In a remote corner of the world, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, the language of Jesus. This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world’s attention.
Graceful and resonant . . . A personal undertaking for a son who admits he never understood his unassuming, penny-pinching immigrant father. The new york times book review“sabar’s family history turns out to be more than the chronicle of one man’s efforts to retain something of his homeland in new surroundings.
Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father’s strange immigrant heritage—until he had a son of his own. Ariel sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, discovering his family’s place in the sweeping saga of Middle Eastern history. Mostly illiterate, gifted storytellers, they were self-made mystics, and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq.
The Voyage OutForster. As poignant as anything in modern fiction”: An English girl comes of age on a journey to South America in this debut novel by the author of Mrs. Shy and introspective, rachel tentatively agrees, and soon finds herself on a voyage of liberation and self-discovery as she experiences the excitement and calamity of young love.
. Aboard her father’s cargo ship, her aunt and uncle, young Rachel Vinrace meets Helen and Ridley Ambrose, who invite her to join them at a South American resort for the winter. With an appearance by clarissa dalloway—and a fateful encounter between her husband and Rachel—Virginia Woolf’s debut novel anticipates the groundbreaking brilliance of her later works while displaying all their wit, insight, and heartbreaking sensitivity.
For all its tragic interest, the voyage Out is not low-keyed; it even has a slight buoyancy of tone, as if clear perception itself brought a continual zest to its writer. Dalloway E. M. Woolf has the diversity of power which makes the great writer of narrative. New republic this ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Last Train to ParisAnd on the day before world war II is declared, she must choose who will join her on the last train to Paris . . . This carefully researched historical novel reads like a suspense thriller, and interweaves real-life figures into the story, offering “a poignant glimpse into the tensions and anxieties of prewar Europe” Kirkus Reviews.
Wwii enthusiasts may appreciate this quieter evocative look at a much-examined era. Publishers Weekly. An american foreign correspondent finds herself in love, and in danger, in this novel that “presents startlingly vivid images of life in Hitler’s Europe” The New York Times. Rose manon grew up in the mountains of Nevada, and is now working as a journalist in New York.
Posted to paris, an unsolved murder, she is soon entangled in romance, and the desperation of a looming war. Assigned to the berlin desk, manon is forced to grapple with her hidden identity as a Jew, the mistrust of her lover, and an unwelcome visitor on the eve of Kristallnacht. In 1935, she is awarded her dream job: foreign correspondent.
Streets: A Memoir of the Lower East SideMore than seventy years later, the publication of Streets recovers a remarkable voice and offers a vivid chronicle of a lost world. A startling, clear-eyed” memoir of an immigrant girl’s childhood in early 20th century NYC from the journalist and Tony-winning co-author of Kiss Me Kate Booklist. Born in transylvania in 1899, bella spewack arrived on the streets of New York’s Lower East Side when she was three.
Witty, and unsentimental, street-smart, Bella was a genuine American heroine who displays in this memoir “a triumph of will and spirit” The Jewish Week. At twenty-two, while working as a reporter with her husband in Europe, she wrote a memoir of her childhood that was never published. Bella, describes the sights, who went on to a brilliant career write for stage and screen with her husband Sam, sounds, and characters of urban Jewish immigrant life after the turn of the century.
A Girl Made of DustBut as israeli troops invade beirut and danger moves ever closer, Ruba realizes that she alone may not be able to keep her loved ones safe. A girl made of dust is equally gripping as a poignant family drama and as a visceral depiction of living with war literally crashing on your doorstep” Words Without Borders.
She must first save her father. Completely believable” prize-winning novel about a girl’s coming of age in war-torn Lebanon Publishers Weekly. In trying to salvage her family, Ruba uncovers a secret from her father’s past. Exquisitely affecting . . . With its “delightful and precocious narrator reminiscent of scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, ” Abi-Ezzi captures both a country and a childhood plagued by a conflict that even at its darkest and most threatening, carries the promise of healing and retribution Christian Science Monitor.
It sends her on a journey far from the fantasies of youth and into a brutal reality where men kill in the name of faith and race, old wrongs remain unforgiven, and where nothing less than self-sacrifice and unity can offer survival. A “beautifully written, lyrical . . .
Traitor to the Crown: The Untold Story of the Popish Plot and the Consipiracy Against Samuel PepysImprisoned in the tower of london, forgery, and uncovers a life riddled with ambition, Colonel John Scott, Pepys sets to work investigating his mysterious accuser, treason and—ultimately—murder. As gripping as any thriller. The times london “i couldn’t put it down, and there aren’t many books on the seventeenth century you can say that about.
History Today. Everywhere, or so it is feared, Catholic agents are plotting to overthrow the King. Samuel pepys, secretary of the Admiralty, finds himself charged with treason and facing a show trial and execution. The meticulousness of the longs’ research is awesome” in this historical account of the plot to brand a British naval official as a Catholic traitor The Guardian.
1679, england: fear of conspiracy and religious terrorism have provoked panic in politicians and a zealous reaction from the legal system. Using rare access to pepys’ account of the affair, james Long and Ben Long brilliantly evoke a turbulent period in England’s history—and tell the forgotten story of the two most dangerous years in the life of the legendary diarist.
