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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469787474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469787473
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 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: #3,037,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. (Ms.) Aykin's book is the most intimate and personally revealing biography I have ever read. The author's expressive style and description of her life and family fosters appreciation of feminine nurture and care-giving within impoverished, authoritarian societies.
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.
Robert Ludwig
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