Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde by Rebecca Dana

Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde

The ultimate fish-out-of-water tale . . . A child who never quite fit in, Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of one day ditching Pittsburgh and moving to New York, her Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she made her way to the city to begin her destiny. For a time, life turned out exactly as she’d planned: glamorous parties; beautiful people; the perfect job, apartment, and man. But when it al...

Details Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde

TitleJujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde
Release DateJan 24th, 2013
PublisherAmy Einhorn Bks: Putnam
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir, Literature, Jewish

Reviews Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde

  • christa
    Whenever I read a memoir by a writer who is unknown to me (and not a freshly rehabilitated drug addict -- strangers I will blindly read), it always inspires a variation of the same fan fiction about how this book came to be. In the case of Rebecca Dana’s “Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde” it goes like this: Scene: Modern-day dinner party. Characters: Would-be memoirist standing at a table covered in top shelf booze surrounded by a gaggl...
  • Florine
    I was expecting something funnier, with a more detailed relationship between the rabbi & the blonde.It is really more about the author's journey after a breakup, thinking about life, future, how to cope & what to do with her life. I wanted more of the relationship with Cosmo, and felt short-changed a little.
  • Jaclyn Day
    This memoir of an occasionally hard-partying, fashion-obsessed Manhattan woman who relocates to the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after a break-up to become the platonic roommate of a jujtisu-studying Hasidic Russian rabbi named Cosmo seems like a good premise, right? What’s not to like?For some reason, I could not get through this book. I have a new policy about putting books aside if I’m not feeling them—something I didn’t do f...
  • Florence
    Rebecca Dana is a native of Pittsburgh who always wanted to live in Manhattan. After a break up with her long time boyfriend, she ended up living in a rodent infested walk up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Her roommate is a young rabbi with many religious friends in the neighborhood. It may have been a setback in her life, but I was tickled to hear about how the Lubavitchers , a sect of ultra conservative Jews, live their everyday live...
  • Nicole Rhaven
    I won this book from First Reads in trade for my honest review.How do you rate someone's life story?How they perceive it in a book, I suppose. I thought that I was going to enjoy this one. I thought it was going to be cleverly witty, but it wasn't; the author tried too hard by going into way too much detail to reach her point, and by the time she reach said point you kinda lost interest in what she was getting at. I thought that it would get into...
  • Amy
    It's difficult to feel a sympathetic connection to an author who says things like "In a world full of people like me...how do you get anyone to care about anything" and "Do as much good in the world as you can, and make some money doing it" (p. 232). "Most of the sane world will think this is insipid" (p. 197). Pretty much sums it up. This isn't a horrible book, I just can't relate to it and it's not for me. If you love fashion and think Sex & th...
  • Tracey
    I enjoyed this book quite a bit, although it suffers from a little superficiality. It's a self-discovery story that doesn't take itself too seriously. I would have liked more of the jujitsu rabbi himself, and some greater exploration of what she learned about herself from hanging out with her Hasidic neighbors, but overall I recommend this title as a light and easy read.
  • Kelesea
    I received this book from Goodreads as an advance readers copy and finished it last night. I'm still kind of ambivalent about it. Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde: A True Story tells the story of two intertwined lives: that of the author, Rebecca, who has lost her faith in the one thing she believes in, New York and all its promises, and Cosmo, a thirty year old rabbi who has lost his religion, and his sense of self. The book begins with the ...
  • Rachelfm
    The writing was not bad. It's just that I'd read the prologue and the title (hence my borrowing it from the SPL), and the subsequent 250ish pages failed to really expand upon or improve on it.While I appreciated that the author could make fun of the origins of her rather vapid worldview/values at times, I couldn't help but thinking that the whole topic was just not very daring subject matter. I mean, think about any other situation in which someo...
  • Lisa
    In JUJITSU RABBI AND THE GODLESS BLOND, Rebecca Dana chronicles her love of all things New York - the fashion, the culture, the trend setters and the city itself. After coming out of a devastating break-up and moving into an apartment with a Russian rabbi, she examines her life - relationships, work, worshiping at the altar of New York - and tries to figure out if her chosen religion, following the guru Carrie Bradshaw, is what she needs to be do...
  • Christine
    When this book first landed in my hands, I thought, "Great, yet another memoir by a Carrie Bradshaw-wannabe whose Sex in the City lifestyle falls apart after a breakup." There were parts of the book that were just tiresome -- the name-dropping ("Tina Brown! Tina Brown!"), and the accounts of clubs and bars and parties that made up her vapid Manhattan existence. But what was so refreshing about the memoir and made me keep reading is that Rebecca D...
  •  wade
    Bare in mind that the reviewer is a 60 year plus male who is reading about many things that are not high on his list of interests like New York City, fashion week and Lubavitch Judaism and I still went with four stars. So that should indicate the book is very well written and captured my audience even though its subject was far outside the middle America where I live. Ms. Dana writes realistically and humorously about the ups and downs in her lif...
  • Mom2nine
    Gratuitous use of "rabbi" to sell a rambling slice of the author's life. Dana repeatedly calls being a mother shallow and confining; this from a woman who paid someone to asphyxiate her for a near-death experience toward spiritual awakening. It is hard to believe that Dana has made her living writing. Very little humor and a bit of insight into the Hasidic Jewish life by a shallow, self-centered narrator.
  • Sarah Levine
    I had high hopes for this book, and was intrigued by both the title, and the jacket description. The book however just dragged on. I kept waiting for the point of the story, yet realized in the last 50 pages that it was just going nowhere.
