American Jewish immigrant stories are abundant, but this one tries to cover all branches of the family tree. It is the genealogy and history of the family that founded the MaidenForm Bra company and its rise to fame and fortune in America, the land of opportunity.  For part of the family, it is a Holocaust story; for another branch it is a story which takes on the founding of the state of Israel in the Palestinian Gaza Strip and the troubles which ensue. The action is a bit slow, but as examples of immigrants seeking a better life, it has something to offer.  It is detailed (maybe too detailed) and its many characters are hard to keep straight.

This was a Bargain Book from Deadalus Bookstore in NY City and a bargain at 3.98. I’m glad I read it.


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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