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Unorthodox

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Called “brave and riveting” by Jeannette Walls, Deborah Feldman’s New York Times best-selling memoir of escaping from a strict Hasidic community includes a new afterword by the author as well as the epilogues from the original 2012 editions detailing the circumstances of her life after leaving her husband and forging new beginnings for herself and her young son. As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. Yet in spite of her repressive upbringing, Deborah grew into an independent-minded young woman whose stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to imagine an alternative way of life among the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah’s desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at 19 and realized that, regardless of the obstacles, she would have to forge a path - for herself and her son - to happiness and freedom. Remarkable and fascinating, this “sensitive and memorable coming-of-age story” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) is one you won’t be able to put down.

©2012 Deborah Feldman (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Exodus

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In 2009, at the age of 23, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, best-selling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery - a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee. Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. In her travels, and at home, Feldman redefines her sense of identity - no longer Orthodox, she comes to terms with her Jewishness by discovering a world of like-minded outcasts and misfits committed to self-acceptance and healing. Inwardly, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the “real” world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love. Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to retrace her grandmother’s life during the Holocaust, Exodus is a deeply moving exploration of the mysterious bonds that tie us to family and religion, the bonds we must sometimes break to find our true selves. Feldman proves herself again to be a captivating storyteller, and her singular life has been an inspiration to countless others and for listeners everywhere.

©2014 Deborah Feldman (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Deborah Feldman
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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Unorthodox

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Dès qu'elle a senti ce petit être au creux de ses bras, si fragile, Deborah Feldman a su ce qu'elle devait faire. A peine âgée de 19 ans, elle a toujours vécu au sein de la communauté hassidique Satmar. Elle a toujours suivi les principes implacables qui régissent les moindres détails de sa vie : ce qu'elle peut porter, à qui elle peut parler... Tous les principes sauf celui de ne pas lire de littérature. Les moments de lecture volés de son enfance, passés à découvrir les êtres de papier indépendants et fiers de Jane Austen et Louisa May Alcott, lui ont donné envie de découvrir une autre vie, au milieu des gratte-ciel de Manhattan. Elle sait qu'il est temps d'échapper à son mariage dysfonctionnel avec un homme qu'elle connait à peine, d'abandonner ses responsabilités de bonne fille Satmar et de laisser cours à ses désirs. Indépendamment des obstacles, il est temps, pour elle et son fils, de trouver le chemin du bonheur et de la liberté. Le récit autobiographique de Deborah Feldman, jeune femme juive qui a fui son milieu religieux et qui a inspiré la série Netflix Unorthodox.

©2012 / 2020 Deborah Feldman, Simon and Schuster, Inc. / Hachette Livre (P)2020 Audiolib

Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Unorthodox [Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots]

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LA HISTORIA CONTADA POR SU PROTAGONISTA: EL MEMOIR ACLAMADO POR LA CRÍTICA QUE VA MÁS ALLÁ DE LA SERIE, NOMINADO A LOS PREMIOS CINEMATOGRÁFICOS DE LA FERIA DE FRANKFURT «Millones de personas confinadas en todo el mundo se han dejado fascinar estos días por Unorthodox, [...] un mundo tan exótico como real.» Ana Carbajosa, El País «Uno de esos libros que no puedes soltar.» Joan Rivers, The New York Post Como miembro de los satmar, una comunidad de judíos ultraortodoxos de Williamsburg (Brooklyn, Nueva York), Deborah Feldman crece bajo un estricto código de normas que rige desde su idioma -el yiddish- o su indumentaria hasta sus lecturas y las personas con las que se le permite relacionarse. Siendo adolescente, intuye que puede existir una forma de vida alternativa entre los rascacielos de Manhattan, y se debate entre la responsabilidad de ser una buena judía jasídica y sus anhelos de independencia, como los que anidan en las protagonistas de las novelas de Jane Austen o Louisa May Alcott que lee a escondidas de su familia. Pero pronto se ve atrapada en un matrimonio concertado que resulta frustrante, sexual y emocionalmente. Todo cambia cuando, a los diecinueve años, da a luz a su hijo y comprende que, a pesar de todos los obstáculos, ha de encontrar para ambos un camino hacia la libertad. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2012 Deborah Feldman (P)2020 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Nicole Apstein
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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Weight Loss for Middle-Aged Women

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You want to lose weight, and you know losing weight can make you healthier and able to move more freely... yet you don’t lose weight. Weight Loss for Middle-Aged Women explores the psychological reasons for that paradox, looks at habits that may be holding you back, and offers strategies to get your weight loss back on track. Strategies such as these can really make a difference: Avoid liquid calories. Because the body does not register liquid calories the way it does solid calories, you may be consuming many calories without feeling satiated. Get adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation may have contributed to your weight gain and may prevent you from reaching your goal weight. Drink green tea. Before you dismiss this as too simplistic, how would you like to burn an extra 70 calories a day without doing anything different except drinking green tea? That new habit, all by itself, could eliminate seven and a half pounds of excess weight over a year, a study showed. Switch out those sugary drinks for green tea to lose weight even faster.

©2017 Julie Clark (P)2017 Julie Clark

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Unorthodox

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Selten hat eine Autorin ihre Befreiung aus den Fesseln religiöser Extremisten so lebensnah, so ehrlich, so analytisch klug erzählt wie Deborah Feldman. Feldman wuchs in der ultra-orthodoxen, chassidischen Satmar-Gemeinde in Williamsburg, einem Stadtteil von New York, auf. Schon als Kind störte sie die strikte Unterwerfung unter die strengen Lebensgesetze der Sekte, die Ausgrenzung, die ärmliche Lebensweise und die Unterordnung der Frau. Ihr Gerechtigkeitsempfinden und ihr Wissenshunger haben sie angetrieben, ihren Alltag zu hinterfragen. In "Unorthodox" schildert Feldman das harte Leben in der Gemeinde, angefangen von den Kindertagen bis hin zu ihrer Zwangsehe. Und sie erzählt, wie sie den Mut fand, zusammen mit ihrem Sohn aus dieser Enge auszubrechen - hinein in eine ihr völlig unbekannte Welt. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2016 Secession (P)2016 Audiobuch Verlag OHG

Narrator: Anita Hopt
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Unorthodox

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Selten hat eine Autorin ihre Befreiung aus den Fesseln religiöser Extremisten so lebensnah, so ehrlich, so analytisch klug erzählt wie Deborah Feldman. Feldman wuchs in der ultra-orthodoxen, chassidischen Satmar-Gemeinde in Williamsburg, einem Stadtteil von New York, auf. Schon als Kind störte sie die strikte Unterwerfung unter die strengen Lebensgesetze der Sekte, die Ausgrenzung, die ärmliche Lebensweise und die Unterordnung der Frau. Ihr Gerechtigkeitsempfinden und ihr Wissenshunger haben sie angetrieben, ihren Alltag zu hinterfragen. In "Unorthodox" schildert Feldman das harte Leben in der Gemeinde, angefangen von den Kindertagen bis hin zu ihrer Zwangsehe. Und sie erzählt, wie sie den Mut fand, zusammen mit ihrem Sohn aus dieser Enge auszubrechen - hinein in eine ihr völlig unbekannte Welt. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2016 Secession (P)2016 Audiobuch Verlag OHG

Narrator: Anita Hopt
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible