What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past


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University of Nebraska Press
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5.85 X 0.9 X 8.79 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Nancy K. Miller is distinguished professor of English and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, most recently Breathless: An American Girl in Paris, But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People's Lives, and Bequest and Betrayal: Memoirs of a Parent's Death.


"[What They Saved is] an unusual, intellectual perspective on an often-told story."--Kirkus Reviews--Kirkus Reviews (07/01/2011)
"[Miller] writes thoughtfully about her efforts to piece together a family's story of dislocation, success, and broken links, and of how, in the process, Miller reconnected with Jewish history and traditions."--Publishers Weekly --Publishers Weekly (07/04/2011)
"Miller's suspension of the expectation of closure--her acceptance of the condition of remembering and of writing as forever incomplete--also draws her memoir deeply into the emotional experience of change that shaped modernity for Jews all over the world. And it confirms the importance of personal narrative, perhaps modernity's most recognizable voice, in framing and accepting the losses and the uncertainties of that experience."--Joanne Jacobson, Jewish Daily Forward -- (09/19/2011)
"What They Saved can be approached as an illuminating and instructive example of how to conduct a genealogical investigation. But it is also a rich and accomplished family chronicle, full of fascinating incidents and turbulent emotions. Above all, it is a searing work of self-exploration, artful and eloquent in the telling but heartbreaking in its candor."--Jonathan Kirsch, JewishJournal.com-- (10/04/2011)
"This marvelous memoir pinpoints the elusive phenomenon whereby memories get through to our consciousness and how they ultimately influence our lives. Capturing moments of transformation is what happens over and over in an adept memoir like What They Saved."--Judy Bolton-Fasman, Jerusalem Post-- (11/15/2011)