The Girl From Human Street

The Girl From Human Street

Ghosts of Memory in A Jewish Family

Book - 2015
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An expansive yet intimate memoir of modern Jewish identity, following the diaspora of the author's own family to assay the impact of memory, displacement, and disquiet. The award-winning New York Times columnist and former foreign correspondent turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own family--most notably his mother's--in order to understand more profoundly the nature of modern Jewish experience. Through his emotionally lucid prose, we relive the anomie of European Jews after the Holocaust, following them from Lithuania to South Africa, England, the United States, and Israel. He illuminates the uneasy resonance of the racism his family witnessed living in apartheid-era South Africa and the ambivalence felt by his Israeli cousin when tasked with policing the occupied West Bank. He explores the pervasive Jewish sense of "otherness" and finds it has been a significant factor in his family's history of manic depression. This tale of remembrance and repression, suicide and resilience,moral ambivalence and uneasily evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national) both tells an unflinching personal story and contributes an important chapter to the ongoing narrative of Jewish life--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, ©2015
Edition: First edition
Description: x, 304 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780307594662
Branch Call Number: 940.53180927 C66g 2015
940.5318 Coh


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Jun 19, 2015

I have to say I didn't like this book at all. I was very interested to read this book because the Roger Cohen's history is so similar to mine. Unfortunately I was told so little about my own history that I am now trying to find out what my ancestors went through by books. I found this book to be very disjointed and disorganized. I don't know what point he was trying to make. Did the constant migration affect his famiy's illness or was that just 2 things that occurred together? It certainly wasn't clear. I was hoping that I could give this book to my children to read but it fell far short. I don't recommend it.

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