10 thoughts on “One Week until Bagels and Books

  1. A big about immigrants – When the United States entered World War I in 1917, one-third of the nation’s population had been born overseas or had a parent who was an immigrant. At the peak of U.S. involvement in the war, nearly one in five American soldiers was foreign-born. Many of these immigrant soldiers—most of whom had been drafted—knew little of America outside of tight-knit ghettos and backbreaking labor. Yet World War I would change their lives and ultimately reshape the nation itself. Italians, Jews, Poles, Norwegians, Slovaks, Russians, and Irishmen entered the army as aliens and returned as Americans, often as heroes.

    In The Long Way Home, award-winning writer David Laskin traces the lives of a dozen men, eleven of whom left their childhood homes in Europe, journeyed through Ellis Island, and started over in a strange land. After detailing the daily realities of immigrant life in the factories, farms, mines, and cities of a rapidly growing nation, Laskin tells the heartbreaking stories of how these men—both conscripts and volunteers—joined the army, were swept into the ordeal of boot camp, and endured the month of hell that ended the war at the Argonne, where they truly became Americans. Those who survived were profoundly altered—and their experiences would shape the lives of their families as well.

    Epic, inspiring, and masterfully written, The Long Way Home is the unforgettable true story of the Great War, the world it remade, and the men who fought for a country not of their birth, but which held the hope and opportunity of a better way of life.
    David Laskin has a new book out- The Family Thing. I have not read it yet, but I am waiting for it. I ordered it because I was quite impressed by The Long Way Home. I believe he resides in the NYC area.

      • I would gladly provide input. Whether I can always be available in person is a problem. I am in pretty bad shape these days and all is a bit unpredictable. And I noticed the typos in my messages which is another sign of not really doing very well. Unfortunately, I checked and David Laskin now lives in Seatle, but you never know. Maybe, he would be interested.

  2. Book Recommendation:
    The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
    by Daniel James Brown – Fabulous book
    The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert

  3. To publicize the Books and Bagels meetings better, it might be good to post a flyer(s) in the library, especially for the “gift’ session. If this is well-publicized, it might be the key to capturing further interest.

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