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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2020-books

Like many other readers, I discovered the existence of 'Unorthodox' while binge-watching the enthralling four-part series of the same name. The memoir (a truer version of the author's experiences of growing up in and later escaping an ultra-conservative sect of Judaism) was even more shocking and engrossing than the films. Well-written but 'raw', the author reveals the inter-generational oppression of women within the sect through exclusion, ignorance, and difference. Her decision to escape, and then to disclose intimate details in a published piece, is nothing short of heroic. Not a literary masterpiece but a riveting read that makes me grateful for freedoms that I take for granted.
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Reading Progress

June 20, 2020 – Started Reading
June 21, 2020 – Finished Reading
June 22, 2020 – Shelved
February 28, 2021 – Shelved as: 2020-books

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