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Tonight's Tenement Talks at The Tenement Museum features two journalists with books out about uncovering family secrets. In The Pages in Between, Erin Einhorn tracks down the Polish family that hid her mother from the Nazis; in Annie’s Ghosts, Steve Luxenberg tells the story of the sister whose existence his mother hid from everyone. For more about the authors visit Steve Luxenberg's site here and Erin Einhorn's site here.  You can also hear Erin's story as told on NPR's  "This American Life".


Barbara Bietz's blog, Jewish Books For Children, features a nice interview with Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of the series of books that come along with the newest American Girl doll, Rebecca.
Barbara writes:

Rebecca is a nine-year-old Jewish girl growing up in New
York City in 1914 during the height of America’s immigration era.
Written by award-winning author Jacqueline Dembar
Greene, the stories
offer insight into a unique time in America’s history, including the
struggles of immigrants, the early days of the movie industry, and the
fight for safe working conditions. Young readers will experience
Rebecca’s loving extended family, the excitement of Coney Island and
the sights and smells of the Lower East Side of New York.
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