Beacon Press
ISBN-0-8070-3241-7 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-8070-3241-7 (pbk.)

ISBN 0-415-90770-5 (pbk.)


The history of some 30 Russian Jewish immigrant families who in 1907 began to buy land in the Ellsworth Hills above Sharon, CT, where they attempted to become dairy farmers.
Three generations of strong-­minded Rosens have gone their own ways, repairing the world while keeping a safe distance from each other, when Peter Rosen, a widowed refugee from Nazi Germany and retired German professor, takes a bad fall in the snow and a call from Spooner Street prompts his estranged daughter, Marlene Rosen, to spend a long stretch in Madison with her ailing but difficult father.
Ten-year-old Eva Hoffman's family, Austrian refugees, have found precarious safety in Topeka, Kansas. It is 1951, the year of the landmark desegregation case. As the rising river inundates the town, the Hoffman's open their home to refugees from the flood, and Eva learns the complexities of prejudice - and courage - both within and outside her family.
"A second generation chronicle that offers rich intellectual insights while stiring our deepest feelings." Leo Spitzer, author of Hotel Bolivia "Pursing her story across two continents, Ascher, the daughter of a Vienese psychoanalyst, explores the unsettling legacy of Nazi persecution on her complicated immigrant family and ultimately on herself, in this probing, well-written memoir." - Alix Kates Shulman

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Between Women: Biographers, Novelists, Critics, Teachers and Artists Write About Their Work on Women

First published in 1984, Between Women provides groundbreaking analyses of women's writing about women. The compilation of stories includes biographers, novelists, scholars and artists, each writing about their respective creative processes. The contributors discuss how they chose their women subjects as well as the biases and hopes they brought with them and the discoveries they made. The Routledge edition also includes an introduction by Carolyn Heilbrun.


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Tillie Olsen

"This is a wonderful book in breadth and variety: Yi-tsi Mei Feuerworker on Ding Ling, Bell Gale Chevigny on Margaret Fuller, and May Stevens on her mother and Rosa Luxemburg. Even the table of contents is a joy to consume. Between Women is a big read to be taken in chunks and dreamily digested."

Grace Paley