An Echo in My Blood: The Search for My Family's Hidden Past

An Echo in My Blood The Search for My Family s Hidden Past Throughout his childhood in Minneapolis Alan Weisman was told that his grandfather was killed by Communists in the Ukraine at the turn of the century When as an adult he meets a long estranged uncl

  • Title: An Echo in My Blood: The Search for My Family's Hidden Past
  • Author: Alan Weisman
  • ISBN: 9780151002917
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Throughout his childhood in Minneapolis, Alan Weisman was told that his grandfather was killed by Communists in the Ukraine at the turn of the century When, as an adult, he meets a long estranged uncle who tells a very different version of the story, Alan embarks on a search for the truth that takes him to the chemical ruin of Chernobyl and back in time to the Bolshevik RThroughout his childhood in Minneapolis, Alan Weisman was told that his grandfather was killed by Communists in the Ukraine at the turn of the century When, as an adult, he meets a long estranged uncle who tells a very different version of the story, Alan embarks on a search for the truth that takes him to the chemical ruin of Chernobyl and back in time to the Bolshevik Revolution He discovers the paradoxical rationale for his father s vehement political and social conservatism as well as a universal truth that all immigrant families, in order to survive in a new world, must create protective family myths One of these myths hides the true fate of his grandfather a nightmare too terrible to express At once an examination of his rootless generation and a look at the hopes and dreams of his forefathers, An Echo in My Blood takes you from the secret heart of an America you might not recognize to the pogroms of turn of the century Kiev.

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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Alan Weisman s reports from around the world have appeared in Harper s, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Wilson Quarterly, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, Discover, Audubon, Cond Nast Traveler, and in many anthologies, including Best American Science Writing 2006 His most recent book, The World Without Us, a bestseller translated into 30 languages, was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by both Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, the 1 Nonfiction Audiobook of 2007 by iTunes a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction, for the Orion Prize, and a Book Sense 2008 Honor Book His previous books include An Echo In My Blood Gaviotas A Village to Reinvent the World 10th anniversary edition available from Chelsea Green and La Frontera The United States Border With Mexico He has also written the introduction for The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh, available this fall from Parallax Press A senior producer for Homelands Productions, Weisman s documentaries have aired on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media Each spring, he leads an annual field program in international journalism at the University of Arizona, where is Laureate Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts.

    2. Weisman is a good writer, with an amazing true story to tell. A journalist traveling to the Ukraine to investigate the Chernobyl disaster (an amazing story in its own right), he decides to visit his ancestral town of Elizavetgrad (Yelisavethgrad). This takes him on an unexpected odyssey of self-discovery and family history.His insights into Jewish life (in Chicago and Russia) are especially engaging. Some readers will tire of his sometimes relentless left-wing agenda, but I was glad I didn't let [...]

    3. This is a memoir mixing middle age angst with shock at learning that an event central to the family's sense of self is not true. I appreciated the Minnesota ties (Humphrey, McCarthy, Freeman; Ron Meshbesher is a cousin), but the memoir is written with a heavy hand in parts. Interesting, tho.

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