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“Fascinating and insightful . . .”

—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.”

—Lambda Literary


“A truly mesmerizing memoir.”

Redbook


“This is a remarkable book.”

OutSmart Magazine


“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.”

—Gloria Steinem


“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.”

Flavorwire


“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

About the Author

Leah Lax has won awards in both fiction and nonfiction and her work has been included in numerous anthologies and publications, print and online--including Dame, Lilith, and Salon. Her work for stage has been reviewed in The New York Times, and Rolling Stone magazine, and has been broadcast on NPR. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press (August 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631529951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631529955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OK, who is looking for a smart, powerful, deeply satisfying read? This is it. Gay or straight, orthodox or atheist, you will identify with Leah's search for her self. It's too difficult for me to put into words how affecting Leah Lax's courageous journey is. You just have to read it for yourself. Be prepared to be speechless for a time afterwards -- you will be mulling over life's Big Questions and marveling at her courage and integrity. Lax is not one to stand on sidelines; she "goes there" throughout this book, with respect and passion -- and doubts, too. And to top it all off, she happens to be a stunning writer. I had the pleasure of meeting Leah at the Vermont Studio Center at some point in the last decade and heard her read a portion of what has become Uncovered. Those of us who heard her read that night have been waiting eagerly for the finished book to appear. It has been well worth the wait!
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A magnificent journey into a very private world, Leah takes us deep, very deep, into the "black hat/wig world" of Hassidism. We accompany Leah into this insular, fundamentalist Jewish community, a high contrast to her secular Dallas Jewish upbringing. But it all makes sense, how she came to it, why it had such appeal and such holding power. Hints of her discovery of her sexuality surface at unlikely times but ultimately contribute to the unraveling of a 25+ year marriage of 7 children as Leah discovers or rediscovers the "outside world" and ultimately her authentic self and ultimate happiness. The language is often poetic as the reader is taken on this voyage like watching a movie or being in a dream. For anyone who is considering entering this world, this is a cautionary tale. For anyone who can't possibly understand how an intelligent, modern day woman could subject herself to the stringencies of strict orthodoxy, the story is compelling. For the questioning "covered" out there, this is your ticket out, your passageway to the "other side" where you can think and act freely. And for everyone else who feels trapped, in mind or body, this is a story of hope.
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I am sitting out the inferno that is Houston this week in Telluride, Colorado where I have just spent the last few hours in The High Alpine Cafe finishing Leah Lax's newly published memoir *Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home*. I am blown away. This a brave, beautifully written, life-saving work which is dedicated to "covered women everywhere" but resonated deeply with me as an uncovered woman whose voice has sometimes been silenced in other ways. I just loved it, and hope it reaches the wide audience it deserves. I mostly read on a Kindle these days, but when I pre-ordered it the book was only available in a high quality trade paperback version published by She Writes Press. As I read it over these last couple of days, I was approached by several passers by who upon seeing the gorgeous cover design (and observing me obviously engrossed in the book) asked to write down the title and author. The book is now available for Kindle (8/28) but I am glad that I was able to help spread the word with my hard copy.
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Well, I'm a bit biased, but I thought the book was a great read. I was there for most of these stories and grew up hearing the ones that happened before I was born or old enough to remember. But, hearing these from the lense of a person with emotion and internal struggles - the struggles and emotions that my mother never dared to impart to me when I was growing up - resurrects these stories, painting them in a brand new light I've never seen before. Realizing that my mother is a human being complete with emotions and desires - that all of those stories I witnessed and heard growing up came packaged with personal conflict and feelings - was a powerful experience..

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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It's a busy time of year. I thought, I'll just read a few pages then put it down until I have more time. Okay, maybe I'll just read another chapter, maybe two. Well, I couldn't put it down. Every time I put it down it called to me, saying "More! More!" This book is about discovering and then telling the truth about ourselves. It is about becoming authentic. The title and summary focuses on leaving the Hasidic life and coming out as a lesbian. But my summation is that it's about listening to that inner voice who knows our genuine yearnings and passions and responding to it. One more thing, I usually only "read" audibles because I have a daily long commute. I couldn't wait for an audible version so I bought this in hardback. But the author is so genuine in this telling that it is like an audible; one hears her voice telling the story. I highly recommend this for book clubs!
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Leah Lax's book "Uncovered" held me rapt. What Lax reveals in her book, the deep, underlying emotions, fears, and joys, is exceptional, and I am grateful for her willingness to be so transparent. I know it must have cost a lot. This is an inspiring book. It gave me insight into an unfamiliar culture. Lax treated the Hasidic community with respect throughout her book even when pushing against its confines herself.
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