Everyone knows someone who is sick or suffering. Yet when a friend or relative is under duress many of us feel uncertain about how to cope. We may freeze or panic in the face of another person's misery, botch gestures meant to ease, attempt to problem-solve when we have no idea what we're talking about, say the wrong thing, or talk too much. Some of us don't visit our sick friends at all. Others visit, overstay, and make things worse.
Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty Cottin Pogrebin became intrigued by her friends' and family's diverse reactions to her and her diagnosis: how awkwardly some of them behaved; how they misspoke or misinterpreted her needs; and how wonderful it was when people read her right. She began talking to her fellow patients at Memorial SLoan-Kettering Cancer Center as well as dozens of other veterans of serious illness, seeking to discover what they wished their friends knew about how to comfort, help, and even just talk to them without making them feel different or doomed.
Now Pogrebin had distilled their collective stories, insights, opinions, and ideas into this wide-ranging compendium of concrete guidance and usable wisdom. Her advice--infused with sensitivity, warmth, and (believe it or not) humor--is interwoven with candid stories from her own journey through the land of the sick and her sometimes imperfect interactions with her own sick friends.
The leftist son of Holocaust survivors who promised his mother on her deathbed that he would 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.
Moment Magazine, May-June 2013
The Knesset's "Year of the Woman"
Moment Magazine, Sept.-Oct. 2013
"Israel's Other Land Grab" - On Israel's Bedouin Community
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
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