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The road to home : my life and times

Author: Vartan Gregorian
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
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"Vartan Gregorian's tale starts with a childhood of poverty, deprivation, and enchantment in the Armenian quarter of Tabriz, Iran. As the world reeled from depression into six years of warfare, his mother died, leaving his grandmother Voski as the loving staff of his life. Through unlettered example and instruction, he learned about the first of his many worlds: the strenuousness required for survival, the fairy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Gregorian, Vartan.
Road to home.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003
(OCoLC)606988013
Named Person: Vartan Gregorian; Vartan Gregorian; Vartan Gregorian; Vartan Gregorian
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vartan Gregorian
ISBN: 068480834X 9780684808345 0743255658 9780743255653
OCLC Number: 51942644
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 354 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: My Birthplace 1 --
1 My Family 7 --
2 Childhood 25 --
3 The Armenian Community of Tabriz 39 --
4 To Beirut, Le Petit Paris 63 --
5 To America 95 --
6 Stanford University: A New World 107 --
7 The Long Road to Kabul 147 --
8 San Francisco State College 161 --
9 To Armenia: Land of Ararat 177 --
10 To Texas 197 --
11 The City of Brotherly Love 215 --
12 A Rendezvous with the New York Public Library 267 --
13 Brown University 305.
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Though she was illiterate, Gregorian's grandmother's lessons on the beauty of church, school and movies sent him on an odyssey that began in penniless obscurity and led to the presidencies of the New  Read more...

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