Salt and Honey: Jewish Teens on Feminism, Creativity, and Tradition
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About the Author
Jewish teens share their experiences, loves, hopes, and fears in this
anthology of essays, poems, and artwork from the online publication jGirls
Split into six chapters, the works trace the young people's experiences
through triumphs and tragedies. "We Always Seem To Return" brings meditations
on memory and inheritance, highlighting how Jewish joy and sorrow often walk
hand in hand. "When We Were Small" tells stories of childhood and growing up,
interrogating such themes as gender identity, substance abuse, and
antisemitism. "A Healthy Collection of Blessings and Hardships" tells of the
body and the mind, exploring the sacred nature of the self while making space
for struggles in mental health. "Traditions, Interpretations, and
Imperfections" dives into spirituality and tradition, celebrating the rich
variety of the Jewish community. "Where Is the Peace?" confronts ignorance,
including experiences of racist, homophobic, antisemitic, and sexist violence.
Finally, in "Carving Our Own Footsteps," the artists of a new generation set
out to continue the battle for justice and freedom.
The offerings in this book
are emphatically and unapologetically Jewish, but the stories they tell will
resonate broadly. Contributors include Jews who are Black and Asian, Sephardic
and Ashkenazi, and who reflect diversity in gender identity, sexuality, and
ability. The young artists and writers featured here bring an appetite for life
as well as the teeth necessary to enjoy the meal.
Raw, vibrant, and full of love. (artist statements, reader's guide,
resources, about jGirls Magazine, about the contributors) (Anthology.
13-18) --Kirkus Reviews
"Salt & Honey teems with the smells and images, pains and joys, memories and longings that prove that our Jewish identity is already held in spectacular trust by these voices of our future." --Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor, Slate
"Some of the works in this book will haunt you, some will surprise you, and others will buoy you. All will galvanize you." --Leora Tanenbaum, author of I Am Not a Slut: Slut Shaming in the Age of the Internet.
"This powerful work . . . is a celebration of what it truly means to be eishet chayil, a woman of valor: for to speak in one's authentic voice is valor in action." --Marra B. Gad, writer, producer, and award-winning author of The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl
"Deep and powerful, sometimes disruptive and disturbing, but most often hopeful and life-affirming . . . Don't miss this." --Ruth W. Messinger, social justice consultant