My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Family's Past - Ariel Sabar

Ariel Sabar’s lovely little book, My Father’s Paradise (Algonquin, $25.95), is at once a history of the Kurdish Jews and a family memoir.  Ariel’s father, Yona, the last child Bar Mitzvahed in Zakho in northern Iraq, grew up speaking Aramaic, the language that dominated the Middle East at the time of Jesus. After Israel was founded, the Iraqi Jews were forced to immigrate there. Israel was not prepared for the enormous influx of very poor, unskilled and in some cases illiterate Jews from Arab countries, and Ariel’s grandparents, Rahamim and Miryam, who had been respected citizens in Zakho, were subject to bruising discrimination. Nevertheless, Yona went to university in Israel and graduate school at Yale and now is a professor at UCLA. His story is the remarkable leap from a primitive village to the most sophisticated Western life. Ariel Sabar, a journalist, wrote this book as an act of repentance for his teenage defiance and embarrassment of his hopelessly unhip father.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781565129337
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 13th, 2009

Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form - Paul Buhle

Jews And American Comics (New Press, $29.95), edited by Paul Buhle, makes the case that “Nowhere but Hollywood…was the Jewish role so influential in a major form of popular art.” From the daily strip to the comic book to the underground to the graphic novel—there’s a straight line: from Al Capp (Li’l Abner) to Robert Crumb to Art Spiegelman, not to mention Jules Feiffer and his 50-plus year career. Buhle is interested not only in the history of comics, but in the history of Jewish identification in America.

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By Paul Buhle (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781595583314
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: New Press - August 1st, 2008

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