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Unorthodox
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots | Deborah Feldman
The instant New York Times bestselling memoir of a young Jewish womans escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Alis Infidel and Carolyn Jessops Escape.The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is intriguing to outsiders. In this arresting memoir, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious tradition that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms. Deborah grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. It was stolen moments spent with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborahs desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at nineteen and realized that, for the sake of herself and her son, she had to escape.
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squirrelbrain
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This was utterly fascinating, but totally not what I expected. I thought it would be mainly about her struggle to leave her strict Hasidic sect, but instead that was only the last chapter and the afterword, and there wasn‘t much detail.

Instead, the book was about life inside the sect, particularly the treatment of women and children, as well as her failed marriage that ultimately caused her to leave.

#booked2022
#aboutcultorreligion

LeahBergen I found this fascinating, too. 8mo
BarbaraBB O watched the series on Netflix and was very impressed. 8mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraBB I also watched the Netflix series, and found it well done! 8mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @DivineDiana - I‘m definitely going to watch it, now that I‘ve read the book; can‘t do it the other way round! 😁 8mo
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TrishB
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Mehso-so

Fascinating insight to the authors upbringing and I applaud her for making decisions that she felt would make her life better.
I‘ve given it a so-so because I just couldn‘t engage fully with her writing style and sometimes it spoiled the flow of the story for me.
#aboutcultorreligion #booked2022

BarbaraBB Have you watched the series? I loved it. But I haven‘t read the book. 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s a really crazy story but unfortunately it really does happen in certain ultra orthodox communities. The series does change some of the actual events/facts but it was very engaging @BarbaraBB 11mo
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brittanybooks
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One of the best books I read this year without a doubt. #unorthodox #memorialbookchallenge #75bookchallenge #book69of75

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I loved this! As others have mentioned, it's quite different from the show. A lot of it is her childhood memories, discovering the world of books and thinking her own thoughts. I find this world fascinating (can you say huge Chaim Potok fan) but honestly, Potok is a man and a huge dimension of women's suffering in this world had never been clear to me until reading this. I think she's remarkable!

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BrownGirlReading
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Mehso-so

This is a memoir of Deborah Feldman‘s life inside the Hasidic Community in Williamsburg. I listened to this on audiobook and quickly got tired of the voice reading Feldman‘s part. One thing is that this book is more thorough and exact than the Netflix series which is not an accurate account and has no depth. If you know nothing about this community try but if you do give it a miss.

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Smrloomis
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This was very moving, even though it was very hard to read at points. Trigger warnings for sexual assault & violence, child abuse, and child murder. Her story is phenomenal as is her courage. It took guts to do what she did and even more guts to write about it. I‘ll be watching the rest of the adaptation soon & plan to read her second memoir when I get a little distance from this one.

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Smrloomis
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She goes with her husband for marriage counseling and this is the rabbi‘s reaction after he hears their history together. At least someone finally had a reasonable response to what she went through instead of pretending everything was fine!

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Smrloomis
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“I feel as if I have no physical refuge. What a curse it is to not feel safe in one‘s own body…” I am amazed at the courage it took to write all this, let alone live it. Trigger warnings for something I can‘t quite put into words: maybe the difficulty of seeking medical help for something others only think is in your head? And also TW for sexual assault and trauma in case you need a heads up.

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Smrloomis
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This is so sad…

EvieBee You‘re making me want to read this right now! 1y
Smrloomis @EvieBee it‘s really good! I can‘t put it down! 1y
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Is this the story that was made into a Netflix series? 1y
Smrloomis @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 yes! And I‘ve started watching that too and it‘s different somewhat but still good. 1y
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Ast_Arslan
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Smrloomis
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“The librarians always smile when they see me, silent encouragement in their eyes…I wish that I could [take books home], because I feel so extraordinarily happy and free when I read that I‘m convinced it could make everything else in my life bearable, if only I could have books all the time.”

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Smrloomis
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Just started this…

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bouktique
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351 p. I was really curious to look inside the very closeed community. It is really sad and frustrating to see how a woman, as a concept, is degraded to be just a servant for a man. But it's great that a story came out: not everyone born into a community wants to be a part of it and we might just be able to help someone if we know it's happening.

