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Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore
Mar 11 2010


"In Jacob's Cane, Elisa New has created a breathtaking exploration of her 'roots' — a detective story written with the lyrical heart of a poet and an historian's keen eye for detail. It is an extraordinary journey through five generations of an American family, told with the dramatic sweep of a great novel."— Andrea Mitchell, NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Elisa New is professor of English and American literature and language at Harvard University. She is the author of The Line's Eye and The Regenerate Lyric. She lives with her husband, economist Larry Summers, in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

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