February 26, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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After entering the store, head left past the Service Desk, enter the last door on the left (see coat rack), hook a hard left and head upstairs. We're in the conference room at the top of the stairs.
Traces the author's upbringing in the Hasidic Satmar community in Brooklyn, describing the strict rules that governed her life, arranged marriage at the age of seventeen, and the birth of her son, which led to her plan to leave and forge her own path in life. "In the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel and Carolyn Jessop's Escape, Unorthodox is a captivating story about a young woman determined to live her own life at any cost. The child of a mentally disabled father and a mother who abandoned the community while her daughter was still a toddler, Deborah was raised by her strictly religious grandparents, Bubby and Zeidy. Along with a rotating cast of aunts and uncles, they enforced customs with a relentless emphasis on rules that governed everything from what Deborah could wear and to whom she could speak, to what she was allowed to read. As she grew from an inquisitive little girl to an independent-minded young woman, stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. She had no idea how to seize this dream that seemed to beckon to her from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, but she was determined to find a way. The tension between Deborah's desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until, at the age of seventeen, she found herself trapped in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she had met for only thirty minutes before they became engaged. As a result, she experienced debilitating anxiety that was exacerbated by the public shame of having failed to immediately consummate her marriage and thus serve her husband. But it wasn't until she had a child at nineteen that Deborah realized more than just her own future was at stake, and that, regardless of the obstacles, she would have to forge a path -- for herself and her son -- to happiness and freedom"--Front and back flaps.
March: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
April: Unnatural Selection by Hvistendahl
May: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers by Mary Roach