#unorthodox #DeborahFeldman #Hasidism

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howjessicareads
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My first title for my #AxeTheStacks challenge! I was struggling a bit around the 40% mark and almost bailed; but I‘m glad I pushed through! The last half was incredibly fascinating. #howjessicareads21

NaomiO If you haven‘t already watched the mini series on Netflix based on this book I highly recommend it. 2y
Ruthiella I‘m currently about this one! 2y
Curly_Reader Saw it on Netflix loved it 2y
rubyslippersreads I enjoyed both the book and the miniseries. 2y
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howjessicareads
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Working on my first #AxeTheStacks title! I also need to sit down tomorrow and make a specific list of books to attempt this month!

ElleSkel I love this! I am definitely joining! 2y
howjessicareads Awesome @ElleSkel ! 😁 2y
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elisebarker
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Wow this was a powerful book. I really don‘t know much about any parts of the Jewish faith, and I know this is not a typical Jewish story, but I feel like I learned a lot. What strength!

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laurabilly13
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Starting a new one on World Book Day #unorthodox #deborahfeldman #worldbookday 📖

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bnp
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Pickpick

Watched the miniseries with a friend, then read the book. Interesting compelling read.

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Emilymdxn
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Not quite what I expected but still a firm pick. I thought this would be more about her struggle to leave the community, but it was much more focused on her life living as a Hasidic woman before she left. As the writer points out, it can be so hard to find first hand accounts of women‘s lives in Hasidic Judaism and that was so fascinating and valuable. I didn‘t think the writing style was perfect but it didn‘t stop me enjoying the book

Mitch This was an interesting Netflix mini series. 👍🏼 2y
megnews I agree with @Mitch The Netflix series was very good. 2y
Mitch @megnews there was also a documentary about how it was made - which was fab! 2y
megnews @Mitch really? I didn‘t know that. Is that available on Netflix or streaming? 2y
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bnp
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On the eve of my twenty-fourth birthday, I interview my mother.

@ShyBookOwl, #FirstLineFridays

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Karmapen
Mehso-so

This was an intriguing look at a secretive sect of folks— but the pacing and narrative felt rushed. I wanted more reflection from Feldman, whom I really admire as a person.

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Beccacraft
Mehso-so

This memoir of a young woman who escapes her restrictive Hasidic Jewish culture shows how a deep longing for belonging and freedom can alter a woman‘s entire life. It is moving, fascinating, and enlightening, although somewhat immature in its storytelling sequence. Recommend for understanding culture only.

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amyf0x
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Feldman‘s memoir goes into detail on her upbringing in a Hasidic community in Brooklyn, from her absent mother to her arranged marriage, her wedding at age 17 and beyond.

Read November 5-12
Rated 3/5 ⭐️
Book 46/60

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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

Although ultimately interesting, I found this memoir slow. It swelled much more in the minutiae of life in a Hasidic household than it did on the author‘s extrication from this way of life. Maybe that‘s what was intended, but it didn‘t work for me as much as I‘d hoped.

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mjtwo
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Mehso-so

2-5 October 2020 (audiobook)
Whilst this was addictive, found myself questioning the author‘s authenticity. It may have been the narrator, but her voice seemed whiny, self-righteous and negative. Perhaps due to my own privilege- obviously I have not grown up in an oppressive family or an orthodox, patriarchal culture. I also felt sympathy for the husband - the kissing, housekeeping and bond with their child, made him seem remarkably progressive.

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ClairesReads
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Audio life is a good life

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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

I watched the miniseries inspired by this book and knew I had to read about Deborah's real life experience. It's quite different from the miniseries which focuses on a fictional woman named Esther inspired by Deborah's story. If you're interested in learning about different religious subcultures, I'd definitely recommend both the book and the show on Netflix.

SamAnne I really enjoyed the mini series. Haven‘t read the book. 2y
rubyslippersreads I really enjoyed both. 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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And here I thought being raised Catholic was stifling. Oof.

