Looking Up by Linda Pressman
A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie

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Written by a child of two Holocaust Survivors, Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie, tells the story of growing up with parents who have survived the unsurvivable, who land in an idyllic northern suburb of Chicago, Skokie, where they're suddenly free to live their lives, yet find their past has arrived with them. In a book that's both funny and somber, and a story universal in its scope, Linda Pressman creates an unforgettable world of adolescent angst and traumatized parents amid the suburban world of the 60s and 70s, ultimately finding that her parents' stories are her own.
 

About Linda Pressman

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Linda Pressman is the past Blog Editor for Poetica Magazine, a literary magazine devoted to expressions of contemporary Jewish thought. A freelance writer, her work has appeared in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers; in Znine, the Literary Magazine of the University of Texas at Arlington; and in the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, as well as being anthologized in Mizmor L'David, a compilation of work of children of Holocaust Survivors. In addition to attending graduate school with a concentration in Medieval History, she holds a Master's Degree in English and has taught college as an adjunct. She blogs at Bar Mitzvahzilla and on Open Salon and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and two children.
 
Published May 11, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 348 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Interweaving various events across time, the memoir juxtaposes Pressman’s angst at her ancestry’s ineluctable grip with the pre-adolescent and teenage tribulations she experiences in her comfortable suburban milieu.

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In this flawed but intriguing family memoir, Pressman describes growing up as the sixth of seven sisters born to Holocaust survivors living in Skokie, Ill., after WWII.

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