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The Jew Store

Suberman, Stella

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ISBN 10: 1565121988 / ISBN 13: 9781565121980
Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1998
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Title: The Jew Store

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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For a real bargain, while you're making a living, you should make also a life.--Aaron Bronson. In 1920, in small town America, the ubiquitous dry goods store--suits and coats, shoes and hats, work clothes and school clothes, yard goods and notions--was usually owned by Jews and often referred to as "the Jew store." That's how Stella Suberman's father's store, Bronson's Low-Priced Store, in Concordia, Tennessee, was known locally. The Bronsons were the first Jews to ever live in that tiny town (1920 population: 5,318) of one main street, one bank, one drugstore, one picture show, one feed and seed, one hardware, one barber shop, one beauty parlor, one blacksmith, and many Christian churches. Aaron Bronson moved his family all the way from New York City to that remote corner of northwest Tennessee to prove himself a born salesman--and much more. Told by Aaron's youngest child, THE JEW STORE is that rare thing--an intimate family story that sheds new light on a piece of American history. Here is ONE MAN'S FAMILY with a twist--a Jew, born into poverty in prerevolutionary Russia and orphaned from birth, finds his way to America, finds a trade, finds a wife, and sets out to find his fortune in a place where Jews are unwelcome. With a novelist's sense of scene, suspense, and above all, characterization, Stella Suberman turns the clock back to a time when rural America was more peaceful but no less prejudiced, when educated liberals were suspect, and when the Klan was threatening to outsiders. In that setting, she brings to life her remarkable father, a man whose own brand of success proves that intelligence, empathy, liberality, and decency can build a home anywhere. THE JEW STORE is a heartwarming--even inspiring--story.

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The Jew Store is that rare thing--an intimate family story that sheds new light on a piece of American history. Here is One Man's Family with a twist: a Jew, born unto poverty in pre-revolutionary Russia, finds his way to America, finds a trade, finds a wife, and sets out to find his fortune in a place where Jews are unwelcome.

In 1920s small town America, the ubiquitous dry goods store--selling work clothes and school clothes, sheets and towels, yard goods and notions--was usually owned by Jews and often referred to as "the Jew store," which is how Bronson's Low-Priced Store, Stella Suberman's father's retail establishment in Concordia, Tennessee, was known.

The Bronsons were the first Jews to ever live in that tiny town (1920 population: 5,318) of one main street, one bank, one drugstore, one picture show, one feed and seed, one hardware, one beauty parlor, one barber shop, one blacksmith, and many Christian churches.

Like other enterprising Jewish immigrants of the period--Levi Strauss and the founders of Rich's and Goldsmith's, for instance--Aaron Bronson set out from New York City in search of a place to settle his family a nd prove himself as businessman and provider. He proved that...and much more.

With deft fondness and a fine dry humor, Stella Suberman turns the clock back to a time when rural America was perhaps more peaceful but no less prejudiced, when educated locals were suspect, and when the Klan threatened all outsiders. In that setting, she brings both the townspeople and her family members to vivid life.

The Jew Store is the heartwarming--even inspiring--story of Aaron Bronson, a man whose own brand of success proves that intelligence, empathy, liberality, and decency can build a home anywhere.

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