True Stories from a Semi-Celebrity Childhood
By Molly Jong-Fast
(Villard, Paperback, 9780812970746, 208pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2006
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Molly Jong-Fast grew up in a town house with a pink door and paintings of ladies playing naked Twister. There were world-famous therapists living in her cellar, a secretary with a brain tumor, a nanny who was a numbers runner, and grandparents who revealed that they had sex on their first date.
Leading therapists agree: a normal childhood.
In Girl [Maladjusted], Molly Jong-Fast takes us on a tour of her big fat Jewish bohemian upbringing. With the same keen insight, effortless cool, and buoyant wit that won her legions of devoted readers in Normal Girl, she offers a riotous and affecting coming-of-age story that is both uniquely weird and weirdly universal.
Molly Jong-Fast is the author of Normal Girl, Girl, Maladjusted, and The Social Climber’s Handbook. She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, W Magazine, Cosmo, The Times (UK), and Marie Claire. She lives in Manhattan. She is married to a recovering academic. They have three very small children, all of whom like to talk to her when she is on the phone.
“Jong-Fast has an unusually wry sense of humor. . . . Her life so far has, in fact, been curiously full of nutty episodes [and] colorful characters.”
–The New York Sun
“A funny, sly, affectionate, nutty, beyond-irreverent tale of celebrity dysfunction and down-to-earth truths.”
–Daphne Merkin, author of Enchantment and Dreaming of Hitler
“Molly Jong-Fast proves that it’s never too late to have someone else’s happy childhood. Molly is a smart, wickedly funny absurdity magnet. (Or is that absurdity magnate?) Run, don’t walk to smell this new book, laugh out loud, and be swept up in a very specific Tasmanian devil-esque kind of madness.”
–Moon Unit Zappa, author of America the Beautiful