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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Keystroke Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985134402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985134402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mani Feniger was born in New York City and has lived in the SF Bay Area since 1975. Her first book, "Journey from Anxiety to Freedom," has helped thousands of people acquire tools and understanding to heal from anxiety and trust themselves.

Mani's recent memoir THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH won the 2013 BEST MEMOIR AWARD from the Bay Area Independent Publishers' Association and was described by a Writers' Digest Contest judge as "a historical and genealogical page-turner! While many books have covered the territory of a search for parental roots, few have pulled it off in such a suspenseful, compelling and sympathetic manner."

A story set in motion by the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mani takes you with her across continents and lifetimes to discover a hidden past and the door to a new future.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Coltrin on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
What an engrossing story! It is one of those books it is sad to finish. I wanted to spend more time with the characters. It seems you are making discoveries along with the author, who spent almost 20 years following leads to piece together her mother's past.

It is told with such respect for all of the complicated feelings involved and a rare instinct for transforming them through understanding, compassion and acceptance and coming to peace with them. Quite inspiring. This was truly a long term commitment and enviable accomplishment.

Well worth reading.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By 2berger on May 19, 2012
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I was immediately captivated by Mani Feniger's memoir. I literally could not put it down. I followed the author as she uncovered new revelations about the mother she thought she knew. How was it possible that her mother never shared anything about her pre-war, and glamorous, life? The Woman in the Photograph made me want to search down more of my own history and stories. It clearly changed the author's life forever.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By rgbuggs on June 21, 2012
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I just completed this fine story of a woman's search for her past. It's a compelling and pretty quick read (because it's so hard to put down!), but it's as much about all of us and our connection with our past as it is about this one very fascinating story of a family whose roots are steeped in the era of Nazi Germany. As much as Mani tried to avoid her family's troubled history in her youth, as an adult it became her mission to understand it better. The story of her long 15-year relentless search to know her family's past better is a lesson for all of us. We are rooted in our family lines, and we ignore that to our own loss. Read this book. It will inspire you to know more about yourself and your origins.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lorra Ross on March 24, 2013
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A photograph is found that eludes to a life once lived of "sophistication and grandeur" in this non-fiction story of survival! An innocent discovery of a photo found of the author's mother sets the author on a journey in which she will uncover family secrets of a life not fully lived! Not fully lived or realized because of the suffering of those affected by World War II and Hitlers regime! The story is one of survival and of healing
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura on April 20, 2013
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I felt I was with the author every step of the way as she discovered the story of her mother's past. My curiosity was piqued by the powerful telling of a holocaust survival story. I took my Kindle to bed every night, promising myself "just one more page" but unable to put it down until I finished. What sets this apart from other historical accounts of the same period is the quality of the writing and the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship as it changes over the years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joan M. Poole on March 2, 2013
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A little bit different than what I expected but beautifully written. We should all be so lucky to back to such an important party of our history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Lori on April 20, 2013
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It's written almost like a mystery, but it's all true. The story of Ms. Feniger's mother and her sister unfolds in a way that it enables the reader to feel in a deep way what it could have been like for members of the Jewish population in Germany when Hitler came to power. It's both educational and fascinating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Zilz on January 2, 2013
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I know too well when there's a road block in finding more about someone we love. Everyone has secreats. The author held my interest and very well written. I have already recommended this and plan to use this book for my reading group. Thank you. Linda
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