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For a real bargain, while you're making a living, you should make also a life.--Aaron Bronson. In 1920, in small town America, the ubiquitous dry goods store--suits and coats, shoes and hats, work clothes and school clothes, yard goods and notions--was usually owned by Jews and often referred to as "the Jew store." That's how Stella Suberman's father's store, Bronson's Low-Priced Store, in Concordia, Tennessee, was known locally. The Bronsons were the first Jews to ever live in that tiny town (1920 population: 5,318) of one main street, one bank, one drugstore, one picture show, one feed and seed, one hardware, one barber shop, one beauty parlor, one blacksmith, and many Christian churches. Aaron Bronson moved his family all the way from New York City to that remote corner of northwest Tennessee to prove himself a born salesman--and much more. Told by Aaron's youngest child, THE JEW STORE is that rare thing--an intimate family story that sheds new light on a piece of American history. Here is ONE MAN'S FAMILY with a twist--a Jew, born into poverty in prerevolutionary Russia and orphaned from birth, finds his way to America, finds a trade, finds a wife, and sets out to find his fortune in a place where Jews are unwelcome. With a novelist's sense of scene, suspense, and above all, characterization, Stella Suberman turns the clock back to a time when rural America was more peaceful but no less prejudiced, when educated liberals were suspect, and when the Klan was threatening to outsiders. In that setting, she brings to life her remarkable father, a man whose own brand of success proves that intelligence, empathy, liberality, and decency can build a home anywhere. THE JEW STORE is a heartwarming--even inspiring--story.

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The Jew Store
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The jew store
August 27th, 2015
Good and informative. Sometimes a little bit to much off a documentary rather than a story. I loved Miss Bookie she was a strong consistent character
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August 18th, 2015
Interesting. I actually thought the bigotry would have been More pronounced. Liked the authentic sounding Conversations.
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The Jew Store
August 10th, 2015
Easy but interesting read about a Jewish Immigrant family and their experiences with in a small southern town. From the whites who thought Jews unusual to the KKK and the family's "colored" neighbours, the memoir provides a look back at what struggles these people had and the lessons learned by everyone.
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interesting
July 31st, 2015
great read! Read like a fiction but interesting that it was a true story about something I had never heard about before.
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The Jew store
October 28th, 2014
Excellent book...love the timeperiod.... Excellent book,,could not put down,,,fabulous story telling,,,,,want more!! Y
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The Jew store
October 28th, 2014
Excellent book...love the timeperiod.... Excellent book,,could not put down,,,fabulous story telling,,,,,want more!! Y
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The Jew Store
April 14th, 2014
Nice read... No surprises.
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The Jew Store
February 25th, 2014
Informative and entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
Well written. Interesting story about a hard working Jewish family, their customs, and growing up in America.
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Memoir
February 6th, 2013
This was an interesting memoir of a Jewish family who settled in the Southern US to open up a drygoods store in 1920. The neat thing is that the author was in her 70s when she wrote it! I enjoyed her writing....it was as if she was a child again. She touches perhaps bit lightly on the hardships... But then she was a child at that time. It did give me pause for thought though.
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