Meet Olga. Auschwitz prisoner A‑25057, aka Mom. A fearless and unpredictable maverick. An original. Exposing the souls of a family for all to see, this humorous memoir is an addictive page-turner. The author’s voice resonates with a lyrical cadence all his own and an unsettling candor reminiscent of David Sedaris. Like the Oscar-winning film Life Is Beautiful, Schnurmacher revisits the Holocaust with rays of light in the darkness. Sparkling with chutzpah and charm, it’s a story of a family’s cultural collision and delightful dysfunction. It’s filled with the growing pains of Shtisel, the earthiness of The Simpsons, and the fierce family loyalty of The Sopranos. These newcomers from Hungary who defied authority figured out that conventional values were not enough. You will laugh out loud at the passing parade, which includes John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, and Crystal Nacht and a cast of characters who redefine eccentric: one therapist, several rabbis, and a superstitious hypochondriac named Paris. As you get to know these mutineers, you’ll want to organize an intervention. Or at least a Passover seder.
Makeup Tips from Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved my Mother’s Life
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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