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Bread Givers
by Anzia Yezierska
Publisher: Persea Books Inc. 2003
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The classic novel of Jewish immigrants in new trade paperback format and design, with sixteen period photographs. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah's struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance. 16 b/w photographs.

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Magnificent - July 9th, 2006

Bread Givers, the disapointment - July 9th, 2006
The book has no purpose to tell us what is the main point. This book is being read by children and adults alike who also feel; the book is dull and uninteresting. It disapoints me as an admirer of books based on immigration and poverty issues to say the story was a total flop.

A Touching Masterpiece - March 10th, 2005
Bread Givers is an extraordinary novel that takes you on a journey of living the main character\'s life. For teenagers, you can most definetly relate to some of the situations that take place. As you explore this different culture, you learn many universal things and it shows you how to be more open-minded. There were miserable times and some happy times, both of which expand your perspective in life. It is just one of those novels that you truly can not tear yourself away from. I felt like I was on an adventure, actually there, and living those moments with the characters. I found the book to be insightful, as I was able to visualize and feel the poverty this Jewish family experienced. Sara Smolinsky, the main character and daughter of an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, was constanly reaching out for love and a sense of understanding from her father. Throughout the book, you realize and begin to understand the difference of her father living in the old world, while Sara is entering the new. This is the best book I have ever read and is highly recommended!

wonder novel! - June 21st, 2004
This is one of my favorite books related to NYC history. I taught it for many years and my students always responded to it passionately! It still burns with the intensity with which is was written in 1925!

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