We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood


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$16.95  $15.76
Carb House Press
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5.98 X 0.55 X 9.02 inches | 0.79 pounds
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About the Author

Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker living in Madison, WI. An obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town, she has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, teaches the occasional social policy class at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work, and works at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Jen likes to tell a good story and hear a good story and coproduces the Moth StorySlam in Madison.


"The best political stories are the human ones, and Jen Rubin recognizes this. We Are Staying is a remarkably powerful, poignantly told story of a family, a business, a neighborhood and a city. But what makes this book so brilliant, and so necessary, is the skill with which Rubin places this very personal story in the broader context of our struggles to understand one another and the common ground where we make our shared lives. Anyone who cares about race relations, urban policy, the history and the future of New York City and of a country that suffers from so much division, yet has the potential still to unite, will cherish this book." -- John Nichols, The Nation

"Jen Rubin is a beautiful storyteller...both on stage and on the page!" --Jenifer Hixson, The Moth

"Jen Rubin's We Are Staying is about an America and a New York that is rapidly disappearing. It is a wonderful, true story of three generations of love, struggle, loss, courage, grit, and above all, family." --Kevin Baker, author of America the Ingenious

"Jen Rubin's West Side neighborhood has been mine too for almost 50 years. She outlines the tale of a successful family, storefront business with panache, and it includes the New York story of beginning, striving, and belonging, and of heart, soul, and compassion for customers and workers. Just be sure you don't miss it." --Gale A Brewer, Manhattan Borough President