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Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Family, Real Love Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2011
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"A great book this Mother's Day"
-MSNBC's Morning Joe
"Filled with candid, humorous and loving advice and personal glimpses into their lives, this trio offers up some tips we should all heed and live by...This is a thoroughly enjoyable read and should be passed around to mothers, daughters, sister, nieces, aunts, girlfriends and all ladies who might enjoy reading and discovering that in the end we are all basically the same - with the same hopes and desires - and remember an old adage redefined here: 'Hell hath no fury like a [Jewish] mother scorned!' Bravo! to Kamen, Wexler and Zarin (and I don't mean the TV channel)."
"Reading Secrets of a Jewish Mother is like a sitting around the kitchen table with a pot of coffee and a chocolate bobka, listening to advice from old friends."
-Barbara Bietz, author of Like a Maccabee.
"[Jill Zarin's] sharing little pearls of wisdom, along with her mom, Gloria Kamen, and sis, Lisa Wexler, in the book Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love. (Just in time for Mother's Day!) Their prescription for successful parenting (friendships, dating, etc.) has a universal quality to it, so it's not only for Jewish moms."
"I felt this book was incredibly smart. It shows the ups and downs of these three women's lives. Like the book title says "Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love." Nothing is sugarcoated and artificial. I really like how each chapter of the book has stories from each person's life. How Jill dealt with divorce, Gloria's struggle with her friendships at certain points in her life, and Lisa's view on money...In conclusion, I really feel this book is a wonderful read. It makes you think differently about life in certain ways that you normally don't."
-Sammi's Blog of Life
"...an astonishing cornucopia of heartfelt insights from three savvy, headstrong women who share tried- and-true strategies for dealing with universal issues relating to friendship, dating, marriage, parenting, and family, and you don't have to be Jewish to appreciate it."
-Elise Pearlman, Huntington Patch
"All-in-All, I love everything that the three mothers had written. I did learn quite a bit of things from each and every one of them. I liked the fact they each gave their own advice and stories in each chapter. From friendship, dating, beauty, marriage, parenting, money and more, this is a great book and a keeper! Another part I liked was in the chapters there was a section called 'Ask Yourself', because I do find myself answering the questions... So I would like to say Mazel Tov to Jill, Lisa and Gloria. Toda. Thank you for letting me read this wonderfully written book."
"It's not just a Jewish mother that has these secrets, it's a lovely book."
-Kathy Lee Gifford, Today
"It's a good book, check it out."
-Steve Doocy, Fox & Friends
"From friendships to love, marriage and children, the book covers many aspects of life with laugh-out-loud stories and pointed advice the [authors] have learned as Jewish mothers and Jewish daughters."
"Practical advice. A mother's wisdom: Know how to laugh at yourself apologize when you're wrong and always carry pepper spray!"
"Aside from advice on raising kids and stories from Kamen and her daughters, Secrets of a Jewish Mother deals with marriage, friendship, dating, money, and more, and includes practical quizzes and self- assessment action steps."
"You don't have to be Jewish to read this book, but after reading this book everyone will want to be Jewish. The best practical advice a girl could need from three extraordinary Jewish mothers....Jill's, Lisa's, and Gloria's advice will save you a lifetime of aggravation."
-Patti Stanger, Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker
"Gloria epitomizes the Jewish Mother! She has a heart of gold and earrings to match!"
"You don't have to be Jewish to need a good Jewish mother. Gloria has sooooooo much good advice....Chicken soup has got nothing on this lady."
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Top Customer Reviews
I found it hard to put down - and not in a good way. I was driven by morbid curiosity, like rubbernecking at a car accident.
Now I don't know who Jill Zarin is and have never watched "Real Housewives of New York" but as I skimmed through the book I found the nuggets of wisdom to be either pretty much common sense or, more often, "Tips on how to perpetuate any number of negative stereotypes about Jewish people and New Yorkers."
Want to "get" a man? - then you need fake lashes, big hair and red dress out. Don't settle for less than you deserve - unless he makes good money. It's better if he loves you more than you love him (where's did I put my Love-O-Meter?) Great tips if your goal is a loveless marriage on Long Island Sound!
The rest of the tips were pretty strange and flaky - I suppose if you're living off your parent's dime and dating a dentist then you don't care about taking your dinner home from a restaurant.
In between the "car crashes" was a lot of gossipy, syrupy stuff about growing up - I found these stories to be incredibly boring but I guess some people watch Nascar for the car wrecks too.
The more I read it the more I couldn't believe this was a serious self-help book. Was this written by monkeys? Published by The Onion? I peeked behind the potted plant to see if there was a hidden camera.
Perhaps the title should be "Secrets of a Jewish Mother: how to make sure you and your daughters are attractive and financially secure but still as miserable and petty as you are."
I'm waiting for the "Real Housewives of West Virginia" version to come out. That should be good for some laughs too.
Fortunately the book never tries to be anything but what it is, a trite hodgepodge of anecdotes that anyone over 13 should have learned simply by being a member of society. There is nothing new here, no deep psychoanalysis, no revelatory theories about what makes people tick, nothing that you couldn't glean from a few hours watching Lifetime. Then again, with Jill Zarin on the cover did you expect anything more than banal, uninspiring melodrama? Get a hobby.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was not only an insult to the Jewish Culture but to women in general. There are no "secrets" in this book... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melanie B Morrow
Picked up at a garage sale for $1- paid too much! Absolutely awful. Though Jill obviously knew how to take advantage of her 5 mins of fame by getting the book published.Published 4 months ago by DeDe
Yikes! What a formulaic, poorly written, seemingly hastily written, pathetic excuse for a book and reflects very poorly on Jewish women! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandpsych
On the outside, one would think this is a loving, positive, and heartwarming book. On the inside, it's clearly ludicrous and bat$hit crazy! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelly
Ugh, Jill Zarin, very trashy woman. Master manipulator, controlling, exaggerates/lies, lives off of drama and starts problems by gossiping. I do not understand that way of life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by 2 kiddos
I must be up front and admit that I could not bring myself to read the entire book. I was unfortunately almost as put off by the passages I did read as I was with Jill's behavior... Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Alexa Raymer
I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this book. The only things I agree with are common sense things in life that everyone with a brain already knows. The other stuff is fluff. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Tara V. Murphy
One of the worst books ever written. I definitely lost a few brain cells thanks to this book. Almost wish I had a time machine to get back the wasted time reading this garbage. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by HamptonsHunnie
I bought as a gift 4 bridal shower basket. I also bought one for my Kindle. I was shocked a truly AWFUL READ. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Katheder