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Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM By Donna Minkowitz

In the tradition of Portnoy s Complaint and Alison Bechdel s Fun Home, Donna Minkowitz s Growing Up Golem is an incisive, often funny memoir about growing up inspired by the Jewish legend of the golem The author s mother told Minkowitz and her sisters as children that she could do kabalistic magic, and growing up, Minkowitz believed it Her mother, a compulsively creativeIn the tradition of Portnoy s Complaint and Alison Bechdel s Fun Home, Donna Minkowitz s Growing Up Golem is an incisive, often funny memoir about growing up inspired by the Jewish legend of the golem The author s mother told Minkowitz and her sisters as children that she could do kabalistic magic, and growing up, Minkowitz believed it Her mother, a compulsively creative and unusually powerful figure, exerted even sway over Minkowitz and her sisters than mothers typically do over their offspring, so it is the magical realist premise of the book that instead of giving birth to her, her mother actually created Minkowitz as her own personal golem a little clay servant designed to do anything it is ordered to In the book, Minkowitz struggles to control her own life, even as she publicly appears to be a radical, take no prisoners lesbian journalist In her career, dating, even with friends and especially with her own eccentric, hyper sexualized, intellectual family Minkowitz finds herself compelled to do what other people want, to horrible and hilarious effect In sex, for example, she often feels like a giant robot dildo Matters come to a head when a disabling arm injury renders her almost helpless unable to use a computer or even lift a glass of water She must find a way to work, find people who love her, and stand up for her own desires against the bossing she s always tolerated from girlfriends, mother, and anyone else she meets before her injury gets even worse.
  • Title: Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn, and Some Really Bad Dates
  • Author: Donna Minkowitz
  • ISBN: 9781936833603
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback

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Judith Podell Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
Alice Miller's The Drama of the Gifted Child meets Portnoy's Complaint--heartbreaking and go for broke gonzo, often in the same sentence. Who knew Golems could have so much soul?For years I've asked myself: Who's the Feminist Philip Roth?Donna Minkowitz, maybe.
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Zoe Brooks Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
When I saw this book I was fascinated by the idea of the magic realist memoir - the idea of combining magic realism and non-fiction. I was interested to see how the author managed it and whether it did seem arch. The answer, dear reader, is that it works brilliantly.The author's mother appears to have been the Jewish mother from hell, manipulative, demanding, and egotistical. Add to that an abusive father, whose response to the taunting of his wife was to beat the daughter, and it is no surprise [...]
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Cecilia Tan Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
The words "magical realist memoir" might be scary, invoking the idea that this could be a tripped out, stream of consciousness narrative. It isn't. It's an incredibly clear-eyed and coherent journey through Minkowitz's life and her struggle to come to grips with her incredibly problematic parents and sister, each of whom is an emotional bully of a different stripe. There's a way in which this can be read as a coming-of-age story, but unlike the ingenues in fiction who "come of age" when they are [...]
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Pamela Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
This bold and imaginative memoir is billed as a "magical realist memoir," which makes total sense once you get reading. The ingenious conceit here is that Minkowitz's mother created her as a golem (she did in fact once make the adult Minkowitz "a half-life-size doll that looked just like me"). It's a wonderful metaphor that helps Minkowitz gets at her feelings of being controlled by a powerful parental force and, terrifyingly, of being less than fully human. It's very brave to acknowledge the la [...]
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Faith Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
Minkowitz is an excellent writer. She's also a survivor of emotional, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse, as well as emotional incest perpetrated by her substance-abusing mother. In other words, one damaged pup. The golem conceit of this memoir is brilliant, and in addition to the survivor-of-abuse account the book is interesting as a study of a disability, repetitive strain injury.I just wish Minkowitz had waited another 10 or 15 years before writing this. Her book reminded me of [...]
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Lori Perkins Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
A both hilarious and heartbreaking look at the life of a Jewish-American lesbian struggle to overcome both a crippling injury, and a lifelong stream of domineering woman
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Brian Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
This was a doozy of a memoir; a heavy read that tackles a tortured life of disturbing traumas, career advancements and trips, and personal entanglements. The magical realist element highlights her self-discomfort, disturbingly viewing herself as more of an amalgamated mess of odious parts rather than actual human. Ultimately, the metaphor is an alarming bit of self-awareness.Initially when reading, I was distracted by the numerous grammatical, mechanical and spelling errors littered throughout M [...]
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Katbyrdie Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
This book. Wow. I'm not even sure where to start. I guess I'll begin with my first issue. The book is written in second person. While this can be done well, this was not one of those times. The author talked directly to the reader, and repeatedly used the phrase "reader," which I found quite annoying. Also, I thought it was going to be witty, maybe touching, but I ended up incredibly confused. As you can see with my shelf choices, one was magical realism. Minkowitz speaks extensively about being [...]
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Libby Cudmore Sep 18, 2020 - 23:48 PM
An absolutely captivating read!
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Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn, and Some Really Bad Dates By Donna Minkowitz In the tradition of Portnoy s Complaint and Alison Bechdel s Fun Home, Donna Minkowitz s Growing Up Golem is an incisive, often funny memoir about growing up inspired by the Jewish legend of the golem The author s mother told Minkowitz and her sisters as children that she could do kabalistic magic, and growing up, Minkowitz believed it Her mother, a compulsively creativeIn the tradition of Portnoy s Complaint and Alison Bechdel s Fun Home, Donna Minkowitz s Growing Up Golem is an incisive, often funny memoir about growing up inspired by the Jewish legend of the golem The author s mother told Minkowitz and her sisters as children that she could do kabalistic magic, and growing up, Minkowitz believed it Her mother, a compulsively creative and unusually powerful figure, exerted even sway over Minkowitz and her sisters than mothers typically do over their offspring, so it is the magical realist premise of the book that instead of giving birth to her, her mother actually created Minkowitz as her own personal golem a little clay servant designed to do anything it is ordered to In the book, Minkowitz struggles to control her own life, even as she publicly appears to be a radical, take no prisoners lesbian journalist In her career, dating, even with friends and especially with her own eccentric, hyper sexualized, intellectual family Minkowitz finds herself compelled to do what other people want, to horrible and hilarious effect In sex, for example, she often feels like a giant robot dildo Matters come to a head when a disabling arm injury renders her almost helpless unable to use a computer or even lift a glass of water She must find a way to work, find people who love her, and stand up for her own desires against the bossing she s always tolerated from girlfriends, mother, and anyone else she meets before her injury gets even worse.

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