Books, Calendars, Theater & Reviews in Print: Marnie Macauley/Marnie Winston-Macauley


Marnie has worked with book and calendar publishers including: Andrews McMeel Publishing, Workman, and Longstreet. Overall, she’s written or contributed to at least 25 of her books and calendars.


*Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother, 2007 [link]

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*Co-author, Become a Master of Self-Control: Meet Melly, Her Color is Mad, plus read-along, the first in the series of Camp MakeBelieve workbooks, and writer, musical Melly musical play, 2004. National Parenting award-winner

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, The Book. 2001

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*The Ultimate Sex, Love and Romance Quiz Book (1) 1995

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*He Says/She Says, 1995(with Cindy Garner)

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*The Ultimate Sex, Love and Romance Quiz Book (2) 1996

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*Manspeak: What he Says and What he Really Means, 1996

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*Men we Love to Hate 1997

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*Men we Love to Hate 1998

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*The Ultimate Answering Machine Message Book, 1997

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*Walk A Mile In My High Heels 1998

Pub. Longstreet

*He Says/He Means calendar 1999

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* Arthur C. Clarke 2001 Calendar with Ian T. Macauley pub:

Pub: Workman

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2002

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2003

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2004

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2005

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2006

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2007

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*The Jewish Mother Calendar 2007

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2008, Award, Best Calendar Subject, National/International Calendar Association.

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2009

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* A Little Joy, A Little Oy, 2010

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*The 10, 2010

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*Goyish vs. Jewish 2011

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*The Joy of Jewish Humor 2012

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

* The Joy of Jewish Humor 2013

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel

*The Funniest Jewish Jokes Ever, 2014.

Pub: AndrewsMcMeel




NOVELETTES: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (U.S. and German) and Realms of Fantasy and Fantom. Her novelettes have also reprinted in Germany and Russia.


Title page credit, of revised Getting Organized. Editor, Best Organizing Tips, ‘95.


Producer, NY production of “Chili Queen,” by Jim Lehrer (MacNeil/Lehrer), which also ran at the KennedyCenter.


Best Calendar Subject, National/International Calendar Association.





*Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother


A poignant, comprehensive, beautifully written and incredibly well-researched examination of the many faces of the Jewish mother.  Macauley’s mission is nothing less than elevating the Jewish mother from being merely a punch line.  When I wasn’t laughing out loud, I was smiling, and when I wasn’t smiling, I was crying.  Read this book and you will agree that the world would be a better place if we were all blessed with “Jewish mothers.”RABBI BONNIE KOPPELL. COLONEL KOPPELL BECAME THE FIRST FEMALE RABBI EVER TO SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY.


Finally!  A book that tells our truth — the truth about the Jewish mother. A book that informs, entertains, and moves the reader to laughter and to tears, written with exquisite skill, humor, research, honesty, and grace. I recommend it as a must-read for all mothers.  It’s an award-winner on our bookshelf!CONGRESSWOMAN SHELLEY BERKLEY


The be-all and end-all about the real Jewish leaders … Jewish Mothers. Researchers in the future will refer to this work as the definitive source on Jewish mothers. – EILEEN WARSHAW, PH.D, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JEWISH HERITAGE CENTER OF THE SOUTHWEST


Marnie has chosen from her great wealth of knowledge, the essence of the Jewish mother.  You will find her between Molly Goldberg and Golda Meir.  Insightfully presented, heart warming, hilarious, outlandish, wise, tender, brash, imaginative – it’s all here, flowing together in a style that keeps you reading chapter after chapter. Informative and enlightened reading for those of us not of the Jewish faith as well.CHARLES KEATING, EMMYAWARD-WINNING ACTOR AND MARY KEATING, AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S COMPOSER


