Not Our Kind

Not Our Kind

With echoes of The Rules of Civility and The Boston Girl, a compelling and thought-provoking novel set in postwar New York City, about two women?one Jewish, one a WASP?and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting One rainy morning in June, two years after the end of World War II, a minor traffic accident brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. The With echoes of The Rules of Civility and The Boston Girl, a compelling and thought-provoking novel set in postwar...

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Title:Not Our Kind
Author:Kitty Zeldis
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B0756CXX69
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Not Our Kind Reviews

  • Mary
    May 24, 2018
    I was fortunate to have an ARC to preview for the book festival. I was intrigued by the blurb that this was Rules of Civility meets The Boston Girl ... and the book lived up to those high expectations. Yes it covers themes of anti-Semitism, disability and feminism, but it's (mostly) se...
  • Lori
    Jun 27, 2018
    This is not the kind of novel I normally read, more of a beach read, but I have to say, I gobbled it up. I immediately loved being a fly on the wall of the Upper East Side WASP culture 1940's......this was a great escape, and I needed one. This book came along at the perfect time. ...
  • Nari
    Aug 16, 2018
    It?s a very well written book and I did learn more about life in the immediate post WW11 era. I just wish Eleanor?s character wasn?t so... saint-like. She and Wyn were polar opposites, but in a slightly caricature way. Patricia was the most interesting character. I wish the book ...
  • Claudia Silk
    May 10, 2018
    Great historical fiction about a time period that isn't usually covered - the late 1940's. I loved the fact that this story stayed in the time period and didn't flip back and forth with present day. The story revolves around 2 women one a WASP and one a Jewish woman and the way their l...
  • Sarah
    Jun 13, 2018
    In terms of things I like to read about this book covered so many bases: Judaism, teachers, the 1940's a New York City setting, disease, five checks! Not Our Kind tells the tale of two women from vastly different circumstances. Eleanor Mokowitz, the daughter of a widowed milliner and...
  • Tammy
    Sep 20, 2018
    Not Our Kind is a captivating story of discrimination and anti-Semitism soon after WW2. Eleanor, a young Jewish teacher and Patricia, a rich WASP, are thrown together after an accident. Patricia hires Eleanor as a tutor for her young daughter. The story is told from the viewpoints of E...
  • Cindy
    Oct 17, 2018
    A beautiful and honest read bringing together two different women two years after WWII. Eleanor is a young Jewish woman looking for a job. Due to an accident she meets wealthy Patricia who hires her to tutor her daughter, Margaux, who is recovering from polio. A friendship develops bet...
  • Jean
    Aug 19, 2018
    There are absolutely no shades of RULES OF CIVILITY. This novel could have been better. The voice of the father was just not right. In fact, was difficult for me to read at times. Some of his actions were so against his character that I believe it took away from the story. I would love...
  • Betty
    Nov 14, 2018
    Kitty Zeldis has given us a well written and engaging novel about two women from two different worlds who are bound by their mutual love of one young girl. One rainy morning in 1947 in New York City, Eleanor Moskowitz is running late for a job interview, while Patricia Bellamy is on he...
  • Camille Maio
    Sep 25, 2018
    I was quickly captivated by this story of two women from different words, though only blocks away. I found the characters to be realistic and engaging and the story of one that is at the same time simple and deep. Though I am usually a plot-driven reader, I found myself wholly engaged ...
  • Sarah Beth
    Aug 15, 2018
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins. A chance encounter, thanks to a minor traffic accident, brings together Eleanor, a teacher and recent college graduate and Patricia, a somewhat unhappily married woman whose thirteen-year-old daughter Margaux is...
  • Angela M
    Sep 12, 2018
    3.5 stars. The setting is New York City two years after WWII has ended and two women who couldn?t be more unlike cross paths in a chance meeting when their taxis are involved in an accident. Eleanor Moskowitz, a young disillusioned woman has just resigned from her first teaching ...
  • Dana
    Sep 25, 2018
    I absolutely loved every word of this book, until the last paragraph! There is nothing that irritates me more, in fiction, than being left wondering what happens to the main characters I have grown to love. Will she or won't she? What happens now? Those are questions I am left asking, ...
  • Kathleen
    Jul 12, 2018
    Definitely an interesting perspective of US history - antisemitism after WWII - not a time period that I remember having read before. The author really does an amazing job with setting that time and place and really grounded the reader into that age through the NYC location, the summer...
