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Lost in America is equally revealing about the author himself. We see what it cost him to admit the inextricable ties between father and son and to accept the burden of his father's legacy. In Lost in America, Sherwin Nuland has written a memoir at once timeless and universal.
"Nuland is masterly at holding to the vulnerable son's point of view and keeping the reader inside the experience. He brilliantly conveys the inner experience of depression as an effect on the emotional dynamics of family life." (The New York Times)
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By Marilyn on 03-08-03
Exploring intergenerational legacies
I couldn't stop listening to this book. "Riveting" is an overused word but it describes this text. The author shares with us a stark, honest exploration of his family's history, dynamics and legacy of his parents' immigrant experience. His prose is clear and engaging, and the story he tells spares no one--least of all himself. This book helps me understand the tremendous price paid by this family of first and second generation immigrants in search of the American dream. And yet, in the end, it's a story of redemption and forgiveness and hope. A brave and healing tale.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Gary on 10-26-03
Needed a tighter editing
This book is an intensely personal story, and such stories tend to dwell on details that are of interest only to the people closest to them. For a more general market, a tight editing is needed - and this book didn't get it. Much of the story is interesting, but it could have been told in half the time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful