Category Archives: family history

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You A family of adult children return to their childhood home to sit Shiva for their father and give each other grief. It’s funny in places, but also depressing. B- 404 pages Amazon Book Preview … Continue reading

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Give Me Tomorrow by Ingrid Stabins

Give Me Tomorrow: A Young Girl’s Ordeals During The Russian WWII Invasion Of Eastern Germany is a memoir of a teenage girl living in Koselitz a small village in Pommern (Germany) during WW II. She lived on a farm in … Continue reading

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Robert A. Heinlein by William H. Patterson Jr.

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: 1907-1948 Learning Curve I wasn’t sure I would read Volume One. I was interested in Heinlein the writer, not so much the man, so I read Volume Two. But Patterson wrote an … Continue reading

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The Family by David Laskin

David Laskin, memorable for his nonfiction work The Children’s Blizzard, has again presented a gripping piece of nonfiction in his latest, The Family.  Part memoir, part family history and part world history, The Family takes a look at Laskin’s Jewish … Continue reading

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Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Set in Iowa in the 1930’s, Little Heathens is a memoir of the author’s childhood, raised by her grandparents and mother on a farm in Iowa during the Great Depression. Sprinkled throughout the book are many fun stories of what … Continue reading

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Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed by Meghan Daum

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids– edited by Meghan Daum. Contributioins by Kate Christensen, Geoff Dyer, Danielle Henderson, Courtney Hodell, Anna Holmes, Elliot Holt, Pam Houston, Michelle Huneven, Laura Kipnis, Tim Kreider, Paul … Continue reading

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On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

Written in 1994, On Gold Mountain is the historical account of Lisa See’s own Chinese family.  She begins with her great-grandfather’s journey from China to the United States while still in his teens.  I greatly enjoyed reading about 19th century … Continue reading

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