommend it to you. I haven't enjoyed a book as much as this in a long time.
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