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
WINNER of 2019 Moonbeam Awards' gold medal, YA Historical Fiction
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 Jewish doctor wages a campaign against circumcision—and finds himself more deeply engaged in Judaism in the process.
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