Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.95
  • Save: $5.37 (22%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Opa Nobody (American Live... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Eligible for supersaver and Amazon Prime shipping. Buy with confidence! This is a EX LIBRARY book, stickers and markings accordingly. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover). The spine may show signs of wear. Item is in good condition.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Opa Nobody (American Lives) Hardcover – March 1, 2008


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$19.58
$3.00 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now
$19.58 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: American Lives
  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803210809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803210806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,980,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In her first book, teacher and activist Huber reaches across time and space to find guidance and camaraderie in the reconstructed life of Heina Buschmann, the German grandfather she never met. Struggling to balance her personal and political lives, Huber looks to Heina to find out why she so burns to change the world, and what her sense of mission will cost her and her newborn child. Born in 1902 to a union coal miner, Heina devoted his life to German socialist movements in much the same way Huber devotes hers to American leftist activism. And just as anxiety, depression and exhaustion accompany Huber's political highs, failure, frustrations and alienation accompanied Heina's. In his world-a sooty Germany awash in communist, socialist, and fascist movements-we feel the urgency and impact of personal politics as history gathers the factions in its maelstrom. Although the imagined dialogue sometimes falls flat, the family relationships and political situations are wrought finely enough to illustrate what's at stake for Heina. Unfortunately there are so many gaps in the portrait Huber paints of her own political world that the reader is left wondering about her own motivation.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

Huber is an essayist, professor, and activist for causes ranging from saving old-growth forests to getting out of Iraq. Seeking guidance in blending activism and family life, she is drawn to the life of her grandfather Heina Buschman, a German socialist and anti-Nazi activist her mother, Gerhild, once dismissed as a “nobody.” The result is a narrative Huber labels a “nonfiction novel.” It reads like fiction but is comprised of real scenes from her own life alternating with scenes from her grandfather’s life, all grounded in extensive research and enriched by family anecdotes. Huber traces the threads of her grandfather’s life from his initial interest in the Independent Social Democratic Party to his service in World War II as a “noncombatant” and his postwar anticommunist efforts, which left little time for his family, hence her mother’s resentment. Huber repeatedly draws parallels between her grandfather’s efforts and hers—between his probable periods of despair and her “political depression,” especially following 9/11. The result is thoughtful discourse on political activism and the toll exacted from those dedicated to unpopular causes. --Deborah Donovan

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
67%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
33%
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This compelling hybrid manages to be at the same time a memoir of a young activist and new mother, a meticulously researched history of a group about whom little has been written - German anti-fascists in Nazi Germany - and a richly imagined version of the author's grandfather's life. Huber expertly draws parallels between her own experiences and the lives of the grandparents she never met, while creating characters so real that I found myself in tears at the end.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
Sonya gives of herself in this book in a very personal way. The book is remarkable in how detailed it is. She obviously sees human nature for what it is: Good, Bad, but mostly always in between and complicated. It is a haunting book but also hopeful. I knew her a little when she was in Ohio, so I know how hard working and dedicated she is. Still, I was surprised by how really great the book was. Incredible work. - Rick W.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is awful. All this book tries to do is make the author seem better about herself by comparing herself with her grandfather that did absolutely nothing. She compares herself but there is not many parallels for her so she makes up a lot of stuff.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Sonya Huber is an assistant professor of creative writing at Fairfield University and a faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield. Her work has appeared in literary journals including Sonora Review, Creative Nonfiction, Crab Orchard Review, Fourth Genre, Topic, Passages North, Main Street Rag, Literary Mama, Kaleidoscope, Hotel Amerika and Sports Literate and others; in anthologies including Learning to Glow (University of Arizona Press), Young Wives' Tales (Seal Press), Bare Your Soul (Seal Press), Reading for the Maternally Inclined: The Best of Literary Mama (Seal Press), Mama Ph.D. (Rutgers University Press), and Campus, Inc. (Prometheus Books); in periodicals including The Washington Post Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology Today, In These Times, Sojourner, and Earth Island Journal; and elsewhere. More information available at http://www.sonyahuber.com.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Opa Nobody (American Lives)
This item: Opa Nobody (American Lives)
Price: $24.95 $19.58
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com