Growing up in the 40's and 50's in Detroit as the only child and grandchild of an immigrant family steeped in old country culture, his maternal grandparents became his closest friends. The portrayal of the author's idyllic childhood from the innocent perspective of a youth, creates a realistic context tinged with tenderness, pathos, and humor. Most of the reminiscences are presented in a short story format. The stories are supplemented by a useful genealogical appendix outlining the processes the author employed. The appendix also contains several historical essays focusing on the socio-political background of the period as well as an interesting essay on the history and importance of Yiddish in this culture.
The unique integration of memoirs, genealogical research and historical studies enhances and enriches our ability to understand the full context of this ancestral heritage. In his case, the author was able to grasp the full significance of his family history and its profound influence on his life.