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Naked Came the Stranger

by Mike Mcgrady Penelope Ashe

A steamy, bestselling tale of Long Island lust, written as a daring literary hoax by Newsday columnist Mike McGrady and two dozen of his colleaguesFor talk show host Gillian Blake, the suburbs have long been a paradise. On the radio, she and her husband are Gilly and Billy, local media stars and "New York's Sweethearts of the Air." At home they're the envy of their neighbors. Only in the bedroom is their life less than perfect. When Gillian learns that her husband has a mistress, she takes revenge the only way she can. With each lover she takes, her lust multiplies, until this demure housewife becomes a creature of pure passion. No man on Long Island--be he hippie, mobster, or rabbi--is safe when Gillian goes on the prowl. Written by twenty-four reporters under the moniker of Penelope Ashe, Naked Came the Stranger was an attempt to produce the steamiest and most wildly over-the-top novel of all time--good writing be damned. A sensation upon its first release, forty years later the book remains one of the most sinfully amusing potboilers ever published.

Jimmy the Stick

by Michael Mayo

A gunman comes out of retirement to guard his former partner's familyJimmy Quinn was a gunman, bootlegger, and bagman, running with mobsters the likes of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, until a bullet in the leg and the murder of Arnold Rothstein ended his career. Quinn bought a speakeasy in downtown Manhattan and settled into a quiet retirement--until the day he learns that famous aviator Charles Lindbergh's baby has been kidnapped, and his old friend and partner Walter Spencer wants a word. Spence has left his criminal past behind, marrying into the Pennyweight family--of Pennyweight Petroleum--and settling into a legitimate lifestyle in rural New Jersey. Now Spence has business out of state, and with the Lindbergh kidnapping weighing on his mind, he wants Quinn to stay in his home and protect his family. A few days guarding Spence's beautiful wife should be easy work, but Quinn's old business is about to catch up with him, and he quickly finds that the Garden State can be even more dangerous than the streets of New York City.

Brides of Blood

by Joseph Koenig

A detective fights corruption in a city whose most vicious killers work for the stateMore than a decade after the dawn of Iran's Islamic Republic, Darius Bakhtiar still chafes under the harsh yoke of Sharia law. He is an alcoholic in a country where intoxication is punishable by whipping, and a homicide detective in a society that sees death as an opportunity for martyrdom. In Teheran, a young woman is found murdered, but her makeup and scanty clothing mark her as a prostitute, and Bakhtiar's superiors tell him to make only a cursory inquiry. But what he uncovers suggests that this brutal killing was not random, and points to a sickening hypocrisy at the heart of the fundamentalist government. Few outside the Ayatollah's inner sanctum know of the Brides of Blood. A sect of virgin zealots, these women live and die for the afterlife, killing infidels to gain a seat in heaven. As he digs deeper into the conspiracy, Bakhtiar learns that in a religious dictatorship, there is nothing more dangerous than asking questions.

Smugglers Notch

by Joseph Koenig

She's young, headstrong, alone--and she hitched a ride with a killer Becky should know better than to hitchhike, but there's no other way to get home. She's waiting by the highway when a skinny Vermont hick named Paul Conklin offers her a ride. He's absent-minded and a little bit awkward, but comes off as harmless--until it's too late. They're deep in the woods when he rapes her, too far from town for anyone to hear her scream as he wraps his belt around her throat and slowly snuffs out her life. But he has made a mistake. Becky's father is friends with the attorney general, and the law will come down hard on Paul Conklin. In rural Vermont, law takes the form of men like Lawrence St. Germain, a hulking man accustomed to rough winters and grisly crime. He will sacrifice everything to avenge Becky's death, battling not just her killer, but the justice system itself.

Little Odessa

by Joseph Koenig

In the grimy hell of Brighton Beach, a stripper needs smarts to surviveIn the waning years of the Soviet Union, only the very young or very old are allowed to immigrate to the United States. Places like Brooklyn's Brighton Beach--or, as residents call it, "Little Odessa"--are flooded with teenage strivers eager to shake their accents and take what America has to offer. Kate Piro is as ambitious as they come, but her pluck only gets her as far as Times Square's Starlight Club, where she dances naked under the stage name M. Anita Supreme. After being assaulted by a drunken Nigerian diplomat, Kate meets a kindly cop who falls hard for the headstrong stripper. He wants to save her--or at least sleep with her--but Kate doesn't need his help. She's determined to get out of Brighton Beach, even though every man she meets drags her deeper into a cesspit of sleaze, vice, and murder.

Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp

by C. D. Payne

Precocious fourteen-year-old diarist Nick Twisp records his struggles to make sense out of high school, deal with his divorced parents, and win the affections of the beauteous teenage goddess Sheeni Saunders.

The Happiness Advantage

by Shawn Achor

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we'll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn't just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research--including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG--to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work. Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines: * The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see--and seize--opportunities wherever we look. * The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones. * Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness--our social support network A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn't only about how to become happier at work. It's about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.From the Hardcover edition.

The Wilkomirski Affair: A Study In Biographical Truth

by Stefan Maechler

This is the definitive report on Fragments, Binjamin Wilkomirski's invented "memoir" of a childhood spent in concentration camps, which created international turmoil. In 1995 Fragments, a memoir by a Swiss musician named Binjamin Wilkomirski, was published in Germany. Hailed by critics, who compared it with the masterpieces of Primo Levi and Anne Frank, the book received major prizes and was translated into nine languages. The English-language edition was published by Schocken in 1996. In Fragments, Wilkomirski described in heartwrenching detail how as a small child he survived internment in Majdanek and Birkenau and was eventually smuggled into Switzerland at the war's end. But three years after the book was first published, articles began to appear that questioned its authenticity and the author's claim that he was a Holocaust survivor. Stefan Maechler, a Swiss historian and expert on anti-Semitism and Switzerland's treatment of refugees during and after World War II, was commissioned on behalf of the publishers of Fragments to conduct a full investigation into Wilkomirski's life. Maechler was given unrestricted access to hundreds of government and personal documents, interviewed eyewitnesses and family members in seven countries, and discovered facts that completely refute Wilkomirski's book. The Maechler report has implications far beyond the tragic story of one individual's deluded life. It explores our feelings about survivor literature and the impact these works can have on our remembrance of the Holocaust.

The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush

by Howard Blum

It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures -- gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen -- are now victims of their own success. They are heroes who've outlived their usefulness. But then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms - an immense unexplored territory filled with frozen waterways, dark spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by glistening layers of snow and ice. "Klondicitis," a giddy mix of greed and lust for adventure, ignites a stampede. Fleeing the depths of a worldwide economic depression and driven by starry-eyed visions of vast wealth, tens of thousands rush northward. Joining this throng of greenhorns and grifters, whores and highwaymen, sourdoughs and seers are three unforgettable men. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who, after futilely trying to settle down with his new bride, becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency's shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who's adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush - and becomes fabulously rich; and Soapy Smith, a sly and inventive predator-conman who rules a vast criminal empire. As we follow this trio's lives, we're led inexorably into a perplexing mystery. A fortune in gold bars has somehow been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska, with no clues as to how the thieves made off with such an immensely heavy cargo. To many it appears that the crime will never be solved. But the Pinkerton Agency has a reputation for finding the answers that elude others. Charged with getting the job done is Charlie Siringo who discovers that, to run the thieves to ground, he must embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that will lead him across frigid waters and through a frozen wilderness. Ultimately, he'll have his quarry in his sights. But then an additional challenge will present itself. He must face down Soapy Smith and his gang of 300 cutthroats. Hanging in the balance: George Carmack's fortune in gold. At once a compelling true-life mystery and an unforgettable portrait of a time in America's history when thousands were fired with a vision of riches so unimaginable as to be worth any price, The Floor of Heaven is also an exhilarating tribute to the courage and undaunted spirit of the men and women who helped shape America.

Thunderstruck

by Erik Larson

Larson tells the true stories of two men whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Gripping from the first page, and rich with fascinating detail about the time, this story is splendid narrative history from a master of the form.

