The Wandering Womb: Essays in Search of Home


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University of Massachusetts Press
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5.56 X 8.57 X 0.72 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author

S. L. WISENBERG is editor of Another Chicago Magazine and author of the fiction collection, The Sweetheart Is In, and two nonfiction books, Holocaust Girls: History, Memory, and Other Obsessions and The Adventures of Cancer Bitch. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Holocaust Education Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, Wisenberg works as a writing coach, editor, and creative writing instructor in Chicago.


"Wisenberg is an affecting guide through the nuances, joys, and complications of contemporary Jewish womanhood; The Wandering Womb both celebrates those identities and mourns the past pains that they reflect."--Foreword Reviews

"Each essay is a lens through which we are invited to view in Joycean detail the author's deeply personal present, yet at the same time to ponder and to rethink larger worlds of history and cultures. It's a collection that often is wry but never cynical, acutely learned and always alert to humor and wonder."--David Toomey, author of Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own

"Sometimes subtle, sometimes fierce, these brilliant essays express what it's like to be a Jewish woman today, and what it's like to be an embodied human being."--Paula Kamen, author of Finding Iris Chang

"Wisenberg's years as a journalist show in the precision of her writing, as she leads us through both the distant and proximate past, from Civil-War reenactments to the private world of the mikvah. In The Wandering Womb, history breathes into our lungs and speaks through every word we say."--Riva Lehrer, author of Golem Girl: A Memoir

"A sharp, deeply questioning mind and a wayward heart inform these delicious essays. They are wry, humorous, melancholy, and universally relatable, filled with the shock of recognition."--Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait Inside My Head: Essays