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Precious Objects

A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life

Alicia Oltuski, Alicia Oltuski (Narrated by)

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Description

In the middle of New York City lies a neighborhood where all secrets are valuable, all assets are liquid, and all deals are sealed with a blessing rather than a contract. Welcome to the diamond district. Ninety percent of all diamonds that enter America pass through these few blocks, but the inner workings of this mysterious world are known only to the people who inhabit it. Alicia Oltuski, daughter and granddaughter of diamond dealers, seamlessly blends family narrative with literary reportage to reveal the fascinating secrets of the diamond industry and its madcap characters, including her own eccentric father. Entertaining and illuminating, Precious Objects offers an insider's look at the history, business, and society behind one of the world's most coveted natural resources.



Praise For Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life

"With revealing observations on the centuries-old link between Jews and the diamond industry, and sparkling accounts of her familial ties to the business... Oltuski, daughter of a diamond dealer, brings clarity in this study of the industry." - Publishers Weekly

"...an impassioned love letter to the industry, to its traditions and to the author's father, her most compelling character." - Wall Street Journal

"A piercing, intensely readable book. Ms. Oltuski guides us through New York's diamond business, one of the world's most fascinating and hard-to-penetrate communities, with great aplomb." - Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

"Alicia Oltuski is an intrepid journalist able to write with precision and insight about the big issues in the diamond trade and the intimate details of life on Forty-Seventh Street." - Tony Hall, U.S. Representative

"Beautiful and thrilling, Precious Objects, sparkles with life. Alicia Oltuski tells both the story of her family, as glittering as the gems they sell, and the story of the diamonds that have taken them all over the world and across the generations. A fascinating and gripping read." - Jennifer Gilmore, author of Something Red

"A warm and detailed tour of a fascinating culture that hides in plain sight. You'll never see a diamond twinkling on a woman's finger without remembering the remarkable characters in Oltuski's book." - Dan Baum, author of Citizen Coors

"Epic in scope and wonderfully personal, Precious Objects is an impassioned, insider's take on a complex industry. What's most dazzling are Ms. Oltuski's characters, who are vivid, outrageous, and never without some glimmers of wisdom." - Beth Raymer, author of Lay the Favorite

Dreamscape Media, 9781611204551

Publication Date: October 11, 2011



About the Author

Alicia Oltuski received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in writing from Columbia University, where she was awarded a David Berg Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared on NPR's NPR's Berlin Stories, in The Faster Times, The Bulletin in Philadelphia, and other publications. She has taught at the University of the Arts and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband. READER BIOAlicia Oltuski received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in writing from Columbia University, where she was awarded a David Berg Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared on NPR's NPR's Berlin Stories, in The Faster Times, The Bulletin in Philadelphia, and other publications. She has taught at the University of the Arts and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband.