The Spoon from Minkowitz A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands Award winning international travel writer Judith Fein dives beneath the surface of her Russian Jewish American heritage pushing past all obstacles to find the truth behind the shrouded story about whe

  • Title: The Spoon from Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands
  • Author: Judith Fein
  • ISBN: 9780988401938
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Award winning international travel writer Judith Fein dives beneath the surface of her Russian Jewish American heritage pushing past all obstacles to find the truth behind the shrouded story about where she came from, what the Old World was like, and what remains of the places so many of our ancestors left behind when they came to America Fein takes us along as she treksAward winning international travel writer Judith Fein dives beneath the surface of her Russian Jewish American heritage pushing past all obstacles to find the truth behind the shrouded story about where she came from, what the Old World was like, and what remains of the places so many of our ancestors left behind when they came to America Fein takes us along as she treks through graveyards, has a private audience with the Gypsy Baron of Moldova, meets the last Jew standing, communes with the dead, quaffs cognac with Russians, wanders among ruins, and hears the call of the ancestors, driving her on Ultimately, it is our story too, as we experience the legacy of what was handed down to us in our families, relationships, beliefs, fears and longings How to crack the mystery of who we are, why we love, and where we came from can be the greatest mystery of all.

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    1. Judith Fein

      Judith Fein lives to leave An award winning travel journalist, she is either on the road or on her computer She has contributed to than 100 international publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, National Geographic Traveler, the Jerusalem Post, Hemisphere, Islands, New Mexico Magazine, Travel Age West, Organic Spa, and Spirituality and Health She is the author of the acclaimed book, LIFE IS A TRIP The Transformative Magic of Travel Judith has been a keynote presenter for many conferences, including the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and Tedx San Miguel de Allende She is a frequent guest on broadcast media, was a regular contributor to The Savvy Traveler for six years, and has been heard on the BBC, All Things Considered, and Marketplace With her photojournalist husband Paul Ross, she teaches public speaking and creativity as applied to writing, PR and Marketing Judith is the co founder and executive editor of the award garnering experiential travel blog YourLifeisaTrip, which has than 125 contributors She blogs about travel for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and occasionally she and Paul Ross take open hearted people on very unusual trips In her LBTW Life Before Travel Writing , Fein ran a theatre company in Europe, lived in Africa, and then worked as a Hollywood screenwriter, playwright, and theatre director in the U.S.A Like a modern day Marco Polo or Ibn Batuta, Fein has traveled from Mog Mog to Vanuatu, trained as assistant to a Mexican healer, purchased a camel in Tunisia, danced with spirits in Brazil and a Mayan elder in Quintana Roo, dragged her husband to consult with a Zulu sangoma in South Africa, swum with beluga whales, had a private audience with the High Priest of the Ancient Israelite Samaritans, appeased the mischievous jinns in Morocco, and eaten porcupine, albeit not with relish, in Vietnam.

    890 thoughts on “The Spoon from Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands”

    1. YES! Finally! This is the book I was born to read. From the moment I set my eyes on Chapter One, I was hooked. Judith Fein had a very special bond with her grandmother and did everything she could to find out about her ancestral home. But Grandmother wasn't telling, except for six small clues. Clues that would take Judith on the journey of a lifetime, back to the home of her grandmother and back to her beginnings.As I was reading this book, I felt as though I was right there with Judith every st [...]


    2. Written with a contagious passion and curiosity, The Spoon from Minkowitz by seasoned travel writer Judith Fein may ignite your own longing to investigate your ancestral homeland. The writing is so alive, I felt as if I was experiencing what it would be like to walk the same streets my Eastern European ancestors walked; before reading this, it never really occurred to me that I would feel a visceral connection to the land of people I know nothing about. Judie is a fine journalist (pun intended) [...]


    3. This book "just happened" to come into my hands (from a friend who's husband is from Minkowitz)--clearly it was meant to be. And so this memoir goesnking a few key words the author's grandmother told her over and over as a child about her homeland to a journey of a lifetime, finding her roots in the old country.Ms Fein's writing style is clear, pointed and moving-each and all important to keeping going on the path to knowledge. The Spoon from Minkowitz is part-geography and history lesson, part- [...]


    4. I received an autographed copy of The Spoon from Minkowitz, with a personal message from Judith Fein, as part of the First Reads program. Judith Fein, a well-known and respected author who has written much about her travels, took the trip of a lifetime when she journeyed to Ukraine in search of the shtetl from which her grandparents emigrated early in the 20th century. Fein was intensely interested in her grandmother's life story, but was only able to elicit six facts from her reticent grandmot [...]


    5. This wonderful book is both a memoir and a travelogue. The author, Judith Fein's strong emotional attraction to the homeland of her maternal Jewish grandmother, Minkowtiz, brings heart into this voyage and propels the reader through the book. Photographs of the people and places are interspersed throughout the book. If you haven't explored your ancestral roots yet, this book will encourage you to do so.


    6. Picked this book up as a suggestion for psychotherapeutic travel agents but I couldn’t get farther than the second chapter because the writing style just wasn’t there.


    7. This is a sweet journey of ancestry and heart, of pain and death, of what could have been and what was/is and what is lost and found. I found myself wanting to push Fein into Minkowitz, wondering what the heck she was waiting for. The story begins with her childhood and her grandmother's past in Russia (present day Ukraine), reaching far into the past, a place that Fein openly admits to feeling distanced to at times when the Holocaust is brought up, but she feels obligated to make this trip and [...]


    8. I accept that Fein has a fascination with her ancestors that not everyone has. (I am happier to hear the stories of my family than concern myself with where they lived and the facts.) Also I accept that the fact her mother and her grandmother did not tell her about her ancestors that she has always been overly obsessed with Minkowitz, the town that her grandmother was from.What I struggle with is her sheer determination that she "knows" how her grandmother's life was and how simplistic and how p [...]


    9. DisappointingI love books about genealogy and family history, but this one was disappointing. Not well-written (by someone who purports to be a travel writer) and full of errors and over-obvious "epiphanies."



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