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Drawing to an inside straight : the legacy of an absent father

Author: Jodi Varon
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Varon interweaves recollections of growing up in Vietnam-era Denver with stories of her gambler father, son of Sephardic Jewish immigrants, and offers an introduction to Sephardic culture contrasted with Ashkenazic culture, examines the forging of identity within the potentially destructive American "melting pot," and challenges stereotypes of the American West"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Social life and customs
Named Person: Jodi Varon; Jodi Varon
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jodi Varon
ISBN: 0826216463 9780826216465
OCLC Number: 62732618
Description: 175 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Bennie--Benji--Benjamin --
The tongue's delight --
When quizzac was cherry --
Rubes in New York --
In the vale --
The second ace --
Levitation --
Paella and yellow cabs --
Ben-anna split --
Spinoza's trade --
I'd give my life for a drink of raki --
Doppelgangers, daughters --
In amsterdam --
Along the route of the caliphate --
The man in the porkpie hat.
Responsibility: Jodi Varon.
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Against the backdrop of America in the Vietnam era, amid tales of domestic nerve-gas stockpiling, suburban wife-swapping, murder, and suicide, the author looks at Sephardic history and culture. She  Read more...

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Beautifully written. . . . This wonderful book captures a unique historical and cultural moment in intense and vivid prose. Trudy Lewis, author of "The Bones of Garbo""

 
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