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Lost in America : A Journey with My Father

Nuland, Sherwin B.

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ISBN 10: 0375412948 / ISBN 13: 9780375412943
Published by Knopf Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2003
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Title: Lost in America : A Journey with My Father

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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He walks with me through every day of my life, in that unsteady, faltering gait that so embarrassed me when I was a boy. Always, he is holding fast to the upper part of my right arm . . . As we make our way together, my father?I called him Daddy when I was small, because it sounded American and that is how he so desperately wanted things to seem?is speaking in the idiosyncratic rhythms of a self-constructed English.

So Sherwin Nuland introduces Meyer Nudelman, his father, a man whose presence continues to haunt Nuland to this day. Meyer Nudelman came to America from Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, when he was nineteen. Pursuing the immigrant?s dream of a better life but finding the opposite, he lived an endless round of frustration, despair, anger, and loss: overwhelmed by the premature deaths of his first son and wife; his oldest surviving son disabled by rheumatic fever in his teens; his youngest son, Sherwin, dutiful but defiant, caring for him as his life, beset by illness and fierce bitterness, wound to its unalterable end.

Lost in America, Nuland?s harrowing and empathetic account of his father?s life, is equally revealing about the author himself. We see what it cost him to admit the inextricable ties between father and son and to accept the burden of his father?s legacy.

In Lost in America, Sherwin Nuland has written a memoir at once timeless and universal.

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"Riveting. . . . A classic second-generation immigrant memoir. . . . A great book, full of feelings and memories that ring true." "--The New York Times Book Review"
"A tale with universal resonance. . . unsparing, deeply felt and searching." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Intensely attuned to small gestures of suffering and consolation, Nuland studies his family . . .with pained, humane attentiveness. A supremely gentle book." "--San Francisco Chronicle"
"Remarkable. . . . A tragic portrait that is both terrible and beautiful in its clarity." --"Seattle Times"

Riveting. . . . A classic second-generation immigrant memoir. . . . A great book, full of feelings and memories that ring true. --The New York Times Book Review
A tale with universal resonance. . . unsparing, deeply felt and searching. --Los Angeles Times Book Review
Intensely attuned to small gestures of suffering and consolation, Nuland studies his family . . .with pained, humane attentiveness. A supremely gentle book. --San Francisco Chronicle
Remarkable. . . . A tragic portrait that is both terrible and beautiful in its clarity. --Seattle Times"

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