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Deborah Feldman was born and raised in the Hasidic community of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.

She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, UNORTHODOX: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (Simon and Schuster.)

Exodus, Deborah's next memoir, is due out from Blue Rider Press in March of 2014. This follow-up to Unorthodox traces her new life as an independent young woman and single mother, and her search for an authentic and personal Jewish identity.

Deborah attended Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New England with her son.


In the early part of the Passover Haggadah there is a section containing instructions on how to educate four potentially different sons on the story of the Exodus. They are respectively referred to as the wise, the simple, the ignorant, and the wicked sons. The wicked son is quoted as phrasing his question to his father using the pronoun “you.” This is interpreted as meaning he excludes himself...

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Published on April 16, 2014 07:01
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Exodus by Deborah Feldman
" Truly, I thought Deborah was going to be a one trick pony, but I decided to give this one a chance. though it lags in places, it eats its predecessor and swallows it whole. Don't listen to the haters, her story is very real and is a unique portrai... " Read more of this review »
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" Interesting follow-up to "Unorthodox." Review coming in late March... "
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" This is Deborah Feldman's second memoir delving into the secular world after growing up in a strict Satmar Hasidic Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In her first memoir called "Unorthodox," Ms. Feldman describes in detail her dysfunction... " Read more of this review »
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" It is difficult to follow a best selling book. That said I know we all wanted to find out about Deborah's life after her book Unorthodox. Though I was frustrated in her attempt to find a "normal" life, I fully understand the directions she choose.... " Read more of this review »
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“I am hungry for power, but not to lord over others; only to own myself.”
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wfpoppet I just noticed that there is quite a long queue for your book in my city's library system - made me excited for you that there is such interest in your book!


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