The 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti changes Magdalie’s life forever. Her manman is crushed under fallen debris and killed instantly, while her cousin and closest friend Nadine is sent live with her father in Miami. Nadine, really more sister than cousin, promises to send for Magdalie as soon as she can get a Visa arranged. But, over a period of two years, Magdalie hears from Nadine less and less.
Moved by an article about the plight of orphans of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, Knobler and his wife adopted a five-year-old boy from Ethiopia. The energetic and free-spirited Nate quickly brought change to the dynamic of their quiet Jewish family that included their biological son and daughter. In this heartwarming memoir, Nobler weaves moving stories such as meeting Nate’s dying mother in Ethiopia with the hilarious tales of Nate’s adjustment to his new life.
Twenty-something Sarah Wildman stumbles across a secreted cache of photographs during the clean out of her late grandparent’s family home in New England. Sarah’s grandfather, Karl Wildman, emigrated from Vienna during the war establishing a family medical practice in Pittsfield, Massachusetts before marrying Sarah’s grandmother during the early 1940’s. These photographs, featuring a beautiful young woman and prominently signed “Your, Valy,” signal the beginning of Sarah’s odyssey to learn the story behind the woman her grandfather loved and left behind in occupied Berlin.
When a horrific fire destroys their modest Mumbai restaurant and steals the life of a beloved wife and Mummy, the grief-stricken Haji family emigrates from India. An extended period of mourning spent traveling throughout Europe culminates with this gregarious family opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant in the small alpine town of Lumiere, France. Cultural differences soon escalate between the Haji family and Gertrude Mallory---longtime owner of a two-star restaurant a hundred-feet across the street---leading to a terrible accident jeopardizing the health of fourteen-ye
Readers of Feldman's first memoir, Unorthodox, will thrill to the next installment of her journey forward after separating from the Satmar Hasidic community where she was raised and married. Now twenty-eight years old, Feldman discusses moving with son, Isaac, from Brooklyn, New York to the New England countryside. Always forthright, Feldman describes graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, establishing a writing career, and discovering her sexuality. Though no longer Orthodox, a trip abroad tracing her grandmother's movements in Europe during the H
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood growing up in the 1960s. Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge. Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.