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It is the story of two Jewish adolescent boys coming of age in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York between 1944 and 1949. The novel is loaded with Jewish history, also contains an assortment of views on Judaism. Author Chaim Potok, such as the 2 adolescents in his novel, grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His mother and father were strictly observant Orthodox Jews and his household did not encourage his interest in writing -- they did not need some of their sons engaged with secular pursuits. This......Read More
Gary Paulsen is a successful graduate of the college of hard knocks. From a young age, he was fending for himself, working odd jobs and camping out in the woods alone for months at a time. He has run the Iditarod (the famously grueling, 1,049-mile Alaskan sled-dog race) three times, trained horses at New Mexico, sailed around the Pacific at a beat-up sailboat, also dwelt in some of the harshest environments in the world. Oh, and college definitely wasn't his thing: he flunked from ninth grade,......Read More
August Wilson was born Fredrick August Kittle on April 27, 1945. His parents were Frederick Kittel, a German immigrant, and Daisy Wilson, an African woman woman. The playwright never saw much of his father growing up. He was mostly raised by his mother, in an apartment with no hot water, at Pittsburgh's Hill District, a largely black neighborhood. When he was 20, August Kittle formally became August Wilson. He ditched his absent father's name altogether, aligning himself with his mother, her......Read More
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