History, Memory, and Other Obsessions
By S. L. Wisenberg
(University of Nebraska Press, Hardcover, 9780803248014, 148pp.)
Publication Date: September 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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This bracing and vivid collection of essays gives voice to what some American Jews feel but don't express about their uneasy state of mind. These essays creatively and sometimes audaciously address the question of what it means to be an American Jew trying to negotiate overlapping identitieswoman, writer, and urban intellectual in search of a moral way. S.L. Wisenberg’s deeply ambivalent connection with the Holocaust reappears throughout these essays as she struggles to find a way to live with history without being swallowed by it.
S.L. Wisenberg is the author of The Sweetheart Is In, a collection of short stories that was named a book of the year by the Chicago Tribune. She is co-director of the Masters in Creative Writing program at Northwestern University and also teaches at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies. She is the creative nonfiction editor of Another Chicago Magazine.
"With her lucid style and power of observation, Wisenberg''s insightful essays are gems not to be missed."—Booklist
"Wisenberg has a good eye for offbeat detail. . . . She is an entertaining, self-aware narrator. A high point comes when Wisenberg considers the matter of Monica Lewinsky, reading whose biography, she writes, ''is like taking a five-hour call from your most annoying friend when you were fourteen years old, the one with constant boy problems.'' . . .Equal parts Fran Lebowitz and Leon Wieseltier: smart and satisfying."—Kirkus Reviews
“Anyone who gets meditative around the High Holy Days, wondering exactly what it means to be a contemporary American and a Jew, will find a caring companion in Chicago-based journalist S.L. Wisenberg. . . .The strength of this collection is not so much in the answers Wisenberg provides, but in the questions she raises.”—Forward