Marnie Macauley has beautifully managed to create a truthful, highly researched, and delightful compendium of Jewish mothers.  Her book is an unusual  combination of historical sensibilities, scholarly material, and modern day revelations and analysis about this archetype, written in a highly entertaining, readable manner that will delight and inform both the casual reader and the academic. Her book should be on every personal reading list and syllabus dealing with women, Judaism, and feminism. — DR. MYRNA HANT, VISITING SCHOLAR AT THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN AT UCLA  



Thoroughly funny, thoroughly moving, thoroughly researched, Marnie has brought truth and accuracy to the subject of the Jewish Mother (finally), with wit, grace, and knowledge. It’s a magnificent book in its truisms. Somehow she has managed to do this in a fascinating and entertaining way. And … wait … my little “sister” Lamb Chop has something to say: “Marnie makes being a Jewish Mother sound like so much fun that I can’t wait to be one!” — LAMB CHOP AND MALLORY LEWIS, PRODUCER, PERFORMER, AUTHOR, AND DAUGHTER OF SHARI LEWIS.


A distinctive work that presents a fascinating portrait of the Jewish mother through fact,  research and humor. Macauley offers critical and new insights into this complex and controversial subject. This is a must-read. I give it 5 stars! TIM BOXER, EDITOR OF 15MINUTESMAGAZINE.COM AND FORMER COLLEAGUE OF LEGENDARY BROADWAY COLUMNIST EARL WILSON OF THE NEW YORK POST.


A hearty “yishar kocheich” to Marnie Macauley for a skillfully written, well-researched and thoroughly delightful study.  I laughed; I cried; and I felt profoundly proud to be a Jewish mother.  But, like the Yiddishe Mama that she, herself, is Marnie was asked to whip up a nosh, and she created enough food for an army.  Enjoy! You won’t go home hungry!!RABBI YOCHEVED MINTZ



This book will delight both the maven and the neophyte. Macauley takes the unusual approach of looking at many aspects of the Jewish mother, and artfully blends the scholarly with humor, research, and interviews, for a fascinating ride.  Using this breakthrough approach, she captures the neshuma of her subject while dispelling myths by telling the emmes truth. An award-winner.– BINYAMIN JOLKOVSKY, PUBLISHER OF THE JEWISH WORLD REVIEW AND POLITICAL MAVENS



I am writing on behalf of Tikkun Magazine to show our support and appreciation toward your recent book, Yiddish Mamas. For our upcoming July/August issue, Tikkun has chosen Yiddish Mamas as one of the books to be featured in “Tikkun Recommends”. To congratulate and support you in your work, we would like to send you a copy of the July/August issue, in which your book will be featured. Congratulations again on your work! — Tikkun Magazine



Marnie Macauley holds nothing back as she delves into every aspect of the Jewish Mother. Finally a book that shows real mothers in real situations which are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking but always, always truly inspiring. Jewish Mothers have always been a comical subject. No matter what your ethnic background, you will have experienced it in some form. While this book does have a great amount of hilarity in it also, the reader is treated to an insightful and refreshing look at many incredible women. The book has clearly been brilliantly researched and while I had expected the humour and stereotypes that are found within the pages, I hadn’t expected the latter chapters to deal with the inquisition and the holocaust – which I was positively thrilled with. Other favourite sections of this book for me, were The Jewish Mother Experience and Experienced: A Bissel of Information, Commentary, Debate, Anecdotes and Humour which covers so much from Yiddish and Yinglish, to Nakhes (pride), Bubbes (Grandmas) and more, and Yes, They, Too, Are Jewish Mothers which covers many Jewish Mothers who achieved so much in their lives. Some accounts that I especially loved were from the Pioneer and Colonial times.

You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this book. It’s a perfect mix of personal anecdotes and historical fact, blended with humour, wit, and passion.  This is a fantastic book that will never let you see Jewish Mothers the same way again.THE LITERARY WORD BOOK REVIEWS CHARLENE MARTEL




Move Over, Mulder & Scully!  The Truth about the Jewish Mother is Out There!

