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Not Our Kind

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  471 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
With echoes of The Rules of Civility and The Boston Girl, a compelling and thought-provoking novel set in postwar New York City, about two women—one Jewish, one a WASP—and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting

One rainy morning in June, two years after the end of World War II, a minor traffic accident brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. The
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Harper
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Crumb
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An honest portrayal of life in Brooklyn immediately following WWII. A MUST READ for historical fiction fans.

Eleanor Moskowitz never would have imagined that while on her way to a job interview, her world was about to completely change course. A traffic accident forced Patricia Bellamy and Eleanor to be introduced. After that, a domino effect took place.

This novel takes place two years after WWII in Brooklyn New York. There is still much prejudice against Jewish people. This book is unique in th
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Angela M
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

The setting is New York City two years after WWII has ended and two women who couldn’t be more unlike cross paths in a chance meeting when their taxis are involved in an accident. Eleanor Moskowitz, a young disillusioned woman has just resigned from her first teaching job at an exclusive private school when money and status win out over the honesty she stands up for. She’s from a Jewish working class family and Patricia Bellamy who seems to have it all - affluence, a beautiful apartme
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Suzanne Leopold
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor Moskowitz is stuck in a taxi in New York City during a visit from President Truman. She is without employment and is running late for a job interview for a teaching position. Her cab is hit by another vehicle leaving her with minor injuries. The other taxi’s passenger, Patricia Bellamy, feels responsible and takes her to her apartment for treatment.

Eleanor is introduced to Patricia’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Margeaux, who is crippled from polio. Because of her condition, Margeaux has
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 sophisticated stars to Not Our Kind! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

It seems like I was just writing a review for another World War II story, and in fact I was. Not Our Kind stands out because of its unique perspective on being Jewish in a post-WWII United States.

To set the stage, two women are brought together by a chance encounter in Brooklyn two years after the war. Eleanor Moskovitz is Jewish and a teacher. She meets Patricia Bellamy whose challenging teen daughter, Margaux, needs a tutor due to being diagnosed
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Susan Peterson
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Our Kind is a riveting story featuring two women: a young Jewish girl and the rich woman who hires her to tutor her young daughter. The book takes place in New York City in 1947 and the author does an excellent job of putting the reader in that time and place. The characters in this book are complex and interesting, as they deal with friendships and relationships that are tainted with bigotry and misogyny. This is a very thought-provoking novel which kept my interest from the first page thro ...more
Renee
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
This was a 2.5 star read for me. I was sooooo excited about the premise—Jewish woman facing discrimination and anti-Semitism in post-WW2 America—but sadly, the writing and storyline fell flat.

Characters had every opportunity for depth and complexity, but instead, I found them to be drawn with broad strokes. Emotions ran hot and cold—there was absolutely no in-between. One minute, a character was sorrowful and withdrawn; the next, chipper and flamboyant. Decisions were made with about as much tho
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Jane
Thanks to Suzy's Approved Books (FB), the author, and Harper for this ARC.

A fast moving book that I devoured in 3 days. I absolutely loved this book. The characters, the plot, and everything.

I'm a big fan of Jewish fiction and this one didn't disappoint. I always find it interesting that in the 1940's how anti-semetic people were and how they "Weren't Our Kind" and found means to change or shorten their name so they wouldn't be known as Jews. Thank G-d I grew up in the 1970s where I didn't fac
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Camille Maio
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was quickly captivated by this story of two women from different words, though only blocks away. I found the characters to be realistic and engaging and the story of one that is at the same time simple and deep. Though I am usually a plot-driven reader, I found myself wholly engaged with Eleanor, Patricia, Tom, Wynn, and Margeaux. I would love to see a sequel!
Vivian Payton
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitty Zeldis creates an intriguing story about Eleanor Moskowitz, an educated young Jewish woman who’s a teacher and lives on Second Avenue in New York City, and Patricia Bellamy, a high society WASP who lives on Park Avenue. These two women’s lives and worlds couldn’t be further apart, and she takes you on their journey and what it was like living in New York City postwar 1947 describing how social and economic divisions were in that time period.

