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A whole culture lies behind the story Mendelsohn tells, and a lifetime of reading as well. For our Grownup School feature, he has given us a tour of some of the books behind his own, in a list he calls 10 Great Novels of Family History, the Holocaust, New York Jewish Life (And Other Things That Helped Me Write My Book). And you can watch his own moving introduction to the book in this short video:
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This book is rich in the kind of ideas that make you reconsider all you thought of as true. It made me question the nature of truth itself. Read morePublished 6 days ago by lumine
The author travels to Bolechow, once Poland, now Ukraine, in search of stories of lost family. Written in an informal way, the book travels three continents, introduces numerous... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane F.
This is one of the best books I read in years, fiction or non-fiction. It's so beautiful, so open, so full of the writers wish to understand and his open addmittance of the things... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hilde
I grew up in a family of Holocaust survivors and Mr. Mendelsohn's ability to interview them and bring out their personalities and feelings is so heart breaking. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mark
Poinient, & very real. Nnusual comparisons with the Torah. Made the 6 of the 6 million very real, not just a statisticPublished 4 months ago by S. Dickson
Beautifully avoids the cliches of holocaust literature. Sensitive, intelligent and honest.Published 5 months ago by Max Kahn
Sorry, but not my cup of tea - and not many people's, I guess. Though a worthy topic I got bogged down in the interminable pages as the author tracked through his family contacts... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jonathan Bryce
I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite the horrific subject matter.Published 8 months ago by gamelover