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Saturday, May 30, 2009

You're Invited! A Conversation about Family Secrets at New York's Tenement Museum

Memo to New York City readers of Annie's Ghosts (and anyone from nearby towns in New Jersey and Connecticut who is interested in the book and its author):

This Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m., I'll be speaking at the Lower East Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard Street in Manhattan. Okay, if that isn't enough by itself to get you on the subway and down to the Essex Street-Delancey Street station (the nearest one to the museum), here's why this particular author event is special: Two authors for the price of one, and the admission price is ... free. (Both our books will be available for purchase and signing, and need I say that Father's Day is right around the bend. But the talk/conversation is absolutely free.)

I probably wouldn't write a blog about this event if I were appearing alone, but I have no hesitation about plugging the other writer. Erin Einhorn's book, The Pages in Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home, came out last year in hardcover, and last month (April) in paperback. We don't know each other, but our biographies suggest that we should: both Detroit natives, both journalists (Erin's a reporter for the New York Daily News), both with mothers who were secret keepers.

Erin's journey into her family history took her to Poland in search of the family that sheltered her infant mother from the Nazis. Erin went looking for the past, and unexpectedly found herself in the middle of a very present-day dispute,. "Six decades after two families were brought together by history," the book synopsis says, "Einhorn overcomes seemingly insurmountable barriers — legal, financial, and emotional — only to question her own motives and wonder how far she should go to right the wrongs of the past."

I've read Erin's book, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about her journey, and how it compares to my search to understand my mom's motivations for hiding the existence of her disabled sister. My quest also took me to places I didn't expect.

Please join us for what I believe will be an engaging discussion of the risks and rewards of exploring family history.

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