Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books

by Aaron Lansky | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1565125134 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmelydiawing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 5/12/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, May 12, 2018
Picked up at an estate sale in Great Falls, VA. Registered in Centreville, Virginia, USA.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmelydiawing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 17, 2018
In the late 1970s, Lansky began taking college Yiddish classes and soon found that it was quite difficult to find books in Yiddish, so he began taking them in. As word got out that he was accepting them, more and more people started calling with books for him to take. In the process, he learned a whole lot about Jewish culture, particularly in the aftermath of WWII, and of the often conflicting views of Yiddish as both language and social construct. I am not Jewish and the only Yiddish I know are the few words that have trickled into American English (kibbitz, tchotchke, etc.), so this book took me into quite unfamiliar territory. Which is really the best part about books.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmelydiawing at Panera Bread at 10702 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 17, 2018

Released 5 mos ago (6/17/2018 UTC) at Panera Bread at 10702 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, Virginia USA


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