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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469787474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469787473
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nuray Aykin, author of the charmingly titled Pomegranates and Grapes, emerges as a masterful wordsmith, connecting readers to her story ---
The food of her country anchors her adventures and evokes a Mediterranean way of life that buoys her spirit throughout. ---
Rozanne Gold is a four-time James Beard award-winning chef and author

About the Author

Nuray Aykin was born in Tarsus, Turkey, and came to United States to pursue a doctorate in industrial engineering. Aykin has worked as a professor, consultant, and manager and is now pursuing her dreams on holistic health counseling, healthy cooking, and gardening. She lives in Keyport, New Jersey, with her husband and her son.

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Nuray Aykin was born in Tarsus, Turkey, and came to United States to pursue a doctorate in industrial engineering. Aykın has worked as a professor, consultant, and manager and is now pursuing her dreams on holistic health counseling, healthy cooking, and gardening. She lives in Keyport, New Jersey, with her husband and her son.

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She is a gift to me ~ her book is a gift to all of you who will have the pleasure of reading her words.
Lois Farina Reilly
The book is full of small, heartwarming anecdotes about her loved ones with many, many details and colorful descriptions about landscapes, people and culture.
Helmut Degen
Nuray Aykin opens her private letter to her son, sharing a life's worth of adventure and insights with us in this direct, heart-felt memoir.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Ellen Trilling on May 11, 2012
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What a fantastic journey Nuray has taken. I am happy to be able to experience her adventures through this little book. She has saved her memories as a joyfully readable story that is and will be a treasure for her friends, family, descendents and everyone else who is fortunate enough to read this personal history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lois Farina Reilly on April 1, 2012
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Having known Nuray Aykin as both a friend and muse, I was extremely touched to read her memoir, to learn of the very hard road she has traveled, and of the successes she has had in her life and been so modest about revealing to those around her. The most compelling aspect of the book, the message that stood out to me throughout the reading of her story, was her beautiful attitude about life, the joy that she found and continues to find in all the simple, truly meaningful things life has to offer. I could feel her joy along with her pain ~ her descriptions of her experiences are palpable ~ they take you into her book and allow you to become a part of her life, her world. She is a gift to me ~ her book is a gift to all of you who will have the pleasure of reading her words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Knudsen on March 30, 2012
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Nuray's life story, written to her son, is open, honest and candid. She describes a nurturing and involved extended family, replete with all of life's ups and downs. Her journey to date is a joy to read about. It seems to me her approach to life, that of loving herself, her family and being of service, is just what our world aches for on every level. It doesn't cost a penny, but the rewards could be divine. Thank you, Nuray, for being a thought leader and not a better sheep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare Skeen on July 8, 2012
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A beautifully crafted story in a woman's voice - mother, wife, daughter, citizen - written in a universal language. What a beautiful gift from mother to son and from woman of one culture to her sisters the world over. Reading this book made me realize we are, indeed, all sisters - regardless of where you were born or what language you speak. We all share the same dreams and ambitions - happy, healthy, fulfilling lives rich with love and family. Share this book with the glorious women in your life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anna on June 9, 2012
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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 from behind' triumph, beautiful descriptions of the country of her birth, and the obvious love and awe she feels for her son. Nuray' lack of animosity and gentle spirit is a welcome diversion from the overkill of current events and leaves you hoping she writes another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John C. Thomas on June 4, 2012
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One of the most crucial distinguishing features of human beings is that we can not only learn from our own experience but from the experiences of others as well. In fact, we do not even have to actually witness the experiences of others to learn from them, but can do so from hearing or reading stories. Naturally, as a parent, we would particularly like to use our own experiences as a springboard for our children. In hunting gathering societies and even in later agricultural societies where people stayed closed to the land for generations, this transfer of knowledge took place quite naturally. In general, the situations faced by children and grandchildren were very much like the ones faced by parents and grandparents. Today, however, we face a puzzle. In the modern world, everything is changing quickly. Everyone is busy. How may we manage the challenging and vital task of sharing our knowledge with our children, so they may be closer and also so they can learn from us? How can we present our stories so they even seem relevant in the face of so many changes?

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murat D. Aykin on May 29, 2012
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I am a Turkish student who came to study for my graduate level degree in the US about 4 years ago. Nuray is my aunt, but she also is a mom, businesswoman, gardener, wife, ex-wife, daughter, sister, stepmother as she mentions on her book and also a teacher, helper, giver, doer, creator, entertainer and a great cook. She means a lot for many people out there with her positive, life-full character, beauty and strength! This book is appealing to me since it is a wonder to see how similar phases I've been passing through as she did. All the challenges of leaving her family behind, coming and adapting into a completely different culture, coping with many daily problems but also with other long term responsibilities such as becoming a mom and becoming a professor.. Turkish family bonds and values, her early challenges and later experiences in the US are outlined as a flowing combination of short stories from her life. I recommend to everybody but especially to those who wonder about the Turkish culture and close, connected family relationships in comparison with the free, unattached life understanding in the US.
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