Patricia hires Eleanor to tutor her thirteen-yea
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Linda Zagon
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review of “Not Our Kind” by Kitty Zeldis Harper Collins Publishers September 4, 2018

Kitty Zeldis, Author of “Not Our Kind” had me captivated and mesmerized by her vivid and thought-provoking images and descriptions of the characters and landscape. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Historical Fiction. The time period of this novel is set two years after World War Two, in both New York City and Conneticut.

The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex a
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Sarah
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Toni, Lynne
Shelves: general-fiction
In terms of things I like to read about this book covered so many bases: Judaism, teachers, the 1940's a New York City setting, disease, five checks!
Not Our Kind tells the tale of two women from vastly different circumstances. Eleanor Mokowitz, the daughter of a widowed milliner and Patricia Bellamy, the wealthy privileged mother of a teenage daughter. Like two dogs sniffing each other out, circling, both curious and apprehensive. Together they share a common interest, Margaux, Patricia's daugh
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Claudia Silk
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical fiction about a time period that isn't usually covered - the late 1940's. I loved the fact that this story stayed in the time period and didn't flip back and forth with present day. The story revolves around 2 women one a WASP and one a Jewish woman and the way their lives literally collide. I loved the settings both in the city and in the country (Connecticut). Well done and Kitty Zeldis will be appearing at our library in September!!
Gina
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This didn’t quite work for me. The writing and story line turned the pages quickly enough but the emotional narrative I found somewhat contrived and rather toe curling; it veered too often towards a teenage romance. And I wasn’t convinced by the Jewish ‘otherness’, it seemed rather to be a class ‘otherness’ - a pity, as there was a story there to be had.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
WWII Historical Fiction is a favourite genre of mine and Not Our Kind caught my attention because it deals with the struggles and racism, surreptitious and overt, that Jewish people in New York City continued to experience years after the Second World War. The story follows Eleanor Moskowitz, a young Jewish teacher who takes a job as a private tutor for Margaux Bellamy, a teen with a Park Avenue address and rich, powerful WASP parents to match.

The first half of the book whizzed by for me as Zeld
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Kathleen
Definitely an interesting perspective of US history - antisemitism after WWII - not a time period that I remember having read before. The author really does an amazing job with setting that time and place and really grounded the reader into that age through the NYC location, the summering up north, the clothes, and the hats - can't forget to mention the hats! The story itself didn't really blow me away, but it was great vehicle to impart this time of US history through a historical fiction read. ...more
Tammy
Not Our Kind is a captivating story of discrimination and anti-Semitism soon after WW2. Eleanor, a young Jewish teacher and Patricia, a rich WASP, are thrown together after an accident. Patricia hires Eleanor as a tutor for her young daughter. The story is told from the viewpoints of Elanor and Patricia and it gave me a lot of insight to each character. I enjoyed reading this book! Kitty Zeldis beautifully described the clothing and scenery. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I loved No ...more
Cindy
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane, own
A beautiful and honest read bringing together two different women two years after WWII. Eleanor is a young Jewish woman looking for a job. Due to an accident she meets wealthy Patricia who hires her to tutor her daughter, Margaux, who is recovering from polio. A friendship develops between Eleanor and Patricia until secrets and the past are revealed. These revelations bring to light what it must have been like to be Jewish living during postwar New York City. Kudos to author Kitty Zeldis for a f ...more
Dana
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved every word of this book, until the last paragraph! There is nothing that irritates me more, in fiction, than being left wondering what happens to the main characters I have grown to love. Will she or won't she? What happens now? Those are questions I am left asking, and have no idea which way the author wanted her main characters, especially Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy, to go. The story takes place during the years after WWII, when women were beginning to come into ...more
Susan Johnson
3.5 stars

This is the story of two women who meet in a taxi accident two years after WWII ends in NYC. One is a young woman, Eleanor, just starting out on a teaching career and is Jewish. The other is a middle aged, rich WASP woman, Patricia, who has a daughter suffering from polio. The 13 year old daughter doesn't attend school so she needs a tutor. Patricia hires Eleanor and the three of them form a friendship.

