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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 also very good for those interested in genealogy work.
One of the most powerful and beautifully written books I have ever read in my entire life, I wish every person on the planet could read this memoir and learn from it.
In the beginning of the book, it became very clear to me that his writing style was strongly influenced by the way his grandfather told him stories.
Simply the best book on the Holocaust anywhere. An amazing personal story involving unforgettable characters. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Arnold Pulda
This again is another story about the holocaust. It is fairly well written, and keeps one's interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Schechter
I read this book after I came to a dead end in my family geneaology search. Frustrated, I put my search aside, until I read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cynthia A Galizio
This was an involved and difficult book to read at times because it is such an incredible and literary story, but it was so worth the time and effort. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura
This most amazing construction combines history, philosophy, biblical analysis, and psychology in a moving journey of family history and self discovery. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. White
I had a difficult time getting in to this book. For the first time I didn't complete a book once I started to read it.Published 4 months ago by sandi w.
"The Lost" goes on my "20 best books I have ever read" list. I will have to displace something else to put it there, but its depth and power demand a place. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kathleen F. Lamantia
Just finished reading this book and WOW! As a 2nd generation American myself of Polish descent, I stumbled upon this gem at the library. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SandyW
This is the story of one mans search for what happened to his family in World War Two. The search is begun as most of those with the answers are getting too old to remember or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Disappointed