Omaha Blues

A Memory Loop

Joseph Lelyveld

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In the basement of the Cleveland synagogue where his father, Arthur, was a celebrated rabbi, Joseph Lelyveld finds a musty trunk of souvenirs. Applying his award-winning investigative skills, as both a newspaperman and author, Lelyveld uses his father's letters and mementos to rediscover his shakily remembered childhood, and his parent's unhappy marriage. Lelyveld's journey through personal history unexpectedly touches landmarks of the past century--the Scottsboro trials, the Zionist movement, the Hollywood blacklist, and Mississippi's "freedom summer" of 1964--and, in the words of Joan Didion, "this astonishing journal of personal discovery" combines "both a powerfully affecting family history and a political history of the most complex kind."

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"[Omaha Blues] arrives at redemption and forgiveness through the meticulous act of finding out, and recording, the truth."--The New Yorker

"Reminiscent of Proust's account of his forgotten childhood world suddenly reappearing. . . . His book is more like life than memoir. . . . Remarkable."--Russell Baker, The New York Review of Books

"Lelyveld has blessed us with a careful, sensitive and moving book . . . a triumph of storytelling."--Philip Connors, Newsday

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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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Omaha Blues
A Memory Loop
Joseph Lelyveld

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Picador
March 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425104
ISBN10: 0312425104
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages, Includes 25 halftones throughout
$17.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429931625
ISBN10: 1429931620
240 pages, 24 Black-and-White Illustrations
$7.99
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