Good Calories, Bad Calories

by Gary Taubes

For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.From the Trade Paperback edition. cheese, eggs, butter, and non-starchy vegetables. Bad CaloriesThese are from foods that stimulate excessive insulin secretion and so make us fat and increase our risk of chronic disease--all refined and easily digestible carbohydrates and sugars. The key is not how much vitamins and minerals they contain, but how quickly they are digested. (So apple juice or even green vegetable juices are not necessarily any healthier than soda.) Bread and other baked goods, potatoes, yams, rice, pasta, cereal grains, corn, sugar (sucrose and high fructose corn syrup), ice cream, candy, soft drinks, fruit juices, bananas and other tropical fruits, and beer. Taubes traces how the common assumption that carbohydrates are fattening was abandoned in the 1960s when fat and cholesterol were blamed for heart disease and then -wrongly-were seen as the causes of a host of other maladies, including cancer. He shows us how these unproven hypotheses were emphatically embraced by authorities in nutrition, public health, and clinical medicine, in spite of how well-conceived clinical trials have consistently refuted them. He also documents the dietary trials of carbohydrate-restriction, which consistently show that the fewer carbohydrates we consume, the leaner we will be. With precise references to the most significant existing clinical studies, he convinces us that there is no compelling scientific evidence demonstrating that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease, that salt causes high blood pressure, and that fiber is a necessary part of a healthy diet. Based on the evidence that does exist, he leads us to conclude that the only healthy way to lose weight and remain lean is to eat fewer carbohydrates or to change the type of the carbohydrates we do eat, and, for some of us, perhaps to eat virtually none at all.The 11 Critical Conclusions of Good Calories, Bad Calories: 1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, does not cause heart disease. 2. Carbohydrates do, because of their effect on the hormone insulin. The more easily-digestible and refined the carbohydrates and the more fructose they contain, the greater the effect on our health, weight, and well-being. 3. Sugars--sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup specifically--are particularly harmful. The glucose in these sugars raises insulin levels; the fructose they contain overloads the liver.4. Refined carbohydrates, starches, and sugars are also the most likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, and the other common chronic diseases of modern times. 5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating and not sedentary behavior. 6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter any more than it causes a child to grow taller. 7. Exercise does not make us lose excess fat; it makes us hungry. 8. We get fat because of an imbalance--a disequilibrium--in the hormonal regulation of fat tissue and fat metabolism. More fat is stored in the fat tissue than is mobilized and used for fuel. We become leaner when the hormonal regulation of the fat tissue reverses this imbalance. 9. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels are elevated, we stockpile calories as fat. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from our fat tissue and burn it for fuel. 10. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbohydrates make us fat and ultimately cause obesity. By driving fat accumulation, carbohydrates also increase h...

Floater

by Joseph Koenig

A sheriff combs the Everglades for the charming sociopath who killed his ex-wifeYears after their marriage collapses, Buck White splurges on Irene's coffin. She was found floating in a cypress swamp behind a Seminole village, her beauty marred by sadistic violence, a guitar string buried so deep in her neck that it takes two autopsies to dig it out. Sheriff White knows neither the time nor place of death, but the savaged corpse tells him to look for a serial killer: white, under forty, antisocial, and with a fondness for liquor. The man White is tracking turns out to be a special kind of crazy. Uncommonly charismatic, he has the wit and cunning to elude law enforcement while seducing new victims. More women will die before White gets on his trail, but no one will hurt the sheriff as badly as Irene.

Séance on a Wet Afternoon

by Mark Mcshane

Hoping for notoriety, a struggling psychic kidnaps a childMost so-called psychics disgust Myra Savage. She has no patience for their chintz and cheap tricks, for her power is real. Myra can see into other people's minds, can even sometimes sense the future, but she has never yet communicated with the other side. For that she needs the cooperation of great psychics, but she lacks the stature to attract their attention. To satisfy this burning need for fame, she and her husband concoct The Plan. Bill snatches a six-year-old girl from her schoolyard and pastes together a letter demanding ransom. After a few days of citywide panic, Myra will lead the police to the girl and the money, and all of London will know her name. When a criminal can see the future, what could possibly go wrong?

The Canoe Trip Mystery (Boxcar Children #40)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner Charles Tang

The Alden children go on a classic Mississippi steamboat to visit a family friend in Missouri, there they have to uncover who is responsible for the mysterious happenings near the cabin.

