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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. Nulan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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