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TREYF by Elissa Altman
Hardcover $26.00
Sep 20, 2016 | ISBN 9780425277812

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Praise for Treyf
“What makes Treyf so original is the author’s wry humor and her gimlet eye. She is expert at evoking time, place and social status. . . . her prose shines. . .”—Wall Street Journal

“A brave and generous memoir, a lucid love letter to her own family’s history that . . . does the work of a great memoir in piercing the reader’s separateness and reminding us that we are not alone. I love this book.”—Dani Shapiro, National Bestselling Author of Devotion
“[A] beautiful, brilliant memoir… wrought with such visceral love that the pages shimmer.”—Kate Christensen, Author of Blue Plate Special
“[A] memoir that reads like a novel… Gorgeous, singular, heartbreaking, haunting.”—Joanna Rakoff, Author of My Salinger Year
“[A] tour de force—nimble, cinematic, restrained.”—Jessica Fechtor, Author of Stir

“[H]ard to put down…. Altman’s conflicted feelings about her life, her parents, and, yes, food infuse this delicious memoir.”—Booklist

“[G]ives eloquent voice to the universal human desire to belong. A poignant and life-affirming family memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Altman’s path to living authentically is hard won, but she demonstrates there’s reward to be found in the fight.”—Publishers Weekly

“Altman has produced a family memoir that is pungent, raw, sometimes hilarious, but never delicate. . . .If you’re a Jew, it’s impossible to read this book and not burn from the repeated shocks of recognition. But it’s equally impossible if you’re a woman who was once a daughter, if you’re anyone who’s ever been an adolescent at almost any time in the past few centuries. . . . With skill, pathos and subversive wit, Altman depicts her parents’ and her own conflict between individuation and belonging, between being American and being imprinted with a tribal affiliation far less shiny and new.”—ARTery
“It’s not easy being a Jewish girl who hates borscht and loves Spam. . . . Although Treyf tells a very specific Jewish family story, its portrait of the pull between tradition and assimilation can apply to any of the ethnic groups that came to this country in the mass migration of a century ago.”—Connecticut Post

“That Altman is a consummate storyteller is no surprise — it’s in her blood and in her bones. . . . Humor and the ability to find humor, at least in hindsight, during the most trying of times also carries Altman’s storytelling. This is an intensely funny book despite the very honest treatment of challenging situations.”—Forward

“. . . captures what it means to become yourself while also honoring your past.”—Refinery29

Praise for Poor Man’s Feast
“A smart yet tender tale of her gastronomical and spiritual evolution…Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, this is one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Delightful…Poor Man’s Feast deserves a place on the shelf with the finest food writers.”—New York Journal of Books
“A brave, generous story about family, food, and finding the way home.”—Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life

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