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5.0 out of 5 stars Wise book and relevant for women of today
In my opinion this book is very useful and wise. It's written with heart and with honesty that you just don't find these days. After starting a family I feel it's nice to be given advice that isn't condescending but is written with an aim to assist. It is also relevant information for women. The only gripe I did have was the delivery; it took ages to receive but that is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars ADVICE DISPENSED OPENLY AND WITH HUMOR
If you're a fan of TV's The Real Housewives of New York City SECRETS OF A JEWISH MOTHER is a must read for you. Authored by Jill Zarin, her sister Lisa Wexler, and their mother, Gloria Kamen, it is a compendium of advice on subjects ranging from friendship to dating to beauty and health to education to career to marriage to parenting (with the wedding always preceding...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ADVICE DISPENSED OPENLY AND WITH HUMOR, 29 April 2010
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love (Hardcover)
If you're a fan of TV's The Real Housewives of New York City SECRETS OF A JEWISH MOTHER is a must read for you. Authored by Jill Zarin, her sister Lisa Wexler, and their mother, Gloria Kamen, it is a compendium of advice on subjects ranging from friendship to dating to beauty and health to education to career to marriage to parenting (with the wedding always preceding parenthood) to family issues to money, and a great deal in between.

Whatever the subject under discussion each of the authors offers a relevant personal experience. The chapter on Marriage begins with "If anyone who has been married a long time tells you her marriage is and always has been perfect, she is lying," and is followed by notes from this advice giving trio. Jill shares her first marriage and subsequent divorce with a positive outlook - she would not have had her daughter Allyson without it. She also stresses the importance of great sex but also friendship, love, and trust. Both Lisa and Jill advise against becoming involved with "the man who makes a lot of money while still young enough to really enjoy it. It usually goes to his head, and by that we mean the wrong one." On the other hand, Gloria offers rules to keep a man after you are married - keep up your appearance, make time to go away alone together, share your husband's interests, enjoy the company of happy couples rather than those who tend to argue.

Now, in all probability little of the advice offered in SECRETS OF A JEWISH MOTHER is new; much of it may be what your mother or grandmother told you. And some of it, for this reader was pointless and over the top. However, the pleasure of the book is in hearing it related with honesty and humor by three engaging authors who are willing to share their successes and failures.

Also included are color photos and a Yiddish Glossary. Many of us are familiar with schmuck and kvetch, but there are more to come. We only wish a pronunciation guide had been offered.

Hob anoe (have enjoyment), which you'll find in reading SECRETS OF A JEWISH MOTHER.
- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wise book and relevant for women of today, 16 Jun 2014
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In my opinion this book is very useful and wise. It's written with heart and with honesty that you just don't find these days. After starting a family I feel it's nice to be given advice that isn't condescending but is written with an aim to assist. It is also relevant information for women. The only gripe I did have was the delivery; it took ages to receive but that is Amazons issue
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1.0 out of 5 stars just rot, 16 Jan 2014
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nothing new , someone who likes the sound of her own voice , if you contact as you are invited to do they do not call back, nothing here will help you with anything at all , just boasting about now wonderful they are
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