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Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family Paperback – November 12, 2013
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“An endearing, honest and gripping account of an American success story.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A beautiful portrait of growing up Jewish in an urban environment during an era of profound social change.”—Publishers Weekly
“This delightful memoir is a deeply personal tale of one family, but it’s also about much larger things: America and tribal identity, love and rivalry, and the moral lessons to be learned as you grow up.”—Walter Isaacson
“Fascinating . . . a classic tale of an immigrant family.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mighty entertaining.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“A clear-eyed, candid memoir that is unique and yet quintessentially American.”—BookPage
“A fun read.”—The Forward
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Top Customer Reviews
The love in the family flows through the memoir in tumultuous lifestyles. I felt that the family was in perpetual motion and they all took advantage of their intelligence and support . The book moved as fast as their aspirations, loaded with anecdotes and some new information. Purposely leaving out the sister, Shoshanna, apparenlty is a family decision in all aspects of their lives.
i would have preferred learning more of the brother's adulthood, rather than their parents, and less attention given to constant
fighting between the young brothers.
talented and enormously rambunctious boys
in a socially and financially upwardly mobile
Jewish family that seems clueless about instilling
basic manners in their lives together and with
others. The three sons became highly successful,
but one wonders if their own families live in the
mayhem they grew up in. It is sort of "family
member as assault projectile."
It is a sometimes painful recounting
of the oppression the talented mother
experiences with a dominating husband. The
family reminds one of the short stories of Tolstoy
and the peasant manners he recounts. The
parents, any more than the boys, do not seem to
understand the need for basic civility and boundaries.
While the family seem to manage in this situation,
it is often painful for friends and those they hope to
marry. While interesting to read about and written
in a very lively style, I would not have wanted to be
included in these people's lives. It would have been
Interesting too is the writer's explanation of "secular
Jews" whose tie is to "the clan," but do not believe
in God, the chooser of the "Chosen People."
Much emphasis on the childhood, not so much on their
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully written memoir. I felt as if I was watching from the sideline, not to mention identifying the brother who is a carbon copy of myself. This was an excellent read.Published 2 months ago by Ronda
Children of a terrorist should be the name of this book! They are self serving, superior acting and looking down at all else!Published 4 months ago by etabri
No matter your politics a heart warming story of brothers who love each other.Published 8 months ago by A. MARSHALL
This was one of the best books I have read so far this year. The family dynamics showed the depth of the love each of them have for one another. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katy Texas
Very awesome story, one that sounded just like any group of boys in a loud and rowdy household. Entertaining and explanatory. Read morePublished 14 months ago by D. Vest