Jewish Girls Gone Wild: A Memoir of Skokie, Scottsdale & the Seventies by Linda Pressman

Jewish Girls Gone Wild: A Memoir of Skokie, Scottsdale & the Seventies by Linda Pressman

In 1973, Linda Pressman’s Holocaust Survivor parents pack up their family of seven daughters and move cross country, from idyllic Skokie, Illinois, to the wild west – Scottsdale, Arizona – in a time of horse trailers, feed stores, and a church on every corner. A Jewish family plunked down in an alien world, her father transforms quickly into a Polish cowboy, the proud owner of a produce market, and her mother into a real estate agent trying to change the world one house at a time. In a coming-of-age story that is funny, tragic, and universal in its scope, the author recreates the 1970s in a story that proves that families can fall apart and put themselves together again. With one foot in Skokie and one in Scottsdale, Pressman creates a world of teenage angst, silent crushes from afar, and an eternal pull towards home, wherever that is.

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