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With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes Paperback – August 3, 2012
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On special occasions, holidays or birthdays, Mami would make sure that we had a bouquet of flowers or a cake decorated with the words, "With Love, The Argentina Family." This was one way Mami included the beloved family members into our daily lives. Later, when it was time to make a toast, everyone would raise their glasses and exclaim, "Para los presentes y los ausentes!" (For those present and those absent) It was not unusual for some tears to be shed. Silently, everybody would be thinking about loved ones so far away; dreaming of the day they'd be together once more. In the meantime, kids would be running in and out, under folding tables and between mix-matched chairs. The men would play dominos or truco. They'd listen to futbol games on the radio and rant and rave until someone shouted, "Gol!" With lethally sharp toothpicks, they'd poke at their picada of pickles, cheese, and salami, drink effervescent combinations of seltzer and Cinzano and have fiery discussions regarding politics. Huddled in the kitchen, the women discussed family issues, such as who was getting married, who was expecting a baby, which market had the freshest chicken or more importantly, who was traveling to Argentina and could they bring back some Hepatalgina?
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Mirta Trupp’s memoir was the right book for me to read. It taught me a lot. First of all, it made me realize that while there are “normal” Jews, there is, obviously and sadly, no normal life for Jews. It starts with Mirta’s ancestors migrating from Prussia to Lithuania to the Ukraine, without finding a place where they could permanently live in peace. It continues with Mirta’s great-grandparents, some time around 1909, fleeing from pogroms, trekking from the Ukraine through Western Europe to Hamburg in order to board a ship that — God-willing — would take them to the shores of Argentina where the Rothschild family, along with other prominent Jews, had arranged for Jews of Eastern Europe to settle in under-populated agricultural areas. Yet again, there was no long-lasting peace. Even though the Jews had done their best to become patriotic Argentinians, they soon met again with anti-Semitism, violence, and even cold-blooded murder.
It was in this situation that Mirta’s father decided to leave Argentina and immigrate to the United States, the land of freedom and unlimited possibilities. He left for Norte America when Mirta was eight months old and had his reluctant wife and baby daughter follow soon after. He worked hard and did well and was happy and content to live in America. However, Mirta’s mother was very family-oriented, and her parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, second cousins, third cousins, and, and, and, and, and … lived in Argentina. Lucky for her, Mirta’s father got a job with Pan America Airlines, which enabled the Trupp family to fly almost for free. Mirta’s mother made utmost use of this possiblity, and Mirta was dragged back and forth between the U.S. and Argentina. And this is what this book is mainly about — growing up torn between 3 cultures.
Was Mirta American, or was she Argentinian, or was she — first and foremost — Jewish? She was trying to find out. For the Argentina family, she was American, but also Jewish. For the American Jews, she was Argentinian. For the American gentiles, she was Jewish, or maybe, just odd. Go figure. Isn’t coming of age hard enough without triple identity?
Luckily, Mirta had a positive outlook on life and found her way. It wasn't easy. And it should also be mentioned that even here in America, Mirta had some nasty encounters with anti-Semites.
What particularly impressed me about this memoir was the genuine love all these relatives had for one another. I have never experienced any such love amongst any kinship, and certainly not among my relatives. And while this love for extended family, as depicted in Mirta’s book, is the most heartfelt I have ever come across in any society, I found similar in Holocaust memoirs. I have found Jewish people to be very special. I think they are in average more intelligent, more good natured, and more loving than other nationalities and ethnic groups. Call me a fervent pro-Semite. :-)
Why do I rate this memoir only 4 stars? About two-thirds into the book, my head was swirling with more and more relatives and friends and social get togethers. For a while the book read a bit like a YA book. Other than that, I very much enjoyed the book. It is well written, and I also learned a lot about the Jewish and the Argentinian culture. I even learned some Spanish, which I plan to try out on our Mexican household help, who doesn’t speak a word of English.
All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes memoirs, likes coming-to-age stories, likes immigration stories, is interested in Jewish culture and Jewish family life, plans to travel to Argentina at some time or, sadly, doesn’t see the slightest chance to travel to Argentina at whatever time. And if you don’t fit into any of the aforementioned groups, read this book anyway. It is heart-warming.
With Love, The Argentina Family is a chronicle of Mirta’s life from her earliest memories until the age of twenty-two. We accompany her through her childhood memories, her life in the San Francisco Valley, California, the adversities and joys of a teen-aged girl, her numerous trips to Argentina, her falling in love and the special circumstances of her marriage.
“La familia” was a central factor in Mirta’s life, at the same time lavishing love and restraining her. “Where is life better, in Argentina or in the United States?” is a question ever-present in the family’s dialogue.
The narrative is not lacking in humor, mostly based on language difficulties or in cultural differences, as when papi understood that his friend had died upon hearing that “the battery is dead”, or when mami asked the meat vendor if he had “any testicles”.
All along this lovely chronicle we come across Argentinian and Jewish dishes, delicacies that add taste to the story, to say nothing of the Spanish and Yiddish expressions that are sprinkled along the text.
Such as the high school kids in Argentina discussing politics, and asking me what my opinions were of this and that, that the government in the United States was doing, OMG I didn't even know what they were talking about..., of not being able to relate to the latinas in Reseda, having anxiety about sharing what I did on "Christmas" break, and of course learning everything there is to know about Passover from Charlton Heston and the Ten Commandments, and the question of "race"at the DMV, I got stuck on that one too😊
Me encanto!! And how lovely that you and your soulmate went on to make a beautiful family!
I am extremely interested in, and sympathetic to the Jewish people and the paths many of them have travelled all around the globe. Myself having lived many years in South America, in countries bordering Argentina, I had no idea of the Jewish community in Buenos Aires.
I found the book to be informative and fascinating and intend to share it with family members.