Headed for a Hearse

by Jonathan Latimer

Just days from meeting the reaper, a convicted murderer hires Chicago's most hard-boiled PI to save his neck--before the executioner can claim itRobert Westland's death is just around the corner when he finally decides to fight the murder rap that's sending him to the electric chair. Fingered for his wife's grisly demise, Westland is in a bind, and his last hope is Bill Crane, a booze-soaked detective who's as ruthless with a quip as he is when trawling the streets for Chicago's most brutal criminal element. Crane's got just a few days to suss out the real killer--someone clever enough to off Westland's wife and lock her in a room whose only key belongs to Westland himself. Fueled by an abundance of liquor and a habit of bad manners, Crane sets his sights on a cast of oddball characters among whom hides a murderer. But in 1930s Chicago, everyone's got a secret, and the pressure is on for Crane to separate the dangerous from the truly homicidal before it's too late.

Immigrant Ambassadors: Citizenship and Belonging in the Tibetan Diaspora

by Julia Meredith Hess

Hess (anthropology, U. of New Mexico) examines articulations of Tibetanness among stateless Tibetans in India and among Tibetans resettled in the United States and in the process of becoming US citizens. She describes a transformation of diaspora consciousness among the Tibetans giving up their stateless status and adopting US citizenship through an examination of Tibetan responses to the bureaucratic processes required to procure identity documents, travel documents, visas, asylum applications, citizenship ceremonies, and passports. She finds that the Tibetans involved in the Tibetan US Resettlement Project invest citizenship with multiple meanings and that many are adopting US citizenship in an effort to become more effective transnational political actors in the cause of an independent Tibet. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Islam and Nation: Separatist Rebellion in Aceh, Indonesia

by Edward Aspinall

Between 1976 and 2005 the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, or GAM) waged a protracted secessionist struggle against the Indonesian state in the name of Acehnese nationalism. In this study, Espinall (political science and social change, Australian National U. , Australia) conducts an analysis of the origins and development of Acehnese nationalism. He stresses the role of agency, particularly the actions and views of the founder of GAM, Hasan di Tiro; later Acehnese nationalists who came to challenge some of his views; and political actors from Aceh's Indonesian political establishment. He also stresses three central aspects of context: the institutional context of state formation; the international context that shaped the discourse of Acehnese actors, including Acehnese experiences of exile and international law discourses of self-determination; and factors of social context such as kinship networks, ideas about masculinity, and socioeconomic structures. A further major theme is the relationship between Islam and nationalism. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Legacies of Race: Identities, Attitudes, and Politics in Brazil

by Stanley R. Bailey

Most of our understanding of Brazilian racial attitudes, according to Bailey (sociology, U. of California at Irvine), come either from studies of elite attitudes or from localized ethnographies, leaving us with little understanding of the racial attitudes of the Brazilian masses. He fills the gap in the literature by analyzing the "racial common sense" captured in three major surveys of racial attitudes: the 1995 DataFolha national sample survey of racial attitudes, the 2000 CEAP/DataUff survey of racial attitudes in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and the 2002 PESB national social survey. He also provides comparative context concerning the changing nature of racial attitudes in the United States. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The Illustration of the Master: Henry James and the Magazine Revolution

by Amy Tucker

In order to examine the crucial role of the illustrated press in the formation of the reading public and the writing profession during the lifetime of James (1843-1916), Tucker (American literature, City U. of New York-Queens College) rereads a significant portion of his work in light of the explosive growth of the magazine industry in the US and abroad during the period, showing how the rise of the pictorial challenged the primacy of the written text. Her topics include the rise of the illustrated magazine; double discourse in the illustrated tales of the 1890s; his Holbein stepping out of the frame; essays on illustration; and James, Joseph Pennell, and the art of the travelogue. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Interdisciplinary Conversations: Challenging Habits of Thought

by Myra H. Strober

Interest in doing, funding, and studying interdisciplinary work has built to crescendo in recent years. But despite this growing enthusiasm, our collective understanding of the dynamics, rewards, and challenges of faculty conversations across disciplines remains murky. Through six case studies of interdisciplinary seminars for faculty, Interdisciplinary Conversations investigates pivotal interdisciplinary conversations and analyzes the factors that make them work. Past discussions about barriers to interdisciplinary collaborations fixate on funding, the academic reward system, and the difficulties of evaluating research from multiple fields. This book uncovers barriers that are hidden: disciplinary habits of mind, disciplinary cultures, and interpersonal dynamics. Once uncovered, these barriers can be broken down by faculty members and administrators. While clarion calls for interdisciplinarity rise in chorus, this book lays out a clear vision of how to realize the creative potential of interdisciplinary conversations.

