Book: There's Jews in Texas? by Debra L. Winegartencategories: Book, Jewish, Texas, Poetry, Discrimination, Racism, Cairo, Maimonides, Egypt, Suicide, Spirituality, Creativity, Judaism
Debra L. Winegartenabout this book: This amazing poetry work won the 2011 national Poetica Magazine chapbook contest. The poems recount tales of discrimination and anti-Semitism, growing up in north Dallas in the 1960s. The author describes the feelings of being "other," and this piece resonates with anyone who has been challenged in fitting in. You don't have to be Texan or Jewish to appreciate this work.
This book traces the author's early childhood years, starting with startling incidents of discrimination in second grade, and takes the reader on a journey. The poems fast-forward to the death by suicide of the author's mother, poignant, soul-searching poetry that wrenches answers from seemingly unanswerable questions.
The book ends with the longest poem, "Hineni," recounting the author's visit to Egypt, the shul of Moses Maimonides in Cairo, and the author's return to herself and her roots in a foreign land.
Winegarten laughs when asked if she likes public speaking -- she often says as an extrovert it's actually stupid for her to be stuck in a room alone, writing, because for her, a book is a mere schmoozing delivery device. Buy the book -- you won't be disappointed!
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