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My daughter gave me this book for Mother's Day and after I peeked at the first page I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Though Jennifer Traig's memoir of her childhood/teenage struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder reads hilariously most of the time, it's a revealing, poignant story of how the author's childhood and teenage years were really consumed by this disease. Traig's memoir stops abruptly, though, with an apparent complete resolution of her illness as soon as she went off to college. I was left wanting more information aIbout this--how could she so suddenly recover from such a debilitating mental illness? If you know a young person with OCD, this is an informative personal look into one person's experience with the disease.
Sep 14, 2007
Author spent her teen years trying to observe Jewish ritual in a non-observant mixed-faith family (her mother is Catholic). Since she had no actual religious instruction, as such, she sort of "improvises" as she goes along based upon a sketchy reading of biblical injunctions, resulting only compulsive behavior, tenuously related to the Torah - at best! Her tolerant parents just assumed she was nuts.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-08-30 In this 1970s memoir, Traig describes how, from the age of 12 until her freshman year at Brandeis, she suffered from various forms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), including anorexia and a rarer, "hyper-religious form" of OCD called scrupulosity, in which sanctified rituals such as hand washing and daily prayer are repeated in endless loops. The daughter of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, Traig becomes obsessed with Jewish ritual, inventing her own prayers since her Jewish education is limited. Initially, Traig's family is amused; eventually, they try to help. Still, this memoir is less about suffering than it is about punch lines. When Traig swathes herself in head-to-toe flannel on hot summer days, her mother points to a scantily clad teenager on a talk show entitled My Teen Dresses Too Sexy and suggests Traig cool off like the adolescent "in the red vinyl number with the cut-outs over the chest and fanny." Traig spoofs Jewish rituals, cracking up at elaborate bar mitzvahs produced like Las Vegas floor shows and the meticulous analysis that goes into deeming a food item kosher. The author's behavior makes her seem like a character on Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, and her book is a funny though sometimes cursory look at mental illness. Agent, Emily Forland. (Sept.) Forecast: Readers who can't get enough of wacky childhood stories by Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris and Haven Kimmel may like Traig's book. She'll make appearances at Jewish book fairs and in San Francisco, and her association with McSweeney's and the Forward (she contributes to both), as well as her recent essay in the New York Times Magazine, could draw audiences. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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