In this Book

Bagels and Grits
summary

Jennifer Anne Moses left behind a comfortable life in the upper echelons of East Coast Jewish society to move with her husband and children to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Searching for connection to her surroundings, she decided to volunteer at an AIDS hospice. But as she encountered a culture populated by French Catholics and Evangelical Christians, African Americans and Cajuns, altruistic nurses and nuns, ex-cons, street-walkers, impoverished AIDS patients, and healers of all stripes, she found she had embarked on an unexpected journey of profound self-discovery. 
     In a keenly observed memoir that embraces both pathos and humor, Moses takes us into a world that is strange and sad but also suffused with the holy. As witness to dire poverty and extreme adversity, Moses discovers a deeper commitment to her own faith—Judaism that asks not for blind belief, but rather daily commitment. She recounts the challenges of taking on a life committed to God in a postmodern world that has little use for the divine. Telling her story of redemption with an honesty that goes right for the guts, she leaves the reader with new hope.

 

Outstanding Book, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Regional Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1 With God in Baton Rouge
  2. pp. 3-31
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2 The Dancing Widow
  2. pp. 32-56
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3 Dr. God
  2. pp. 57-69
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4 Hebrew on the Bayou
  2. pp. 70-78
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5 Holy Ghost
  2. pp. 79-93
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6 The Memory Books
  2. pp. 94-105
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7 Glimpses
  2. pp. 106-109
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8 Afterward
  2. pp. 110-119
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9 Kaddish
  2. pp. 120-125
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10 Coming of Age in Baton Rouge
  2. pp. 126-143
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11 Where They Landed
  2. pp. 144-148
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12 God’s Arms Are Very Long
  2. pp. 149-161
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13 Signs
  2. pp. 162-165
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Postscript: After the Storm
  2. p. 166
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.