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There's Jews in Texas?

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Paperback, First, 28 pages
Published December 17th 2011 by Poetica Publishing Co.
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After moving to Texas 2 years ago, I found myself mostly in the company of devout, mostly Evangelical, Christians. There's nothing wrong with that, and they're a fine bunch of ladies, some of whom have become close friends. But a part of me was lonely. Then I came across Debra's book. Although she was raised in a far more observant family than I, I saw myself and my life in everything she wrote. I laughed, I cried, and don't feel quite so lonely anymore.
Constance  Scharff
Introspective and witty, Debra Winegarten's "There's Jews in Texas?" will make you laugh and cry. Her poems gracefully capture the awkwardness and difficulty of growing up as an outsider in a sometimes unfriendly place and the triumphs of being comfortable in one's own identity despite the pressures of cultural norms. The innocence that comes through in each of these works will warm your heart. Definitely a "good read."
I'm fortunate enough to know Debra, but even if I didn't, my review would be the same. These poems are so powerful and beautiful. You can easily read the book in a single sitting, but you'll want to reread it and pull out quotes to savor for later. I can't wait for the next book!
Benjamin Eakin
Wonderful little book. Winegarten is able in just a few words to convey a tremendous amount of reading. Well worth the read and the reread.
First, let me explain that I am not the best person to rate poetry. I am rather picky. I like my poetry as written by James Whitcomb Riley, Robert Frost, and the like - rhymes, meter, couplets, etc. Perhaps this would read more poetically if it were spoke so that I could get the intended metering. I am by no means a connoisseur, but to me this reads more as a brief journal - a minor insight into the author that leaves me wanting more.

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When I read this collection of poetry I felt like someone handed me a shoebox with a handful of old photos inside. Each poem is like a snapshot into the life of author. You don't get a full biography from the poems, just a few clues about who she is. I really enjoyed the book and hope she plans more.
Beautifully written little collection of poems, devoured it in less than an hour.
Erika Dreifus
Lovely tribute to the author's childhood, and to her mother.
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Debra is an award-winning poet and author. She teaches sociology at a small university in Austin, Texas. By night, she writes biographies of Texas women for middle school students.
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