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by Sadia Shepard

  • ISBN: 0143115774
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Sadia Shepard
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • FB2 size: 1704 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Photographs courtesy of the author.

Photographs courtesy of the author. p. cm. eISBN : 978-1-436-23776-5.

Sadia Shepard's book tells the compelling story of her personal journey to find a grandmother's somewhat hidden history. This book has it all- a compelling family story and insight into a fascinating world with diverse cultures

Sadia Shepard's book tells the compelling story of her personal journey to find a grandmother's somewhat hidden history. It is at once a personal quest and a universal story of desire for gaining a better sense of self. Nana's background was complex, and had roots in both one of the lost tribes of Israel and also in the Partition in India and Pakistan in 1947. This book has it all- a compelling family story and insight into a fascinating world with diverse cultures.

Sadia Shepard, the daughter of a white Protestant from Colorado and a Muslim from Pakistan, was shocked to. .

Sadia Shepard, the daughter of a white Protestant from Colorado and a Muslim from Pakistan, was shocked to discover that her grandmother was a descendant of the Bene Israel, a tiny Jewish community shipwrecked in India two thousand years ago. After traveling to India to put the pieces of her family's past together, her quest for identity unlocks a myriad of profound religious and cultural revelations that Shepard gracefully weaves into this touching, eye-opening memoir.

The Girl from Foreign book.

September 8, 2008 In this elegantly crafted memoir, the author sets out to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish that she learn about her heritage.

Sadia Shepard reads her story from the January 8, 2018, issue of the magazine. Shepard is a writer and documentary-film producer. Her first book, The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir, was published in 2008.

The Girl From Foreign. The Penguin Press, 2008. Filmmaker Sadia Shepard’s desire to unearth her family’s roots was sparked by the discovery that her South Asian grandmother was Jewish, from the Bene Israel community of India

The Girl From Foreign. Autobiography & Memoir. Filmmaker Sadia Shepard’s desire to unearth her family’s roots was sparked by the discovery that her South Asian grandmother was Jewish, from the Bene Israel community of India. After traveling to India to put the pieces of her family’s past together, her quest for identity unlocks a myriad of profound religious and cultural revelations that Shepard gracefully weaves into this touching, eye-opening memoir. About The Girl from Foreign.

A search for shipwrecked ancestors, forgotten histories, and a sense of home Fascinating and intimate , The Girl from Foreign is one woman's search for ancient family secrets that leads to an adventure in far-off lands. Sadia Shepard, the daughter of a white Protestant from Colorado and a Muslim from Pakistan, was shocked to discover that her grandmother was a descendant of the Bene Israel, a tiny Jewish community shipwrecked in India two thousand years ago. After traveling to India to put the pieces of her family's past together, her quest for identity unlocks a myriad of profound religious and cultural revelations that Shepard gracefully weaves into this touching, eye-opening memoir.
Reviews about The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir (7):
Bloodray
I enjoyed the story, especially the travels through PaKistan and India. The writing needed more editing to reduce the repitition and slow flow. I had to force myself to finish the book.
Bearus
I loved this book! I enjoyed reading about the Jewish community in India as well as learning more about the Muslim, Indian, Pakistini cultures.

Shepard's physical journey is one of rich backdrops and exotic Indian locales, all which Shepard paints beautifully. A particularly vivid scene of traveling by train in a world where cars are segregated by sex becomes a haunting look at what it means to be a stranger in a strange land. We ache for the mistakes Shepard makes as an American abroad.

Still more exquisite is Shepard's other journey. It is one luxuriously mapped out inner voyage that asks her to question her identity and her place in the world. Her identity is itself another math problem. Before she discovers her Indian Jewish roots, she considers herself: "Half Pakistani, half American. Half Muslim, half Christian. Half-half." But just where does this "half-half," as she calls it, belong?
Hiclerlsi
a fascinating story, more so because it is true, of a young woman's exploration of India and of herself and her family story, the amazing history of how a 20th century family comes to be Christian and Muslim and Jewish when all the layers are peeled back. great imagery of India, important story of the Jews of India--when they came, what they did and where they are now.
Kann
Highly recommended! This book has it all- a compelling family story and insight into a fascinating world with diverse cultures. The author shares her experiences with sensitivity and humor, and she answers the question of choosing a place to call "home," with parallels from both her grandmother's life and her own. I also enjoyed "Interpretation of Maladies", and I agree that this will appeal to fans of that work and subject matter as well.
DireRaven
Sadia Shepard's book tells the compelling story of her personal journey to find a grandmother's somewhat hidden history. It is at once a personal quest and a universal story of desire for gaining a better sense of self. Nana's background was complex, and had roots in both one of the lost tribes of Israel and also in the Partition in India and Pakistan in 1947. This is an outstandeing memorial to a beloved grandmother, yet truly much more to the average reader. The times we live in beg many emormous questions of us with regard to the turmoil between Israel and its neighbors, and in educating our Western mentality about the complexity and size [therefore the influence] of Islam. The author has the gentle voice of reason and conveys the need for contemplation of such issues without ever being overt or preachy on the subject. The need for cross-cultural understanding and tolerance is specific in Nana's story, and also of vital importance for survival and peaceful co-existence in our modern world.
Lesesshe
Had an assignment for school. Very interesting book. Good read
Kalv
i am a Bene Israel from Mumbai. The authoress did not find out or mention the famous Bene Israel people who lived in Mumbai like Admiral B. A. Samson, Educator A. Samson and High Court judge D. Ruben. There is a whole list of important Indians that are not included in the book.
The insights on the arrival of the jews on the Konkan coast is good.
I enjoyed it for its history of theBene ISRAEL. I knew nothing of them, and I found it very enlightening .

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