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Wednesday Weekly

The Baker’s Son

By Earle Silber


Welcome back again. I want to say thank you to all my readers!! I hope that this year is starting off well for everyone. Today’s book is a quick little read that I enjoyed!!

This book was released by Miniver Press February 13 of 2013. It is currently available from Amazon for your kindle at a great price of $1.99!! I think this is definitely worth taking a look at!! It is a compilation of true stories from Earle’s childhood. I got my copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Retired psychoanalyst Earle Silber shares his memories of growing up in a large Jewish family in Depression-era Baltimore. Filled with vivid and evocative details from the perspective of a child and the deep insights of a man looking back on his life and family, these stories of family, school, and growing up are moving and memorable. Best-selling author Judith Viorst (Necessary Losses) says, “Earle Silber brings the sights, smells, tastes, and texture of his Baltimore childhood to vivid life in this richly detailed, lovingly recollected memoir. Generous but unsentimental, both innocent and wise, The Baker’s Son beautifully reconstructs and honors the past.”(excerpt taken from Net Galley).

This is an entertaining tale to read some evening when you are curled up at home. It is the remembrances of Earle’s childhood, the good, the bad and the down right ugly. The Depression and the fact that Earle is Jewish, or at least his family played at being Jewish, led to a mixed bag of problems for young Earle. A school trip to the slaughter-house? What were those people thinking? The death of one of his classmates also causes him malaise. His father is a tyrant and abusive. His family didn’t talk about troubling issues that came up. No wonder he became a psychoanalyst. He probably needed therapy himself after some of these things happened to him!! Not all of the stories are troubling, some are comical and some were fond memories. I was swept up into Earle’s childhood. It felt like I was right there in the room with him while he was reminiscing. The book is easy to read and understand. Earle’s memoirs take us through his growing pains as he goes from childhood to adult. A tale of a bygone time. Although this is part of Earle’s history it is also a time capsule of life in Baltimore during the 1920s and 1930s. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.


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