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Author: Laurie Graff Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481583404

Publisher Description

shiksa n. Yiddish

1: term used to describe non-Jewish women

2: a quintessential blonde beauty

3: a Jewish boy's dream

4: a Jewish girl's nightmare

After splitting up with her gorgeous WASP-y boyfriend, Jewish New Yorker Aimee Albert decides to take her mother’s advice and find a nice Jewish boy. The only trouble is that the Jewish guys are falling for the blonde Shiksas. Hair dye, green contacts, and a few mannerisms borrowed from her best friend transform her into a Shiksa Goddess and she attracts a wonderful Jewish man. Now the question is how long will the charade go on? The Shiksa Syndrome is a tale of love and identity, and how the search for one can sometimes play havoc with the other.

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Quotes

  • “Graff’s prose crackles with winning wit, making her…[tale] go down like a chocolate-covered macaroon.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Hillary Huber reads this story of mistaken identities with lots of energy and enthusiasm.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Audie Award nominee Hillary Huber brings Aimee, her family, and her friends to life, capturing each character’s distinct dialect, accent, and tone of voice. Recommended for fiction collections in public libraries.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Graff’s latest is by turns funny and poignant as she explores religious identity and modern relationships.”

    - Booklist

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I didn't finish this book. The assumption that a shiksa like me would know no jewish/yiddish words or meanings was a little insulting. "

    - Melissa, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good for a quick chic-lit book. Learned something new despite having worked at a JCC for a couple years. Read for a book club, interested to discuss and see how true to life it is. "

    - Pam, 2/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " easy read. cute, although i had a hard time sympathizing with the main character. "

    - Ariele, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read The Rabbi's Daughter for my book club but though I learned alot about, I did not relate to it at all. I search for a book my about the type of Judaism that I practice. After searching, my librarian recommended this book. I enjoyed it. Very interesting to see what a woman would do to get a jewish man. However, when I thought about it, I don't know that I could have put up with the charade as long as Aimee did. I would recommend this to anyone who is having trouble finding a Jewish man, since there seem to be many out there with Shiksa syndrome. "

    - Jill, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was a great book...very funny, yet poignant as well as it depicts the struggle of a single Jewish woman trying to find the right man. She sees how non Jewish women snatch all the available Jewish single men and decides the only way to catch a Jewish man is to pretend to be a shiksa. The charade takes her on an unexpected journey and the interaction with her friends and family is portrayed realistically. At times very funny and other times sad, I totally related to the characters and events that the author described. A great quick read. Loved it!! "

    - Sue, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I know, this book is embarrassing. No need to judge me -- I'm judging myself enough for the both of us. "

    - Daisy, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fun but predictable. Could be offensive to some. Religion is to each his own. "

    - Perkimom, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Did not really like this book. It felt like it was quickly slapped together with little or no thought. "

    - N., 12/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Just a light easy read. It was entertaining mostly due to eerie parallels in my own life. "

    - Jem, 11/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " fun to read, if you can relate, gave me a good chuckle. "

    - Lynne, 11/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Total fluff. Entertaining at times, and cool because it takes place on the Upper West Side. But, it plays to too many stereotypes. "

    - Elana, 11/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Oy vey. I had a lot of problems with this book, not the least of which involved her size 6 pants being too big. Throw in my raving distate for "Jewish boyfriend" and all the shiskas and I just really didn't enjoy this book. The best part was probably the yiddish dictionary at the back. "

    - Ellen, 10/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Blech. Siren song of advanced reading copy completely did not pay. "

    - Lisle, 8/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was great to that the glossary in the back! Cute and easy to read. "

    - Rebecca, 7/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fun to read, but kinda worthless...exactly what you'd expect from the title! "

    - Sara, 12/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was hilarious! It was a great, quick read. I was amazed by all the Jewish men that wanted non-Jewish women. I was so glad it ended the way it did. Since I'm not Jewish, I enjoyed learning some of the Jewish words and the explanation of Jewish traditions. "

    - Becky, 7/9/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A fun quick read but it definitely fed into stereotypes. "

    - Judy, 6/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Although this was a bit of fluff, it was very funny had a decent story line, and will teach a goya a thing or two about Judiasm :) "

    - Michelle, 4/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was my November "fun" book. I enjoyed the story, it was a good escape book! "

    - Lorie, 3/3/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was a quick read and was a nice palette cleanser. And see Becca and Nora-- my ratings are NOT always a 5! "

    - Kelly, 2/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Funny, laugh out loud book. "

    - Carrie, 11/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Modern Jewish fiction! Who knew? "

    - Michelle, 10/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Although this was a bit of fluff, it was very funny had a decent story line, and will teach a goya a thing or two about Judiasm :) "

    - Michelle, 4/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " way too long, really not that entertaining. not highly recommended. "

    - Lara, 2/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Just a light easy read. It was entertaining mostly due to eerie parallels in my own life. "

    - Jem, 2/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Was OK but got a little annoyed with reading about this womans lie she was leading. Ok good if you are Jewish and understand all the jewish lingo they throw in. "

    - Mon, 3/28/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good for a quick chic-lit book. Learned something new despite having worked at a JCC for a couple years. Read for a book club, interested to discuss and see how true to life it is. "

    - Pam, 12/29/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " fun to read, if you can relate, gave me a good chuckle. "

    - Lynne, 11/15/2009
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I didn't finish this book. The assumption that a shiksa like me would know no jewish/yiddish words or meanings was a little insulting. "

    - Melissa, 11/12/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fun to read, but kinda worthless...exactly what you'd expect from the title! "

    - Sara, 11/5/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I started out loving this book, then I became frustrated with the main character and felt that the book ended very predictably. Not a bad read, just not very exciting. "

    - Marissa, 10/23/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I could definitely relate to a lot in this book. I especially connected with the idea of having a Jewish boyfriend who seemed less than tolerant of my own observances. "

    - Sue, 10/19/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was great to that the glossary in the back! Cute and easy to read. "

    - Rebecca, 10/8/2009

About the Author

Laurie Graff, a New York City based writer and actor, is the author of the bestselling You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs and Looking for Mr. Goodfrog. She has performed both on and off Broadway, on national tours, regionally, and in many TV and radio commercials.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.