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The House on Crash Corner Paperback – April 15, 2011
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Fittingly for the Jewish daughter of "greeneh, the name for Eastern European refugees and immigrants," Part One of Mindy Greenstein's first autobiographical book opens with a Yiddish proverb:
You can't control the wind,
But you can adjust your sails.
Greenstein starts with her double life as the daughter of two Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn, where she ate knish while the other kids ate Big Macs, and she learned to speak English by watching television. The book that follows is filled with stories that chronicle her life, and her future career as a psycho-oncologist, in which at once, she was "a member of a team fighting to save people's lives, and a bystander watching their pain."
As her personal past and future intertwine with her professional life, the reader finds Greenstein's prose a mix of Jewish theories and psychological ones. In anecdotes she defines Yiddish terms, like niftar ("`Not Dead. Just passed into a new reality'"), a passive verb in Hebrew that's often used instead of mett (to die). Later she examines the clinical term denial.
In life, Greenstein admits to using humor to ease her recurring trepidation. Similarly, in her book, reader will find laughter surrounding the most awful of life's unavoidable calamities. She struggles with her relationship with her parents and her unconventional upbringing, her father's illness, motherhood, her patients' cancer stories, and her own cancer diagnosis. Psychoanalysis could conclude that humor is being used as a coping device, or it could go back to the old Yiddish saying:
When you're hungry, sing; when you're hurt, laugh.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me the book didn't have much of the storyline. I kept waiting for something to happen. I finished it just because I paid for itPublished 19 months ago by Jane G.
I loved every page of this book! Mindy Greenstein shares her childhood, her insights on life as she learns and gives to her cancer patients, She takes us into the horrors of war... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cyndee Smith
This book was so riveting, I almost didn't put it down. It should be required as some sort of clinical supervision curriculum - I mean that therapists and clinical students should... Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Eleanor Smith
Odd recollections of parts of author`s life. Some of it was humorous but much was scattered. Her parents stories were interesting. Overall, it was hard to relate.Published on July 21, 2014 by nancy
meh It was an okay read. jumped around and left you the impression stuff was missingPublished on July 7, 2014 by Denis Brown-bouvier
Loved all the different little vignettes within the story. Lots of self-excploration. Love stories about Jewish parents and how they affect their children... Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Mary Ann Argentine
I know that some people have really rough lives. Stuff just happens to them, more than most. However, I did not find this book compelling nor did I have any sympathetic feelings... Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by J. Pickett
The House on Crash Corner is an excellent read, filled with humorous and poignant anecdotes that touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Linda Berlin-Seidman