This was absolutely fascinating and heartbreaking and hopeful. I knew nothing about the Satmar Hasids and think I was most surprised by their antipathy towards Israel. Looking forward to the Netflix series.

squirrelbrain I have this on my Kindle TBR... 2y
AlaMich Yeah, I‘m Jewish (though not even close to Orthodox), and there was a lot here I didn‘t know. Stifling is an excellent word. 2y
Tanisha_A I haven't read the book, but I did watch the show. Found it remarkable. 2y
LeahBergen I found this fascinating, too. 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain me too! Great offer 😁 will get to it eventually! 2y
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toofondofbooks
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After watching the Netflix series, I wanted to read the source material. Really interesting memoir about a community I didn't know much about. #recommended

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TrishB
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Well liked on here so definitely seemed worth 99p!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag It‘s been made into a mini series on Netflix too 2y
TrishB @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m much less likely to watch as I‘m pretty rubbish with telly! 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Fair enough - I‘m not amazing at it either - I have a huge watch list and a couple of shows that I rewatch 🤔😂 2y
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Oryx Really interesting read. 2y
TrishB @thegirlwiththelibrarybag my daughter drags me into some stuff! 2y
TrishB @Oryx I saw that you liked it 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks for posting ... this sounds really good 👍🏻 I have got it. ( my only fear is that my kindle will reach overload 😆 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts the buy button disappeared on mine the other day 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ everyone said it was a sign.....it returned 3 days later. ( I didn‘t tell everyone else I could still buy on my laptop). 2y
squirrelbrain Ooh, sounds great! 2y
Cathythoughts We have to keep some book buying under the counter 👍🏻🤣Stop though , that‘s weird , because they say you can delete a book .... but it doesn‘t really seem to disappear completely 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts no one has an clue about my lack of restraint on kindle 😂 2y
Cathythoughts Say nothing , 😉,me neither, let‘s keep it between ourselves 🤫... 2y
Caroline2 I‘ve seen the Netflix series, it‘s really good. 👍 2y
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StephHashesTags
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My next read... curious about the #Netflix show and I have a policy of not watching adaptations until I‘ve read the source material, so here goes. I‘m not sure how I missed this one when it was published originally, but I‘m glad I found it. I love a good memoir, and as someone who has spent a surprising amount of time in proximity to the Hasidic community for work reasons (but as an entirely non-Jewish outsider), I‘m very interested in this one.

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MindyK59
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I recently watched this show on Netflix. I had the book for a while but never got around to reading it until now. It gave some good insight into the Hasidic community. I think it must be very hard to leave a community you were raised in and it‘s all you know. I give the author a lot of credit for being strong enough to leave. The show was only loosely based on the book and was fairly different from the book. I think both were pretty good.

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Readswithcoffee
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I watched the Netflix series and then I listened to the audiobook. The book gives a lot more details about life in the author‘s strict Hasidic community. I found it to be very interesting and informative. However, the Netflix series portrays her exit from the community so much differently than the book that it didn‘t seem like the same story. I‘d be interested to hear what others think about this. #IsItJustMeOrWhat

MallenNC I haven‘t read the book but have it and want to read soon I was obsessed with the series. The documentary about the making of it said the parts in New York were based on the author‘s experience but then Esty‘s escape and her life after were fictional. 3y
Readswithcoffee @MallenNC Thanks for the info. I didn‘t even know there was a documentary about the making of the series. 3y
MallenNC @Readswithcoffee It came on right after I finished the last episode on Netflix. I can‘t remember what it‘s called 3y
rubyslippersreads I‘ve read and watched, and they are so different, it‘s like two completely different stories, except that in both, she escapes a repressive lifestyle and marriage. 3y
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Megabooks
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Really enjoyed this book! Perfect narrator, interesting story. I‘m really glad Deborah was able to make her escape from the restrictive lifestyle that made her so unhappy. I‘m looking forward to watching the Netflix series knowing she and others who left the Hasidic faith were involved. I have her second memoir, Exodus, on my radar for an upcoming #audible credit. 4.5⭐️