  • Susan Johnson
    Sep 12, 2018
    3.5 stars This is the story of two women who meet in a taxi accident two years after WWII ends in NYC. One is a young woman, Eleanor, just starting out on a teaching career and is Jewish. The other is a middle aged, rich WASP woman, Patricia, who has a daughter suffering from polio....
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Oct 28, 2018
    WWII Historical Fiction is a favourite genre of mine and Not Our Kind caught my attention because it deals with the struggles and racism, surreptitious and overt, that Jewish people in New York City continued to experience years after the Second World War. The story follows Eleanor Mos...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    May 08, 2018
    Eleanor Moskowitz is stuck in a taxi in New York City during a visit from President Truman. She is without employment and is running late for a job interview for a teaching position. Her cab is hit by another vehicle leaving her with minor injuries. The other taxi?s passenger, Patric...
  • Linda Zagon
    Jul 19, 2018
    My Review of ?Not Our Kind? by Kitty Zeldis Harper Collins Publishers September 4, 2018 Kitty Zeldis, Author of ?Not Our Kind? had me captivated and mesmerized by her vivid and thought-provoking images and descriptions of the characters and landscape. The Genres for this Nov...
  • Rayna
    Nov 04, 2018
    (3.5 stars) This was so freaking relevant to the current social and political climate, which is depressing seeing as it is set in the 1940s... There were many complex relationships in this book that were explored in a great way. The views of the time period and the characters were h...
  • Susan Peterson
    Sep 12, 2018
    Not Our Kind is a riveting story featuring two women: a young Jewish girl and the rich woman who hires her to tutor her young daughter. The book takes place in New York City in 1947 and the author does an excellent job of putting the reader in that time and place. The characters in thi...
  • Christine Grant
    Oct 07, 2018
    I really enjoyed this story about two women from different walks of life whose paths cross due to an unexpected accident. Prejudice. Polio. Alcoholism. Misogyny. The first half of the book is stronger than the end which is why I rated this book 4 stars versus the 5 stars I was sure it ...
  • Gina
    Jul 22, 2018
    This didn?t quite work for me. The writing and story line turned the pages quickly enough but the emotional narrative I found somewhat contrived and rather toe curling; it veered too often towards a teenage romance. And I wasn?t convinced by the Jewish ?otherness?, it seemed ra...
  • Hanna Gichard
    Jun 08, 2018
    I read an advanced reader copy. For historical fiction, it was a little fluffy. Overall it was nice but a little flat. I liked the two central characters and was always interested to find out what happened next with them. But so much of the plot and story arc felt glossed over in t...
  • Isabella
    Aug 15, 2018
    I got this book in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss! It follows Eleanor, a jewish girl in post World War II New York that finds herself in the employment of the WASP family, the Bellamys, as their daughter's Margaux's private tutor. It was, first of all, a really cool s...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Sep 05, 2018
    4 sophisticated stars to Not Our Kind! ? ? ? ? It seems like I was just writing a review for another World War II story, and in fact I was. Not Our Kind stands out because of its unique perspective on being Jewish in a post-WWII United States. To set the stage, two wome...
  • Renee
    Aug 25, 2018
    This was a 2.5 star read for me. I was sooooo excited about the premise?Jewish woman facing discrimination and anti-Semitism in post-WW2 America?but sadly, the writing and storyline fell flat. Characters had every opportunity for depth and complexity, but instead, I found them t...
  • Vivian Payton
    May 20, 2018
    Kitty Zeldis creates an intriguing story about Eleanor Moskowitz, an educated young Jewish woman who?s a teacher and lives on Second Avenue in New York City, and Patricia Bellamy, a high society WASP who lives on Park Avenue. These two women?s lives and worlds couldn?t be further...
  • Jane
    Aug 28, 2018
    Thanks to Suzy's Approved Books (FB), the author, and Harper for this ARC. A fast moving book that I devoured in 3 days. I absolutely loved this book. The characters, the plot, and everything. I'm a big fan of Jewish fiction and this one didn't disappoint. I always find it inte...
  • Crumb
    Mar 29, 2018
    An honest portrayal of life in Brooklyn immediately following WWII. A MUST READ for historical fiction fans. Eleanor Moskowitz never would have imagined that while on her way to a job interview, her world was about to completely change course. A traffic accident forced Patricia Bel...
  • Carla Suto
    Oct 10, 2018
    NOT OUR KIND by Kitty Zeldis is a captivating and thought-provoking story about an unlikely friendship between two women from completely different worlds in post-World War II New York. It explores themes of anti-Semitism, feminism, sexism and disability with beautiful writing and keen ...