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Lost in America: A Journey with My Father #2020

Lost in America A Journey with My Father A writer renowned for his insight into the mysteries of the body now gives us a lambent and profoundly moving book about the mysteries of family At its center lies Sherwin Nuland s Rembrandtesque port

  • Title: Lost in America: A Journey with My Father
  • Author: Sherwin B. Nuland
  • ISBN: 9780375727221
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lost in America: A Journey with My Father By Sherwin B. Nuland, A writer renowned for his insight into the mysteries of the body now gives us a lambent and profoundly moving book about the mysteries of family At its center lies Sherwin Nuland s Rembrandtesque portrait of his father, Meyer Nudelman, a Jewish garment worker who came to America in the early years of the last century but remained an eternal outsider Awkward in speech andA writer renowned for his insight into the mysteries of the body now gives us a lambent and profoundly moving book about the mysteries of family At its center lies Sherwin Nuland s Rembrandtesque portrait of his father, Meyer Nudelman, a Jewish garment worker who came to America in the early years of the last century but remained an eternal outsider Awkward in speech and movement, broken by the premature deaths of a wife and child, Meyer ruled his youngest son with a regime of rage, dependency, and helpless love that outlasted his death In evoking their relationship, Nuland also summons up the warmth and claustrophobia of a vanished immigrant New York, a world that impelled its children toward success yet made them feel like traitors for leaving it behind Full of feeling and unwavering observation, Lost in America deserves a place alongside such classics as Patrimony and Call It Sleep.

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    1. Sherwin B Nuland, was an American medical surgeon and writer who taught bioethics, history of medicine, and medicine at Yale School of medicine I ve owned his National Book Award, and Pulitzer Finalist, How We Die, Reflections of Life s Final Chapter , for years, and shamefully haven t read it yet, but Lost In America the book choice that my Jewish book club is reading for March Sherwin died at the age of 83 just three years ago in 2014 Lost in America is a an immigrant memoir Sherwin said, I am [...]

    2. This is the story of Meyer Nudelman, who emigrated to America in search of a better life but ended with hard work, chronic sickness, poverty and trouble Lost in America, indeed to the end of his life, his main language remained Yiddish, supplemented by mangled English hidden behind a thick accent It is also the growing up story of the book s author, Meyer s son Sherwin Nuland, initially Shabtai Shepsl Nudelman, named for the day of Sabbath Sherwin s story tells of an American success Yale medica [...]

    3. Touching memoir of the expectations placed upon us by parents whose very origins and motives may forever remain enigmatic I admire Nuland s unflinching descriptions of so many painful childhood episodes in his poor, Jewish, immigrant family, as well as his acknowledgement of the embarrassment his father provoked in him as he grew up It was only by escaping his family and going away to medical school that he unexpectedly learned of the existence of his father s medical condition Then, instead of [...]

    4. I found it difficult to read about the author s feelings of shame and even revulsion towards his father, but that s his story, and by and large, he behaved as a decent son despite his feelings Yes, many of us also struggle with ambivalent feelings towards our parents, but I squirmed as I thought about how his unhappy father might feel being so exposed to the world The book was beautifully written, though, and helped me better understand the history of American Jews.I do not understand why the au [...]

    5. This was a really powerful memoir It s a brave move to display such unadulterated dislike for one s father, while at the same time showing retrospective understanding for the fact that such dislike was maybe manifested in wanting renounce his Jewish immigrant culture rather than pinning it on one particular person The fact that this book was written so far down into Nuland s life shows how much those year with his father truly affected him It s also a little awkward reading about Nuland adolesce [...]

    6. This book will pull on your heartstrings It s a devastating and heartfelt account of growing up in immigrant New York Nuland s difficult but loving relationship with his father speaks volumes about how one comes to terms with familial tensions borne out of tragedy Somehow, somewhere, Nuland finds compassion and understanding with his father whom he renders in loving detail.

    7. This is a beautifully written memoir that veers from the edges of both sentimentality and bitterness And Nuland doesn t let himself off the hook from the same scrutiny with which he examines his family.

    8. amazing in his willingness to be equally harsh with himself and with everyone else in his life, yet finding positive and hopeful notes as well.

