What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past


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University of Nebraska Press
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5.56 X 8.5 X 0.56 inches | 0.69 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.


"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--Jonathan Kirsch"JewishJournal.com" (10/04/2011)
"This is an unusual memoir and one well worth reading. Who knows--this book might encourage the reader to discover the source of his or her own mysterious life artifacts."--Naomi Kramer, "Jewish Book World "--Naomi Kramer "Jewish Book World "
"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" --Judy Bolton-Fasman"Jerusalem Post" (11/15/2011)
"[Miller] found a small family archive among the possessions left to her after both her parents had died. Why so few? What do they mean? Why were these ones saved? A journey about what we can find and what is lost from life to life."--Margaret Heilbrun, "Library Journal" --Margaret Heilbrun"Library Journal" (06/23/2011)
"[Miller's book] 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 " --Joanne Jacobson"Jewish Daily Forward" (09/19/2011)