Wife Netflix series was very interesting. I‘ll look for the audiobook when my library opens...someday... 3y
AppuNthebooks I loved the show! Gonna pick up her books now 3y
AmyG The series was very good. Lots of crying- by me. 3y
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Suet624 The series was beautifully done. I wonder if it will be much different from the book. 3y
rubyslippersreads These are both on my watch/read list. 3y
Megabooks @Wife @AppuNthebooks @AmyG @Suet624 I‘m definitely looking forward to seeing it on screen too. She is such a brave person! I don‘t think I had that fortitude in my early 20s!! 3y
Megabooks @rubyslippersreads I highly recommend the book, audio as well. She doesn‘t narrate this one, to the voiceover artist does a great job! 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Recently watch the Netflix series. It was very well done. I need to pick up the book. Glad to hear that there is a follow up, I wanted to know more. 3y
Cinfhen I‘m glad you enjoyed/ it‘s such a crazy story ( I read both books). Deborah is really exceptional. Very brave. Even I was amazed by how insular & controlling the Satmar are. The series was well done but the whole Berlin music school was fabricated @Suet624 3y
BarbaraBB I loved the Netflix series. So touching! The acting is so good! Haven‘t read the book though. 3y
Megabooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego yes, I‘m excited to pick up this soon. 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I realize there are some people who do fine in more restrictive religious groups, but she‘s not one and my mom‘s not one. I‘m glad she didn‘t (as of the epilogue in Unorthodox) totally give up on her Jewish roots, though. 3y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I definitely recommend the book! You can‘t get a copy of the paperback in the US now, which is one reason I went with audio. 3y
rubyslippersreads @Megabooks I just finished the miniseries, so will read the book soon. 3y
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amsu311
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A good book but just not my favourite...

#GoodReads2020Challenge

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holarosarita
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A memoir by someone from a religious tradition that is not your own: the details of Hasidic life feel like something you know of but you don‘t really KNOW, very enlightening #readharder2020

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BarbaraBB
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This series! I just saw the first two episodes and I am blown away. The music, the actors, the atmosphere, the rituals. I am loving it with tears in my eyes but I need to sleep. And read.

By the way, I have not finished Tiger King. I hated all those people and it kept getting worse and worse. I felt I didn‘t want to know more about that world. Is that bad?

Oh and do I need to read the book after finishing the Netflix series?

Mitch I‘ve just finished watching this too. I thought she was mesmerising to watch 3y
Andrea313 I hear you on Tiger King! I did watch through the end and the whole thing is a full-on mess. Unorthodox was wonderful, however; I hope you love all of it! 3y
Suet624 Unorthodox was so good. The detail in the scenes was amazing. Everyone in it did a great job. And Tiger King I watched to the bitter end. I had the feeling that Trump must be friends with the people who show up near the end. 3y
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Laughterhp I hated Tiger King. I hate watched it basically. They are all awful people. 3y
Tanisha_A First 15 minutes into TK, I decided I won't be able to watch it. I loved Unorthodox, too? 3y
Tanisha_A *too. 3y
LeahBergen What?? I didn‘t know this was a series! I loved the book! 3y
batsy I've a feeling I won't be able to stand Tiger King, as well! 3y
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen You should definitely watch it then, it‘s gorgeous and sad. 3y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 What I saw made me think of Trump‘s America the whole time and I can‘t deal with this. I am glad I am not the only one bailing @Laughterhp @Tanisha_A 🙌 (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB @batsy Many people love it because it is hilarious at times. But underneath it is only sad in my eyes, unbelievable sad. 3y
CarolynM I don't even want to try Tiger King. I don't understand the attraction at all. This one sounds good, though. 3y
Nickinpa I saw the Netflix series first and then read the book. I think it is worthwhile to do both! 3y
BarbaraBB @Nickinpa Thanks! I really enjoyed the series! 3y
rubyslippersreads I‘ve watched three episodes of the series and find it fascinating, so I definitely want to read the book. TK—no, just no. 😏 3y
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MallenNC
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Ok I have only let myself watch the first episode of this new Netflix series (just forced myself to not watch the next episode immediately). I‘ll definitely be binge watching it, and of course, reading the book for more details. Fascinating!

