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Author Moses, Jennifer Anne.

Title Bagels and grits : a Jew on the bayou / Jennifer Anne Moses.

Published Madison, Wis. : Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  976.3 MOSE    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 166 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1 With God In Baton Rouge 3 -- 2 Dancing Widow 32 -- 3 Dr. God 57 -- 4 Hebrew on the Bayou 70 -- 5 Holy Ghost 79 -- 6 Memory Books 94 -- 7 Glimpses 106 -- 9 Kaddish 120 -- 10 Coming of Age in Baton Rouge 126 -- 11 Where They Landed 144 -- 12 God's Arms Are Very Long 149 -- 13 Signs 162 -- Postscript: After the Storm 166.
Summary "Jennifer Anne Moses left behind a comfortable life in the upper echelons of East Coast Jewish society to move with her husband and children to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Searching for connection to her surroundings, she decided to volunteer at an AIDS hospice. But as she encountered a culture populated by French Catholics and Evangelical Christians, African Americans and Cajuns, altruistic nurses and nuns, ex-cons, street-walkers, impoverished AIDS patients, and healers of all stripes, she found she had embarked on an unexpected journey of profound self-discovery." "In a keenly observed memoir that embraces both pathos and humor, Moses takes us into a world that is strange and sad but also suffused with the holy. As witness to dire poverty and extreme adversity, Moses discovers a deeper commitment to her own faith - Judaism that asks not for blind belief, but rather daily commitment. She recounts the challenges of taking on a life committed to God in a postmodern world that has little use for the divine. Telling her story of redemption with an honesty that goes right for the guts, she leaves the reader with new hope."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Moses, Jennifer Anne -- Homes and haunts -- Louisiana -- Baton Rouge.
Moses, Jennifer Anne -- Religion.
Jewish women -- Louisiana -- Baton Rouge -- Biography.
Baton Rouge (La.) -- Biography.
ISBN 0299224406 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780299224400 (cloth : alk. paper)