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Bittersweet Memories
The Life Story of an Immigrant Daughter
by Barbara Hussmann Long

Overview


When the young daughter of a German scientist is transplanted to America, her new life is fraught with painful circumstances. With fear as her constant companion, carried by forces within and beyond herself, she survives and eventually thrives. This is her story.

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Description


Loneliness, divorce, and mental illness impact the formative years of an immigrant daughter. From the devastation of war to the challenge of life in a new country, she encounters both the best and worst of human nature, bittersweet. Through it all, she comes to realize that everyone struggles, but can choose their own path. She keeps going in the belief that she'll become stronger and wiser. It is hoped that in her story, others may find encouragement and support to cope through difficult times.

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About the author


Barbara Hussmann Long was born in Bad Homburg, Germany, and grew up near State College, Pennsylvania. She has two married daughters, five granddaughters, and lives with her husband on Long Island Sound. She worked in sales and management, and is involved in community and civic projects. She can be found on Facebook at Bittersweet Memories and at https://www.bittersweetmemories.net. 

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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Personal Memoirs

Language:English

Pages:178

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781543975888

Paperback ISBN:9781543975871


Overview


When the young daughter of a German scientist is transplanted to America, her new life is fraught with painful circumstances. With fear as her constant companion, carried by forces within and beyond herself, she survives and eventually thrives. This is her story.

Read more

Description


Loneliness, divorce, and mental illness impact the formative years of an immigrant daughter. From the devastation of war to the challenge of life in a new country, she encounters both the best and worst of human nature, bittersweet. Through it all, she comes to realize that everyone struggles, but can choose their own path. She keeps going in the belief that she'll become stronger and wiser. It is hoped that in her story, others may find encouragement and support to cope through difficult times.

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About the author


Barbara Hussmann Long was born in Bad Homburg, Germany, and grew up near State College, Pennsylvania. She has two married daughters, five granddaughters, and lives with her husband on Long Island Sound. She worked in sales and management, and is involved in community and civic projects. She can be found on Facebook at Bittersweet Memories and at https://www.bittersweetmemories.net. 

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Maureen
5 Stars for Bittersweet Memories The chaos inflicted upon those living under the umbrella of war can be so unfair and feel so unnecessary. And when the war is over it is never really “over” in one's psyche. In its wake are broken bridges, broken homes, and broken spirits. And the damage inflicted is never uniformly distributed. In this game of life, we are all given a set of cards to play. But even within a family, each hand can be quite different. We humans — and our relationships — can be both fragile and resilient, and that balance is never the same for each of us. Like war, mental instability, which clearly can be a casualty of war, is difficult to reconcile with what is fair, or right, or just. Barbara Hussmann Long’s parents (who were both good-looking, talented intellectuals) were married on the eve of WWII and Barbara and her brother were born in wartime Germany. In her memoir, Barbara examines the understandably fragmented memories of her childhood — for what it was and for what it might have been. Barbara writes with honesty and with her heart on her sleeve, and she manages to bring so much wisdom to this little book. I thoroughly enjoyed all her quotes… how she took them to heart and used them as guiding lights on her often challenging path. Her mother was a principled war resister but could be cruel to her own children. Her brother was an affable fellow with a brilliant mind but was unable to support himself as an adult. Barbara and her father both longed for a normal father-daughter relationship but were never able to manifest one. Through all the disappointments and ironic twists of fate, Barbara emerges compassionate toward her family of origin. She is keenly aware of the importance of a cohesive, loving family — perhaps more so than most of us. So much so, it is with an almost militant philosophical seriousness that she advocates for parents to be kindhearted and nurturing. Long’s Bittersweet Memories stirred both my emotions and my thinking and for this reason it deserves 5 stars. Read more
Kathy
Bittersweet Memories "Bittersweet Memories" describes the extraordinary, courageous, enduring, and hopeful journey of a determined, relentlessly focused, and loving woman from her birth in post-war Nazi Germany to present day. The story is beautifully told with the backdrop of history, countries, and cultures as she survives a troubled childhood and ultimately creates her own life as wife, mother, and grandmother. It is a memoir that brings hope to us all. Read more
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