November 30, 2013

Relentless Recommendation: The Family by David Laskin



The Family by David Laskin
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Categories: Cultural Heritage, Jewish, Nonfiction
Source: Viking via NetGalley

The author of the The Children’s Blizzard delivers an epic work of twentieth century history through the riveting story of one extraordinary Jewish family
About David Laskin

With cinematic power and beauty, bestselling author David Laskin brings to life the upheavals of the twentieth century through the story of one family, three continents, two world wars, and the rise and fall of nations.

A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise.

The torrent of history took the scribe’s family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation.

In tracing the roots of this family—his own family—Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. The Family is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.



16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very intense read. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This does sound intense and interesting!

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  3. Three very different roads indeed! This sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Sounds good and WELCOME BACK!

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  5. I remember seeing this when it was first published and thinking it sounded interesting, but I didn't realize how vastly different their lives were and how widespread the time period would be. Definitely one I want to read!

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    1. Such an interesting family! My head was spinning with all that they went through/accomplished.

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  6. I remember when this book came out too, but you've made it sound much more interesting. Must get my hands on it.

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    1. I hope you do!! It's definitely a worthwhile read :D

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  7. I have The Children's Blizzard. Guess I should read it so I can add this one too!

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    1. You do!? Oh, my word. Please read it! SO good. Heartbreaking, but good.

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  8. I really enjoyed this book but it was a little heavy on the history for me. Once I got used to that, I thought it was a comprehensive, detailed story about multiple generations of a family and really liked that.

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    1. I see what you mean, it was a bit heavy handed at times. (With the history) But I'm a history NERD so it worked for me, lol.

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