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"Because I Had To is a great read by Ms. Jara. Every story, every poem is a work of art that comes straight from her heart. Can't wait for her next book." - Amazon Customer Review

"Helene Jara's book Because I Had To is hilariously funny and shockingly delightful ... She is truly a wonderful writer. I highly recommend it." - Amazon Customer Review

"Much of Simkin Jara's material is autobiographical and bravely revealing, with tales of childhood, young adulthood and motherhood, some of which are over-the-top hilarious." - Amazon Customer Review

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A collection of award-winning short stories, poems, monologues and plays.

About the Author

Helene Simkin Jara has had her short stories, monologues and poems published in Mindprints, The Porter Gulch Review, La Revista, Gambara Literary Review, and Nerve Cowboy. She was a finalist in Glimmertrain. She was awarded Best Prose 3 times in The Porter Gulch Review and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Mindprints. She was twice a winner in a monologue contest at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel as well. She has been an actor and director since 1966. Her performances include locations in New York, and in California: Santa Monica, Salinas, Aptos, Santa Cruz and Carmel. Her theatrical career spans 18 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468128256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468128253
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,865,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've enjoyed reading Helene Simkin Jara's poems and stories in literary reviews and seeing her short plays and monologs performed locally, so I am delighted by this collection, her first book. Because I Had To is an eclectic compilation of poetry, prose and dramatic writings, organized by genre. Much of Simkin Jara's material is autobiographical and bravely revealing, with tales of childhood, young adulthood and motherhood, some of which are over-the-top hilarious. She has a keen eye for detail and sense of place. Her topics include some sensitive and somewhat risky material but she is never self-pitying. Her monologues are great fun and would be wonderful as audition material, while the 10-minute plays are humorous and sometimes absurdist; they would work well in short play festivals. Don't miss the Easter Bunny costume story!
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The author's full engagement with the subject matter and the simplicity of language gives both an immediacy and a depth to the experiences she describes. Her descriptions are little windows into a life fully lived. With sensitivity and humor she invites the reader into an intimate relationship with the author. This is a book you can pick up and turn to any page and be entertained.
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Helene Simkin Jara's 'Because I Had To' is a thoroughly enticing book consisting of poetry, prose and theater. Underpinning all are stories, the telling of which include a rare blend of elegance and power. Simkin Jara strikes a different chord due to her incisive, existential and humorous perspective. Her style rings of a thematic scheme of don't take oneself and life too seriously while at the same time not neglecting the depth, intensity and resonance of personal experiance. Those who value the spirit of the arts and the Don Juan like pursuit of the essence of things will appreciate this book.
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It is rare that I find immediate engagement in such a little book. What I liked about this book is that the author invites you into her personal reflections of life so that when her poetry is featured there is a commonalty of her work and the familiarity of her style that blends effortlessly. I always wonder about "artistic license" with the histories presented but in reality the stories and prose are presented in such an engaging manner that I was caught by her humor and ultimately by her humility.
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Helene Jara's book Because I Had To is hilariously funny and shockingly delightful. Her book is a compilation of poetry, prose, short stories, and monologues. Helene is refreshingly honest and her sense of seeing life, with all its detail and irony, comes through loud and clear in her book. She is truly a wonderful writer. I highly recommend it. RYG
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