Lies About My Family
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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Table of Contents
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...âI used to be so upset about it. Now I canât even remember why.âever were, keynehora, knock on wood. My myopic fatherâs recall is as sharp as a hawkâs eyeâhe can retrieve the name of seem-as itâs been throughout her life, by a pink cloud that generally parents like to kvell, to take pleasure in their childrenâs accom-...
At the Lake #1
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...listing all seven dwarfs. There are six of us. Oldest to youngest: eight to the nth degree. In my generation of middle-class Jews, being that prolific just wasnât done, and my parents have never given a plausible explanation for their fecundity. It couldnât âOf course you are, dear,â said the landlady. âBut this is ...
My Grandmother Was Sent Forth
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There, they had nothing to give her for the journey but feathers, gathered carefully day by day from the barnyard and the kitchen. a featherbed. In the golden country, sheâd have a place to lay Manifested. This Sheet Is for Steerage Passengers. Manifest of Alien On the boat, she received food. A relative on my fatherâs side ...
The Sylvia Plath of the Lower East Side: An Immigrant Tragedy
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Meyer decides to go for a shaveâthis is in around 1935, letâs say late on a Friday afternoon. Sabbath is approaching, heâs just while a chicken roasts in the oven and his two little daughters play together, quietly for a change, in a corner of the room. The barberâs chair is soft, his towels hot, his razor sharp, and his ...
The Madorskys Come to America
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...first time in 1958, to usher in a new era of cultural exchange. enjoyed dancing, as well as singing, acting, performingâdoing Rogachov, I thought when I heard this story, but the theater is still there and still a tourist destination, with a picture on the her life, even through the Alzheimerâs. Her daughter, my Aunt ...
A Precious Family Artifact: The Tape
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...rented our finished attic one year, for a little extra money. Larry That year, she served peas for the spring holiday, a little change from her usual asparagus boiled in the pressure cooker, and poor Barry, trying to make conversation, said, âThey should make a plate with a wall around it, donât you think? For peas.â Sixteen ...
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At the age of eighteen, my fatherâs father, then called Moishe Zeitz, fled to America to escape conscription into the czarâs even if the Jewish draftees were lucky enough to survive bodily, they lost their souls. In the army, they couldnât pray or study or celebrate the holidays; they couldnât eat kosher food. So many ...
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...were free,â his sister, my Aunt Norma, tells me in an e-mail. use the wings and feet for fricassee, and the liver she chopped Thatâs what she wrote: âdelicious mealsâânot excepting even the fat, the liver, or the feet. âIt was the Depression,â she adds, and I think that itâs a good thing I was born during the prosper-...
Communists and Socialists and Their Ambitions
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...grants out of the urban slums and onto the land: âfree farmers things, the juxtaposition of âJewishâ and âfarmerâ so incon-the society supported âgroup colonization,â it shifted fairly idealistic, socialist, and secular, and quickly formed networks was a particularly attractive location because it was âclose to ...
My Bat Mitzvah
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...other adults. Jean seemed to want me, especially, to feel close me in my lessons, lending me her instrument so I wouldnât have find it. She finally chose for me: a simple A-line shift with a âYouâll look beautiful in this, dear,â Jean assured me. âAnd âGreat, thank you,â I said. I had no alternative to suggest, ...
The Jewish Policeman
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In my early twenties I dated a lovely Jewish guyâyes, a guy. I my desires but rather out of awe: I didnât dare address a word the checks, and finding my identity as a âstrong woman,â as he called it, a turn-on, although in my ambivalence I would secretly to hear of this relationship. I didnât share with them the details ...
Jazzin’ with the Greats
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...cut. My fatherâs bow tie is slightly askew, and heâs half-smiling, the classic ballroom clasp. Heâs wearing a rented tuxedo with argued about it. âItâs double-breasted, Dad. It doesnât match daughter Phyllisâs husband, got out of the military, the two of them bought a truck and made deliveries all over New York City, ...
My Father’s Regrets
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...all of which started, she claims, because she foolishly tripped on her shoelace and fell against the coffee table in the living room while turning off the lights in preparation for bed. Impossible, says my Sherlockian brother David. At that point in the evening sheâd secretly been having dizzy spells for monthsâbut she is ...
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...speak. I donât want to be too cynical, because the wedding itself was a kind of event Iâd wanted to plan for a long timeâfamily and dear friends, or rather, straight family and gay family, all street and exclaimed, âSweetheart, I love your coat!â which made been a terrific bargain at Loehmannâs. My father mistook Ellieâ...
My Father Goes Down to Hell
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...service, but my father says he has no need of it, not because he is an unbeliever, which he is, but because even at his age not a day goes by when he doesnât think of his parents. He doesnât high holidays, because of a falling out at their former shul. âThat rabbi was a nut,â my father says. âA right-winger.â The rabbi had ...
At the Lake #2
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When I tell people I learned to swim in Lake Erie, they look at younger, had done it first, humiliating me. By the late 1960s, the shallow water but for being a toxic sea of industrial effluvia and sewage, with a polluted Dead Zone in the middle and the flaming Erie only that one summer; afterward, it was the Berkshires and ...
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...sibling grows up in a different family. I especially thank Priscilla early versions of this bookâas well as sharing dinners, conver-sations, political debates, dune walks, hikes, bicycle adventures, and celebrations for the past thirty-whatever years. Weâll keep best partââbut Brian Halley, my editor at the University of ...
About the Author, Back Cover
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Page Count: 168
Illustrations: 12 illus.
Publication Year: 2013