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Bagels and Book Event

  • The home of Sylvia and Roger Kramer 24049 Laureldale Road Shaker Heights, OH, 44122 United States (map)

This Event is Open to the First 20 Respondents.

The event is similar to a “book club” – all participants read the book ahead of time. You will be emailed a list of 10 questions to ponder as you are reading.  The day of the event there will be an in-depth conversation led by Sylvia Malcmacher Kramer and Rachelle Malcmacher Korland about the book, the main character (who is the author),etc. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Please RSVP to: or (216) 831-3754

New York Times reporter Berger tells the story of his family, Polish Jews and Holocaust survivors, who migrated to New York City in 1950. Having been born in Russia in 1944 and arriving in the United States at the age of five, Berger recounts the tale of his own coming of age, with his parents' reminiscences as backdrop. The story of such refugees, about 140,000 of whom came to the United States between 1947 and 1953, remains a little-known aspect of Holocaust history. Berger's account is painful at times, as he recalls his own struggle to belong as both he and his parents fought to "shoehorn" their way into American life in the 1950s and early 1960s. His childhood remembrances of simple pleasures like Sunday visits to the bakery, the pleasure of new school supplies housed in cigar boxes, and the proud excitement of the arrival of the neighborhood's first TV set will bring smiles to the faces of general readers. Most touching is the celebration of family, community, and continuity so prized by these survivors. Highly recommended.

- Library Journal