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Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie Paperback – March 31, 2012
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"...It's a book about Holocaust survivors, yes, but it's also a coming-of-age story, a personal recounting of what it's like to live in a large family and the dynamics of the relationships within it."
Mike Isaacs, the Skokie Review, a Chicago Sun-Times Publication
"...Pressman is a talented writer and this book is a testament to her parents' truly indomitable will." -Publishers Weekly
"A memoir that is truly memorable." - Writer's Digest
"Looking Up is a superbly written autobiography that truly deserves being awarded the 20th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Grand Prize Book Award, as well as rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Looking Up is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary American Biography collections." - The Midwest Book Review
From the Back Cover
"Linda Pressman gives us a glimpse into a world that no longer exists as a child of survivors who attempts to navigate both the old and new world. With grace and honesty, she taps into the hearts of her family and into her own heart, and gives us stories that will pierce the heart of the reader." Janet R. Kirchheimer, Teaching Fellow at the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and the author of How To Spot One Of Us.
Top Customer Reviews
For two days straight I read this book, both laughing and crying. Now I'm reading it again. I'm not Jewish and I'm not from the Chicago area, but this author wrote my life. In it she paints a compelling portrait of the world of her childhood, filled with Holocaust Survivor relatives, American neighbors, six sisters, and parents who are always on the run, even when they are sitting still. Read it now. Seriously.
My only concern: when can I buy book two?
For anyone who grew up in Skokie it is a must read. As one of five I could relate too many of the stories you shared about growing up with six sisters. My grandfather came from Lithuania and I loved hearing his terms of endearment echoed throughout your family stories.
This is a very insightful memoir written with details that made me laugh and cry. I didn't want it to end!
Yes, the Holocaust is ever present in her recollections but the book is first and foremost a book about what it was like to exist and thrive and find meaning in life in spite of the tragic events in the lives of both her mother and father. She demonstrates a genuine fondness for her sisters, parents and extended family of other Holocaust survivors. This is a happy book that I will read again because it is so much fun!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is the mark of a brilliant writer when they can get to the core of the human experience. Childhood and how we think and feel, our needs and wants as parents and human beings,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kathy
I found this interesting to read because Linda grew up in my neighborhood and I could relate to many places mentioned. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cheri
I loved the book. Grew up in Skokie and I am now also friends with the author. Small world!Published 12 months ago by Cathy Satiro
I enjoyed this book, but there were areas where it got confusing sorting out the different relatives. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVED this book! It captured so many elements of my childhood! I laughed and I cried.Published 20 months ago by Sheila U.
the book is sorely in need of editing. there are multiple stories intertwined in an ineffective fashion.Published 21 months ago by Barbara S Stern