It’s Berkeley in the 1960s, and Martha Goldenthal’s home life is a cauldron of kooky
ideas, impossible demands, and explosive physical violence. Her father, Jules, is an
iconoclast who hates academia and can’t control his fists. Her mother, Willa, has
made a career out of victimhood. Meanwhile, Jules’s classical record store,
located directly across the street from the U.C. Berkeley campus, is ground zero for riots and tear gas. When family circumstances change and sixteen-year-old Martha winds up in the care of the broke and directionless Jules, it’s a bumpy ride. Can she stand up to her father to do the one thing she knows she must—go to college? Shrug is the absorbing, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting story of one young woman’s journey toward independence.
2020 IPPY Awards Gold Winner, YA Fiction
2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Winner, Fiction
2019 Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner, YA Fiction, Historical
2019 Best Book Award Finalist in YA Fiction
2019 Sarton Women's Book Awards Finalist, Historical Fiction
2020 Goethe Awards (post-1750 historical fiction) Finalist
2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite in YA Fiction
2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Finalist
14th Annual NIEA Winner, Regional Fiction West
Adjusting to the early years of motherhood. Co-written with Tracy Marsh and Sharon Hauptberger.
Real-life stories exploring the lifelong connection we feel with family of origin.
A Berkeley doctor, his Jewish identity — and the circumcision controversy. What could possibly go wrong?
The first-ever book for Jewish parents opting out of circumcision. A how-to, a prayerbook—and a keepsake, ready to be inscribed. Multiple copies useful for ceremony.
Lisa Braver Moss