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Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman
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Elissa Altman is the award-winning author of the memoir Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw, and the critically-acclaimed memoir Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking

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Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw Book Cover

A Pious Longing

It was a compulsion, a need, a desire so thick that it coated my tongue like halvah; even now, at moments when I least expect it, it creeps up on me and demands my attention, my need for acknowledgement as the pious woman I like to believe I am.     

Topics: Memoirs

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