“Waiting On” Wednesday: The Arrogant Years

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My pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection for this week is:

the arrogant years book coverThe Arrogant Years
By Lucette Lagnado
Publication date: September 6

Book description from HarperCollins:

In this much-anticipated new memoir, Lagnado tells the story of her mother, Edith, coming of age in a magical old Cairo of dusty alleyways and grand villas inhabited by pashas and their wives. Then Lagnado revisits her own early years in America—first, as a schoolgirl in Brooklyn’s immigrant enclaves, where she dreams of becoming the fearless Mrs. Emma Peel of The Avengers, and later, as an “avenging” reporter for some of America’s most prestigious newspapers. A stranger growing up in a strange land, when she turns sixteen Lagnado’s adolescence is further complicated by cancer. Its devastating consequences would rob her of her “arrogant years”—the years defined by an overwhelming sense of possibility, invincibility, and confidence. Lagnado looks to the women sequestered behind the wooden screen at her childhood synagogue, to the young coeds at Vassar and Columbia in the 1970s, to her own mother and the women of their past in Cairo, and reflects on their stories as she struggles to make sense of her own choices.

What’s your pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection for this week? Comment and tell me!


Posted on August 17, 2011, in Waiting on Wednesday and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This is different than what I usually read. That title is awesome!

  2. I love a good memoir, and this one sounds riveting. Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s MY WOW POST

  3. This is definitely an interesting sounding book. I don’t usually read this type of genre, but it sounds interesting enough to deviate from my usual list! Thanks for sharing!

    Check out Sash’s WoW post !
    And don’t forget our amazing GIVEAWAYS !

  4. This book looks really good, you will have to let us know your thoughts when your done! 🙂

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