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A Peculiar Treasure: An Autobiography

Authors: Ferber, Edna
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO022000, BIO007000, BIO025000
ISBN: 9780345805799, Related ISBNs: 0345805798, 0736606661, 9780345805799, 9780736606660
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 400,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber's stunning first autobiography, in which she recounts her small-town Midwestern childhood and rise to literary fame, all amidst the backdrop of America around the turn of the 20th century.

A modest girl growing up one of the only Jewish children in her Midwestern town, Edna Ferber started overcoming the odds at a young age. Pursuing work at the local newspaper as an innocent 17-year-old, she was assigned the night court shift, reporting on drugs and violence, and gradually finding her own voice in standing up to what she witnessed. As she continued to pursue writing, she recalls the various ways in which she found inspiration, leading her to publish her first books and later, So Big, which won a Pulitzer Prize and catapulted her to fame. Ferber's incredible experiences all occur during a time of pre-WWII rising anti-Semitism and the gaining power of Hitler in Europe, and the various historical and political tensions of the time color the fascinating events of her life.
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