About «All in a Lifetime »
“Clearly one of the benefits of becoming Dr Ruth is a significant increase in my Chutzpah.” Written at the height of her radio and cable shows, we read Ruth at her busiest.Her first fifty years are extraordinary: saved by the Kindertransport she spends the war with other orphans in Switzerland, makes her way to an austere kibbutz in Palestine, learns to work a machine gun in the Zionist army, is injured in the 1948 War, then through luck and spunk studies psychology and sociology at the Sorbonne and the New School. After a promising but truncated teaching career at CUNY (budget cuts force her out) she happens into a late night radio sex advice segment, which, as captive audiences listens to on car radios returning from the Hamptons, catapults her—in the early 80s—to fame and fortune. The memoir, uneven and polite, is meant for a popular audience and is weighed down by her banal, youthful diary. Still her charm, humor and wise counsel contrast with today’s bullying advice celebrities.