The Marrying of Chani KaufmanRewardingly delightful” Bust. Nineteen-year-old chani kaufman is betrothed to Baruch Levy, a young man she’s seen only four times before their wedding day. But the happiness chani and baruch feel is outweighed by their anxiety about the realities of married life; about whether they will be able to have fewer children than Chani’s mother, who has eight daughters; and about the frightening, unspeakable secrets of the wedding night.
London, 2008. Longlisted for the man booker prize and selected as an amazon best book of the Month, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman is a “deeply melodic and exciting” story that “will resonate with readers from all backgrounds” and “linger after the last page” Publishers Weekly. Through the story of chani and baruch’s unusual courtship, we meet a very different couple: Rabbi Chaim Zilberman and his wife, Rebbetzin Rivka Zilberman.
All the cups of cold coffee and small talk with suitors have led up to this moment. As chani and baruch prepare to share a lifetime, together with the rest of the community, Chaim and Rivka struggle to keep their marriage alive—and all four, face difficult decisions about the place of faith and family in the contemporary world.
A “stunning” portrait of life and love inside an insular Jewish community that “reads like an Orthodox Pride and Prejudice . . .
Nop's Trials: A NovelA novel about the bond between a farmer and his black-and-white border collie that James Herriot called “beautiful and as gripping as any thriller. On christmas day, virginia livestock farmer Lewis Burkholder and Nop, his black-and-white border collie, go out to feed the sheep. At the same time, Lewis refuses to believe that his beloved dog is gone for good.
But the holiday is shattered when Nop fails to return home. Stolen by two hardened criminals who see in the young stock dog a $300 payday, Nop suffers abuse and brutality as he courageously adapts to his new life, which holds no shortage of surprises. His determination to be reunited with Nop—and Nop’s own unswerving loyalty—reveals the depth and strength of the bond that can exist between humans and dogs.
My German Question: Growing Up in Nazi BerlinGay relates that the early years of the nazi regime were relatively benign for his family, culminating in Kristallnacht, yet even before the events of 1938–39, they were convinced they must leave the country. Not only a memoir, it’s also a fierce reply to those who criticized German-Jewish assimilation and the tardiness of many families in leaving Germany” Publishers Weekly.
Gay describes the bravery and ingenuity of his father in working out this difficult emigration process, the courage of the non-Jewish friends who helped his family during their last bitter months in Germany, and the family’s mounting panic as they witnessed the indifference of other countries to their plight and that of others like themselves.
Not a single paragraph is superfluous. Gay’s account—marked by candor, modesty, and insight—adds an important and curiously neglected perspective to the history of German Jewry. In this poignant book, anti-religious jew in nazi germany from 1933 to 1939—“the story, ” says Peter Gay, a renowned historian tells of his youth as an assimilated, “of a poisoning and how I dealt with it.
With his customary eloquence and analytic acumen, and the reasons they did not emigrate sooner, the life they led, Gay describes his family, and he explores his own ambivalent feelings—then and now—toward Germany its people. His inquiry rivets without let up, powered by its unremitting candor. Los angeles times book Review “An eloquent memoir.
The wall street journal “A moving testament to the agony the author experienced.
Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated SouthYet remembering jim crow is also a testament to how black southerners fought back against systemic racism—building churches and schools, raising children, running businesses, and struggling for respect in a society that denied them the most basic rights. Men and women from all walks of life tell how their most ordinary activities were subjected to profound and unrelenting racial oppression.
Based on interviews collected by the behind the veil Project at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, this remarkable book presents for the first time the most extensive oral history ever compiled of African American life under segregation. The result is a powerful story of individual and community survival.
This “viscerally powerful . . . Compilation of firsthand accounts of the jim Crow era” won the Lillian Smith Book Award and the Carey McWilliams Award Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. It is a sobering reminder of the mistakes this nation has made, a hopeful reflection on how far we have come. The kansas city star “A shivering dose of reality and inspiring stories of everyday resistance.
Library Journal. Praise for remembering Jim Crow “A ‘landmark book.
Home Is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in ChinaRead it, it will help you dip into the real China. Xinran, author of the good women of china “a military wife turned ESL instructor’s sharp-eyed account of how the adoption of a Chinese baby girl led to her family’s life-changing decision to live and work in rural China . . . Candid and heartfelt.
Kirkus Reviews. A brutally honest and fascinating peek at life for an American family living in a foreign country. But with the help of new friends, they soon find their way. When aminta arrington moves with her husband and three young children including a daughter adopted from China from suburban Georgia to Tai’an, a city where donkeys share the road with cars, the family is bewildered by seemingly endless cultural differences large and small.
I was engrossed in the story as arrington used her humor, and ultimately understanding and flexibility to survive, realize, and eventually love the contradictory land of China. Kay bratt, bestselling author of silent tears: a journey of hope in a chinese orphanage “the power of Aminta Arrington’s Home Is a Roof Over a Pig is you can see both sides of the ‘China coin’ from it—something most people won’t get just by traveling through, or only by hearing about China in Western languages.
A down-to-earth memoir chronicling her family’s stint in the Chinese province of Shandong on the eve of the Beijing Olympics” Publishers Weekly. Full of humor and unexpectedly moving moments, Home Is a Roof Over a Pig recounts a transformative quest with a freshness that will delight.