My Fathers' Houses: Memoir of a Family
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Harper Perennial
(first published May 1st 2005)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 50)
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.
52 Books in 52 Weeks, week 1
This gentle memoir was a pleasure. I've been enjoying it a few pages at a time for months and could go back and continue re-reading. It's a nice collage of personal tales steeped in place and time in history. A refreshing change from the tell-all genre, the author finds the sweet spot in describing his family members to the reader with a careful balance of quirky reality and kindness.