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Erynecki

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Joined June 2016

Author. Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy. IG/Twitter @erynecki www.ChasingPortraits.org
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Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day. This photo is from my visit to Majdanek to film footage for the Chasing Portraits documentary in 2014. Grandpa George wrote in his memoir: http://rynecki.org/majdanek-the-cruelty-of-it/

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700 Sundays | Billy Crystal
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I picked this up at the bookstore sale in December. Just read it last night; it‘s a quick read! It‘s a delightful reflection on his youth, Dad, and family. And as a bonus the book is signed! But who the heck is Barry?

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I spent my entire childhood hearing about ship catastrophes; Dad was an ocean salvage engineer and just about every time a ship tragedy struck, he helped in salvage efforts. Still, his stories never sounded quite like this. A gripping page turner about a harrowing maritime disaster, our dependence on global shipping, how global warming impacts the maritime industry, and the lives of the doomed crew.

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Wow. This book had it all: honesty, introspection, laugh out loud moments, and tears. A therapist offers her own journey and several amazing parallels from her own clients‘ stories. The author reveals her vulnerabilities, her humanity, and what we see, learn, and understand from one another. So much wisdom in this book that is disarmingly funny and heartwarming.

Megabooks Great review!! 2mo
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Salt Path: A Memoir | Raynor Winn
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I‘m eyeing my TBR book pile and thinking about #eryneckireads2020 (I post my mini book reviews with this hashtag...plus Chasing Portraits, life adventures, and cat photos on Instagram) This is a snapshot of what I read in 2019. Lots of non-fiction, a few novels. What are your 2020 reading goals?

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Yes, Circe is about Ancient Greek myths. But I‘ve never enjoyed reading about the Greek epics before reading Miller‘s telling. A total page turner. At its heart it‘s a memoir about one heck of a sprawling family tree and all of their messed up stories of love, jealousy, anger, and betrayal. I found myself looking up myths I vaguely remembered, trying to recall fables about Greek Gods, the Odyssey, and Jason and the Argonauts.

Graciouswarriorprincess This is so good! Happy reading! 2mo
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Hysterical. Seriously. Hit all the right humor notes about books, bookstores, authors, and readers. 🤣

LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
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I am halfway through The White Devil‘s Daughters. It‘s a detailed look at slavery in San Francisco and the women who fought it. The traumatic histories are told with compassion and with an eye towards the larger history of the period starting in roughly 1874 when the Occidental Mission Home on the edge of San Francisco‘s Chinatown provided refuge, shelter, and a home for the many young women desperate to escape brothels and slavery.

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You can now stream the Chasing Portraits documentary film on iTunes for just $2.99

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It‘s a long book...552 pages. I‘ve got 100 more to go. I wasn‘t so sure at first but I liked what Thomas L Friedman wrote in the NYT, “It‘s an unusual combination of autobiography, diplomatic history, moral argument ...” It‘s the book of an outsider who became an insider and who offers practical insight, honesty, and hope about the complex realities of navigating politics and geopolitical issues while trying to stand up for human rights.

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A summer beach (or in my case, airplane ride) read for those wanting a lighthearted story about a bookish nerd with an extended eccentric family and romance. #eryneckireads2019

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If you have not yet had a chance to catch a screening of the Chasing Portraits documentary, I'm excited to share that you can now pre-order the documentary from Amazon! Of course don‘t forget to read the book before you catch the film. The two are companion pieces. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y97FK4Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_WUHVDbV5BZB6Y

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Washington Black took me completely by surprise, in a good way! A “memoir” of George Washington Black, starts when he‘s an 11 year old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation and tells of his remarkable journey. A page turner in part because the pacing is so darn perfect but also because the writing is lush and magical. A multilayered book that I‘ll definitely be thinking about for awhile.

