Lost in America

Lost in America

A Journey With My Father

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He walks with me through every day of my life, in that unsteady, faltering gait that so embarrassed me when I was a boy. Always, he is holding fast to the upper part of my right arm . . . As we make our way together, my father—I called him Daddy when I was small, because it sounded American and that is how he so desperately wanted things to seem—is speaking in the idiosyncratic rhythms of a self-constructed English.

So Sherwin Nuland introduces Meyer Nudelman, his father, a man whose presence continues to haunt Nuland to this day. Meyer Nudelman came to America from Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, when he was nineteen. Pursuing the immigrant’s dream of a better life but finding the opposite, he lived an endless round of frustration, despair, anger, and loss: overwhelmed by the premature deaths of his first son and wife; his oldest surviving son disabled by rheumatic fever in his teens; his youngest son, Sherwin, dutiful but defiant, caring for him as his life, beset by illness and fierce bitterness, wound to its unalterable end.

Lost in America, Nuland’s harrowing and empathetic account of his father’s life, 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.

Baker & Taylor
The author of the National Book Award-winning How We Die offers a poignant account of his father's life, from the turn-of-the-century arrival of a young immigrant from Russia to his struggle to succeed in the face of poverty, tragedy, and illness, and candidly explores the ways in which his father's life influenced his own. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
He walks with me through every day of my life, in that unsteady, faltering gait that so embarrassed me when I was a boy. Always, he is holding fast to the upper part of my right arm... As we make our way together, my father - I called him Daddy when I was small, because it sounded American and that is how he so desperately wanted things to seem - is speaking in the idiosyncratic rhythms of a self-constructed English.
So Sherwin Nuland introduces Meyer Nudelman, his father, a man whose presence continues to haunt Nuland to this day. Meyer Nudelman came to America from Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, when he was nineteen. Pursuing the immigrant's dream of a better life but finding the opposite, he lived an endless round of frustration, despair, anger, and loss: overwhelmed by the premature deaths of his first son and wife; his oldest surviving son disabled by rheumatic fever in his teens; his youngest son, Sherwin, dutiful but defiant, caring for him as his life, beset by illness and fierce bitterness, wound to its unalterable end. Lost in America, Nuland's harrowing and empathetic account of his father's life, 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.

Baker
& Taylor

The author offers an account of his father's life, from the turn-of-the-century arrival of a young immigrant from Russia to his struggle against poverty, tragedy, and illness, and explores how his father's life influenced his own.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375412943
0375412948
Branch Call Number: B NUL
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 22 cm

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emelton48
Sep 13, 2015

A very touching story about Dr. Nuland growing up in an immigrant family in NYC, his struggle with his father, his ultimate discovery of his father's secrets and why he was the man he was (both for him and his father). Dr Nuland is an excellent story teller every step of the way he lets you see his world through his own eyes.
As a first generation of immigrant myself I can truly empathesize with his struggle and triumph finding his place in America. This book is truly a classic!

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