Gambler's Daughter, The

Gambler's Daughter, The

by Annette B. Dunlap

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ISBN-13: 9781438444406
Publisher: State University
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 421 KB

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The Gambler's Daughter: A Personal and Social History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
revetisse More than 1 year ago
Part personal memoir, part social commentary, Annette Dunlap’s The Gambler’s Daughter offers an unexpected look at a little-known phenomenon, the deep-rooted battle the Jewish culture has with gambling and gambling addiction. In exploring her own family history and making the journey many authors make to discover who we are, Dunlap investigated historical and social records, including the Bible, to uncover what was said about the Jewish tradition and gambling. She found a record of centuries of an ongoing relationship between the two, complete with the resultant complications and consequences gambling can cause. Her book moves smoothly between this somewhat scholarly but never dry study and the history of her own family. She traces her family’s story from the arrival of each of her ancestors in this country, through their acculturation on into their daily lives as citizens of this country. Through this memoir, she develops the background against which she was raised and lets us see how it affected her. I’ve never read a book quite like this. The interweaving of the socio-cultural history with her personal story reads like a story of inevitability. It couldn’t have happened any other way. To see this level storytelling done with this manner of material is as rewarding as the book is thoughtfully engaging. If this is what Dunlap can do with her own story, I am eager to see what she does with the subjects of biographies she writes.