A new book by columnist, Marnie Macauley, is out there called Yiddish Mamas: The Truth about the Jewish Mother.  Marnie lives out in Las Vegas where she writes her syndicated advice column, and she was a former television writer for the daytime drama, “As The World Turns.”  Her newest book delivers the truth about what exactly is a Jewish Mother.  Her extensive research included interviewing mothers of people in the world of entertainment, sports, politics, arts and sciences.  Consider this book the ultimate information guide about the Jewish mother. —  “OUTSIDE IN”



Brilliant work! I received this item as a gift from a female friend who happens to be Jewish. Although generally not my particular choice in subject matter, I found the read to be genuinely entertaining and wonderfully funny… indeed I discovered quite a few truths about the Jewish mother; some archetypes upheld and some disproven. Moreover I was given a great insight into the mindset that I never had before. Thanks to my friend for recommending it, and the author of course for this work! — LARRY TILLS IN THE JEWISH CHRONICLE: LONDON




She is the queen of self-sacrifice, meddling in her children’s lives and providing a continual stream of chicken soup and kugels. The Jewish Mother stereotype, popularised most recently in Britain by Maureen Lipman in the famous BT ad campaign, is one for whom we have great affection. Marnie Macauley’s Yiddish Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother celebrates the Jewish Mother figure as one who has kept our culture alive. She says: “Many Jewish Mother stereotypes are about intrusion, child-first suffocation, lack of boundaries. Yet these ‘traits’ are also the very qualities — protection, education, nourishment and survival, during pogroms, throughout the Holocaust and other incalculable calamities — that have kept us alive and intact these 5,000 years. That Jewish moms don’t deserve the bum rap they have gotten from the media comes through loud and clear when you read Marnie Macauley’s delightful book, Yiddish Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.95). Macauley, the author of the popular “A Little Joy, A Little Oy,” has beaten the proverbial bushes to gather stories, humor, interviews, trivia and historical material about Jewish mothers, both famous (e.g. Babs Streisand) and obscure (e.g. Zora Nadrimal, the grandmother of Jean Lafette, the pirate), celebrating their spirit, their idealism, their outspokenness in the face of injustice, their devotion to their children and their commitment to the continuation of Jewish life. This is an entertaining, readable and eye-opening book that will make every Jewish mom walk a little bit taller, and inspire her children to think about her in a new, more generous light.– ALEX KASRIEL, JEWISH WOMEN INTERNATIONAL


Recommended new paperbacks

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Las Vegas-based columnist Marnie Winston-Macauley looked beyond the obvious stereotypes to reveal the complicated realities of the multi-faceted Jewish mother. This delightful book is full of anecdotes, jokes and wisdom. The author writes a syndicated column, Ask MARNIE, which appears regularly in the Tucson Citizen. – TUCSON CITIZEN


Supermoms: Modern Jewish mothers move beyond stereotype. More than 100 years removed from the shtetls, 38 years after Portnoy launched his complaint, and mother with bequeathing key mothering skills, including an important Jewish component. Marnie Macauley, author of “Yiddish Mamas,” has concluded that the negative stereotype of the smothering, worrying, food-obsessed, Yiddish-inflected Jewish Mother has a basis in fact. “Let’s not kid ourselves,” she says. “All mothers want their children to be well and successful. But when you come from an environment where you’ve been persecuted, or singled out as the odd one, obviously you’re going to hold together as a community in ways others do not.” Theorizes Winston-Macauley: Behaviors that once served the Jewish community –– the overprotective ways of stay-at-home Jewish mothers who supervised their children’s health, welfare and education –– came to be seen as maladaptive in the assimilationist freedom of America. “‘Children first’ was a survival trait and not neurotic,” she adds. “These shtetl mothers were doing what the religion commanded them to do, and they were doing what they needed to do to protect their kids.’”  If anyone is to blame, says Macauley, it’s not Jewish mothers but Jewish sons. “The rules of the shtetl were no longer necessary, nor were they helpful,” says the author. “Some Jewish boys came over [to America] still loving their mothers, then suddenly they’re thinking, ‘Hey, I want to be part of this new land. I want some of that milk and honey.” Perhaps that led to the kvetchy, even loony, Jewish mother in pop culture, from Ruth Gordon’s tushy-biter in the 1970 film “Where’s Poppa” to Larry David’s caustic portrayals of Jewish mothers in both “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Arguably, the most iconic Jewish mother from the last century would be actress Gertrude Berg’s Molly Goldberg character, a staple of 1930s radio and 1950s television. Mrs. Goldberg leaning out the window bellowing “Yoo Hoo!” cemented the image of the zaftig, loving homemaker one or two generations removed from Ellis Island. But Molly Goldberg is long gone, replaced by the likes of the venomous Susie Green on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” who routinely calls her husband “a fat #&*%”. Or the “helicopter” mother hovering over her kids’ lives, seen in scores of sitcoms or the butt of standup comedians’ jokes.

