"My Father's Paradise" & “The Dark Side” -Page
"My Father's Paradise" by Ariel Sabar (Algonquin Books,
$25.95, 332 pages) is sub-titled "A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in
Kurdish Iraq. Taut, timely, timeless - this is a work of the heart to
savor and to keep.
From the very first sentences in the
introduction: "I am the keeper of my family's stories. I am the guardian
of its honor. I am the defender of its traditions. . . . "we are swept
into a tale so sweeping and so moving, a combo of memoir writing and
journalistic journey. Sabar, whose time as investigative reporter at the
Baltimore Sun and Providence Journal, serves him well, is a poetical
storyteller. Highly Recommended.
“The Dark Side” by Jane Mayer
(Doubleday, $27.50, 392 pages) is another page turner, a relentless and
riveting eye opening look at the bad decisions made by the United States
in going after terrorists world-wide - - decisions that went against so
many American values and in that way also violated the U.S.
Mayer, a highly respected political
and investigative reporter, was awarded a Guggenheim in connection with
The Dark Side, a book that is grim reading but one that should be
required reading for all Americans.
Paul Theroux's "Ghost Train to the
Eastern Star" (Houghton Mifflin, $28.00, 464 pages) is a worthy effort
by one of the worthiest writers around. Sub-titled "On the Tracks of the
Great Railway Bazaar," this terrific travel tome takes us to some far
away places with strange sounding names and allows us to experience the
sounds, sights, smells and singular sensations of each place India,
Sri Lamka, Jodhpur, Khon Kaen, etc. We would expect no less from the
writer who almost by himself came to reinvent the travel writing genre.
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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