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With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  22 reviews
With Love, The Argentina Family ~ Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes is a unique account, enlightening and inspirational with its autobiographical genuineness. The story unfolds in "die goldene medina" -America- sharing the insecurities and confusion of a young, immigrant girl. With a mother that never stops crying about The Argentina Family and a father who pr ...more
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Published 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
After reading several Holocaust memoirs, I wanted to know how “normal” Jews live, Jews whose ancestors had emigrated from Europe before Hitler had a chance to murder them in gas chambers, Jews who had not lost any immediate family in the Holocaust.

Mirta Trupp’s memoir was the right book for me to read. It taught me a lot. First of all, it made me realize that while there are “normal” Jews, there is, obviously and sadly, no normal life for Jews. It starts with Mirta’s ancestors migrating from Pru
Mirta Ines Trupp
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"I really enjoyed the spirited journey of the author as she explores her cultural transition from Argentina to the sunny shores of California. It is rich and flavorful with the innocence of youth, the understanding and perspective that comes with age and exploration. Written in an easy to read format, it is satisfying on many levels; cultural, religious, family, generational and genealogical all at once. I love her visits back to Argentina and the "coming h
Jessica Talbot
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful, human story about finding a place in the world, understanding where we come from, where our ancestors and customs come from, and why, what and who we are (taking a theme from the book). I laughed a lot (false teeth for cows???, crazy Argentine happenings, unique situations and family members). There are wonderful serendipitous moments and a great love story. Mirta's voice is lovely and she comes across as a sensitive, brave and curious person. She paints a detailed picture o ...more
Judy Bowen
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading the account of a young American- Argentinian- Russian Jewish girl finding her family and roots was a delight. It took me back to my own young life and the joy I found in singing. The author shared a rich family life full of ethnic discipline and love. This is the second book I have read by this author and she shows much literary growth in this account of her lofe.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful warm memoire. I want to know even more now about the Jewish community in Argentina.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads, memoirs
The point is family IS family, no matter where you are, no matter where you go; you go with our love and God's blessing

I think it's safe to say that this memoir will stick with me long after I've finished. I received this book back in September, through the author, and didn't pick it up until this point. If I was being honest with myself the reason I didn't pick it up sooner was kind of a shallow reason, but when I finally did I was hooked.

This memoir is all about Mirta's upbringing being both A
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating and entertaining autobiography. The story of growing up in America with frequent visits to an extended family in Argentina is very different from most readers experience and interesting in the references to Argentine politics. The discovery of the Jewish heritage added to the pleasure of watching the author grow
Patty Berman
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story. This made me think of my childhood, and my family's immigration to this country. Although they weren't from Ar-hen-teena, their stories are similar. I could relate to feeling "different" growing up as my immigrant mother shared many of the values that the author's parents exemplified. The times were different, as well. I enjoyed the way the author described her inner growth, her spiritual journey, and her many travels back and forth that made her who she is today. You can ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the auto -biography from Mita Ines Trupp,. She moved with her family from unsafe Argentina to America. Seen with the eyes of a 10 year young Jewish girl until up in her teenage years. Leaving all her relatives behind in Argentina and being Jewish, opens many questions, how to approch that! They move to California and her parents want their children to mix into life there, but not to forget her heritage! Its a going back and forth between America and Argentina, where she also falls in lov ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
If you're interested in less common Jewish stories, you'll really love this. An incredible story told well. But the writing doesn't flow, for lack of a better word. It took me a little while to get into the voice of the book, then it took a while again when I picked it up a few days later. I wish there had been more pictures and pictures of a better quality. It was hard to really "see" the people because the photos were black and white and grainy because of the printing. But overall, a good read ...more
Claudia Fabian
I loved this book! A clean-read, funny, poignant...charming and educational! I was fascinated by the Jewish Argentina; one usually thinks of Russian Jews escaping to America...Ellis Island, Lower East Side etc. I was touched by the sweet, first-love story line and all the obstacles that needed to be dealt with. As an airline brat myself, I loved the Pan Am connection as well! Trupp's book touches on history and family, teenage angst and young love, faith and culture and becoming comfortable in y ...more
Phyllis Goodwin
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘With love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango & Kugel, Mate with Knishes’

Although this book has a long title, I was drawn to it by certain words in the heading such as ‘The Argentina Family’, ‘Tango and Mate’. Also by the fact that I lived in Argentina for the first twelve years of my life.
The author Mirta Ines Trupp has written a fascinating Memoir. Not only was she born in Argentina, she also went through the trauma of leaving the place of her birth with her Mother and Father to live
Debbie Manning
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful story. I wasn't lucky enough to win this charming memoir; however, the author was kind enough to send me a copy. This story will appeal to any number of people interested in an immigration and assimilation story, but those with a Jewish background will be absolutely rapt. It is the story of one woman and her very extended family in both the United States and Argentina. By the time you finish the book, you'll want to drop in on the family. From reading the book, you'll know that ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is a memoir which I like to read and it is uplifting as well as written with humor (by Mirta) the central character. She has a very unusual story to tell and I gleaned a lot of details about how vital it was for her to tell her story about her roots, family traditions, her lack of knowledge of Judaism and her travels both literally and allegorically to understand how it will impact her future decisions and path. I had a particular interest since I have travelled to ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Trupp does a wonderful job of recounting her childhood and young adult years spent between the home of her devoted immigrant parents in California and her wide, extended family in Argentina where she falls in love as a young woman. I loved it because she captured so well so many of the struggles, connections and cultural blessings and challenges of second generation children. And I loved it because I've lived in both locations and her evocative, insightful descriptions brought back vivid, fond r ...more
Susan Joyce
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the political turmoil and antisemitism of Argentina (1962) to the sunny shores of California, a young girl questions her father's decision to leave 'the Argentina family' behind and emigrate with his wife and two young daughters to America. It's a traumatic move for Mirta and even harder for her mother who often cries when she speaks of missing her family.

Mirta studies hard, does well in school, but struggles with her identity. Is she American? Jewish? Argentinean?

When her father gets a job
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved it! So me but 20 years earlier! :-)
Jack Michonik
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mirta Ines Trupp’s cultural background stems from three sources, but not proportionally equal. She is first and foremost, American. The United States is where she has lived all her life and English is the language she speaks best. She wrote her book in English. Mirta was born in Argentina. She visited the country (sometimes more than once) practically every year from the age of seven on, thanks to her father’s fringe benefits as a Pan American Airways employee. Her numerous stays in Argentina as ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
I thought this was an absolutely fascinating memoir from Mirta Trupp. The story begins in 1962 with Mirta’s father emigrating from Argentina to America in order to create a better life for his wife and two young daughters. Once he was established he sent for his family to join him. It was easy to understand why he wanted to escape from Argentina where there was political turmoil and ongoing anti – Semitism. However a young Mirta can clearly recall her Mami crying for the ‘Argentina Family’. It m ...more
Anthony Stancomb
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is touchingly written in a rather sentimental manner, as if a school girl is writing her diary. I was hoping it might throw light on the Jewish community in both the Argentine and in America, but sadly there wasn't much insight - only humdrum tales of what the families did at parties and that kind of thing.
Very good reading for the author's family I'm sure, but doesn't tell you a lot.
What was interesting, though, was the strength of anti-Jewish feeling in Argentina - whichg was appalli
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