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Love for Family, Friends, and Books (Paperback)
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Love for Family, Friends, and Books (Paperback)

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Paperback 374 Pages / Published: 06/05/2015
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An autobiography unlike other literary forms shows the ego of an author. Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm's ego is delicate, fascinating, and courageous. Some fragments are almost like a movie with interesting dialog, compelling moments, and realistic characters. Vividly portrayed are dedicated and devoted parents who instilled a love for reading and books that formed the foundation for her career. Detailed descriptions of coping with the rigors of achieving an advanced education, career start, and caring, rearing and devoting love to a young son are outstanding.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761865681
Number of pages: 374
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 226 x 152 x 28 mm


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Using the unique literary device of forgoing the narrative structure, Ziolkowska-Boehm instead relates memories by drifting from topic to topic highlighting the important experiences of her life. * Polish American Journal *
Ziolkowska-Boehm is a prolific writer, and it is to be hoped that she will not quit at a relatively young age. The book is a chatty autobiography that involves Poland, the United States, and dozens of famous and not-so-famous people with whom the author maintained close or not-so-close relations. A good book to read by the fireplace, with a cup of tea in hand. * The Sarmatian Review *
Aleksandra Ziolkowska Boehm, emerges in this fascinating book as a complex, questing Polish/Canadian/American individual. She draws us, like threads through a tapestry, into the contrasting worlds of both Polish and American writers, musicians, journalists and artists and gives us unique glimpses into the minds of high officials and behind the scene views of Polish and American drama. Amusing, seemingly trivial, matters are interwoven with magical moments of significant value. Aleksandra writes with moving honesty and candor about herself. She gives the reader a total sense of being right there with her-as she movingly recalls her childhood and formative years in Poland. As a student her destiny is interwoven with the great Polish writer Melchior Wankowicz and his enlightened circle. We watch her growing and changing as she bonds with her son and beloved animals, as she travels around the planet, falls in love, marries an adventurous American and sympathetically evaluates her split worlds. Romantic, loving, strong, brilliant and intently responsive-this is Aleksandra, whose wise perceptions, struggles, failures and achievements illuminate and inspire us through this powerful and beautifully written book. -- Audrey Ronning Topping, American Publisher's 2013 Prose Award winner author
Through Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm's award-winning writings about Poles, Americans and Canadians and her personal visits, she has become an excellent ambassador for all three countries. The author's writings have motivated many Canadian citizens to rediscover their Polish roots. -- Jesse Flis, member of Canadian Parliament for fourteen years
Ziolkowska's storytelling talents are on full display. This is more than an autobiography. Through the storyteller's art, her talent becomes a lens for larger events, as well as her own life: from Warsaw to the Crazy Horse memorial that members of her family are carving in South Dakota, from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Pope John Paul II. -- Bruce E. Johansen, Jacob J. Isaacson University Research Professor, communication and Native American studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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