    9. This was well written, but it s such a dismal story about such a destructive father that I can only recommend it if your goal in reading is to feel bad.

    10. As the current advertising campaign for the Marines states, If you wrote a book about your life, would anyone want to read it Well, that s the question that kept nudging me as I read Sherwin Nuland s account of his life with his father I was waiting for something to happen and it never did Here is another book about a dysfunctional Jewish family, with all the guilt, death, hardship, illness, poverty, etc you ve come to expect from this type of account However, it goes nowhere It strikes me as th [...]

    11. Depressing account Pity that immigrants from early 20th century would have such a difficult time in America Broken relationships with family and friends from the old country, difficulty gaining acceptance by natives here leading to shame of roots and overwhelming desire to melt into a WASP culture, of bland food, cookie cutter conformity and anodyne conversation Hard to imagine this country where Sherwin needed so badly to be accepted and was so eager to break from his cultural roots Turned his [...]

    12. Lost in America A Journey With My Father Sherwin B Nuland Nuland s mother was warm, loving, and caring she died when he was eleven, after several years of sickness Nuland s father, on the other hand, was difficult, discouraged, and inarticulate he lived for decades with increasingly severe disabilities Nuland s parents were uneducated, impoverished Russian Jewish immigrants struggling to survive in New York City in the 1920s onward Dr Nuland a highly regarded author and surgeon describes his chi [...]

    13. I am a huge Sherwin Nuland fan Some of his books are my all time favorites this one was not It started out magnificently, with probably the best description of depression I have ever read yes, including Styron s The book was very honest and well written Perhaps it isn t fair that I only gave it 3 stars After all, I am comparing Lost in America to Nuland s other books Also, I may have been disappointed, filled with unmet expectations, again, not Nuland s fault I thought is was going to have abou [...]

    14. A well told memoir although a bit self absorbing The title was, to me, a double entendre as it seems Dr Nuland and his father were lost in america But, that aside, I had real respect for what the author has accomplished, how he respected his father even though his father some times embarrassed, frustrated, etc him Accounts of early Jewish immigrants, especially those from eastern European countries, is always interesting not only did they have to learn a language, they also had experience a diff [...]

    15. This memoir recounts a son s troubled relationship with his immigrant father Nuland s father, Meyer Nudelman, is verbally abusive and embarassing to his sons His disabilities require his sons to help him in many ways, but not until Nuland goes to medical school does he realize the cause of his father s disabilities syphilis And this syphilis was the cause of his mother s death years earlier Interesting read, but awfully raw in places.

    16. A searingly honest memoir of the author s childhood through college years as a 1st generation Jew of immigrant parents from the Eastern European shtetls His difficult relationship with his father is told without artifice or ego, and is only possible with the wisdom that comes from full acceptance of human frailties and failings including one s own A story of gradual understanding and redemption Highly recommended.

    17. It seemed to me to be a very searching and honest exploration of the author s problematic relationship with his father In the end he manages to find positive aspects and memories and for the most part does this without it sounding artificial I must admit that I have somewhat of a problem with such personal memoirs when the focus is on another family member who of course isn t able to add his point of view I had the same problem with Roth s Patrimony.

    18. I enjoyed this coming of age book even though his Bronx upbringing in a Yiddish home is very different from my own childhood Sherwin B Nuland created a great coming of age book punctuated by his youthful disdain of his won father However, later in life he realizes the value of the man.I had never heard of Nuland before picking up this audio book from the library, but now I know that he has many books and I want to read mor of them

    19. I usually am skeptical of autobiographies memoirs most seem to be a vechicle for tooting their own horn and or justifying mistakes they have made This memoir is neither Very well written, not glossed over, honest.

    20. Heartbreaking story of a Jewish immigrant to NYC and the difficult yet ultimately successful life of his Dr son.

    21. My Daddy gave me this book and it was a very touching read It reminded him of his childhood which was very touching Very well written

    22. Sherwin Nuland has written the books How We Live and How We Die This is a tremendous book about his relationship with his father It brought tears to my eyes in the last chapter.

    23. Very dry reading, I had to push myself through it While it was written to be a father son story it came across so as a religious tutorial.

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