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  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061132993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061132995
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,328,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career--as an almost-rock-star--to become a writer. He has worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He lives with his family in New York City.

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The author, the son of parents who had converted from Judaism to Catholicism, recounts his search for the Jewish heritage obscured by his Catholic upbringing. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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The youngest child of a large, devout Catholic family comes to terms with the Jewish identity each of his parents rejected, even as Jews were experiencing the unchosen desecration of WW2. Dubner offers respectful, if perhaps inevitably inconclusive, portraits of two individuals who seemed surprisingly unrebellious in nature (despite the devastating familial impact of their conversions)but rather pilgrims on a deeply personal spiritual quest somehow answered by Catholocism. Despite the spiritual fullfillment obtained by his parents, Stephen seemed destined to fill the yawning void created by their disowned past. An easy read that somehow causes one to consider one's own choices, past and future, and those of the generation before us....
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Laced with humor and wit, this professionally written memoir of a spiritual journey back to dormant but familiar roots is an inspiration to all who have explored or crossed the great, absurd, and fascinating religious divide that, like the jetty at a beach I once visited in New Bedford, Massachusetts, separates Jew from Christian, Protestant from Catholic, Montagu from Capulet. If, as Bob Jones professes to do, you embrace the belief that those misguided or ignorant souls who fail to share your particular apocalyptic vision are doomed to damnation, you won't like this book, which documents the plurality and endorses the validity of the many and varied ways in which God speaks to each of us and in which we severally commune with God.
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By Rude Engineer on 18 July 2012
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Dubner is a journalist and writes well even when he is writing from the heart.

It is in a way three books, a biography of his parents and description of their journey from the faith of their ancestors to becoming fervent Roman Catholics, a memoir of Dubner's childhood, and a description of his spiritual journey to a rather less fervent Judaism.

I commend the book as a good read whether the issues affect you or not.
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By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2005
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This is a beautifully written book. It starts off rather unpromisingly and the first chapters are almost unreadable as the ancestors are introduced name-after-name. However, as the author moves forward to describe his parents lives, then his own life, then on to a re-understanding of his parents lives, these descriptions become deeper and deeper and the lives more interwoven. It is very nicely crafted and highly recommended.
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An excellent book on an unbelievable true story.
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