About Kim Chernin

Kim Chernin, Ph.D. has won acclaim for her numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including The Obsession, In My Mother’s House (Nominated for Chronicle Critics Award and Chosen as Alice Walker’s Favorite Book of the Year in 1983 New York Times), The Flame Bearers (1986 New York Times Notable Book) and National Best Seller The Hungry Self. She has appeared on Phil Donahue, Good Morning America and The Today Show, and was featured in the PBS documentary "If Women Ruled the World: A Washington Dinner Party" hosted by Canada's first female prime minister, the Honourable Kim Campbell, and 19 guests from diverse cultural, ethnic, generational, and professional backgrounds, sharing their experiences and observations as trailblazers in male dominated fields and to explore the prospects for full gender equity. She has been featured on dozens of radio stations across the U.S., including NPR, KQED Forum and Larry King Radio. Her articles have appeared in New York Times Magazine, Focus Magazine and Tikkun, and her work has been featured in New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, LA Times, Newsday and more. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts in Fiction, Kim lives in Northern California with her partner, Renate Stendhal.

Learning to Speak Each Other’s Language

By September 18, 2009

Should we beoptimistic about the current discussions intended to create two sovereignstates in the area of Israel and Palestine? I’m not optimistic. I thinkthe conscience of the world is soothed by these meetings and accords andmemoranda and Camp David get-togethers, … Read More

Being a Professional Listener

By September 17, 2009

I want to say a few words about why I became a writer. When I was young the form of speech we now refer to as narrative had a different name. It was called lying, and I was good at … Read More

All The Things I Didn’t Know

By September 16, 2009

I’m not an activist – perhaps, at best, I’m a desktop activist. I can’t imagine myself part of these thirty-three Jewish organizations that guard the politically correct views of Israel. Yet, in my own conversational sphere I have been as … Read More

The ‘Siege Mentality’ of Discussing Israel

By September 15, 2009

I started out by saying that I was worried about us, the whole community of us, American Jews. As Jews, inheriting a Talmudic tradition of debate and commentary, we have been a people given to disputation. We have been considered … Read More

What We Talk About When We Talk About Palestine

By September 14, 2009

Kim Chernin is the author of Everywhere a Guest, Nowhere at Home: A New Vision of Israel and Palestine. She is guest-blogging this week on Jewcy, and this is her first post. I am worried about us, the whole community … Read More