Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, is a writer, lecturer, social justice activist, and the author of eleven books. Her second novel, SINGLE JEWISH MALE SEEKING SOUL MATE, was published in 2015. 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 most recent 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,
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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.
Growing Up Free provides a new blueprint for raising children in today's world of challenge and change.
Getting Yours is 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.
How To Make It In A Man's World
is the 1970s classic that instructed women who wanted an exciting career, a husband, children, a fascinating social life, challenges, rewards and money (simultaneously) on how to get it in the Mad Men era.
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 that help ease the path for children and grown-ups to discuss sensitive issues.
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.
"Am I Too Dangerous To Enter Israel" Op-ed, Haaretz, Mar 9, 2017
My reaction to Israel's new "entry law" banning people critical of the government's settlement policy
"How to Live With the Elephant in the Room," Moment Magazine, Mar/Apr 2017
Coalition-building is complicated but problems with the Israel/Palestine relationship cannot be avoided.
The New York Times, January 1, 2016
Letter to the Editor: The Meaning of Incarnation
Lilith Magazine, December 2015
Novel featured in 7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2015
Rollins 360, November 24, 2015
On Letty's Talk: Making Change Together
The New York Times, September 11, 2015
Letter to the Editor: An Irony in Jerusalem
Moment Magazine, July-August 2015
Stop the destruction of Palestinian olive groves
Moment Magazine, March-April 2015
Islamophobia, The Flip Side of Anti-Semitism
Tablet Magazine, March 4, 2015
Remembering Leonard Nimoy's Wise Jewish Soul
Moment Magazine, May 2014
Bans, Blacklists and Flyers, Oh My!
Moment Magazine, December 2013
The politics and ethics of street tzedaka
Moment Magazine, Sept.-Oct. 2013
"Israel's Other Land Grab" - On Israel's Bedouin Community
Moment Magazine, August 2013
American Jews need to stop turning a blind eye to the resettlement of Israel’s Bedouins.
Moment Magazine, May-June 2013
The Knesset's "Year of the Woman"
The Daily Beast, Feb 11, 2013 (Part I)
The Feminine Mystique at 50: Three feminists, myself included, revisit an early iconic "bible" of Second Wave feminism
Moment Magazine, Jan-Feb 2013
Why can't we show empathy to the Palestinians without being accused of disloyalty to Israel?
The Daily Beast
LCP on Where Zionism and feminism must meet
LCP profile & interview on her college days in the Fifties
The Daily Beast
LCP on Why Obama should name Bill Clinton his Special Emissary for Mid-East peace
LCP on "Does Birth Control Trump Israel?"
New York Times
LCP's Letter to the Editor about rape of Central Park birder
LCP on Disturbing developments in Hebron
NYTimes article on "Mad Men"
LCP interviewed by Susan Dominus on TV series about the Sixties
The Forward Op-Ed Page: LCP Guest Editor
LCP's introduction to four extraordinary Palestinian op-eds
GENERAL INTEREST Articles Published In:
American Health, Beliefnet.com, Bell Records, Boardroom Reports, Boston Sunday Globe, Boston Herald Advertiser, Bottom Line, Commercial News-Danville, Ill., CommonQuest, Congress Monthly, The Daily Beast, The Forward, George magazine, Huffington Post, Marriage Partnership, Memories, Moment, Ms. magazine, The Nation, New Choices, The New Haven Journal, New York Daily News, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times "Hers" Column, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times-Op-Ed, The New York Times-Travel Section, Newsday, Newsday's "In Person" column, On The Issues, Philadelphia Inquirer, Reader's Digest, The Reading Teacher, Special Report, Sport Magazine, Tablet, Time, Tikkun, Travel & Leisure, TV Guide, Variety, Washington Post WOMEN'S INTEREST > Lilith, Chatelaine, One Woman's Voice, Seventeen, Brides, Sisterhood Blog, Family Circle, Femina, Ladies Home Journal ("The Working Woman" column ran for 10 years), Cosmopolitan, Elle, Essence, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, Mirabella, More Magazine, Ms. Magazine, NCJW Journal. JEWISH INTEREST & ISRAEL Beliefnet.com, Moment, Tikkun, The Forward, Tablet, Israel Horizons, The Jewish Journal, The (Manhattan) Jewish Sentinel, The (NY) Jewish Week, The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Lilith, Na'amat Woman, The North American Jewish Forum, Palm Beach Jewish Journal, Present Tense, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.
WOMEN'S INTEREST Articles Published In:
Lilith, Chatelaine, One Woman's Voice, Seventeen, Brides, Sisterhood Blog, Family Circle, Femina, Ladies Home Journal ("The Working Woman," monthly column ran for 10 years),Cosmopolitan, Elle, Essence, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, Mirabella, More Magazine, Ms. Magazine, NCJW Journal.
JEWISH INTEREST (ISRAEL) Articles Published In:
Beliefnet.com, Moment, Tikkun, The Forward, Tablet, Israel Horizons, The Jewish Journal, The (Manhattan) Jewish Sentinel, The (NY) Jewish Week, The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Lilith, Na'amat Woman, The North American Jewish Forum, Palm Beach Jewish Journal, Present Tense, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.