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Book of Great Worth [Paperback]

Dave Margoshes , Geoffrey Ursell

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Book Description

April 3 2012

Amazon.ca Editors' Pick: Best Books of 2012

Set largely among the Jewish community of inter-war New York City, this is a beautifully-told collection of scenes from Morgenstern’s life. The tricky ground of writing the advice column for a provincial Yiddish daily; successes during, and hard times after, the Depression; a position at the top of his craft as a labour specialist in the New York City Yiddish press – these and many more form a portrait of “a fundamentally decent man in morally perplexing situations”.

“I’ve been working on a series of stories about the character I call “my father” – loosely based on my own father – for about 30 years…I wondered if I could use the character in other situations. [One] story had begun with a spark of truth – a story my father had told many times about a foolish man he’d once known – and the spirit of my father.

“All the stories in the series walk that precarious tightrope between memoir and fiction…“I worked hard, with the stories’ structure and a sort of old-fashioned expository style, to make them feel like memoir – like truth.”

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Coteau Books (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550504762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550504767
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Margoshes has published more than a dozen books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. His collection of stories, Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories, was Saskatchewan Book of the Year, won the Regina Book Award and was a finalist in the ReLit Awards in 2007. His three novels are Drowning Man, I Am Frankie Stern, and We Who Seek: A Love Story. He has published four other story collections, five volumes of poetry and several non-fiction works, including a biography of Tommy Douglas.

He has had stories and poems published in dozens of magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States (including six times in Best Canadian Stories), had work broadcast on CBC, and given readings across the country. His awards include the Stephen Leacock Prize for Poetry. He was also a finalist for the Journey Prize.

Some of his stories and poems spring from his days as an itinerant journalist. Margoshes worked for daily newspapers in eight cities, including San Francisco, New York, Calgary and Vancouver, covering everything from politics to murder to cat shows. He's also taught journalism. He currently lives near Saskatoon.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What Do the Canadians Know that We Don't? Jan. 25 2013
By weaver31 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Margoshes treats us to a wide array of virtuosic storytelling." - Quill & Quire

"Artfully executed..." - The Globe and Mail

One of Amazon.Ca's "Best Books of 2012: Top 100 Editor's Picks"

These are just a few of the reviews Margoshes' latest book has garnered, in Canada where he lives and is a well-known and well-respected author, and I certainly agree with every one and am sure you will too. It's a book that makes you think of your own parents, brings a few tears and a few laughs too. And for some reason, when you read it for the second time, you like it even more.
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is dedicated to the author's father, a book about one storyteller told by another. Oct. 21 2012
By Writer with a View - Published on Amazon.com
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A Book of Great Worth is a lovely book about a father's life told through the son's memories of the stories told by his father. The narrator shares his father's experiences from before the son was born and includes his childhood evoking the time and place through his father's voice. The son also conveys a deep love and respect for his father, and this makes the book an extraordinary read.

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