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  1. The comment about “how Jewish she is” ties into something I’ve been thinking about lately. The end-of-the-year stats everyone includes on their blogs often have something about writers of color or their country of origin, but I found that the more I tried to put labels on the writers whose books I read, the more they defied labeling. In the end, I became super uncomfortable trying to put tags on people I’ve never met and wondered if there was any benefit to doing so, other than being able to show how diversely I think I read.

  2. This sounds great. I’d especially like to hear her thoughts on race versus religion – what do people think about that??

  3. Gosh, it was awhile ago now that I read it, but I seem to recall it was one of those things that people couldn’t really agree on…like an ongoing controversy

  4. Although I don’t mind the idea of structuring a memoir in a more conventional narrative arc if that feels natural or if it suits the storyteller, I admit to enjoying a less conventional approach now and then. More than anything, I like to follow the process of exploring, and that can come with a lot of circles and spirals, not always tidy little arcs. So glad to hear that you enjoyed this one!

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