Emily92Bibliophile Let us know how it is! I have been thinking of watching it and reading it! 3y
MallenNC @Emily92Bibliophile The first episode is great! It took a lot for me to turn it off. Three friends told me separately in the last two days to watch, so I did. The book is backordered so I‘m obviously not the only person who is intrigued. 3y
SamAnne I binge-watched last week and loved it. 3y
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MallenNC @SamAnne I wish I‘d started it tomorrow so I could watch more at one time! 3y
MallenNC @Emily92Bibliophile I finished watching Unorthodox today. It was great. I hope there‘s more! Only 4 episodes were not enough. I‘m definitely reading the book soon. 3y
Nickinpa The book is definitely worth the read. There are some pacing issues in the beginning but in the end I couldn‘t put it down. There is a large Hasidic community near me and I didn‘t know much about them. There is an afterword in the book from 2019 (at least in my ebook from Scribd) that briefly updates you on where the author is now. The documentary One of Us on Netflix is also worth watching. I‘m down a rabbit hole! 3y
MallenNC @Nickinpa Thanks, I will look for that documentary. I finished the show and the making of special afterwards so I‘m ready to read the book now! I found a copy of it that has the Netflix tie-in cover so I‘m hoping it has the same afterward in it. 3y
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Oryx
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My current obsession on Netflix. It's so good. I'm fascinated and totally invested in what happens to Esty. I'm on ep 4. So good that I had to get the memoir on which it's based on Kindle, so I'm reading it as well.

Bookish_B I watched that last weekend. I really enjoyed it! 3y
Nickinpa I watched the series and read the book. I enjoyed them both. 3y
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SherryHancock
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Andrea313
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I have been having some difficulty settling down to read during this time, but I have been finding other ways to become absorbed in new worlds. This week, Unorthodox on Netflix has completely hooked me. Perhaps the book which inspired it will bring me back to the page. #hereshoping #quarantineproblems

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Cinfhen
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So I just spent 3 hours binge watching the first 3 episodes of Unorthodox on Netflix. Anyone else watching ??? It‘s loosely based off of the memoir by Deborah Feldman by the same title. So far I can recommend both book & series. My daughter tells me I REALLY NEED to watch Tiger King!!! I fear I might not be doing too much reading in the next few days 😜