Oy, those jokes.

Though Jewish mothers today are as likely to do Pilates and have graduate degrees as any modern woman, the jokes usually play on the stereotype of the Yiddish mama from the Old Country.


“The Jewish mother joke is very complex,” says Macauley. “It’s not always understood. We hate pretension as we hate authority. We’re one of the few religions that can make a joke about God, coexisting with the reverence for God.”


Macauley says she wrote “Yiddish Mamas” because “I have an almost neurotic interest in justice. It was unjust that we Jewish mothers were running so fast from that altered image of us that changed only in the last 70 or 80 years. [Jewish women] are fighters. They have a determination, which is awe-inspiring and daunting today.” DAN PINE, THE JEWISH NEWS WEEKLY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA



Who is a Jewish mother? One morning at 3 a.m., as I was holding my 8-month-old son and worrying about his stuffy nose, it suddenly occurred to me – I am now a Jewish mother.

Could all the jokes about the worrying, nagging and overbearingness now potentially apply to me? Are these attributes innate, something that will slowly develop as my son grows, or are they merely stereotypes?

In “‘Yiddish Mamas’: The Truth About the Jewish Mother” (Andrews McMeel, $14.95 paperback) by Marnie Macauley, the author starts out by addressing the stereotype of the Jewish mother. Who is she? Rather than using the word “stereotype,” Macauley prefers “ethno-type,” which she describes as allowing “us to treasure our uniqueness as a group and as individuals without falling into the trap of carbon copying all Jewish mothers.” This has no positive or negative judgment, she writes, but instead “allows us to look at our history, our biology, our values and characteristic traits without prejudice or the quick sound bite.”

So what are these traits? She lists them as sacrifice (having the child come first); the importance of education; expectations of excellence; kvetching; worrying; expressing love with food; overprotection; control; guilt; high intensity and humor; activism, community and philanthropy; and measuring our own success through our children’s success.


In one chapter, “Yes, they, too, are Jewish mothers,” Macauley interviews many different types of Jewish mothers – from early American settlers to female rabbis. There’s even an interview with the Valley’s own Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, in a section called, “This land is our land,” about mothers in the military.LEISAH WOLDOFF, MANAGING EDITOR JEWISH NEWS OF GREATER PHOENIX



(Jewish) Mom’s: Search the Web site for “Jewish mothers” and 6,075 hits come up. Including a related title, “Yiddish Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother.”


That’s the new book by Marnie Macauley, a Flushing-born author who lives in Las Vegas and set out to investigate and shatter the often-unflattering stereotypes about the Jewish mother.


The book, released by Andrews McMeel Publishing on the eve of Mother’s Day, features historical stories and tidbits about Jewish mothers, interviews with the hundreds of Jewish mothers — and 19 non-Jewish mothers — comments by prominent people about Jewish mothers, and a collection of classic Jewish mother jokes at the end.


