My Fathers' Houses
From Steven V. Roberts comes My Fathers' Houses, a memoir of growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, an immigrant community in the shadow of the Statue if Liberty, and the story of how his father and his grandfather's dreams–and their own passion for writing and ideas–influenced Steven's future, and inspired him to seek his fortune in New York City, the media capital of the wor...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
(first published May 21st 2009)
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Steven Roberts is, of course, Cokie Roberts’ husband, and a journalist and radio commentator who worked for the New York Times for more than 25 years. He is the grandson of Abe Rogow, a Polish Jew who immigrated to America and settled in Bayonne, NJ. (Steve’s father, Will Rogow, changed his name to Roberts when Steve and his twin brother Marc were two years old.) The family lived through very hard times during the Depression, when the moneymaking schemes of Abe, Will, and Will’s brother often fa...more
Steven V. Roberts spoke at my mom's synagogue, so she had a signed copy of this book. I love memoirs, and through this book, and Steven's stories of his father and his grandfather and his life growing up in Bayonne, NJ, I felt more connected to my own family, Jewishness, and ancestors. Definitely an inspiration, I definitely recommend it...especially to people of my "tribe," because they'll really be able to relate.
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