Anneros Valensi grew up in East Germany during World War II where the family had to live under cruel Russian occupancy. Then her family was evicted to West Germany in 1946. They arrived in a ruined, bombed-out country with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The main thing Valensi remembers about this time is her gnawing hunger, fear of war, and the trauma of an unsettled life.
Valensi chronicles her childhood and adolescence -and her initial, entrancing glimpse of the West -in the first volume of her powerful memoir: Where Is Home? How a Childhood in East Germany during World War II Shaped My Life.
Now, she continues the story with Finding Happiness in America: How My Adopted Country Healed my Life. You will feel Valensi's fascination with American culture when she first lands in New York City. Valensi's narrative begins as an international adventure then turns into a powerful love story about soul mates and the joys of motherhood. Along the way, Valensi expresses thanks for her adopted country and the many opportunities life gave her.
Valensi's work showcases her infectious and unstoppable optimism. She has faced many challenges in her life, but she instinctively knows that the only way to overcome them is to seize every opportunity and appreciate every day.
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About the Author
Anneros Valensi was born in 1938 in East Germany. She, like many others, was forcibly removed to West Germany in 1946, which she wrote about in her first memoir, Where is Home? Valensi studied nursing but eventually took a job in England as an au pair. While living in London she was hired by TWA to train as flight attendant in Kansas City.
She moved to the United States in 1966. Here, she met her soul mate, married him, and raised two children. She is now a proud and happy grandmother. Her adventurous spirit compelled her to study small business management to have another one of her dreams come true-to own her own fashion boutique.