Devil in the Details: Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood

by Jennifer Traig | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 031601074x Global Overview for this book
Registered by ramson of New Orleans, Louisiana USA on 5/20/2007
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ramson from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Sunday, May 20, 2007
Yay! This book that has been on my wishlist was on the bargain books table in Barnes and Noble tonight so I treated myself. TBR for now.

Journal Entry 2 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Monday, October 22, 2007
Arrived today - thanks!

Journal Entry 3 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Monday, September 01, 2008
Funny and poignant, this honest book about obsession, family and overdoing religious ritual made me both laugh and think.

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 07, 2008
Received today from the non-fiction swap! Thanks so much krin :)

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, September 05, 2010
Jennifer Traig grew up in the 80s, as Jewish kid in a neighbourhood with very few Jewish families. As she learns more about her religion, she starts to exhibit strange behaviours. She is obsessive-compulsive with her OCD centering on her religion. Unfortunately, in the 80s obsessive-complusive disorder was rarely diagnosed. Traig has troubles determining what is kosher and what isn't, which affects her diet. She obsessively prays, scrubs her hands, and feeds her stuffed animals before feeding herself. Traig doesn't understand what she has or why she is different and neither does her family.

The book is written in a fairly light tone, to the point where Traig makes fun of herself and her parents have some funny one-liners that do the same. I can't help but wonder why Traig's parents would put up with her bizarre behaviour for so long without doing something for her and trying to figure out what her problem was.

The entire book felt like it was the same pace, the same emotion, and the same message. The steady nature of the book made it a bit dull in points. I almost gave up on the book about 1/2 way through but it did get a bit better. I had higher expectations for this one so I don't think I would recommend it.

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 11, 2010
Sending to my birthday partner!

Journal Entry 7 by rockyhorror1978 at St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 22, 2010
Thanks for the wishlist book! Great minds read the same books! :)

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