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Mitten Mornings: Ruth Behar

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Get to know Ruth Behar, anthropology professor at the University of Michigan and author of Letters from Cuba.

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About the Author:
Ruth Behar was born in Havana, grew up in New York, lived in Spain and Mexico, and now makes Ann Arbor her home, where she teaches anthropology at the University of Michigan. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur Genius Grant, and other honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and being named a Great Immigrant by the Carnegie Corporation.

About Letters from Cuba:
This inspiring story of a young Jewish girl who escapes from Poland to make a new life in Cuba while she works to rescue the rest of her family, is an ideal read for young adult readers as well as adults. It’s heartbreaking for Esther to be separated from her beloved sister, so she writes down everything that happens until they are reunited. Her letters are full of her appreciation for life and reveal a resourceful, determined girl. Based on Ruth Behar’s family history, this compelling story celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.


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Dec 06 2020


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Mitten Mornings: Ruth Behar