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Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacity (Hardback)
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Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacity (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/05/2012
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Outwardly it would appear that Arab and Jewish immigrants comprise two distinct groups with differing cultural backgrounds and an adversarial relationship. Yet, as immigrants who have settled in communities at a distance from metropolitan areas, both must negotiate complex identities. Growing up in Kentucky as the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, Nora Rose Moosnick observed this traditionally mismatched pairing first hand, finding that, Arab and Jewish immigrants have been brought together by their shared otherness and shared fears. Even more intriguing to Moosnick was the key role played by immigrant women of both cultures in family businesses -- a similarity which brings the two groups close together as they try to balance the demands of integration into American society.

In Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacity , Moosnick reveals how Jewish and Arab women have navigated the intersection of tradition, assimilation, and Kentucky's cultural landscape. The stories of ten women's experiences as immigrants or the children of immigrants join around common themes of public service to their communities, intergenerational relationships, running small businesses, and the difficulties of juggling family and work. Together, their compelling narratives challenge misconceptions and overcome the invisibility of Arabs and Jews in out of the way places in America.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813136219
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 493 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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""Nora Rose Moosnick's book, Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacit, grabs readers' attention before they open the book. One does not immediately associate the words "Arab" or "Jew" with "Kentucky," nor does the combination elicit expectations of affinity. Yet this is precisely what moosnick seeks to redress in this compelling look at the lives of ten Kentuckians whose lives, she argues, are triply overlooked." --Laura Stemp-Morlock, Ph.D. student, University of Waterloo, The Journal of Southern Religion" --


""Moosnick weaves together a refreshing blend of life stories and follows a captivating group of Arab and Jewish women through a narrative negotiation between tradition, assimilation, and Kentucky's cultural landscape." -- Douglas A. Boyd, author of "Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community"" --


""Nora Rose Moosnick's book, " Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacit, "grabs readers' attention before they open the book. One does not immediately associate the words "Arab" or "Jew" with "Kentucky," nor does the combination elicit expectations of affinity. Yet this is precisely what moosnick seeks to redress in this compelling look at the lives of ten Kentuckians whose lives, she argues, are triply overlooked." --Laura Stemp-Morlock, Ph.D. student, University of Waterloo, "The Journal of Southern Religion"" --


""These compelling narratives challenge misconceptions and overcome the invisibility of Arabs and Jews in out of the way places in America." -- "Digital Journal"" --


""An important, compelling work. Moosnick's analysis of the interbraided relationships and experiences of Arabs and Jews in a southern setting is a captivating and powerful story." --Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of "Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South"" --


""Moosnick weaves together a refreshing blend of life stories and follows a captivating group of Arab and Jewish women through a narrative negotiation between tradition, assimilation, and Kentucky's cultural landscape." -- Douglas A. Boyd, author of Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community" --


""Nora Rose Moosnick's book, Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacit, grabs readers' attention before they open the book. One does not immediately associate the words "Arab" or "Jew" with "Kentucky," nor does the combination elicit expectations of affinity. Yet this is precisely what moosnick seeks to redress in this compelling look at the lives of ten Kentuckians whose lives, she argues, are triply overlooked." --Laura Stemp-Morlock, Ph.D. student, University of Waterloo, The Journal of Southern Religion" --


""These compelling narratives challenge misconceptions and overcome the invisibility of Arabs and Jews in out of the way places in America." -- Digital Journal" --


--Moosnick weaves together a refreshing blend of life stories and follows a captivating group of Arab and Jewish women through a narrative negotiation between tradition, assimilation, and Kentucky's cultural landscape.- -- Douglas A. Boyd, author of Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community- --


--An important, compelling work. Moosnick's analysis of the interbraided relationships and experiences of Arabs and Jews in a southern setting is a captivating and powerful story.- --Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South- --


--Nora Rose Moosnick's book, Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacit, grabs readers' attention before they open the book. One does not immediately associate the words -Arab- or -Jew- with -Kentucky,- nor does the combination elicit expectations of affinity. Yet this is precisely what moosnick seeks to redress in this compelling look at the lives of ten Kentuckians whose lives, she argues, are triply overlooked.- --Laura Stemp-Morlock, Ph.D. student, University of Waterloo, The Journal of Southern Religion- --


--These compelling narratives challenge misconceptions and overcome the invisibility of Arabs and Jews in out of the way places in America.- -- Digital Journal- --


""An important, compelling work. Moosnick's analysis of the interbraided relationships and experiences of Arabs and Jews in a southern setting is a captivating and powerful story." --Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South" --

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