She doesn’t particularly like the jokes, which often have predictable punch lines. But they reflect one fact about Jewish mothers that accounts for their continued high visibility in popular culture.


“We’re funny,” she says. “We’re Jewish funny.”


Macauley, a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work who worked in the criminal justice system for several years before writing books and the syndicated “Ask MARNIE” newspaper column, was inspired to do her latest while working on “A Little Joy, A Little Oy: Jewish Wit and Wisdom,” her 2001 book that looked at Jewish culture through a lens of humor.


Her worked yielded “thousands and thousands of pieces of research” about Jewish women, most of them mothers. Macauley says.  “There were so many fascinating stories about pioneers of the American west, Holocaust survivors, religious leaders and politicians.” Eventually there was a book. Its purpose: to challenge the “ethnotype” (the author’s substitute word for stereotype) about the self-effacing, child-centered Jewish mother.


“Yiddish Mamas” presents an alternative image, an image of strong, assertive, competent women. Her readers who are also her subjects “love it,” she says, “because it resonates.” — STEVE LIPMAN, JEWISH JOURNAL




“Yiddish Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother” by Marnie Macauley is [a]  well-researched tome on the subject. The author weaves interviews with contemporary Jewish women, including Ruth Gruber, Laine Kazan and Mallory Lewis, as well as some famous Jewish males such as Jackie Mason and Marty Allen, to create a skillfully written narrative. The book is full of humorous and heart-warming anecdotes, and is highly readable and engaging. The bibliography at the end of the book is extensive. Winston-Macauley, who lives in Nevada, has authored more than 20 books and calendars, syndicates a “Dear MARNIE” advice column in newspapers, and has written for the television series, “As the World Turns.” JEWISH JOURNAL BOSTON NORTH


“Yiddish Mamas,” by Marnie Macauley, Andrews McMeel Publishing, paperback, $14.95. This history of Jewish mothers covers the stereotypes, the jokes, and the characteristics, as well as the caring and strengths inherent in the role. The author uses scholarly sources to examine the legacy of our mothers and explore the struggle still going on between assimilation and preservation of the past. The ups and downs of Jewish motherhood are explored through quotes, stories, and jokes and through the lives of real women who talk about their own mothers and their own mothering. Contributors include actress Tovah Feldshuh, Liz Abzug, Cong. Shelley Berkley, and Rabbi Bonnie Koppel. ABIGAIL SCHADE GARY, NEW JERSEY JEWISH STANDARD

Saturday May 12, 2007  24 Iyar 5767

Laugh if you can: the Jewish mother

Yiddish Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother by writer and popular talk-show guest Marnie Winston-Macauley … brings in some unusual perspectives, including that of Jewish mothers in sports (she interviews gymnast Kerri Strug’s mother). Macauley emphasizes a Jewish mother’s pride in and unconditional love for her children. As Mallory Lewis, daughter of the late Shari Lewis, says, “Mom died in 1998. My son was born in 1999. When something great happens, I long to talk to her … I’m shocked I don’t have her number.”  Macauley provide[s] a richer portrait of the Jewish mother.– LILA HANFT, CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS
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If I didn’t know these jokes came from Yiddish Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother (Andrews McMeel, $14.95) by Marnie Winston-Macauley, I would swear they were talking about Southern mamas. In great form, this book pokes fun at all mamas – but especially those Jewish ones, who have a reputation for how fierce and protective they can be. The kind anyone would be lucky to have, truth be told. My favorite story so far: No sex education was given. So, I got married and knew bubkes – nothing! I’m driving with Mom; she’s curious to know how much I learned in one month of married life. She says, “Tell me, Malka, do you know what a diagram is?”INA HUGHS, KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL


“Many Jewish mother stereotypes are about intrusion, child-first suffocation, lack of boundaries, and wanting a good match for their offspring.


“Yet these ‘traits’ are also the very qualities — protection, education, nourishment and survival during pogroms, throughout the Holocaust, and other incalculable calamities—that have kept us alive and intact these [3,500] years.”


