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Meet Ruthie: a recently widowed, 72-year-old New York City Jewish grandmother, who receives a year of yoga lessons as a gift from her granddaughter. Ruthie is highly skeptical of yoga and its promise of renewal and transformation, but as she commits to the practice and gives yoga a chance, Ruthie forges new paths, masters new postures, and learns to let go of the past without forgetting. She shows us how to embrace the present with new vigor, strength, and courage—and above all, makes us laugh.

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"The greatest joy of this book is its matter-of-fact depiction of a reassuring fact—that growing older doesn’t mean we have to stop growing.” 


— The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle


"A gift book everyone should buy for their grandmother, or anyone, Jewish or not. It’s personal and adorable."



This is the voice of a forty-year-old Jewish woman neither young nor old, waiting to womb the world. The [collection of] poems speak with unashamed intensity of a woman's need to integrate sacred memories of grandparents who fled Nazi Germany, her parents and her childhood, with deep yearnings for love and for a child of her own. In Lisa Grunberger's words we hear the cries of the grandchild of refugees and are privileged to listen to the echoes of longing.


— Micheal O'Siadhail, author of The Gossamer Wall


Download an Excerpt from Born Knowing

"Born Knowing [features] poems that are pungent, idiosyncratic, often audacious, sometimes elegiac, laced with a sharp irony. Here, too, is exuberance, an appetite for life carried in the cadenced lines that, like a runner or a dancer, open the space their movement creates."


— Eleanor Wilner, author and

MacArthur Award recipient


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"I write because I can’t not write. I guess I’m more than a little “demon-driven," Faulkner’s great  

   description of those who can’t not put pen to paper, or finger-tips to keyboard."  



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