Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny

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Bridgeross Communications, May 14, 2014 - Children of Holocaust survivors - 301 pages
The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Pearl Goodman grew up in Toronto in the 1960s. In this exceptionally original memoir, written with wry humor and a sharp satirical eye, she juxtaposes popular culture with the jarring transitions and contradictions in her and her parents' lives. Striving to make sense of her emerging identity, she invokes TV shows, ads, movies, and distinctive details of the material and ideological landscape, while interweaving them with her parents' harrowing wartime experiences of concentration and refugee camps, and the drama and uncertainty of their postwar emigration first to Israel, and then to Canada.
 

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Peril is an autobiography of growing up in Canada, interspersed with biographical accounts of the holocaust based on the author's parents. It is well written, with a sufficient amount of recalled ... Read full review

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The strength of Pearl Goodman's 'Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny' is encompassed in the title. Goodman's story of growing up in 1960s Toronto, her descriptions of popular culture and the cares and ... Read full review

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Contents

IntroductionIFEELEVERYLITTLETHING
1
Chapter 1The Other Side of the Mirror
3
Chapter 2The Forum
11
Chapter 3Lydia
21
Chapter 4Fire Snow
27
Chapter 5Clothes Make the Man
33
Chapter 6Sponge Cake
41
Untitled
49
Chapter 17Sons
145
Chapter 18and Sports Jackets
151
Chapter 19Summer Camp
161
Chapter 20Muselmann
173
Chapter 21Civil Rights and Wrongs
183
Chapter 22White Linoleum Tiles with FlecksThat MoveMy
197
Chapter 23United We Stand
207
Chapter 24Dont Bogart That Joint
217

Chapter 8The Ceilings the Limit
59
Chapter 9God Part I
63
Chapter 10Sundays
79
Chapter 11God Part II
85
Chapter 12Hoods Arent Bilingual
93
Chapter 13God Part III
101
Chapter 14Watch and Learn
111
Chapter 1528
120
Chapter 16Siblings
135
Chapter 25When Caesar Crossed the Rubicon in Clogs
229
Chapter 26Wiedergutmachung Part I
241
Chapter 27Wiedergutmachung Part II
251
Chapter 28Wiedergutmachung Part III
255
Chapter 29Why Its Useful to Watch Perry Mason
263
Chapter 30Shame
273
Chapter 31The Beginning of
278
Chapter 32the End
289
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