- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Plume (September 24, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452283655
- ISBN-13: 978-0452283657
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,056,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2002
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Her story is a powerful one. -- Kliatt, January 2003
About the Author
Louise Steinman's essays and articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Salon.com, among others. Her work on The Souvenir won her a Brody Fellowship from the California Community Foundation. She is the Senior Creative Advisor of the Los Angeles Public Library, where she has curated their literary series for the past eight years and is also a consultant and Senior Creative Advisor for the Sundance Institute's Arts Writing Program.
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This book is well researched, well structured narratively, and takes the reader by the hand as the author embarks on a journey to understand war, and her father's battles. This is a mitzvah. The bibliography is worth the read for anyone studying the WWII Pacific theater.
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Steinman did her homework, in that she mixed the personal with the historical in such a way that a reader can follow her father's bloody and traumatic path of battles fought in the mountains of the Philippines. History buffs will especially appreciate her efforts in this. I was probably more interested in the personal side, the Norman Steinman part. Like the passage where he writes of the Russian adage, 'Nichevo,' which became his coda, a way in which to endure the constant threat and presence of death that surrounded him every day, taking his dear friends and comrades. Nichevo means, quite literally "nothing." Or as the combat-hardened veterans of Vietnam came to say, "It don't mean nothin'. Drive on."
In reading the stories here, both Louise's and her father's, I was reminded of a couple other books. One was Steve Luxenberg's Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. Luxenberg's research turned up some disturbing secrets about his own father's service in WWII (also in the Philippines). The other book is Ethan Canin's fine novel Carry Me Across the Water: A Novel, about another journey from the present back into those trauma-ridden times of the war with the Japanese.
THE SOUVENIR, however, can stand on its own very well. A fine and readable story by a devoted daughter and a gifted writer. I will recommend it highly.
- Tim Bazzett, author of the Cold War Memoir, SOLDIER BOY: AT PLAY IN THE ASA