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"My Father's Paradise" &  “The Dark Side” -Page Turners

Book Review

"My Father's Paradise" by Ariel Sabar (Algonquin Books, $25.95, 332 pages) is sub-titled "A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq. Taut, timely, timeless - this is a work of the heart to savor and to keep.

From the very first sentences in the introduction: "I am the keeper of my family's stories. I am the guardian of its honor. I am the defender of its traditions. . . . "we are swept into a tale so sweeping and so moving, a combo of memoir writing and journalistic journey. Sabar, whose time as investigative reporter at the Baltimore Sun and Providence Journal, serves him well, is a poetical  storyteller. Highly Recommended.

“The Dark Side” by Jane Mayer (Doubleday, $27.50, 392 pages) is another page turner, a relentless and riveting eye opening look at the bad decisions made by the United States in going after terrorists world-wide - - decisions that went against so many American values and in that way also violated the U.S. Constitution.

Mayer, a highly respected political and investigative reporter, was awarded a Guggenheim in connection with The Dark Side, a book that is grim reading but one that should be required reading for all Americans.

Paul Theroux's "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" (Houghton Mifflin, $28.00, 464 pages) is a worthy effort by one of the worthiest writers around. Sub-titled "On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar," this terrific travel tome takes us to some far away places with strange sounding names and allows us to experience the sounds, sights, smells and singular sensations of each place ­ India, Sri Lamka, Jodhpur, Khon Kaen, etc.  We would expect no less from the writer who almost by himself came to reinvent the travel writing genre.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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