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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:348
  • eBook ISBN:9781620956496

Looking Up

A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie

by Linda Pressman

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Overview
In a book that's both funny and somber, and a story universal in its scope, Linda Pressman creates an unforgettable world of adolescent angst and traumatized parents amid the suburban world of the 60s and 70s. As the child of two Holocaust Survivors, Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie tells the story of growing up with parents who have survived the unsurvivable, who land in Skokie, an idyllic northern suburb of Chicago, where they're suddenly free to live their lives, yet they find that their past has arrived with them. Through the pages of this book the author discovers that past, discovers why outside the house is the magic of her Skokie childhood but inside the Nazis are forever on the march, and ultimately finds that her parents' stories are her own.
Description
In a book that's both funny and somber, and a story universal in its scope, Linda Pressman creates an unforgettable world of adolescent angst and traumatized parents amid the suburban world of the 60s and 70s. As the child of two Holocaust Survivors, Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie tells the story of growing up with parents who have survived the unsurvivable, who land in Skokie, an idyllic northern suburb of Chicago, where they're suddenly free to live their lives, yet they find that their past has arrived with them. Through the pages of this book the author discovers that past, discovers why outside the house is the magic of her Skokie childhood but inside the Nazis are forever on the march, and ultimately finds that her parents' stories are her own.
About the author
Linda Pressman is the past Blog Editor of Poetica Magazine, a literary journal devoted to contemporary Jewish thought, and the author of Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie. She holds a Bachelor's in History from ASU and attended graduate school there, completing all coursework towards a Master's in Medieval History. Later she earned a Master's in English from NAU and taught college as an adjunct professor. A freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, Brain Child Magazine, and other publications, her work has also been anthologized in Mizmor L'David, a compilation of the work of Children of Survivors. She blogs at Bar Mitzvahzilla, one of the top thirty Jewish blogs on JBlog, and on Open Salon where her work has been repeatedly featured on the cover. Looking Up has earned forty-four five-star reviews on Amazon and was referred to by Kirkus Reviews as "A memoir whose heart pays considerable homage to its subjects." One of seven sisters born to Holocaust Survivor parents, she was raised in Skokie, Illinois until the age of thirteen at which time her family moved to Arizona where she presently lives.
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