Missing Insects


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5.5 X 0.59 X 8.5 inches | 0.74 pounds
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About the Author

In 1991, having finished my thesis for an MA in cell and molecular biology, I decided to try another kind of writing, and took a memoir class. I discovered a world of treasures within me, long-buried but ready to spring to the surface. I loved the class, but eventually put the writing aside for the demands of my scientific career. When my job ended in 2008, I looked again at what I had written years earlier, and seeing underlying patterns running through my life, realized these had started long before I was born. Now that I had the time, I wanted to tell the whole story, and the result is this book. The book starts with my childhood in Israel, Germany, and various parts of the US, and continues with my experiences living and traveling in different parts of the world, including hitchhiking through a dozen sub-Saharan African countries. It also shows how world events pushed my father to seek refuge in a life ruled by rigid values, and how my mother narrowly escaped Nazi Germany. Past traumas profoundly marked my parents, and this in turn influenced the lives of my brother and me. My book is the story of the struggles and adventures I undertook to free myself from this unhappy past to create a meaningful life rich in experience. It is written as a series of sharply focused glimpses, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, always entertaining.