the case of the problematic children’s books

by marjorieingall on December 18, 2013


The original Nancy Drew mysteries were cringe-inducingly racist and anti-Semitic. What to do, what to do. I ponder. In Tablet magazine.


wonder of wonders

by marjorieingall on December 8, 2013

I reviewed Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof in today’s New York Times Book Review. Spoiler alert: I really liked it. (And whoa, I see the publisher has already put a pull-quote from the review on Amazon. Speedy.)


fun at the Tenement Museum

by marjorieingall on December 6, 2013

Read all about it here. We did not see this dude.


I shot this during the filming of The Knick on Orchard and Broome. (So many extras on iPhones…)


the mega-mecha list of best Jewish children’s books of 2013

by marjorieingall on November 21, 2013

This week in Tablet magazine: the 18 best Jewish children’s books of 2013.

And here, as promised, is the longer list of contenders, some of which may please your young gift recipient more than the ones I chose. The ones with an asterisk are the best of the best and are described in more detail in my column; read about them in Tablet. [click to continue…]


new york times book review

by marjorieingall on November 10, 2013

I have a piece in The New York Times Book Review today. If you have a 3rd-8th grader in your life who gets arch, tongue-in-cheek humor and would enjoy some Pirates-of-Penzance-style rollicking adventure with an awesome feminist twist, you must get The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. The other book I reviewed, meh. [click to continue…]


guess what? jewish chicken butt.

by marjorieingall on November 5, 2013

This week in Tablet magazine: Why do so many Jewish children’s books feature chickens?
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in which i was annoyed

by marjorieingall on October 17, 2013

New York Magazine ran a piece called “Ethical Parenting” that caused me distress. (My original title for this week’s Tablet magazine column was NEW YORK MAGAZINE IS TRYING TO KILL ME AGAIN.) I responded with a rant. I love Tablet for letting me be go spittily nutballs, though I do not love the house style of hyphenating “asshat.” (Ditto assclown and shitbag. Come on, these words are way funnier without hyphens.) [click to continue…]


things i have written this week

by marjorieingall on October 5, 2013

1. Barilla pasta makes babies cry.

2. Patricia Polacco is a goddess.

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a book under my own name!

by marjorieingall on October 4, 2013

From Publisher’s Marketplace this week:

Tablet parenting columnist and frequent NYTBR contributor Marjorie Ingall’s REVENGE OF THE JEWISH MOTHER, in which the author lays out the ten commandments (“Why mess with a classic?”) for bringing up self-sufficient, ethical, and accomplished children, to Leah Miller for Harmony, at auction, by Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company (NA).


not the best jewish books of all time list

by marjorieingall on September 17, 2013


I contributed to a massive undertaking — 101 Great Jewish Books: A Catalog of the Works that Shape the Jewish Mind in America Today — that went live on Tablet magazine today.

It is definitely a quirky list. I (playfully, I swear) took issue with a ton of it on Facebook. I am still désolée that some of my picks, despite my super-fierce defense of them, did not make the final cut. There are books I am gobsmacked to see there instead of the CLEARLY SUPERIOR choices I argued for. There are not enough 20th and 21st century Sephardic writers represented. But Alana Newhouse, the editor-in-chief, made it very clear that this is a list of great books that shape American Judaism — not the most important or best or most essential Jewish books ever written — and I’d add that the selection is colored to a great degree by the thoughtful and impassioned people who argued most forcefully for the books that influenced them the most. The list is a launch point for discussion, not the end of the discussion.

I wrote the entries for The Diary of Anne Frank, The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln, Where the Wild Things Are, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? and the Adventures of K’ton Ton. I gave up some of my picks to other writers (I’m a giver). I won’t provide individual links, because the whole list is worth reading. (And each entry is really short! No more than 200 words! And the ones that are 200 words instead of 100 words are 200 words because SOME WRITERS COULD NOT FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. Yeah, yeah, your pics are the awesomest and warrant more space. GET IN LINE.)

Here’s the list of contributing writers. Being allowed to play in this ball pit is pretty incredible.

(FYI: For some reason I can’t caption things anymore — it looks fine in the edit window and then goes kerflooey when I hit “publish.” So what I would have said in a caption/link to the photo in the caption is the tattoo is from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, and it is not on this list, and I would not argue that it should be on the list but it is a cool tattoo that seemed fitting for this post, and it is by the very talented Speck Osterhout who works at Tattoo Candy in Chicago. That is all.)