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Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow

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A #1 New York Times bestselling author traces her father's life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to New York City in an intimate memoir about family, memory, and the stories we tell.

"An accomplished, clear-eyed, and affecting memoir about a man who is at once ordinary and extraordinary."--Forward

Long before she was the acclaimed author of a groundbreaking book about women
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting memoir written by acclaimed author Deborah Tannen about her father. His life is truly book worthy - he was born in a Hasidic community in Warsaw, immigrated to the US speaking no English, worked as a teen in garment factories but managed to get his high school diploma and graduate law school, finally becoming a lawyer in his 50s after a long string of odd jobs and a stint as a Communist.

What I found most amazing about Eli Tannen was how he documented everything and saved
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have a penchant for memoirs and stories passed down generation to generation, regardless of the subject matter or time in history. I feel these are so important not only to family members, but for everyone. If they are not told and shared, they become lost, and without personal history, we miss out on so much more than what textbooks can provide. Deborah Tennen shares stories about her father that he shared with her, as well what she learned and discovered with the help of journals and letters ...more
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Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
As with several of her other books the first half was fabulous but I felt somehow like the second half dragged on. It was almost as if it was another book. It needed a better editor. I loved the first half and would still recommend the book to anyone interested in what it was like for someone leaving Europe before WWII.

Tannen's father lived well into his 90s and documented his life thoroughly as he went along including letters and journal. He was an active bright man. The second half sort of dr
Janilyn Kocher
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tannen writes an incredibly insightful book about her father. She was fortunate to be privy to so much information. Her father kept journals, letters, talked extensively to her and also was interviewed by a researcher who delved into even more nuances of her father's life. The family history is endlessly fascinating. Tannen is besotted with her father and less infatuated with her mother. In the two chapters that deal,with her parents' marriage and the other woman, Helen, the author is quite repe ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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#FindingMyFather #NetGalley 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. Deborah Tannin has written a remarkable memoir of her father's life- actually of her whole family's lives. She started it many years ago and she was encouraged by her father. It was a labor of love.

I had read her previous books on discourse so I pounced on this one, which turned out to different than I anticipated. The parts I really got interested in where her father's early life in Warsaw, his communism and how it affected his family.

Esther Dushinsky
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Very repetitive with many extraneous details. There is no pattern and no plot line at all. I pushed my way through this book because I wanted to know some of the fascinating details about life in Poland that were interspersed.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting personal history of a World War I survivor.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tender precious book about family and history and making decisions.
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Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Her gift with words urns family lore into an interesting book.
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