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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442114606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442114609
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,315,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Morgenstein's three previous novels were Take Me Out to the Ballgame, The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees, and Jesse's Girl, available worldwide on Amazon.com. His play Ponzi Man played to sell-out crowds at the New York International Fringe Festival. His previous play was You Can't Grow Tomatoes in the Bronx. He is currently working on his fifth novel. A veteran of more than 20 years in media, Morgenstein has held public relations positions at ABC News, Lifetime Networks, A&E, History and WNET/Thirteen. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Now that my play "Right on Target" finished a successful run at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, I'm returning to writing a novel. Stay tuned.

My previous books are "Jesse's Girl," a thriller about a widowed Brooklyn father who searches for his adopted teenage son, who has run away from a Montana wilderness drug treatment program to find his biological sister in Kentucky. In the romantic triangle "Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman," a divorced middle-aged man falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic woman rabbi, while still in love with his ex-wife. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," a political baseball novel -- baseball and bailouts, as American as appple pie --follows a Cinderella baseball team led by a ruthless owner with political ambitions. "The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees" is a baseball Rocky. All are available on Amazon.

My previous plays were "Ponzi Man," "Mad Mel and the Marradians" and "A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx." I'm also executive producer/creator of the web series "Acts of Love," about relationships, which can be found at mediablvdmagazine.com

And remember to join me Thursdays at 9PM/ET for my radio show, "Purple Haze" at blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd. The number is 347-205-9801.

My dating and relationship book, "How to Find a Woman...Or Not" provides a comic guide to finding true love anywhere on Planet Earth -- in the gym, on the street, riding mass transit, waiting to get your teeth cleaned, visiting a friend in the hospital, buying a book or lamb chops -- or dating online.


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Normally this isnt something I'd read.
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WHY I LOVED LOVING RABBI THALIA KLEINMAN What I loved about this book is the very flawed but very human main character, Joss.
Jolene Story
He craves a romantic relationship, thinking that will make him feel complete.
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Format: Paperback
Let me preface this review by stating that I was anxious to read Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman. After reading my first Gary Morgenstein (or Morgy, as I like to call him) about a month ago, I was sold. That being said, Loving was a slightly different beast than How to Find a Woman...or Not. This novel was well-written, interesting, and witty, but it didn't have me giggling uncontrollably as the last one did. It wasn't supposed to, either.

That being said, Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman was a good read. This book is not one of those novels that you can read mindlessly -- you know the type, the ones you can breeze through in a few hours. This demands your attention. But that's not a bad thing. Sometimes a book should challenge you -- it should make you pay attention and think, right? Right.

The book follows Joss Katz, a recently divorced, middle-aged Jewish New Yorker who unsuccessfully tries his hand at the online dating thing until he meets and falls in love with a rabbi. There's a lot more to the book than that...including a range of characters who will annoy you, intrigue you, amuse you, or all three, in the case of Joss' best friend Mandy.

Morgy's style is one that puts you at ease, if that makes sense. From beginning to end, I felt as though I were familiar with Joss, with all his hang-ups, angst, and disappointment. When reading Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, you feel comfortable, as though you are among friends. Granted, ones who bitch and moan about work and dating and divorce and bills, but who doesn't?
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Normally this isnt something I'd read. But I picked it up at a friend's house to read while she was on the phone and I got totally caught up in this love story, couldn't put it down and borrowed it. I wasn't sorry. I found myself really rooting for the characters, especially the main character Joss. While as a woman I found some of the male perspective on romance upsetting, the novel's very funny and very touching and it'll stay with you long after you've finished
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By bridget3420 on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Joss is a man who is desperate for love. He craves a romantic relationship, thinking that will make him feel complete. While at a bat-mitzvah, that he was only invited to because he and his ex-wife, Ellen, were together at the time, he becomes enamored with the rabbi, Thalia. He is filled with the desire to meet this woman and learn who she is. Once they become involved, Joss learns some things about Thalia's family that make him more than a little uncomfortable but he is unsure how to handle the situation. He is constantly battling conflicting feelings toward Ellen, Thalia and his roommate who has recently become a man-hater.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was able to relate to the characters and I could feel Joss's pain and longing. I think this book would appeal to just about everyone. We all have been through a situation similar to Joss's. I suggest you read this book:)

Thank you Gary for sending me this book to review.
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By Sarah on August 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jess Katz was in love again. But this time it was way different than the 30ish woman with curling brown hair reading a Jodi Picoult novel on the F train, who'd met his dimpled smile as if he were Michael Myers . . . No, hello, this was true love, right here in God's shrine.

Jess sort of crashed a bat-mitzvah and instantly fell in love - or was it lust - when he set his eyes upon the lovely Thalia Kelinman. But wait, how can Jess be in love with Rabbi Kleinman when he's still love his ex-wife, Ellen, who berated him for showing up at the Bar Mitzvah in the first place? And so begins Loving Rabbi Tahalia Kleinman: Sex and Romance In God's House by Gary Morgenstein.

What follows is a crazy, twisting journey into love, longing, desire - and yes, even sex - filled will a cast of fractured but loveable characters all involved in odd crusades for lost causes.

Ellen can't quite function on her own without calling Jess to "fix" her latest catastrophe. Jess finds himself living with his quirky best friend, who wants to start an organization for straight men who are happy living without women. Rabbi Thalia is struggling to help her traumatized brother, Bobby, lead a normal life, maintain her place in the community and find a loving relationship. Thalia and Bobby's uncle who draws Jess into the midst of his scheme is trying to create a new homeland for the Jews. Through all of this Jess and Thalia strive to find a place in their hearts and in their lives for each other.

Mr. Morgenstien takes this cast of diverse characters and weaves them together into a nubby but interesting story that delves into the hearts of middle-aged men and takes a good look at changes life thrusts on all of us as time marches past.
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