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How to be a Jewish Mother: a very lovely training manual Paperback – July 23, 1991

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  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: PSS Adult (July 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843100206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843100204
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helena Handbasket on January 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Everything you need to know about being a classic Jewish mother; detailed instructions on food distribution, guilt, thrift, education, marrying off your children, and how to really, really enjoy yourself (take off your girdle).
A hilarious and scarily true-to-life book, beats the heck out of Philip Roth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By linda mary grace on November 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was browsing in a bookstore one day about 15 years ago and I came across Dan Greenburg's book, "How to be a Jewish Mother." It was so funny I couldn't put it down, and I ended up buying it for my mother for Christmas. Obviously, that means that we are not Jewish, but the book has an appeal for almost any faith or culture. Most mothers display the same types of behavior that Dan attributes to his mother, such as looking worried and pained but insisting that nothing is wrong, and reminding everyone that someday they will be gone and won't be bothering us anymore. I will need to search through about ten bookcases at home to find our copy of the book, but it will be worth it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Retired Noodge on February 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was given this book over 30 years ago when I was a single mother raising two boys. I don't remember reading much in those busy, hectic years, but I remember this book. I laughed and laughed.

I'm a grandmother today and I've still got the same, now tattered copy of that adorable Dan Greenburg's book. If anything, what he says of Jewish mothers is even truer once we become Grandmothers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on May 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am not going to lie to you. I am neither Jewish nor a mother, but I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. I don't remember how old I was exactly (somewhere between age ten and age fifteen). It was brilliant! For starters, the diagrams and illustrations about everything from appropriate footage for swimming (any water covering more than the ankles is too deep) and appropriate characteristics for a good Jewish daughter are illustrated to the tenth degree. This book is charming and funny. We also get a good sense of the kind of mothering Dan Greenburg experienced, as a young boy, and how this may have affected him in later life(!). You hear the saying, "A man marries his mother, when he marries his wife, and a woman marries her father when she marries her husband." I definitely think that there is some truth to that. Read this book and find out, through pictures and stories just how true that is!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronny Marshall on April 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had this book when I was in high school. I'm not jewish or a mother, but like the book says "you don't have to be jewish or a mother to be a jewish mother".

Now, you get off this website and go make yourself a nice sandwich.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David L. Gallego on July 15, 2009
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This is a funny book. I have given several copies to many of my friends both Jewish and gentile. All of them enjoy it and pass it on to their mothers. I only wish it was longer. It is good fun for all. It allow us to laugh at ourselves since we all can see our families it it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By isa maranesi on January 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I looked for this book in New York and one day I got it. I mean, a friend bought it in New York and brought it to Italy. Then I read it. Fantastic. Universally true. Should be compulsory in schools, everywhere especially in Italy. Sort of vaccine. I am now translating it into Italian. I know there is a translation on the web, but I don't like it. Its title will be:
LA PERFETTA MOMMA ITALICA. MANUALE DI AFFETTO MATERNO.
I verymuch hopo that it will be published in Italy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen Klein on June 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be Jewish (or even a mother) to get a lot of laughs from this book. And, if you want a lot more

parent-related laughs, check out ParentLaughs: A Jollytologist Book: Quips, Quotes, and Anecdotes about Raising Kids
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