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Pomegranates and Grapes: Landscapes From My Childhood Paperback – March 2, 2012
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Nuray Aykin, author of the charmingly titled Pomegranates and Grapes, emerges as a masterful wordsmith, connecting readers to her story ---
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Perhaps the answer to this puzzle may be found in the pages of Pomegranates and Grapes. Here we find a mother's open-hearted, fascinating recollections crafted for her son. We find the details of life in another country so very different from ours (and the one her son is growing up in). And, yet, through these colorful and detailed differences, we can also see fundamental similarities as well. Explicit advice in the book is rare. Indeed, how many children take it to heart? But the sense of a life well-lived and well-shared cannot help but be useful and caring. Parents and grandparents and anyone else who wants to share can learn a lot from this book about how to share their life experiences. And, even if you have no such desire, you will still find it a delightful and wonderful read.
During her developmental years, Ms. Aykin's courage and focus were extraordinary. She felt driven to become an educator / scientist / engineer and did so -- overcoming extreme poverty, gender bias, and cultural disadvantages. Yet, amazingly, in accomplishing her goals, she retained her ability to experience happiness, a love of nature and the wonder of being a loving parent.
Ms. Aykin's biography powerfully illustrates the benefits of female interaction within a family. If I were teaching an introductory class in sociology or social psychology, I would include Ms. Aykin's biography in the list of required reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read Nuray Aykin's beautiful memoir in one sitting. "Pomegranates and Grapes" adds to the growing body of literature illuminating one of the world's most fascinating, beautiful... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Joy E. Stocke-young
In the book "Pomegranates and Grapes. Landscapes from My Childhood", Nuray Aykin describes her life story as a letter for her son. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Helmut Degen
I have known Nuray Aykin since she was in Graduate School at University at Buffalo, so this was a special book for me. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Colin Drury
A beautifully crafted story in a woman's voice - mother, wife, daughter, citizen - written in a universal language. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Clare Skeen
Nuray's book harkens back to the days before email replaced a well written letter/travelogue/diary - it's a perfect mix of the personal and the historic; with a wonderful 'come... Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Labaoise
Pomegranates and Grapes: Landscapes From My Childhood is a book of memoirs but they are written as a diary to the author's son. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by V. Vitale
Hi all, I (and my Book Club) chose this book because the author is local. I did enjoy and especially liked the "landscapes". Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Mary Hand
Aykin portrays the making of the American Dream so masterfully and vividly that any immigrant, no matter what country of origin, will find her story as if it was their own.Published on May 13, 2012 by Uyar
Nuray's story is so close to many of us. We can all relate to the relationship she has with her son. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Erin Kosar