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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (April 2, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385233779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385233774
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,160,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernstein interviewed 25 mothers of Jewish people, including Clara Sussman, mother of Rosalyn Yalow, a Nobel Medalist in medicine. Like other mothers in the book, Clara, who died recently, exemplified a life of hard work and sacrifice, as well as worry about her child when a teacher told her Rosalyn was a genius. ("I never met the man Einstein but I heard he was a little peculiar.") The author says Leah Adler, mother of film director Steven Spielberg, was the funniest person he'd ever met, and readers will agree. With obvious love and pride, she kvetches about bringing up a peculiar son ("I didn't know what the hell he was"). There are reports on rock stars, a lawyer, playwright and other achievers and at least two people more notorious than famous: porn film star Harry Reems and yippie ex-convict Abbie Hoffman.First serial to People and Interview.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 27, 2006
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Bernstein appears to like the Hollywood entertainment types, and so the mothers he choses for his little interviews and stories are the mothers of Spielberg, Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons, and another twenty or so other 'stars'. In his introduction Bernstein makes the claims that Jewish mothers are like all other mothers but only more so, that is in the caring, worrying, pushing end of things. It was interesting to hear the mother of Bob Dylan stand up for him and for whatever turn he happened to take, religious-wise, or any other wise.

This stuff especially consider the great weight of most of the personalities included is 'fluff' but it is pleasant fluff. It is also nice that Bernstein has a chapter on his own mother who he pays tribute to.
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