Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde
A True Story
By Rebecca Dana
(Putnam Adult, Hardcover, 9780399158773, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 24, 2013
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The ultimate fish-out-of-water tale . . . A child who never quite fit in, Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of one day ditching Pittsburgh and moving to New York, her Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she made her way to the city to begin her destiny. For a time, life turned out exactly as she’d planned: glamorous parties; beautiful people; the perfect job, apartment, and man. But when it all came crashing down, she found herself catapulted into another world. She moves into Brooklyn’s enormous Lubavitch community, and lives with Cosmo, a thirty-year-old Russian rabbi who practices jujitsu on the side.While Cosmo, disenchanted with Orthodoxy, flirts with leaving the community, Rebecca faces the fact that her religion—the books, magazines, TV shows, and movies that made New York seem like salvation—has also failed her. As she shuttles between the world of religious extremism and the world of secular excess, Rebecca goes on a search for meaning. Trenchantly observant, entertaining as hell, a mix of Shalom Auslander and The Odd Couple, Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story for the twenty-first century.
Before joining "The Daily Beast", Dana was a staff writer for "The Wall Street Journal "and "The New York Observer". She has also been published in: "Rolling Stone Magazine", "Vanity Fair Italia", "Slate", "Men s Vogue", "The Washington Post", "The New Orleans Times-Picayune", "Men s Journal", and "The New York Times". She attended Yale, where she was the editor in chief of the Yale Daily News. She lives in Manhattan with her husband.