Paula J. Caplan

Safe in America

1. The Diary of Anne Frank, because its writer was still a young girl and showed this safe. American Jew a different, horrendous world of the persecuted Jew. I also loved Anne’s honesty about her sexuality.

2. Little Women, because Jo was a strong woman and a writer—which I longed to be—while considered a misfit, which I felt was (as an intelligent girl and part of a tiny Jewish minority in town).

3. The Israeli-Jewish Jordana in Uris’ Exodus, because of her courage and warm sexuality.

Paula J. Caplan is a psychologist, actor and playwright. Her hooks include Don’t Blame Mother, The Myth of Woman’s Masochism, and They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal, on which she has based her first play.

Sugar & Spice – and Beyond

The articles in this special section:

Girls Who Thought about Sex

Barbara Brenner

They were all Orthodox

Deborah Brodie

So I Had to Write it Myself

Floreva G. Cohen

Safe in America

Paula J. Caplan

Sarah Was My Soulmate

Rebecca Goldstein

God Will Have to Allow It

Esther Hautzig

The Impact of Reality

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Jewish Rabbits

Rachel Kadish

Searching for Jewish Clues

Johanna Hurwitz

The Book under My Pillow

Leslea Newman

Please Write One More…

Elizabeth Michaelson

Deborah & Letty

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Feminist (But Not Jewish)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Jewish (But Not Feminist)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Books for the 90s

Sara N.S. Meirowitz