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Meet Lila Moscowitz, a smart-mouthed, Jewish American beauty with a voracious appetite for sex, a remarkable talent for outrageous lies, and an unerring knack for screwing up her life. An accomplished poet, renowned for writing "smut and filth in terza rima," she goes about her life in Pure Poetry with enough attitude and verve to win your heart forever. But since fleeing Meet Lila Moscowitz, a smart-mouthed, Jewish American beauty with a voracious appetite for sex, a remarkable talent for outrageous lies, and an unerring knack for screwing up her life. An accomplished poet, renowned for writing "smut and filth in terza rima," she goes about her life in Pure Poetry with enough attitude and verve to win your heart forever. But since fleeing the all-consuming passion of her marriage to Max, the sexy German, she can no longer compose so much as a couplet; ghosts have taken over her Greenwich Village apartment, and the contrast between her feelings for her present lover and her former husband is breaking her heart. And neither her best friend, Carmen, nor her cross-dressing analyst, Leon, is able to soothe her angst over her impending thirty eighth birthday, an occasion fraught with a thirty-seven year tradition of emotional devastation. But time waits for no woman, and the dreaded birthday does bring insight: Love can be undone by the same desires that nurture it. Lila knows that she has got to take action, and in doing so she comes to realize some startling truths about herself, her capacity for love, and the nature of true freedom. Binnie Kirshenbaum's voice has been acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Already a bestselling author in Germany, Kirshenbaum demonstrates a brilliant maturity in Pure Poetry. Not since Erica Jong's Fear of Flying has a novel so captured a woman's heart and desires. Readers will cheer Pure Poetry for its heady mix of humor and sadness, and for its slyly unsettling visions of modern life.


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Meet Lila Moscowitz, a smart-mouthed, Jewish American beauty with a voracious appetite for sex, a remarkable talent for outrageous lies, and an unerring knack for screwing up her life. An accomplished poet, renowned for writing "smut and filth in terza rima," she goes about her life in Pure Poetry with enough attitude and verve to win your heart forever. But since fleeing Meet Lila Moscowitz, a smart-mouthed, Jewish American beauty with a voracious appetite for sex, a remarkable talent for outrageous lies, and an unerring knack for screwing up her life. An accomplished poet, renowned for writing "smut and filth in terza rima," she goes about her life in Pure Poetry with enough attitude and verve to win your heart forever. But since fleeing the all-consuming passion of her marriage to Max, the sexy German, she can no longer compose so much as a couplet; ghosts have taken over her Greenwich Village apartment, and the contrast between her feelings for her present lover and her former husband is breaking her heart. And neither her best friend, Carmen, nor her cross-dressing analyst, Leon, is able to soothe her angst over her impending thirty eighth birthday, an occasion fraught with a thirty-seven year tradition of emotional devastation. But time waits for no woman, and the dreaded birthday does bring insight: Love can be undone by the same desires that nurture it. Lila knows that she has got to take action, and in doing so she comes to realize some startling truths about herself, her capacity for love, and the nature of true freedom. Binnie Kirshenbaum's voice has been acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Already a bestselling author in Germany, Kirshenbaum demonstrates a brilliant maturity in Pure Poetry. Not since Erica Jong's Fear of Flying has a novel so captured a woman's heart and desires. Readers will cheer Pure Poetry for its heady mix of humor and sadness, and for its slyly unsettling visions of modern life.

30 review for Pure Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maurits de Bruijn

    Jaren geleden werd ik verliefd op Un almost perfect moment (enorme aanrader) maar dit liet me, op de joodse grapjes na, onberoerd.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Binnie Kirshenbaum has destroyed me for reading other writers. I’m trying. But her timing is so impeccable and her words, hilarious and wrenchingly deep, well... it’s hard to move on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    A good book about a strong woman who pretty much wrecks everything that's given to her. She's a poet that's been holding off on her collection of poems for some time while she recovers from her first marriage. Through analyzing her relationships with everyone around her, she comes to learn more about herself (won't go into specifics, lots of secrets) and is not too happy with what she finds. There isn't much of a resolution to her character's dilemmas in this book, but it seems very intentional A good book about a strong woman who pretty much wrecks everything that's given to her. She's a poet that's been holding off on her collection of poems for some time while she recovers from her first marriage. Through analyzing her relationships with everyone around her, she comes to learn more about herself (won't go into specifics, lots of secrets) and is not too happy with what she finds. There isn't much of a resolution to her character's dilemmas in this book, but it seems very intentional and symbolic of the main character's nature. In fact, this novel is awash of metaphors that tend to dominate the narrative. The sassy dialogue and keen observations keep you interested, though, despite much of the obvious symbolism throughout. I would recommend it, it's still a good read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fay

    I am so glad I discovered this writer while just browsing in the library. I LOVE her writing style. The main character in this novel is hard not to love, despite some serious flaws. Kirshenbaum is VERY witty and crazy smart. Only real complaints are that the ending gets too abruptly wrapped up. It didn't have the strength of the rest of the novel, and there are a few gaps I felt like needed filling in, in terms of the main character's obsessive relationship to Max. But overall enjoyed the book I am so glad I discovered this writer while just browsing in the library. I LOVE her writing style. The main character in this novel is hard not to love, despite some serious flaws. Kirshenbaum is VERY witty and crazy smart. Only real complaints are that the ending gets too abruptly wrapped up. It didn't have the strength of the rest of the novel, and there are a few gaps I felt like needed filling in, in terms of the main character's obsessive relationship to Max. But overall enjoyed the book immensely. Kirshenbaum is definitely one of my new favorites.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nan Kirkpatrick

    I picked up this book because it looked like fluff. I love the classics and the pop icons as much as anybody, but let's face it--sometimes a girl needs some fluff. It wasn't what I expected at all. The characters are well-written, the story is lively and well-told, and this book is full of passages that are totally quote-worthy. And there is some serious insight going on in this book--but you could totally take it to the beach.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cecelia

    Meh. A few great passages, but separated by a lot of self-absorbed crap. I almost had to institute my rule - that you have to continue reading a book until (100 - your age). Luckily this book had a well-written passage circa page 70 to save it, or I would have dumped it earlier. The main character was fairly three-dimensional, but many of those facets were irritating. There wasn't really a beginning or a middle, and the end was premature and oversimplified.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    Brash and interesting, but not great. A lot of Jewish angst, which I can relate to.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    This was a very good book - I was pleasantly surprised. For all the women who have committment issues and place the blame of the failure of the relationship on the man - this one is for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    This was an okay read - I never got attached to the main character - she wasn't all that likeable - but the story kept me interested enough to finish it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gato Negro

    A thirty-something Jewish woman's search for happiness. Well written.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    A- Hilarious book. A pathological liar's life, how she messes up love, and how she is a little bit nutty at times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jody

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan Nehring

  16. 4 out of 5

    nicole

  17. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was work getting through this. Donated afterwards.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Agnes

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ava

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laurent Assouad

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacey the Unruly Reader

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jacobson

  25. 5 out of 5

    David

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Adventure Girl

  27. 4 out of 5

    Libby

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tarrastarr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Yamaguchi

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