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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (85 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherwin B. Nuland Narrator: Sherwin B. Nuland Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2003 ISBN: 9780739302163
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lost in America is at once funny and heartbreaking, terrifying and lyrical, in its vivid evocation of growing up in a long-vanished immigrant Bronx. I think it is Nuland’s most powerful and beautiful book yet. Oliver Sacks, author of Uncle Tungsten
  • “Sherwin B. Nuland’s gift is for depicting both the splendors of vitalism and the terrors of entropy in the human. His compassionate but total portrait of his father’s suffering life evokes for me much that was my own father’s frustrations. In a way, Nuland has written a dark epilogue to Philip Roth’s Patrimony, one of the essential American books. Harold Bloom, author of Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
  • Lost in America is a brutally honest book about a boy, his father, and the shared world they separately inhabit. It is gripping, utterly devoid of sentimentality, and disturbing to read. Yet from the bleakness of his childhood, Sherwin Nuland has written a beautiful memoir of psychological survival and the complexities of love, an unsparing look at shame, defiance, beholdenness, and the saving grace of the American dream. It is a powerful and important book, and deeply moving. Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/7/2013

    " Heartbreaking story of a Jewish immigrant to NYC and the difficult yet ultimately successful life of his Dr. son. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 9/18/2013

    " This was a very interesting look at the lives of immigrants in the early and mid-20th century. Having just read The Age of Innocence, it was also an interesting contract in life in New York City between the Haves and the Have Nots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renate | 8/8/2013

    " profound story with excellent narration "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/5/2011

    " My Daddy gave me this book and it was a very touching read. It reminded him of his childhood which was very touching. Very well written! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 3/25/2009

    " Very dry reading, I had to push myself through it. While it was written to be a father-son story it came across more so as a religious tutorial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J Eseltine | 4/6/2006

    " Beautifully written and very honest family portrait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reda | 12/7/2005

    " I usually am skeptical of autobiographies/memoirs: most seem to be a vechicle for tooting their own horn and/or justifying mistakes they have made. This memoir is neither. Very well written, not glossed over, honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 6/10/2005

    " amazing in his willingness to be equally harsh with himself and with everyone else in his life, yet finding positive and hopeful notes as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 5/29/2005

    " This is a must read for anyone interested in the impact of depression. "

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About the Author
Author Sherwin B. Nuland

Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, is clinical professor of surgery at Yale, where he also teaches bioethics and medical history. In addition to his numerous articles for medical publications, he has written for the New Yorker, New Republic, New York Times, Time, and New York Review of Books. He writes a regular column for American Scholar entitled The Uncertain Art. He lives in Connecticut with his family.