book is a memoir of Susan Gilman growing up on Manhattan's Upper
West Side in the 70's.
Gilman recounts many of the
tales she encountered along the way while she was growing up.
When asked by her teacher what she wanted to be when she grew up,
Susan's response was "I want to be a ballerina, and a model, and a
movie star, and a director, and a stewardess." When a couple
of the other students seemed to copy her response, she could no
longer retain herself and said "I also want to be a princess and a
nurse. I forgot to say." Well, that just about covered
everything - how could this be a wrong answer? This pretty
well sums up the type of person Susan Gilman was going to grow up to
During her childhood, Susan thought that being
Puerto Rican simply meant you spoke Spanish and were allowed to get
your ears pierced. She grew up in a neighborhood where
everyone came in different colors. The kids in the high-rise
apartment were black, white, Hispanic, Asian and interracial.
She learned to deal with bullies and color barriers.
there is the fact that although her family is Jewish, they always
celebrated Christmas. When Susan's brother asked their father
why a Jewish family is celebrating Christmas, you will double over
with laughter when you read his reply.
When Gilman was in her
twenties, she had to deal with the reality of her parents getting a
This is a very funny book. There are so many
one-liners included it makes you think a comedian wrote this
book. Woman will love to read this one because Susan Gilman
tells it like it was - no holding back. It's an entertaining
read and one that you will thoroughly enjoy! Just to let you
in on a little secret-men will enjoy this one too!
BY NANCY EATON
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