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The Souvenir

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The Souvenir by Louise Steinman
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Mar 18, 2008 | ISBN 9781556437014

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“Exceptional . . . a graceful, understated memoir . . . that draws its strength from the complexities it explores.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Ms. Steinman skillfully weaves her father’s emotional letters into the present-day story line, sensitively taking readers through Norman Steinman’s transformation from naïve American soldier to hardened combat veteran. . . . The Souvenir underscores the indescribable way war affects not only veterans but also their families and future generations.”
The Dallas Morning News
“The book is the story of entwined ‘gifts’ resulting from [a] personal journey—Steinman’s discovery of a side of her father she never expected to share. For many, her account could provide an understanding of how the war changed one generation and shaped the next.”
Library Journal, starred review
“A moving memoir about reconciliation and honor.”
Publishers Weekly
The Souvenir is a powerful testament that, regardless of time and place, the effect of war on the human spirit remains the same. Steinman’s remarkable discovery shows how war separates our common humanity. It is a journey to repair that broken bond, a journey to know the humanity of those we have made enemies.”
—Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone
“Partly a detective story, partly a meditation on the legacy of war . . . this is a bold, unusual, and moving book.”
—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost
“The Souvenir is an intimate and powerful story of the effects of war.”
—James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Father
“Luckily for her readers, Ms. Steinman . . . interviewed not only American veterans of the Pacific war, but Japanese veterans as well. In this quest, she discovered more than just her father’s wartime souvenir; she discovered her father’s war and those experiences that shaped the life of her family in the ’50s. . . . The Souvenir is a graceful blend of history, wartime storytelling and investigative reporting that dives deep into the traumatic experiences of war. Military enthusiasts, especially veterans and their families, will find The Souvenir a proactive [and] rewarding read.”
The Jewish Veteran


Gold Medal in Autobiography/Memoir from ForeWord Magazine WINNER 2002

Table Of Contents

Chronology . . . xi
Somewhere at Sea . . . 1

Part i: Stateside
The Pharmacist . . . 11
The Flag . . . 19
Into the Deep . . . 41
A Melancholy Slav . . . 49
Speculation . . . 63
The Gift . . . 75
Questions . . . 81

Part ii: Japan
Bombs under Tokyo . . . 93
Shrine of the Peaceful Country . . . 105
Shadows . . . 119
Amazing Grace . . . 129

Part 111: The Philippines
The American Cemetery . . . 143
Journey to Balete Pass . . . 155
Promised Land . . . 181

Part iv: Suibara
Swans in the Morning . . . 189
Flyover . . . 201

Afterword to the New Edition . . . 203
Book Group Questions . . . 207
Selected Bibliography . . . 211

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