“Sonia Taitz has a good heart, a brave mouth, and an unmortgaged soul. Follow where she leads. You want to go there.” -John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer, Tony, and Academy Award-Winning author of Moonstruck and Doubt
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"BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL" -- The Chicago Tribune

SONIA TAITZ is an award-winning author, playwright, essayist and advocate. A phi beta kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Barnard College, Columbia, she holds a J.D. from Yale and an M.Phil in 19th Century English from Oxford University, where she was awarded the Lord Bullock Prize. She has written extensively for The New York Times and The Observer, where she held a cultural column, and currently writes for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Her plays have been performed at the Oxford Playhouse, Circle Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Primary Stages, as well as at D.C.'s National Theatre and on National Public Radio. She is also a three-time Finalist at Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Sonia's first book, MOTHERING HEIGHTS, was praised by PEOPLE, excerpted for a week in the POST, and discussed on "The Today Show," NPR, CNN, and other national outlets. Oprah Winfrey highlighted a section in O Magazine; this excerpt is listed in numerous anthologies and was featured in a PBS special on love, narrated by Anna Deveare Smith.

IN THE KING'S ARMS, a novel, was praised by The New York Times Book Review, featured in The Jewish Book World, and nominated for the Sami Rohr Prize. ForeWord Reviews placed Sonia Taitz "in the province of the best poets, playwrights, and novelists." Legendary critic, essayist, and editor of Headbutler.com, Jesse Kornbluth compared Sonia (and this book) to the best of Evelyn Waugh and Philip Roth.

THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER, a memoir, was highlighted in Vanity Fair ("Fanfair"), People Magazine, The Readers' Digest (which placed it on its "Can't-Miss" List), The Chicago Tribune, and many others. The American Library Association nominated the book for its Sophie Brody Medal (for a work that enhances understanding of the Jewish-American experience).
THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER is also a ForeWord Review Medalist for Best Memoir.

SONIA TAITZ 's next book (Fall, 2014) is DOWN UNDER, a novel which depicts the quest of a movie star who has held a decades-long torch for a woman. We see the backstory of the boy he was, the Jewish girl he once loved, why he's found refuge in alcohol and anti-Semitism as he wends his way back to her -- and what happens when to them both when he gets there.
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THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER:
An AMAZON Best-Seller and Book Club Favorite

Sonia Taitz/​ Keynote Presentation at CHICAGO TRIBUNE /​ PRINTERS' ROW LIT FEST
C-SPAN BOOK TALK: Featured Author
http:/​/​www.c-spanvideo.org/​program/​Watchm

BEST MEMOIRIST: ForeWord Reviews
Nominated by the American Library Association for THE SOPHIE BRODY MEDAL

Featured on Ron Hogan/​ Beatrice/​Podcast:
"LIFE STORIES: THE ART OF THE MEMOIR" #18

Recommended by:
BOOKLIST/​ The American Library Association
PEOPLE: "heartwrenching and funny"
VANITY FAIR Fanfair/​ "Hot Type" (Elissa Schappell)
THE JERUSALEM REPORT ("a new voice in Jewish literature")
THE READERS' DIGEST -- "Can't-Miss" List (Dawn Raffel)
KIRKUS
THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
and many others

Critics say:
"A HEARTBREAKING MEMOIR OF HEALING POWER AND REDEEMING DEVOTION"
-- James Wolcott, essayist, critic, and author of LUCKING OUT and CRITICAL MASS

"One of the YEAR'S BEST READS!" -- The Jewish Journal

"A HAUNTING MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF TIME"
-- Mark Whitaker, memoirist, Managing Editor, CNN (former Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek)

"ENGAGING AND PROFOUND! Beautiful, funny, poignant but not sentimental, Sonia Taitz’s memoir about growing up the child of Holocaust survivors, reads LIKE A NOVEL MADE MORE POWERFUL BY TRUTH."
-- WISE WOMEN World

"From the time Taitz was small, her parents’ stories about the Holocaust were 'like telling me about THE SECRETS OF THE COSMOS'.... Her Jewish home, 'where even the walls were sighing,' makes her eager for an outside world and education. She realizes, however, that her promised land is not Yale Law School, and finally becomes her own “true self” while studying literature at Oxford.... Even now, as the last Holocaust survivors pass away, WRENCHING REVERBERATION RUN THROUGH SONIA TAITZ'S POIGNANT, POETIC MEMOIR."
-- Whitney Scott, BOOKLIST (the American Library Association)

"THE LOVE that Sonia has for her parents, in spite of all their flaws, is TRULY AMAZING. She wants them to move forward instead of constantly backwards. Sonia's experiences and the people that she meets open her parents' eyes and helps them heal.... EXTREMELY MOVING, SAD, FUNNY, and GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN. SONIA TAITZ IS A WORDSMITH. Every page is both descriptive and lyrical. I LOVED THIS BOOK AND DIDN'T WANT IT TO END. Very highly recommended." --Bookaholics


Read Readers Digest Review by author, editor, and founder of The Center for Fiction, Dawn Raffel


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“Heartwrenching, moving, and yes, hilarious, Taitz’s extraordinary memoir explores culture clash, Jewish roots, and the struggle to break the bonds of the past and forge your own kind of Promised Land future. But it’s also an astonishing love letter to Taitz’s Holocaust survivor parents, one that’s so fiercely tender and gorgeously written, that each page seems like a revelation.”
-Caroline Leavitt,
Boston Globe book critic and NEW YORK TIMES Best-selling author of Pictures of You

“A heartbreaking memoir of healing power and redeeming devotion, Sonia Taitz’s The Watchmaker’s Daughter has the dovish beauty and levitating spirit of a psalm…a past is here reborn and tenderly restored with the absorption of a daughter with a final duty to perform, a last act of fidelity.”
-James Wolcott,
New Yorker and Vanity Fair cultural critic, and author of the memoir Lucking Out

"An invigorating memoir about coming of age as the daughter of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and Holocaust survivors...An affecting, brisk read, especially noteworthy for its essential optimism and accomplished turns of phrase."
-Kirkus Reviews



Publisher:
McWitty Press
mcwittypress@​aol.com
Author Photo: H&H Photographers

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Selected Works

Literary Non-Fiction, Jewish History, American History, Memoir
COMING SOON -- THE AUDIOBOOK, with Commentary by the Author! "TAITZ WEAVES HER TALE WITH MEANING AND TENDERNESS." A memoir of growing up as the child of European immigrants who are Holocaust survivors. Her bicultural, binocular life lends humor and depth to the author's story. Nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal by the American Library Association; WINNER of a BOOK OF THE YEAR MEDAL from ForeWord Reviews.
Fiction
This novel, set in England in the 1970s, is a lyrical, romantic tale about the headstrong American daughter of Holocaust survivors. Seeking relief from their traumatized world, she escapes to Oxford, where she is smitten with the son of an anti-Semitic family. Amidst the drama lies a sense of magic and the healing possibility of love. Praised by THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.
Non-fiction, Memoir, Social commentary/Satire, Women's Studies
The book looks at the infinite variety of supposed “experts” on child-rearing, products mothers are cautioned to buy, and advances they are urged to apply to their children (such as teaching them Latin or Mandarin in utero, or training them to be gymnasts before that first crucial year has passed). Sonia Taitz reassures mothers that they are the best experts on their children, and that the intimacy born of closeness is better than any “Mommy and Me” class or flash-card drill. A classic that has been cited by O:THE OPRAH MAGAZINE as "one of the best things ever said about motherhood."

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