My review on Amazon.com:
Jenna Maio comes from a secular Jewish family. Growing up she viewed the Torah observant Jews in her neighborhood as medieval throwbacks. But as she got older and started on her life’s path, she realized that there was a void in her life. After becoming dissatisfied with a party life, she moved on to environmental activism. But the void grew larger, deeper. Finally, she rediscovered Judaism. Not the bagel and lox Americana-Judaism. But the profound truths of Torah Judaism.
I hesitate to call this book inspirational because, let’s face it, we hear that word so often that it has been seriously devalued. So let me just say that as a Torah observant Jew from birth, I found Jenna’s narrative deeply moving. She is wise, she is witty, and she has the ability to make you think a second time about ideas you thought were settled.
Jenna’s saga is often laugh-out-loud-funny. I chuckled when her rigidly controlling grandfather told her that he “Does not eat kosher food.” Or when her mother expressed a sort of social/fashion horror when Jenna started wearing more modest clothing.
Is there anything wrong with this book?
I wanted even more of this sage and elegant story.
The watch is a 30 year-old Franck Muller. Karen likes to wear it on Shabbat and formal events—remember those?