Jacob's Cane

Jacob's Cane

A Jewish Family's Journey From the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A five-generation family memoir captures the Jewish-American immigrant experience, describing the author's research into her ancestry while offering insight into the profound influence of modern German culture from the Enlightenment through the Holocaust.

Perseus Publishing
A five-generation family memoir that poignantly captures the Jewish American immigrant story

Drawn to an image of her great-grandfather’s ornately carved cane, scholar Elisa New embarked on a journey to discover the origins of her precious family heirloom. Treading back across the paths of her ancestors, she travels from Baltimore to the Baltic to London in order to find and understand an immigrant world profoundly affected by modern German culture, from the Enlightenment through the Holocaust. Deeply ambitious in its narrative sweep, Jacob’s Cane captures the rich texture of life on several continents as New’s family searches to establish itself in the tobacco trade. A fascinating history of one family’s story of progress, innovation, and struggle, Jacob’s Cane will change the way we think about the Jewish American experience.


Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780465015252
Branch Call Number: 929.2097 NEW

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