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“On Home Ground raises contemporary questions for its young readers and does so with such skill, it achieves a success far beyond an exercise in baseball and nostalgia.”-The New York Times Book Review
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Alan Lelchuk is the author of six novels, including American Mischief, Miriam at Thirty-Four, Brooklyn Boy, and Playing the Game. He has also co-edited an anthology of Hebrew fiction in English translation, entitled "Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels."
He is a co-founder of Steerforth Press, a literary publishing house (in Vermont), where he serves as an editor.
He received his BA from Brooklyn College (1960,World Literature), and his graduate degrees from Stanford Univ in English (Ph.D.,1965). He has taught at Brandeis, Amherst College, and since 1985 at Dartmouth. (He spent a Fulbright year at Haifa University,1986-87, as writer in residence.) He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction.
For Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, he has taught a course in contemporary Jewish fiction. Since WWII, Jewish writers have not only come into their own, but have dominated the landscape of world fiction, as the course tries to demonstrate. Readings include Isaac Babel, I.B.Singer, Ida Fink, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, Teodor Borowski, A.B.Yehoshua, Amos Oz, Bernard Malamud, Nadine Gordimer, and others.
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During the 1999 - 2000 academic year, Professor Lelchuk was the Otto Salgo Chair in American Studies at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.
Grade 7 Up Mark Twain once said, ``When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21 I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years.'' In essence, this is a story of a boy Aaron, albeit much younger than 14, who discovers just that. He finally realizes his father has one foot in the old country of Russia and another in the new landNew Yorkwhere he's fighting to keep his heritage. Narrating in the first person, Lelchuk has written this book in a chatty conversational style. Adults will enjoy this look back in time to the '40s when Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers were playing ball, but a limited audience of young adults will choose it for their own entertainment. Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, Va.
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0152005609
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1987. Condition: New. Merle Nacht (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0152005609