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The Pat Boone Fan Club

My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

By Sue William Silverman

University of Nebraska Press, Paperback, 9780803264854, 232pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2014


Gentile reader, and you, Jews, come too. Follow Sue William Silverman, a one-woman cultural mash-up, on her exploration of identity among the mishmash of American idols and ideals that confuse most of us or should. Pat Boone is our first stop. Now a Tea Party darling, Boone once shone as a squeaky-clean pop music icon of normality, an antidote for Silverman's own confusing and dangerous home, where being a Jew in a Christian school wasn t easy, and being the daughter of the Anti-Boone was unspeakable. And yet somehow Silverman found her way, a gefilte fish swimming upstream, and found her voice, which in this searching, bracing, hilarious, and moving book tries to make sense of that most troubling American condition: belonging, but to what?
Picking apricots on a kibbutz, tramping cross-country in a loathed Volkswagen camper, appearing in a made-for-television version of her own life: Silverman is a bobby-soxer, a baby boomer, a hippy, a lefty, and a rebel with something to say to those of us most of us still wondering what to make of ourselves.

About the Author
Sue William Silverman s memoir, Love Sick: One Woman s Journey through Sexual Addiction, is also a Lifetime television movie. Her memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction. She is also the author of Fearless Confessions: A Writer s Guide to Memoir, teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a professional speaker ("