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The Watchmaker's Daughter
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The Watchmaker's Daughter
A Memoir
Creators: Sonia Taitz
Publisher: McWitty Press
Pub. date: 09/17/2012
Lib. SRP: 10.99 USD
Ret. SRP: 0.00 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9780975561898
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 356 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
Keywords:
   personal memoirs
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Short Description:
   The Watchmaker's Daughter tells the story of a child of two refugees: a watchmaker who saved lives within Dachau prison, and his wife, a gifted concert pianist about to make her debut when the Nazis seized power. In this memoir, Sonia Taitz is born into a world in which the Holocaust is discussed constantly by her insular concentration camp-surviving parents. This legacy, combined with Sonia's passion and intelligence, leads the author to forge an adventurous life in which she seeks to heal both her parents and herself through travel, achievement, and a daring love affair. Ironically, it is her marriage to a non-Jew that brings her parents the peace and fulfillment they would never have imagined possible. Sonia manages to combine her own independence with a tender dutifulness, honoring her parents' legacy while forging a new family of her own.
Full Description:
   The Watchmaker's Daughter tells the story of a child of two refugees: a watchmaker who saved lives within Dachau prison, and his wife, a gifted concert pianist about to make her debut when the Nazis seized power. In this memoir, Sonia Taitz is born into a world in which the Holocaust is discussed constantly by her insular concentration camp-surviving parents. This legacy, combined with Sonia's passion and intelligence, leads the author to forge an adventurous life in which she seeks to heal both her parents and herself through travel, achievement, and a daring love affair. Ironically, it is her marriage to a non-Jew that brings her parents the peace and fulfillment they would never have imagined possible. Sonia manages to combine her own independence with a tender dutifulness, honoring her parents' legacy while forging a new family of her own.
Reviews:
  The Jewish Journal
      "One of the year's best reads. This poignant memoir is a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to the author's parents. Funny, yet moving, The Watchmaker's Daughter illuminates Sonia's Taitz's life growing up in New York City, the daughter of Holocaust survivors... It is the story of an ambitious and gifted daughter whose aspirations and goals collide with those of her parents."
  Kirkus
     

August 15, 2012
An invigorating memoir about coming of age as the daughter of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and Holocaust survivors. Taitz's (In the King's Arms, 2011, etc.) childhood was punctuated by stories of her parents' and grandmother's loss as well as their faith during their time in the ghetto and Dachau. Here, the author explores her early awareness of standing out as a child; the transition from desiring assimilation to appreciating her Yiddish heritage; personal relationships; a vow to her father; travel to Israel; the differences between life on the West and East coasts; the search for meaningful work after she realized a Yale law degree did not align with her artistic impulses; study at Oxford; marriage, divorce and remarriage; and the deaths of her parents, Simon and Gita. Motifs of time, filial love, the preservation of memories and the biblical story of Queen Esther weave throughout these chapters, which also stand alone as essays that capture the spirit of the postwar decades. Taitz evokes popular culture, from the silver screen to commercial jingles, and intersperses lighter moments with deeper considerations of suffering. Though the author focuses mostly on her experiences, it is Simon and Gita's perseverance that truly shines--the former a respected watchmaker who began life anew more than once, the latter a concert-level pianist whose dreams were thwarted by war and who rescued her own mother from the Nazis' infamous selections. Taitz portrays her parents with tenderness while acknowledging their imperfections. An affecting, brisk read, especially noteworthy for its essential optimism and accomplished turns of phrase.

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  BOOKAHOLICS
      "There have been many books written on the Holocaust but few about being the daughter of concentration camp survivors. The love that Sonia has for her parents, in spite of all their flaws, is truly amazing. Her experiences and the people she meets open her parents' eyes and help them heal."
  The Jerusalem Report
      "The burden of being the child of Holocaust survivors is a heavy one to bear. Many have written about it, but few have done so as artfully as Sonia Taitz. With her new memoir, The Watchmaker's Daughter, she takes us on a post-World War II American coming-of-age journey that differs from most. This is obviously because of the genocidal shadow cast over it, but it is also thanks to Taitz's extraordinary ability to turn a phrase and draw us in to the intense world of a daughter who knows too well that in crucial ways her life is not completely her own."
  Vanity Fair
      "Not your typical coming-of-age story....American Sonia Taitz, born to survivors of the Holocaust, lives under its long shadow in The Watchmaker's Daughter."
  People Magazine
      "Funny and heartwrenching."
  Reader's Digest
      "Taitz writes beautifully about religious roots, generational culture clashes, and a family's abiding love."
Creator Marketing:
  Sonia Taitz     
     

Sonia Taitz is the author of In the King's Arms, a novel which was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "beguiling." Vanity Fair essayist and critic Jesse Kornbluth dubbed Sonia Taitz the "the female, Jewish Evelyn Waugh" (surpassing Martin Amis and Philip Roth); ForeWord placed her in "in the province of the best poets, playwrights and novelists." Her previous book, Mothering Heights, garnered Sonia Taitz praise as "an incisive, funny writer"(People) who is both "wise and witty" (Publishers' Weekly); Mothering Heights was cited in O: The Oprah Magazine as "one of the best things ever written by famous writers on motherhood" (May, 2011).
The Watchmaker's Daughter, a memoir, is the poignant tale of Sonia's binocular life as the American child of European concentration camp survivors. In it, she is adult and child, daughter and mother&mdash but always the inspired interpreter of her special historical legacy.
Ms. Taitz earned a J.D. from Yale, and served as a Law Guardian for foster children and an ER advocate for assaulted women. She holds an M.Phil in English from Oxford, and won its Lord Bullock Prize for Writing. Her plays have been seen at the Oxford Playhouse, the National Theatre (in D.C.), New York's Primary Stages, and the Obie Award-winning Ensemble Studio Theatre, where she served as Writer-in-Residence.

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