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Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky
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Jan 30, 08

bookshelves: biography-memoir, jews
Recommended for: Anyone of even vaguely Jewish extraction, language lovers, book lovers, anyone!

A few years ago my grandfather (in his ongoing quest to Jewish me up before he dies) got me a membership to the National Yiddish Book Center. Before it expired I got a free copy of this book in the mail, written by the Center's founder. Then I moved to Ecuador. This fall I finally got around to reading it, and what a treat! It's really bursting at the seams with Lansky's passion and expertise. The colorful anecdotes, the endless shlepping, the language lessons, the heartwarming revival of a dying culture, what's not to love? I even renewed my membership.
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Lena I read this one in the publisher's version before it was published! What a crazy book. I especially enjoyed the role of the "eater."


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