Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, is a writer, lecturer, social justice activist, and the author of eleven books -- nine nonfiction works and two novels. On this website, you'll find her biography, a list of all her published works, lecture topics, and a schedule of her public appearances, past, present, and future.

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A sampling of readers' reactions to Letty's latest novel, SINGLE JEWISH MALE SEEKING SOUL MATE:

"Compelling, passionate, brave."
—Janet Dewart Bell, founder of the Derrick Bell Lecture Series on Race in American Society

“Pogrebin masterfully explores issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and religion through her characters who struggle with conflicting moral imperatives in a sea of clashing cultures. Her exceptional intelligence shines on every page.”
—Helen Fremont, author of After Long Silence

“This bittersweet novel captures the struggle to honor one's ancestors and fulfill one's promises while recognizing the power, beauty, and burden of history as it shapes our lives and our choices about love.”
—Marcia Ann Gillespie, former editor-in-chief of Ms. and Essence Magazine

"Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate unflinchingly confronts the issue of Jewish continuity in a diverse and changing America. Most of all, though, it is a love story, delicious and sweet, and a book to be read with pleasure and savored long after the last page has been read.”
—Anne Roiphe, author and journalist

"Pogrebin is a writer of great depth and soulfulness, and with this book she catapults herself into the ranks of novelistic royalty. Her lovely prose gets to the very heart of what the heart wants, while also mining the legacies and commitments that define the rich history of African Americans and American Jews."
—Thane Rosenbaum, author of Second Hand Smoke and How Sweet It Is!

“A beautifully written and heartwarming masterpiece. Letty Cottin Pogrebin sensitively captures dilemmas confronted by many children of Holocaust survivors while reminding us that respecting the legitimacy of ‘the other’ is as important as remaining true to one's own past.”
—Menachem Z. Rosensaft, founding chair of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and editor of God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes,

"The best book I read this year. Don't let the title fool you into thinking only Jewish people will enjoy it. My husband and I couldn't stop fighting over our copy. I can't say enough about how much we loved it."
-- Pat Schroeder, former U.S. Congresswoman

“This smart, lyrical novel explores the complexity of keeping promises to those who came before us, even as we may be buoyed or bruised by life. Pogrebin has created an indelible protagonist and with bracing humor and political savvy, asks some of the most penetrating questions of our day.”
—Dani Shapiro, best-selling author of Devotion

“From its stunning first paragraph to its poignant last sentence, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate manages to illuminate and educate, all while doing a novel's most important job—telling a terrific story.”
—Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure,

BOOKS by .................... Letty Cottin Pogrebin

In this riveting novel, the leftist son of Holocaust survivors, who promises his mother on her deathbed that he will marry a Jew and raise Jewish children, falls in love with a black activist talk show host.
An ebullient, deeply engaging novel about the enduring ripple effect of family secrets and the triumph of sisterly love.
Pogrebin's advice about friendship and illness -- infused with sensitivity, warmth, and (believe it or not) humor--is interwoven with boldly candid stories from her own journey through the land of the sick and her sometimes imperfect interactions with friends of hers who are sick or suffering.
In this insightful and wonderfully personal book, a bestselling author writes with unflinching honesty and uncommon cheer about the feelings that accompany the universal experience of growing older.
The struggle to integrate a feminist head with a Jewish heart can lead to a greater appreciation of both identities and the rewards of a passionate, well-examined life.
In this landmark book, Letty Cottin Pogrebin draws on nearly 150 interviews, personal experience, and current research to explore every aspect of friendship in all its pleasurable and problematic complexity.
A penetrating inquiry into the nature of the traditional family, the diverse forms of current families and how to create "democratic families" that effectively prepare children for life in the modern world.
A comprehensive guide to nonsexist childrearing in a sexist society. Though published in 1980, the book's fundamental principles and practical advice remain invaluable today. Parents will find in its pages a clear and specific blueprint for raising girls and boys without sex stereotypes and with the ability to fulfill their aspirations in a time of challenge and change.
A down-to-earth, informative, and compassionate guide to the working world, a world that can serve your needs as well as you have always served the needs of others--if you know how to make it happen.
A bestseller of the Mad Men era, this bedside baedeker weaves practical advice for working women struggling to balance career and family, into entertaining anecdotes from Pogrebin's thirteen year career as an executive in the mostly-male book publishing business. In short, it tells women how to succeed in business without really typing.
Consulting Editor
The classic, award-winning, bestselling collection of nonsexist stories, songs, and skits that has captivated and influenced three generations of children.
This follow-up volume to Free To Be, You and Me is a paean to the diverse ways people form families, support one another, and honor difference. Stories, songs, poems, and pictures provide laughter and fun while creating an opening for children, parents, and other grown-ups to discuss sensitive issues such as divorce and adoption.
A child-cheering parent-pleasing book, Stories for Free Children reaffirms the joyful spirit of girls and boys who are free to be themselves and be true to themselves.

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