The problem is Patricia's husband, Wynn, who is a bigot and an aggressive womanizer.
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Hanna Gichard
I read an advanced reader copy.

For historical fiction, it was a little fluffy. Overall it was nice but a little flat. I liked the two central characters and was always interested to find out what happened next with them. But so much of the plot and story arc felt glossed over in the last half. The characters began to feel vague and unfamiliar and the story telling has an odd detached quality to it, as if the author suddenly doesn't know what to do with the characters anymore and just wants to b
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Mary
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to have an ARC to preview for the book festival. I was intrigued by the blurb that this was Rules of Civility meets The Boston Girl ... and the book lived up to those high expectations. Yes it covers themes of anti-Semitism, disability and feminism, but it's (mostly) set in New York City, which I love. in the late 1940's, always a favorite. with multiple strong female characters. and a few plot twists that made it seem fresh.

(also Book Bingo - originally published this year - it
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Isabella
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss!
It follows Eleanor, a jewish girl in post World War II New York that finds herself in the employment of the WASP family, the Bellamys, as their daughter's Margaux's private tutor.
It was, first of all, a really cool setting. I'm all for historical fictions, and the time period is really interesting. I never read a book set in New York at that time and it was really good! Not only the way the characters reacted to the war, but also
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Nari
It’s a very well written book and I did learn more about life in the immediate post WW11 era. I just wish Eleanor’s character wasn’t so... saint-like. She and Wyn were polar opposites, but in a slightly caricature way. Patricia was the most interesting character. I wish the book had been about her from her perspective. It would have added so much more depth to the story.
Jean
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are absolutely no shades of RULES OF CIVILITY. This novel could have been better. The voice of the father was just not right. In fact, was difficult for me to read at times. Some of his actions were so against his character that I believe it took away from the story. I would love to know who Zeldis really is.
Lori
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the kind of novel I normally read, more of a beach read, but I have to say, I gobbled it up. I immediately loved being a fly on the wall of the Upper East Side WASP culture 1940's......this was a great escape, and I needed one. This book came along at the perfect time.
Sarah Beth
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins.

A chance encounter, thanks to a minor traffic accident, brings together Eleanor, a teacher and recent college graduate and Patricia, a somewhat unhappily married woman whose thirteen-year-old daughter Margaux is still at home recovering from polio and is in need of a tutor. Although Eleanor feels out of place in the Bellamy's Park Avenue social set, in part because she must disguise her Jewish background from the rest of the
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Carla Suto
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOT OUR KIND by Kitty Zeldis is a captivating and thought-provoking story about an unlikely friendship between two women from completely different worlds in post-World War II New York. It explores themes of anti-Semitism, feminism, sexism and disability with beautiful writing and keen attention to detail. The story is told from the points of view of Eleanor Moskowitz, a young Jewish teacher and Patricia Bellamy, a wealthy, privileged society woman who unexpectedly hires Eleanor to tutor her daug ...more
Christine Grant
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story about two women from different walks of life whose paths cross due to an unexpected accident. Prejudice. Polio. Alcoholism. Misogyny. The first half of the book is stronger than the end which is why I rated this book 4 stars versus the 5 stars I was sure it would earn.

HSW review: Just a little story
Nicole
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-listened, 5000
3.25 stars, so I am rounding down.

I had been looking forward to this story and superficially it did not disappoint as an historical fiction novel. It was missing the depth and development that the great stories possess. The writing felt unfinished throughout. Still enjoyable.
Pam
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Thank you the author and published for an opportunity to read this book. It’s just so hard to imagine living in that kind of antisemitic time and a time where “we didn’t tell.” Yet sadly those times are all to real a bit even today. Readers of Jewish and historical fiction will enjoy this book.
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