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In the follow-up to her beloved, bestselling The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, Lagnado tells the story of her mother, Edith, coming of age in a magical old Cairo of dusty alleyways and grand villas. Then Lagnado revisits her own years in America—as a schoolgirl in Brooklyn's immigrant enclaves, where she dreams of becoming the fearless Mrs. Emma Peel of The Avengers, coming of age in the turbulence of New York City's 1970s, and, later, as an "avenging" reporter for some of America's most prestigious newspapers. Not only a searing account of strangers in a strange land, The Arrogant Years is a lasting "meditation on exile and assimilation, feminism and the enduring ties of family." (San Francisco Chronicle)--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Great follow up to her first book - The Man with the Skark Skin Suit. The beginning has a review of the history of the relationship between Jews and Muslims. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Marsha S. Auster
Not as interesting as "Man in Sharkskin Suit." She spent too much time dwelling on her mother's decline and death, something we all go through but don't publish in a book.Published 1 month ago by Barbara Shapiro
I love reading about Cairo and it's former Jewish community, especially about the Mass exodus of the late 50's and early 60's. I can certainly identify with Lucette Lagnado. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sylvana
I plowed through it not particularly enjoying it. A friend told me
she didn't finish it. I read "The Man In The White Sharkskin
suit and I loved it. Read more
Thoroughly enjoyable reading. It provided insight into the mind of a bright, adorable young woman growing up in an unfamiliar world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by onekitsel
Lucette Lagnado wrote a very moving history of her family. It has universal appeal because her story parallels many of us Jews from Arab lands and our experiences in the west.Published 4 months ago by Sam Shamoon
Not as good as her first book
Too much moaning over insignificant stuff
Too much religious stuff
Needed more about general assimilation
The story of the emigrating family from point of view of the girl.
I like her transformation from the avenger to the journalist and writer. Read more
this is a history told with emotion, sincerity and depth which allows one to have a special recount of an evolution that matter for the world.Published 11 months ago by N. Roberto Zagha