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Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home Paperback – August 28, 2015
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—Booklist, Starred Review
“Something new is afoot in Uncovered. Lax tells a story that resists codified narratives and breaks through to a new way of understanding the world.”
“A truly mesmerizing memoir.”
“This is a remarkable book.”
“In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells a personal story that millions of women can recognize. All over the world are women whose bodies are covered, not by their own decision, but by one of the many patriarchal religions that by definition rule their wombs. Leah Lax lived that life, yet has the spirit, courage and honesty to tell her story. It's been said that, if one woman told the truth, the world would split open. If others follow her, it just might.”
“Aching, absorbingly told, and with genuine tenderness toward the damaged, struggling, and sometimes helpful souls who populate a life, Uncovered is a marvelous memoir, one in which any reader will find echoes of our own quests for an authentic life.”
—Mark Doty, National Book Award author of Fire to Fire, Firebird, and Deep Lane
“Absolutely stunning! With memorable, passionate detail, Leah Lax recounts a unique search for wholeness and healing that paradoxically plunged her into the quicksand of shame. Written in poetic prose whose color and savor will linger long after you finish the book, this memoir makes the flickering appeal of a life of inflexible rules as seductively clear as it is claustrophobic―a remarkable achievement. Dramatic, revelatory, deeply moving, and ultimately inspiring, this is a truly one-of-a kind memoir about the universal longing to discover, nurture, and celebrate one’s authentic self.”
—Lev Raphael, author of My Germany: A Jewish Author Returns to the World His Parents Escaped
“In this courageous, important book, Leah Lax reveals a voice once doubly silenced by orthodox religion―as a woman and a lesbian―on a deeply moving journey to selfhood. Should be required reading!”
—Sandi DuBowski, Director, Trembling Before G-d
“In Uncovered, Leah Lax remembers in rich detail how she moved from loneliness through what promised to be a new family and a new community, into a pure appreciation of the world―and how, instead, it suppressed her deepest needs. Her book is a profound and poignant story of innocence and experience, those ancient universals, and transforming joy at the end.”
—Rosellen Brown, author of the New York Times bestseller Before and After
“Uncovered is masterful―searingly honest and lyrically rendered.”
—American Library Association, GLBT Reviews
“Dealing with abortion, LGBT identity, and Hasidic life, this story is too complex to fit neatly into the ‘ex-Hasidic memoir craze’—but that makes it all the richer.”
“The defining magic of this memoir is in every immediate detail . . . I found Uncovered to be uplifting in its honesty.”
—Portland Book Review
“Several memoirs detailing desperate escapes from Hasidic life have been published in the last year . . . But Leah Lax’s memoir has managed to stand out from the crowd with some major differences.”
—Jewish Book Council
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The book is written in a sort of poetic prose that is both emotionally honest and beautiful; and tells a fascinating, emotionally honest story. I highly recommend it.
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Well written. It is not judgmental. It shows both the beauty and hard part of living a life based on a fundamentalist approach to religion. Read morePublished 10 days ago by MAF
A compelling read - personally revealing and enlightening for anyone seeking to better understand ourselves beneath our external "covers".Published 28 days ago by Sallie P.
Transformational to say the least. As a religious woman myself it was enriching to see where our paths connected and where they diverged.Published 1 month ago by C.S.
This book was a pleasure to read. Leah is a great writer and this book is very well written. I love memoirs and this was among the better written one's.Published 1 month ago by Carly
Being raised as a Conservative/Reformed Jew, I often wondered what it was like to be raised as an Ultra Orthodox Jew. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Howard R. Binder
This remarkable book is not at all what I expected, which was an expose (implied by the title). It is so much richer than that -- a complex portrait of what compels the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Fillmore
IMHO she's immature. Chabad does not have arranged marriages. Couples date and decide whether they want to continue or meet someone