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

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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 owne 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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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 owne 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.

47 review for Jewish Girls Gone Wild: A Memoir of Skokie, Scottsdale & the Seventies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Helaine Weidner

    It was okay I am a bit older than the author. I too grew up in Skokie and did enjoy the references when the author was there. For me the “Jewish” parts were funny. But the rest of the years could have been for any high school teen. I don’t need to read about pimply face kids; smoking pot;getting drunk; making out etc. That was normal for those times. The ending of the book disappointed me.

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