Jujitsu Rabbi And The Godless Blonde (2013) When Dana lands at Penn Station, In Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde , with $20 and the promise of a journalism job, she feels… 2013-01-24 Fiction Memoir Putnam
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Jujitsu Rabbi And The Godless Blonde (2013)

JUJITSU RABBI AND THE GODLESS BLONDE: A TRUE STORY by Rebecca Dana
JUJITSU RABBI AND THE GODLESS BLONDE: A TRUE STORY by Rebecca Dana
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 24, 2013; Writer: Rebecca Dana; Genres: Fiction, Memoir; Publisher: Putnam

When Dana lands at Penn Station, In Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde, with $20 and the promise of a journalism job, she feels the weight of "everyone else's stories falling like fresh soot from the skyscrapers above." She knows there's no new New York tale to tell — though Manhattan does give her all the glitter and heartbreak that a suburban Pittsburgh girl who dreamed of Truman Capote and Carrie Bradshaw could ask for. But like the martial-arts-obsessed Hasid of the title, her take on being young and smart and emotionally adrift in the city is odd and charming enough to be that elusive thing: a true original. A-

Originally posted Jan 16, 2013 Published in issue #1243-1244 Jan 25, 2013 Order article reprints