The above two paragraphs are from the book “Yiddish Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother,” by Marnie Macauley.


Enough said. Now go call your mother and tell her how much you love her.




Is there such a thing as a ‘Jewish mother?’ If so, what are our characteristics and how are these similar or different from all mothers? And what was it that spun our image from adored sentimentality – to neurotic interlopers?” (xi) These are the questions that drive Marnie Macauley in her book Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth about the Jewish Mother. While the book isn’t teeming with academic research, Macauley’s use of interviews, anecdotes and humor is entertaining and draws the reader into her quest to define the Jewish mother through ethnography.


When Macauley initially began her research, she found that while the people she interviewed had many things to say about the Jewish mother, they were fearful of “stereotyping” her. In order to overcome this problem, Macauley creates a new phrase which she calls “ethno-typing,” which “…allows us to treasure our uniqueness as a group and as individuals without falling into the trap of carbon copying all Jewish mothers. It also carries with it no positive or negative judgment.” Macauley uses the phrase “ethno-typing” throughout the book, in any place where one might normally write “stereotype.” It is a surprisingly effective undertaking: the negative connotations usually associated with the word “stereotype” are avoided, and she is able to explore what makes a Jewish mother without preconception.


Through her interviews, Winston-Macauley concludes at the end of the first chapter that the Jewish mother is “…loving, nurturing, sacrificing, child-centered, bossy, verbal, tribal, overfeeding, hilarious, protective, ‘out there,’ an activist – a woman whose background has been molded by religion, tradition, unbearable hardship and loss, and hope.” The transition from a positive to negative image, Macauley argues, happened because of assimilation: As the mother clung to the tradition of her ancestors, her Americanized children “…wanted to fly and grab a piece of the American Dream and status, which was hard to reconcile with their Jewishness, and their mothers’ expectations.” (35) It was this atmosphere that, according to Macauley, created the negative image of the Jewish mother in the media – specifically television. This “mama-bashing” eventually became the universal stereotype of all mothers, not just the Jewish ones, in the media.


This negative stereotype is further perpetuated through Jewish Mother jokes.


Macauley’s endeavor to explore and define – without stereotype – the Jewish mother makes an interesting and entertaining read. Even the appendices contain a touch of humor: The first one is the “Aleph-baiz of Jewish Mother Humor” and includes an A through Z listing of funny stories. Her attempt is not intended to be fully comedic, however, and she takes her topic seriously. She writes “Our protectiveness, sacrifice, and raw courage in the face of [persecution] is, without question, rooted in our ethno-type. It provides an understanding of who we are, and deserves enormous respect when pitted against the comic images we’re fed.” (277) Winston-Macauley takes her topic seriously, and states in the epilogue that her “fervent hope is that this book has, in some measure, restored some balance, providing a deeper understanding of the sensibility and range of the Jewish mother against the simplest, often offensive, and ignorant stereotype.” (318) Indeed, it has.Shayna Sheinfeld, Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal







Marnie is a triple-threat author. She’s funny, articulate, and exudes a warmth in her writing! What a nice girl to bring home to your mother.—MARTY ALLEN, COMIC


“A Little Joy, A Little Oy” is an extraordinary odyssey through all things Jewish.  Like a good onion, it has many layers.  One minute you’re doubled over with laughter, the next, with tears.STAN ZIMMERMAN, OWNER, SAMMY’S ROUMANIAN STEAK HOUSE, NY.



