Omaha Blues by Joseph Lelyveld
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Omaha Blues
By Joseph Lelyveld

Omaha Blues

A Memory Loop annotated edition

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Omaha Blues by Joseph Lelyveld

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The profoundly moving family history of one of America's greatest newspapermen.As his father lies dying, Joseph Lelyveld finds himself in the basement of the Cleveland synagogue where Arthur Lelyveld was the celebrated rabbi. Nicknamed "the memory boy" by his parents, the fifty-nine-year-old son begins to revisit the portion of his father's life recorded in letters, newspaper clippings, and mementos stored in a dusty camp trunk. In an excursion into an unsettled and shakily recalled period of his boyhood, Lelyveld uses these artifacts, and the journalistic reporting techniques of his career as an author and editor, to investigate memories that have haunted him in adult life..With equal measures of candor and tenderness, Lelyveld unravels the tangled story of his father and his mother, a Shakespeare scholar whose passion for independence led her to recoil from her roles as a clergyman's wife and, for a time, as a mother. This reacquired history of his sometimes troubled family becomes the framework for the author's story; in particular, his discovery in early adolescence of the way personal emotions cue political choices, when he is forced to choose sides between his father and his own closest adult friend, a colleague of his father's who is suddenly dismissed for concealing Communist ties.Lelyveld's effort to recapture his family history takes him on an unforeseen journey past disparate landmarks of the last century, including the Scottsboro trials, the Zionist movement, the Hollywood blacklist, McCarthyism, and Mississippi's "freedom summer" of 1964. His excursion becomes both a meditation on the selectivity and unreliability of memory and a testimony to the possibilities, even late in life, for understanding and healing. In "Omaha Blues," as Lelyveld seeks out the truth of his life story, he evokes a remarkable moment in our national story with unforgettable poignancy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312425104
ISBN-10: 0312425104
Format: Paperback / softback
(206mm x 166mm x 16mm)
Pages: 230
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: United States

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A vital, brilliant reconsideration of Gandhi's extraordinary struggles on two continents, of his fierce but unfulfilled hopes, and of his ever-evolving legacy, which ensures his place as one the world's most thoughtful social consciences.

How Race Is Lived in America by Joseph Lelyveld How Race Is Lived in America, Paperback / softback (May 2002)

Drawn from the Pulitzer Prize-winning "New York Times" series on race relations, these are "powerful, troubling essays on the most urgent and significant of subjects" ("Kirkus Reviews"). 15 photos.

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Author Biography - Joseph Lelyveld

Joseph Lelyveld's career at "The New York Times" spanned nearly four decades. He served as the paper's foreign editor, managing editor, and executive editor. He is the author of "Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White, " which won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1986. He lives in New York.

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