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I like this memoir of Michael J Arlen's rediscovering his Armenian heritage and Armenia's past and contemporary history (into the Soviet era). Motivated by his father's secrecy about the family's Armenian roots, Arlen visits there, a guest of the Cultural Committee, to read histories, to meet residents, to explore the city and countryside. Eventually, he loses his academic detachment to feel deeply his kinship with the country and its people. And, he discovers what it meant to be Armenian when h ...more