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Bittersweet berries : growing up Jewish in Minnesota
Brin, Ruth Firestone.
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Publication Information:
Duluth, Minn. : Holy Cow! Press ; Saint Paul, Minn. : Distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales, 1999.
Physical Description:
215 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
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F614.S4 B75 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Noted Jewish author describes her Depression-era life in the Upper Midwest.

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Library Journal Review

"I grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1920s and '30s in a middle-class Jewish family, mostly functioning well in spite of difficulties. Does that make my story typical of middle-class people in those days? Of girls of the time? Of Jews? I don't think so." In this memoir of her childhood and young adulthood, poet and children's author Brin communicates personal history that will help older readers recall the past and teach younger ones about attitudes toward Jews that for the most part no longer exist. Brin describes what she felt growing up in the Jewish minority of a town that was largely of Scandinavian origin. She reminds us of a time when some residential neighborhoods and schools did not allow Jews and makes us a guest at the celebrations of her large, well-established, and well-educated Jewish family as it experiences the good times of the 1920s, the Depression of the 1930s, and the early years of the Holocaust and its effect on American Jews. Recommended for general history as well as Judaica collections in public and academic libraries.ÄOlga B. Wise, Compaq Computers Inc., Austin, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.