intothehallofbooks My husband and I thought we‘d sit down and start Tiger King yesterday and ended up watching the entire series 😂 (edited) 3y
vivastory I'm planning on watching Tiger King. Will be finishing Locke & Key tonight. 3y
Lcsmcat What is it with Tiger King! My whole family is watching it (in 4 separate households) and I‘d never even heard of it before this weekend. 3y
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MicheleinPhilly Every single person I know is OBSESSED with Tiger King. Haven‘t started it yet. 3y
Cinfhen I can see what my Monday looks like @intothehallofbooks @vivastory @Lcsmcat @MicheleinPhilly apparently Joe Exotic is all sorts of cray-cray🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
MicheleinPhilly Oh even just the photo of him is 😳. 3y
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @MicheleinPhilly he reminds me of someone.....help!?!?!!!? 3y
MicheleinPhilly Every douche you encountered in the 80s? 3y
Cinfhen Hahahahaha 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 @MicheleinPhilly 3y
Kalalalatja We started Tiger King yesterday, and I can‘t even! My face during every episode 🤯🤯🤯🤯 3y
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂He looks like Dog the Bounty Hunter 3y
Cinfhen He‘s a mashup of Bret Michaels and David Spade @MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja @vivastory 3y
AlaMich I watched all of Unorthodox in the last two days. I thought it was great. Shira Haas is a wonderful actress; she was awesome in Shtisel too. In the Making Of... extra, they said that the half of the story that took place in Berlin was completely new, nothing to do with what happened to Feldman after she left. They did it for privacy reasons. 3y
JamieArc Tiger King is addicting because there are so many levels of “what the heck???” It‘s not a story about one thing - it keeps developing into different stories. 3y
LibrarianRyan I have not finished Tiger king yet but OMG!! Mom and I saturated it On the one day she came over to help. 3y
Cinfhen I agree @AlaMich Shira Haas is excellent but she looks like she‘s 14!!!!!! I loved Shtisel!!! I‘m waiting for the reboot!!!!! I read Deborah Feldman‘s sequel to UnOrthodox & she did move to Berlin but yes, all the conservatory stuff, is fictional. 3y
Cinfhen I‘m planning on watching today @LibrarianRyan @JamieArc 🐯 👑 3y
BarbaraBB My son and bf are binge watching Tiger King too. They can‘t believe what they‘re watching and LOL all the time. So I guess I‘ll have to watch too 😀 3y
Cinfhen Made my morning coffee, about to watch the first episode of 🐯👑 @BarbaraBB 3y
Cinfhen OMG!!!! I‘m speechless @JamieArc @LibrarianRyan @Kalalalatja SO MANY CHARACTERS 😳 3y
Cinfhen Are you watching this @Megabooks Tiger King ?!?! It‘s NUTS!!!! I wonder what u think given your profession 3y
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 it is 🍌👖 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen no I haven‘t given in yet. I‘m not good at watching tv. It‘s not engaging enough to keep my attention. It‘s rare I can make it through a single episode of anything. 3y
Megabooks Okay, after reading all the comments I‘ll try an episode tomorrow. 3y
Cinfhen I just finished episode 6! It‘s beyond INSANE!! Every episode gets a little bit crazier @Megabooks @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @LibrarianRyan @JamieArc @MicheleinPhilly @vivastory @intothehallofbooks @Lcsmcat 3y
Lcsmcat @Cinfhen You keep thinking it can‘t get any stranger. And then it does. 🐯 👑 3y
Cinfhen Exactly @Lcsmcat !!!! CRAZY-TOWN 3y
vivastory I'm in a zoom meeting for work & one of my coworkers is using Tiger King as a virtual background 😂😂 3y
Cinfhen It was so 🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜 @vivastory YOU have to watch!!! 3y
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Notafraidofwords
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This memoir explores Deborah‘s complicated desire to be a good Satmar girl while feeling trapped by customs that limits her freedom. When she gives birth at nineteen, she finds the courage to leave. I read this in about 24 hours, because I couldn‘t put it down. I was rooting for her every step of the way and had to google her after I was done to make sure she was okay. She is. My only quibble is that I found the pacing to be off.

Cinfhen She wrote a sequel that was pretty interesting as well 4y
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LibGal19
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An intriguing look into one young woman's experience as a member of an ultra-Orthodox SatMar Jewish community. Reminded me of the 1998 film, "A Price Above Rubies," also set in the Brooklyn Hasidic community.

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Kboltz
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Listened to this and am still trying to understand all of the rules that women have to follow when being a Hassidic Jew. Oh vey, I wasn‘t made for that and the author wasn‘t either. Very good insight into another religious life out there.

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TheBee
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Hidden worlds, colliding worlds...

starting this book now. I wonder what her story is!!!

#dreams #secretpowers #escape #williamsburg #hasidic #brooklyn #newyork #deborahfeldman #hiddenworlds #collidingworlds #memoir #befree

BooksBikes12 Excited to find out if you enjoyed it...The title has my attention ! 4y
TheBee @Books_Bikes_12 I enjoyed it a lot despite the hard and in my eyes tragic story! I enjoyed her bittersweet recollections of her childhood with Buby. That made me smile a lot. It‘s hard to grasp how the Hasidic community lives in midst of modern day New York City. It‘s hard to grasp that these women who ride the same train into Manhattan as I do, have such a different and oppressed life. The book definitely makes you think. (edited) 4y
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hanseatic
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Mehso-so

As interesting as Feldmans biography is, I found her style of writing mediocre and had a hard time getting into the story.

Purrfectpages I agree. 4y
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This was recommended by many friends of mine, very curious about it!