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The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    The Family

    It was slow getting into "The Family" but once I was about 100 pages in it picked up and I couldn't put the book down. I enjoyed it.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

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    I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

    "The Family is as rich and poignant as any novel, only all true and impeccably researched." - Erik Larsen, author of In the Garden of Beasts & Devil in the White City

    The Family by David Laskin describes Laskin's family tree, in three intermingled stories.  The stories of his family members from Europe (Russia and Poland), Israel, and America are told in chronological order, through WWI and WWII, over the course of approximately 150 years.

    His family has some interesting characters!  For instance, one of his relatives, Itel, was a founder of Maidenform (you know, bras!).  Laskin also had relatives in Israel who helped form the beginning of the Jewish nation, trying to go from "city" people to farmers.  And unfortunately, the European members were victims of the Holocaust.

    I enjoyed this tale, but it was research and history heavy.  There were times that I got a little lost with the historical parts, but I've always had a tough time keeping track chronologically of history in detail.

    Do you have any interesting family members?

    Thanks for reading, 

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    Posted February 14, 2014

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