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The Jew Store by Stella Suberman
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Oct 09, 10

Read in January, 1999

Suberman has written a memoir of her parents, Eastern European Jews, who came to New York City in the 1920’s and ended up in a small town in Tennessee where the family owned and operated “Bronson’s Low Priced Store.” Much of the story concerns Stella, her brother Joey, and her sister Miriam, but the parents aren’t neglected either. Stella’s mother missed New York more than anyone else in the family, partly because she was concerned about Jewish education for her children and the lack of opportunity for the girls to meet eligible Jewish bachelors. At first, members of the community were very prejudiced against the Bronsons, the only Jewish family in town, but community spirit overcame the prejudice, the store was successful, and they generally led a happy life there. Six years later, when Mr. Bronson sold the store and the family went back to New York, everyone was reluctant to have them go. It was very interesting to read about a Jewish family in such a different context that what I’d read before. One of the reviews for this book on Amazon.com is from a granddaughter of Joey, who thanks “Aunt Stella” for writing the book.
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