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Number Our Days (Touchstone Books)

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When noted anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff received a grant to explore the process of aging, she decided to study some elderly Jews from Venice, California, rather than to report on a more exotic people. The story of the rituals and lives of these remarkable old people is, as Bel Kaufman said, "one of those rare books that leave the reader somehow changed."

Here Dr. Myerhoff records the stories of a culture that seems to give people the strength to face enormous daily problems — poverty, neglect, loneliness, poor health, inadequate housing and physical danger. The tale is a poignant one, funny and often wise, with implications for all of us about the importance of ritual, the agonies of aging, and the indomitable human spirit.

Synopsis:

When noted anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff received a grant to explore the process of aging, she decided to study some elderly Jews from Venice, California, rather than to report on a more exotic people. The story of the rituals and lives of these remarkable old people is, as Bel Kaufman said, "one of those rare books that leave the reader somehow changed."

Here Dr. Myerhoff records the stories of a culture that seems to give people the strength to face enormous daily problems — poverty, neglect, loneliness, poor health, inadequate housing and physical danger. The tale is a poignant one, funny and often wise, with implications for all of us about the importance of ritual, the agonies of aging, and the indomitable human spirit.

About the Author

The chairperson of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California, Dr. Myerhoff collaborated on a film about her work while she was doing the research for Number Our Days. It won the 1977 Academy Award for best short documentary. Her last book, Peyote Hunt, was nominated for a National Book Award.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

FOREWORD by Victor Turner

1. "So what do you want from us here?"

2. Needle and thread: the life and death of a tailor

3. "We don't wrap herring in a printed page"

4. "For an educated man, he could learn a few things"

5. "We fight to keep warm"

6. Teach us to number our days

7. "Jewish comes up in you from the roots"

EPILOGUE

AFTERWORD

NOTES

REFERENCES

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671254308
Author:
Myerhoff, Barbara
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Myerhoff, Barbara
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Aged
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
Social work with the aged
Subject:
Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Older people
Subject:
Social work with older people
Subject:
Jews - California - Venice -
Subject:
Social work with older people - California -
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Touchstone Book
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
May 1980
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
318
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 9.8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , When noted anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff received a grant to explore the process of aging, she decided to study some elderly Jews from Venice, California, rather than to report on a more exotic people. The story of the rituals and lives of these remarkable old people is, as Bel Kaufman said, "one of those rare books that leave the reader somehow changed."

Here Dr. Myerhoff records the stories of a culture that seems to give people the strength to face enormous daily problems — poverty, neglect, loneliness, poor health, inadequate housing and physical danger. The tale is a poignant one, funny and often wise, with implications for all of us about the importance of ritual, the agonies of aging, and the indomitable human spirit.

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