You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother by Joyce Antler
"You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother” is Antler’s latest scholarly investigation. Heralded as “the definitive study of Jewish motherhood in the popular imagination,” the book delves not only into the historical and intellectual underpinnings of “Jewish mothers,” but also provides insights into the broader trends of the American experience. As Antler points out within this book, even those who do not have a Jewish mother might well have an Italian mother, an Irish mother, or exposure to women whose overlapping roles of mother-and-member-of-an-ethnic-group merge into a new iconic paradigm. The Jewish mother here becomes a lens into the phenomenon of the developments of cultural lore, stereotype, and the influence of society on groups and groups on society. In this way, the topic readily establishes a rapport and common reference among participants and program leaders.