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Who she was : my search for my mother's life

Author: Samuel G Freedman
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When Samuel G. Freedman was nearing fifty, the same age at which his mother died of breast cancer, he realized that he did not know who she was. Of course, he knew that Eleanor had been his mother, a mother he kept at an emotional distance both in life and after death. He had never thought about the entire life she lived before him, a life of her own dreams and disappointments. And now, that ignorance haunted him."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Freedman, Samuel G.
Who she was.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2005
(OCoLC)989089588
Named Person: Eleanor Freedman; Hatkin family.; Eleanor Freedman; Hatkin family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel G Freedman
ISBN: 0743227352 9780743227353 0743285115 9780743285117
OCLC Number: 123224158
Description: 337 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Samuel G. Freedman.

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Nearly 30 years after his mother died at age 50, the acclaimed author of "JewVs. Jew" set out to discover everything he could about her lost life. This isthe poignant, unflinching chronicle of what  Read more...

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"Who She Was is a subtle analysis, with all the pathos and depth of a portrait by Rembrandt.... Freedman's odyssey into his mother's past explains who she was and paints an affecting portrait of the Read more...

 
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