When History is Personal

University of Nebraska Press, 2018

“Perfect pitch, impeccable observation, penetrating insight…A fresh and vivid approach to many dominant themes long cherished by American writers—the dynamics of remembering and forgetting, the significance of place, the conflict of individuals and institutions, the inseparability of past and present.” —Robert Atwan, editor of the Best American Essays Series.

“[Schwartz’s] writing is vivid and compelling, but also something more, a re-substantiation of lives that mattered, a testament. Brava!” —Richard Hoffman, author of Half the House

Mimi Schwartz narrates twenty-five stories in her life, each enhanced by the social issues that shaped them. A child of German-Jewish immigrants, wife of over forty years, writer and professor, breast cancer survivor, traveler, tennis player, and recent widow, Schwartz invites readers to consider how individual experiences can challenge the “official” history —be it on assimilation, the women’s movement, racism, anti-Semitism, end-of-life issues, ethics in writing, or courtroom justice.

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