A Little Joy, A Little Oy: Jewish Wit and Wisdom by Marnie Macauley ($9.95, AndrewsMcMeel Publishing) is a fat, funny, and, ultimately, very informative book about Jews and Judaism. A vivid reminders of how the descendents of those first Jews, 3,500 years ago, include Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Arthur Miller, and countless others who have made huge contributions to the human race. And then there were those like Jack Benny, George Burns, the Marx Brothers, Rodney Dangerfield and others who made us laugh. Open it to any page and you will find something interesting and amusing to read.– Alan Carumba, BOOKVIEWS




This book and its companion calendar is an extraordinary research effort of the most unusual kind. Loaded with the little things, A Little Joy, A Little Oy gives one the feeling of Yiddishkeit in a way that’s fascinating and entertaining. 10 STARS. Bad Points: I wish the book were longer! —

Avidreader Rank: Lance Corporal


This smashing book and calendar are so full of information, variety and enjoyment, I look forward to reading the calendar each morning! Unlike more ponderous books, A Little Joy, a Little Oy is subtle. A small fact, a quote, a joke is always in context and makes you laugh, cry, or understand more about what being a Jew is all about. I love this collection! — Hunor


There are only two types of humor in the world. Irish and Jewish. You can’t go wrong by buying a book of either one. This book is typical Jewish humor and very, very funny. Enjoyed it immensely. — Cy Gilson


 A JEWEL BOX OF JOY. I received A little Joy, A Little Oy as a Hanukkah gift this year and love it! It’s chock-full of the most unusual, entertaining, funny and heartwarming pieces. So many Jewish books are either all jokes — or a heavy read. The balance of this book is astounding. A terrific read.

I highly recommend it. — Milton Sorenson


What a surprising Joy! Warm. Funny. Sometimes hysterical. Fascinating. Moving. Caring. For anyone who wants to know or feel a little Jewish , this is the perfect book. Fat, full, familiar, funny. I bought one for each family group in my “clan.”Ellen D., Chicago

In this world of oy … we need this joy. MORE! Funny, touching, an easy read, this author can write. She tugs at the heart one moment, moves you to tears of sadness and laughter, and is a research maven to boot. When I need a lift, I turn to any page and feel instantly better. — Ruth, from Texas



A SEQUEL PLEASE! A most unusual book! Brilliantly researched, touchingly written. Obviously Ms. Maculey has a deep knowledge and passion — without preaching — for her subject. This love translates in the plethora of facts and moving anecdotes, not to mention humor. I always appreciated the respect this author showed by NOT using tasteless or biased humor! MORE PLEASE! — Abbe, Reva, and Elijah


A Keeper! Who “NU” this bulging little book would be a classic keeper. I have read sections to family and friends who got hysterical with laughter, were surprised, and moved, all within a few pages. I bought copies as gifts for the holidays. What a smart book! Loved it and I recommend it highly.

Lindsay, from Baltimore



JOYOUS! This little book was given to me for the holidays by a colleague and I am so grateful. A most unusual book, it’s stuffed, like a gezunta sandwich with the most fascinating, funny, and emotional pieces. an astounding compendium that moved me to hysteria and tears!

The very nature of the book’s structure is rare (a little bit of everything joyous and “oyous”). A total recommendation!Saundra, New York



A COMPLETE JOY!!!!!!!! An extraordinary banquet for “Jewish by culture.” A superb gift, I purchased the book and the 2003 and 2004 calendars for my daughter-in-law who is in the process of considering conversion. Her comments were, “Now I understand your son!” ):

I highly recommend all of this author’s works in this series, as they are warm, funny, unusual, moving and fascinating. — Miriam






More fun than a barrel of therapists.  Macauley’s vastly stimulating quizzes succeed beyond our wildest imaginations.Dr. Robert U. Akeret, psychoanalyst


Marnie Macauley will help you to examine the way you feel about sex, love, and romance.  You can use this expanded picture to decide where to best direct your efforts to greater fulfillment. – Dr. Howard M. Halpern.


This collection of quizzes offers couples a unique, easy, and entertaining method to open the lines of communication.  Learn more about yourself and our mater–and have fun doing it. – Sherelynn Lehman, marriage, family, and sex therapist.


Sharp, witty, insightful–and a lot of fun. Marnie has brought humor and utility together in another wonderful book. – Barr Seitz, Producer, ABC online.