  • Rebecca
    While some of the episodes are funny, as a whole I found the book disjointed and choppy.
  • Jeanne
    I really thought this book would be about a jujitsu rabbi and a godless blonde, but it's mostly about the godless blonde. Rebecca's relationship breaks up and she finds herself plunged into misery. Needing a new place to live, she ends up in Crown Heights in Brooklyn, living in a very orthodox Jewish community with a Lubavitch rabbi who works at a copy shop. She and Cosmo have a good relationship, but the book is mostly about Rebecca's life and C...
  • Jay Coleau
    Fun story, good visuals. Not enough Jujitsu.
  • Frances
    For a generation of women weaned on episodes of “Sex and the City,” the raw reality of New York can come as a surprise. Sure there are ample opportunities for brunch, but newspaper columnists with a closet full of Monolos? As if! Rebecca Dana’s memoir is about the disappointments and revelations of New York after she found a way to fit into the fancy world and cover the bill. As an infant New Yorker myself, and one raised on the same formul...
  • Vonetta
    I'm speaking cautiously because I'm in the process of writing a memoir; I'm also an unknown who thinks she has an entertaining story, so I'm going to be understanding here bc I want my book judged objectively.That being said, I think this story has so much potential that wasn't tapped. I felt that there was too much exposition -- too much explaining and "telling" -- and not enough showing. There was dialogue, but it didn't really make the charact...
  • Larry H
    Growing up in Pittsburgh, Rebecca Dana dreamed of the day she would come to New York to pursue the glamorous life she knew she was destined for. Like so many young women influenced by Carrie Bradshaw's life in Sex in the City, Rebecca wanted to go to the right parties, wear the right clothes, date the right guys, and follow the right path. "I wish I wanted to fix cleft palates in Africa, but the truth is I wanted a glamorous life."And once she se...
  • Dawn
    When I picked up this book, I figured it was about how two different people meet and unlikely though it may seem, become friends. While Cosmo (the jujitsu rabbi whose apartment the author ends up sharing) and Rebecca interact and attend Jewish dinners and celebrations, this book is more about the author's journey of discovering who she is, what she wants, and being OK with what she finds.At the beginning, I was a little bored. Not that the author...
  • Cinthia Ritchie
    I'm really torn about Rebecca Dana's "Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde." I wanted to like it and at times I did, and very much so. Yet there is a distance to the voice, an almost superficial tone that creeps up and discredits the authenticity.The basic premise: Dana longs to live a "Sex and the City" type of life and moves to New York, becomes a successful journalist, meets the 'perfect' guy who turns out to be not-so-perfect, and lives a fai...
  • Sara
    Received this book as a Goodreads First Read. Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for providing this copy for review. I entered the drawing because the title and book description sounded promising - I expected the godless blonde and the rabbi to passionately represent their positions and at the end, come to a meeting of the minds and hearts. Not what happened. Instead the book is a memoir of a young journalist, a Carrie Bradshaw "wanna be", ...
  • Jeff
    I didn't really know what to expect when I first downloaded Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde. The title intrigued me so I gave it a try. I am so glad I did.This non-fiction account of 27 year old Rebecca Dana and her Carrie Bradshaw "Sex and the City" Manhattan life and how it all came crashing down only to find herself the roommate of a young Russian Rabbi in Crown Heights is on the one side a journey into self realization and on the other s...
  • Angela
    I find many memoirs to be a bit pretentious as they meander through time and space attempting to give an individual's life greater meaning by connecting it to a larger societal context. Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde certainly falls into this category, especially as the author admits to the shallowness of her life's ambitions. Rebecca Dana's dream from childhood is to move to New York, living the life depicted in Sex and the City. She achie...
  • Pamela
    Enjoyable, easy-to-read memoir of the year that Rebecca Dana lived with Cosmo the Orthodox Jewish rabbi, in Brooklyn. Rebecca is a journalist with The Daily Beast, and when her boyfriend dumps her in Manhattan, she moved to Crown Heights and roomed with Cosmo, a Hasidic immigrant who is seriously questioning his faith.The book touches on Rebecca’s friendship with Cosmo as the fodder for questioning life, but focuses more on Rebecca’s life and...
  • Sophia
    I got this ARC in a Shelf Awareness giveaway and, once again, read it extremely belatedly. Thank you to Shelf Awareness and Amy Einhorn Books! This book was entertaining, no question. I had a good time reading about Rebecca and her doubting rabbi roommate, but at the end I wasn't sure, I guess, what the POINT of the book was. It seemed to me like she just reminisced and told a lot of stories from a certain period in her life, and then didn't real...
  • Jolene
    Dana's youthful angst makes this book read-able. Her book is a compare-and-contrast between the Orthodox customs practiced in Crown Heights and the SATC fashionista mores of her workplace colleagues. Her dearest friend in the Crown Heights set is her roommate, a.k.a, the jiujitsu rabbi, Cosmo. She used to have the perfect boyfriend but he betrayed her and Dana starts to wonder whether the SATC "dream" that she was pursuing is really inferior to t...
  • Janice
    This author tries to be a Sex in the City Carrie Bradshaw, but she never makes it. A girl from Pittsbugh (she actually went to Ellis), moves to NYC to become a journalist and live the glamorous life. She gets a job at The Daily Beast and has an interesting boyfriend for a while and is living her version of "the dream" until it all falls apart. The fact is, she's looking more for the dream that some internal satisfaction. She is broke and ends up ...
  • Laurent Fischer
    A MUST READ: The hilarious self deprecating true story of Rebecca Dana, a true fashion DIVA hoping to emulate sex-in-the-city Carrie Bradshaw's life After moving from PIttsburgh to escape a somewhat lonely and not so glamorous childhood. Rebecca gets the boy, the dream job @ NY Observer and moves into a brownstone in the village until she finds out that the boyfriend cheats, moves out and with a $24,000/year job has to move to Brooklyn's unfashio...