Lyla Blake Ward’s new book, Broadway, Schrafft’s and Seeded Rye—Growing Up Slightly Jewish on the Upper West Side has been received with equal enthusiasm by those who share the author’s memories of life on the UWS in the 1930’s and early 1940’s, and those who have only heard about and want to know more about the “Gilded Ghetto,” where everybody walked to school; children played marbles across West End Avenue, and where, weather permitting, families strolled on Broadway, the Ramblas of the Upper West Side.

Since 1950, Lyla Ward’s humorous essays, poems, opeds, and social commentaries have appeared in too many magazines and newspapers, to mention–but we’ll try: Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s, Woman’s Day, Wall Street Journal and Family Circle, Charm, McClean’s, and The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Hartford Courant, Boston Globe, Newsday, Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle to name a few.