"Humor and tragedy blend seamlessly in this memoir of childhood upbringing and family trauma...A memoir whose heart pays considerable homage to its subjects." - Kirkus Reviews
"...It's a book about Holocaust survivors, yes, but it's also a coming-of-age story, a personal recounting of what it's like to live in a large family and the dynamics of the relationships within it."Mike Isaacs, the Skokie Review,
a Chicago Sun-Times Publication
"...Pressman is a talented writer and this book is a testament to her parents' truly indomitable will." -Publishers Weekly
"A memoir that is truly memorable." - Writer's Digest
is a superbly written autobiography that truly deserves being awarded the 20th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Grand Prize Book Award, as well as rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Looking Up is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary American Biography collections." - The Midwest Book Review
From the Back Cover
"Linda Pressman paints a vivid portrait of her Holocaust survivor parents' assimilation into American culture, while raising their seven daughters in Skokie, Illinois. Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie is horrifying, tender and irreverent. A skillful and engaging writer, Pressman allows the richness of her European ancestry to shine in spite of bearing the weight of her parents' trauma. This book about a family of nine figuring out life's complexities is like no other memoir I've read on the Holocaust." Sandra Hurtes, Author of On My Way To Someplace Else and RESCUE: A Memoir."Linda Pressman gives us a glimpse into a world that no longer exists as a child of survivors who attempts to navigate both the old and new world. With grace and honesty, she taps into the hearts of her family and into her own heart, and gives us stories that will pierce the heart of the reader." Janet R. Kirchheimer, Teaching Fellow at the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and the author of How To Spot One Of Us.