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Bending Toward the Sun

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Bending Toward the Sun

A Mother and Daughter Memoir

By Leslie Gilbert-lurie

Harper, Hardcover, 9780061734762, 368pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

A beautifully written family memoir, Bending Toward the Sun explores an emotional legacy--forged in the terror of the Holocaust--that has shaped three generations of lives. Leslie Gilbert-Lurie tells the story of her mother, Rita, who like Anne Frank spent years hiding from the Nazis, and whose long-hidden pain shaped both her daughter and granddaughter's lives. Bringing together the stories of three generations of women, Bending Toward the Sun reveals how deeply the Holocaust lives in the hearts and minds of survivors and their descendants.

Praise For Bending Toward the Sun

“Here is a memoir that takes us through many worlds, through heartache and noble hopes, through the mysteries of family love and toward a beautiful, light filled conclusion. Read BENDING TOWARD THE SUN and enrich your life.”
-Rabbi David Wolpe, author of Why Faith Matters and Making Loss Matter-Creating Meaning in Difficult Times

“BENDING TOWARD THE SUN is . . . bolstered by writing that is compelling and sensitive, the book transcends the holocaust genre with its multi-generational point of view on the ultimate effect of fear and evil on young minds.”
-Dick Wolf, Emmy Award-winning creator and Executive Producer of Law and Order; Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; and Law and Order: Criminal Intent

“Gripping, exhausting, exciting, devastating--this book is at times hard to read but always impossible to put down. ”
-Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Founding President, Jewish Life Network; former Chairman of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“BENDING TOWARD THE SUN is a captivating memoir that explores a complicated, loving, and enduring mother-daughter bond, and reveals how doubts, hopes, and dreams are handed down from generation to generation. As both a mother and a daughter, I found it deeply touching.”
-Arianna Huffington, author, syndicated columnist, and founder of The Huffington Post

Friday, Sep 25, 2009

As millions of Jews across the world prepare for the holy day of Yom Kippur, host Michel Martin speaks with the authors of Bending Toward the Sun. The book is a family memoir, co-written by mother and daughter Rita Lurie and Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, about Rita's harrowing story of survival during the Holocaust, and how that experience reverberates across generations of the family. Lurie's 14-year-old daughter Mikaela also joins the conversation. More at

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