Modern Migrations: Gujarati Indian Networks in New York and London

by Maritsa V. Poros

Poros (sociology, City College of New York) employs the microcosm of the Gujarati Indian immigrant to illustrate the role of social networks in the international migration process, and to bolster her thesis that a relational analysis can expand the scope of migration studies beyond the effects of states and institutions to more and varied types of networks. Writing for those with some familiarity with the topic, she considers factors such as trade and capitalism, religion, education, philanthropy, caste, and labor markets, describing historical Gujarati migration patterns and using individual contemporary stories to demonstrate the social and economic causes and effects of this process. Poros further explores the idea that a relational approach can bring a greater practical understanding to current immigration debates taking place in the US and the UK. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Memos from the Besieged City: Lifelines for Cultural Sustainability

by Djelal Kadir

Kadir (comparative literature, Pennsylvania State U.) conducts a genealogy of the major facets of the discipline of comparative literature by thematically addressing key concerns of the field in relation to the ideas of key world cultural figures from the 13th century to the present. The thematic chapters discuss the concept of the subject; world history and world literature; cultural space and identity; memory, culture, and memory management; orthodoxy, consensus, and conspiracy; poetics and ekphrasis (dramatic description); ethics; literature, the nation, and the state; and metadiscourse and spectralization. The themes are considered in relation to the following persons: Rashiduddin Fazlullah (1247-1318), Nicholas of Cusa (1401-64), Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Fray Servando Teresa de Mier (1763-1827), Erich Auerbach (1892-1957), Hannah Arendt (1906-75), Zbigniew Herbert (1924-98), Italo Calvino (1923-85), Gao Xingjian (b. 1940), and Orhan Pamuk (b. 1952). Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution

by Rebecca Comay

This book explores Hegel's response to the French Revolutionary Terror and its impact on Germany. Like many of his contemporaries, Hegel was struck by the seeming parallel between the political upheaval in France and the upheaval in German philosophy inaugurated by the Protestant Reformation and brought to a climax by German Idealism. Many thinkers reasoned that a political revolution would be unnecessary in Germany, because this intellectual "revolution" had preempted it. Having already been through its own cataclysm, Germany would be able to extract the energy of the Revolution and channel its radicalism into thought. Hegel comes close to making such an argument too. But he also offers a powerful analysis of how this kind of secondhand history gets generated in the first place, and shows what is stake. This is what makes him uniquely interesting among his contemporaries: he demonstrates how a fantasy can be simultaneously deconstructed and enjoyed. Mourning Sicknessprovides a new reading of Hegel in the light of contemporary theories of historical trauma. It explores the ways in which major historical events are experienced vicariously, and the fantasies we use to make sense of them. Comay brings Hegel into relation with the most burning contemporary discussions around catastrophe, witness, memory, and the role of culture in shaping political experience.

The Making of Northeast Asia

by Min Ye Kent Calder

Calder (director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins U. ) and Ye (Boston U. ) examine and theorize processes and institutions of subregional integration in Northeast Asia (encompassing China, Korea, and Japan). They apply a critical-juncture analysis that views regionalist development as the product of changing geostrategic contexts, political leadership, and real and perceived crisis, arguing that institutional innovation is heavily reliant on leadership initiatives that can be spurred by political-economic crises. They thus focus on the Korean War as a critical juncture that gave birth to a "hub-and-spokes" relationship between the United States and its allies in Japan and South Korea, with China joining later as a de facto member, and the 1997 Asian financial crisis as another critical juncture that led to subregional institutional innovation and helped encourage the sense of a common Northeast Asian identity. They also offer country-specific analyses of regional policies in China, South Korea, and Japan and review the evolution of US political-economic approaches to Northeast Asia. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Memoirs of a Grandmother

by Shulamit Magnus Pauline Wengeroff

Pauline Wengeroff, the only nineteenth-century Russian Jewish woman to publish a memoir, sets out to illuminate the "cultural history of the Jews of Russia" in the period of Jewish "enlightenment," when traditional culture began to disintegrate and Jews became modern. Wengeroff, a gifted writer and astute social observer, paints a rich portrait of both traditional and modernizing Jewish societies in an extraordinary way, focusing on women and the family and offering a gendered account (and indictment) of assimilation. In Volume 1 of Memoirs of a Grandmother, Wengeroff depicts traditional Jewish society, including the religious culture of women, during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I, who wished "his" Jews to be acculturated to modern Russian life.

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