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Pomegranates and Grapes: Landscapes From My Childhood Paperback – March 2, 2012
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Nuray Aykin, author of the charmingly titled Pomegranates and Grapes, emerges as a masterful wordsmith, connecting readers to her story ---
About the Author
Nuray Aykin was born in Tarsus, Turkey, and came to United States to pursue a doctorate in industrial engineering. Aykin has worked as a professor, consultant, and manager and is now pursuing her dreams on holistic health counseling, healthy cooking, and gardening. She lives in Keyport, New Jersey, with her husband and her son.
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Perhaps the answer to this puzzle may be found in the pages of Pomegranates and Grapes. Here we find a mother's open-hearted, fascinating recollections crafted for her son. We find the details of life in another country so very different from ours (and the one her son is growing up in). And, yet, through these colorful and detailed differences, we can also see fundamental similarities as well. Explicit advice in the book is rare. Indeed, how many children take it to heart? But the sense of a life well-lived and well-shared cannot help but be useful and caring. Parents and grandparents and anyone else who wants to share can learn a lot from this book about how to share their life experiences. And, even if you have no such desire, you will still find it a delightful and wonderful read.
I would almost hope that some younger people would take on reading this book as it gives true insight and testimony of one of the strongest and purest forms of love that the human being is capable.. the love of a parent for their child. At its best, unconditional and the most selfless testimony of what makes the human species truly special.
Nuray describes her life story so far, starting with her ancestors in Turkey and ending with her second wedding. The format of the book is a mixture of a letter to her son and an autobiography (I am impressed by the details of Nuray's memories). The book is full of small, heartwarming anecdotes about her loved ones with many, many details and colorful descriptions about landscapes, people and culture. The book is a love story to the Mediterranean culture. To write such a book/letter for her son is a wonderful idea and fits nicely to Nuray's understanding of culture and heritage.
Beside the story about Nuray's life, the big take away for me was how Nuray managed to live in two cultures and keeping both of them alive, also for son. There are many books which explain cultures to people. However, I have not read many books which describe a cross-cultural life experience with survival tactics. (I have an migration background myself, born in Germany and now living in the United States. I am experiencing myself how difficult it can be to manage living in two cultures, especially with kids). The book is highly recommended to readers interested in migration life stories, especially to people interested in the Turkish/American culture ... and, of course, to Nuray's family, friends and colleagues.