Jewish Book: Saving Myself, a Los Angeles Childhood
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A Beautifully Written Testament
Monday, 01 November 2010 17:00

By Darlene A. Rubin

Saving Myself is a nostalgic, heartwarming, yet often sad, reminiscence of the Los Angeles I grew up in. Jeannie and I were classmates and friends from our earliest days at Delevan Drive Elementary, and while I always felt that we grew up at the perfect time in history, when life was sweeter and simpler and kids spent their days unafraid playing in tall grass beneath the warm California sun, Jeanne reminds readers that was not always the case. She recounts other days when prejudice displayed itself in hurtful attacks that left her frightened and not understanding why such hate was being directed at her. Yet, despite those monumentally unhappy experiences, Jeanne writes of the warming bonds of love, of music, of friendship, and of her faith that left their deep and lasting impression on her as a grown woman. Saving Myself is a beautifully written testament of the many forces that shape our lives and, I believe, forces that might have destroyed others, have made Jeanne a remarkable human being.