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      A Memoir


        By Genie Zeiger
        Poetry / Current Events
        $ 12.95 / Paper
136 pages, 10 b/w photographs
51/2 x 81/2




Atta Girl! is a vivid, poignant coming of age memoir in the funny, authentic voice of a girl living in the repressive 1950s in Queens. In addition to attending P.S. 2 and J.H.S. 141, Genie goes to Hebrew school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, ballet class, and away to CEJWIN, a Jewish camp for the summers.

Here is a sensitive, inquisitive girl who has read THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK three times before she turns 13 and often thinks, about God, the Holocaust and the nature of good and evil.  She loves the library and sits for long periods reading as her mother calls her for dinner. She plays "potsy"" on the streets, worries about the meaning of life and if a boy, preferably a composite of Holden Caulfield and Anthony Perkins, will ever like her.

Hers is an unrestrained voice asking all the unasked questions and trying to find her own answers. She wonders aloud about her boring life and neighborhood, as well as her unique family; younger sister, mother, and the father who not infrequently utters the loving words that provide the memoirs title, ATTA GIRL!


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Genie Zeiger lives in Shelburne, Massachusetts, where she has led creative writing workshops and poetry classes for more than a decade.  Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgia Review, Tikkun, and The Sun.

Her first volume of poetry, SUDDEN DANCING, was published by Amherst Writers and Artists Press in 1995, her second, LEAVING EGYPT, was published by White Pine Press in 1997, her third, RADIO WAVES, will be released in October, 2005 by White Pine Press Her memoir, the highly acclaimed How I Find Her: A Mother's Dying And A Daughter's Life was published by Sherman Asher Press in 2001, and was translated and published in Berlin in 2002. Ms. Zeiger, who won the 1998 Massachusetts Cultural Award for Poetry, has an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA from Vermont College.

She has given readings from Atta Girl! while it was still in ms. form to regional   Hadassah conferences and was received with unstoppable enthusiasm.


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