David Laskin: The Family

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Bestselling author David Laskin discusses his story of three generations in an extraordinary Jewish family - his own.

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Click here to read Jonathan Yardley's review in The Washington Post, and here to watch the book trailer!

A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise.

The torrent of history took the scribe's family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation.

In tracing the roots of this family - his own family - David Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. He honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. The Family is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

David Laskin is the author of The Children's Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Bookseller's Choice Award for nonfiction. The author of several other works of nonfiction, Laskin writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle. 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Details

Time & DATE
Start: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:00pm
End: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 8:30pm

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The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
United States