By Annie Dillard
A e-book that immediately captured the hearts of readers around the nation, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Annie Dillard's poignant, shiny memoir of starting to be up in Pittsburgh within the Fifties.
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Throw in some pork at the bottom of the aluminum soup pot. The sun is shining. Out over the Atlantic. The Nazi soup makes everyone gag. ) Elie Wiesel is an Orthodox Jew. Like Edith, he's a believer. His faith is strong. And like Marvin in the navy, Wiesel keeps kosher the entire time he is in Auschwitz. That's why he's so thin and emaciated when the camps are liberated. It takes a long time for Wiesel to get his full appetite back. But would the rabbis have said to eat the soup? With the thick, juicy piece of pork lurking in the bottom of the big pot?
There are settings for six. My mother's silverware is unique; this particular style was popular before the war and wasn't made in America, so replacement pieces are impossible to obtain. Unless the owner pays for an overseas search, like the advertisement in the New York Times for hard-to-locate silver or lost family relatives. Specifically Jewish searches for personal effects and people become popular in the late '50s and early '60s. These searches are still going on today, with whole governments becoming involved across international lines.
Page 29 IV Edith gives me one last present. To assuage our difficult situation, I think. A bracelet that I admire from the moment my father gives it to her. Only by the time she gives it to me, she's really sick and is barely talking at all to anyone. Moaning, she has the nurse unclasp the bracelet from her swollen wrist. Then with her fist, she shoves it over to me across the kitchen table. No one in the family knows that she gives me her solid gold diamond bracelet. Each link is a tiny little heart.