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"Jean Naggar’s memoir Sipping from the Nile brings the world of Egypt’s privileged class to us like a Downton Abbey set in Cairo. This is history told with the fluidity of poetry, the sensuality of life, and with empathy that resonates from an extended family determined to survive upheaval." -Emily Rubin, author of Stalina
“An intriguing way of life that no longer exists. Glamorous, exciting, filled with the sophisticated life of a Jewish family living in Europe and the Middle East, Naggar documents times of elegant lifestyles, to the tumultuous struggles of war. The book is beautifully written, with vivid descriptions of homes, meals, glamorous clothing and social events while living in Egypt, later on in England, and finally in New York City. The history of this extended family is a most interesting look at a loving, religious, educated culture. And like every family, there is passionate love and loss, but always there is the undercurrent of delight and an indomitable will to do more than just survive.” -US Review of Books
“In elegant prose and loving details, Jean Naggar has written a poignant memoir of an idyllic childhood in Egypt, her family’s politically fueled exodus from that paradise, and the forging of a new life in America.” –Hilma Wolitzer, author of Summer Reading, The Doctor’s Daughter, and Tunnel of Love
An excellent book, describing not only intestesting and different places, ways of living in those places, people and their perceptions of their own lifes and others and how they... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sandra Giuria
Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to tell you that I spent the last few weeks with the author and her family back in Alexandria, Cairo. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Avraham Bar-Av (Bentata)
Such a fascinating piece of history, told from one woman's perspective of her life in Egypt, Europe and America. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Meghan H.
It was a great book to put one to sleep. It was unclear what the author wanted to tell her readers. It is a series of memories only interesting to those family members who were... Read morePublished 1 month ago by delores alcazar
I thought the book was very well written and very interesting. She has a long family tree and history of very influential people. I enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This book gave a good picture of life in Egypt for a fairly large family. They obviously were pretty well-off since they had servants. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joyce Mayden
This is a wonderful and sad family history about a bygone time in Alexandria, Egypt. Beautifully written.Published 3 months ago by Angelika Pawlitschek
Very nice memoir. Jewish and Egyptian history around World War II before and after.Published 4 months ago by David Estroff
A beautifully written multi generational history of a Sephardic Jewish family placed at the highest socio-economic tier in Egypt. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MM