Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore; A Memoir in Five Generations

Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore; A Memoir in Five Generations

by Elisa New

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Overview

Drawn to an image of her great-grandfather's ornately carved cane, scholar Elisa New embarked on a journey to discover the origins of her precious family heirloom. Treading back across the paths of her ancestors, she travels from Baltimore to the Baltic to London in order to find and understand an immigrant world profoundly affected by modern German culture, from the Enlightenment through the Holocaust. Deeply ambitious in its narrative sweep, Jacob's Cane captures the rich texture of life on several continents as New's family searches to establish itself in the tobacco trade. A fascinating history of one family's story of progress, innovation, and struggle, Jacob's Cane will change the way we think about the Jewish American experience.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465049738
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Elisa New is a Professor of English at Harvard University. She lives with her husband, economist Larry Summers, and their children in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

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