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Look Alive Out There | Sloane Crosley
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I‘ve been reading a number of essay collections. Since most books offer readers a narrative arc, it‘s sometimes hard to know what to make of an essay collection. Although there were no laugh out loud moments for me in this book, I did appreciate the author‘s satirical reflections on some of the more serious portions of her life. I definitely liked some essays more than others, but I think that‘s pretty typical for the essay collection genre.

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The Chasing Portraits docfilm screens for FREE at Bates College on 6 November. I will be there for a Q&A after the film. If you live near Lewiston (ME) come check out the festival. It‘s open to the general public and they‘re screening some amazing films! Event details: http://www.chasingportraits.org/events/

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Has it ever happened to you...you say something, think something, see yourself make a particular gesture...and you think...That‘s my mom (or dad!). It‘s definitely happened to me which is why I am really enjoying this collection of essays. It‘s quite a range of authors and styles, but all are introspective on what we purposefully and accidentally inherit from our parents.

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Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir | Daniel R. Day, Mikael Awake
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I pretty much know nothing about high end street fashion, Harlem through the decades, or hip hop which is, in part, why I enjoyed this memoir. I‘m not a big fan of the drugs and crimes, but it‘s a story of a man who paid attention to the world around him, is incredibly creative, and made his own opportunities, and that‘s important to know and celebrate.

tpixie I haven‘t read this book but saw a blurb about it on the news a couple weeks ago. His story is quite intriguing! 5mo
Erynecki @tpixie It is definitely an intriguing read! 5mo
tpixie ❤️😊❤️ 5mo
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Last Train to London | Meg Waite Clayton
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I generally avoid WWII fiction,but I was so smitten with Meg‘s presentation at a bookstore near my home that I had to read it.This book has a bit of everything—a wealthy Jewish family,a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive anti-Nazi paper, a Dutch woman determined to save children,Eichmann and his intimidating German shepherd,a chocolate factory, a sewer system offering a bit of safety, Kristallnacht, hate and hope, and even looted art.

Zelma This was one of the books the publishers pushed in their Book Buzz panel at the last conference attended. I grabbed a copy but used it for a summer reading prize before I have a chance to read it. Really looking forward to it. 5mo
Erynecki @Zelma It‘s a quick read. Hope you enjoy it! 5mo
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I recently wrote a list (for the website FiveBooks) about books I think are useful and important texts for readers interested in learning more about Holocaust Era looting. Since Litsy only allows you to tag one book at a time, I've selected The Rape of Europa which offers a detailed look at the massive extent of the Nazi's theft of European culture. Read more here: https://fivebooks.com/reader-list/holocaust-era-looted-art-erynecki/

Laura317 This is a subject that intrigues me. Ever since seeing the Gustave Klimt work that was a part of this looting, I want to know more. 5mo
Erynecki @Laura317 always useful to know more 😊📚Lots of great books and films on the topic! Hope you check out my post on FiveBooks. Happy reading. 5mo
Laura317 @Erynecki I just read your post. Wow! I will add these 5 books to my tbr list. Has your family had any success in finding any of the art by your great grandfather? 5mo
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Laura317 @Erynecki I just ordered your book as well as The Rape of Europa. I am looking forward to learning more. 5mo
Erynecki @Laura317 Happy reading! 😊📚 5mo
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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A graphic-novel adaptation of actor George Takei‘s childhood of incarceration in two US internment camps during WWII. It‘s a simplified story that‘s probably a good introduction to young adults about the camps in general and the Takei family in particular. The book tackles issues of how fear promotes racism, his father‘s strong belief in democracy despite executive order 9066, and how Takei went on to a remarkably successful acting career.

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Born in the Philippines, sent at the age of 12 to live with his grandparents in California, two decades later he is still in the US illegally with no clear path to US citizenship. A deeply personal story about what it means to be in an in between space - this courageous memoir gives voice to what it means to live, hide, work, and survive in the United States. I found it to be a total page turner.

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It‘s true, Chasing Portraits screens at the Washington (DC) JCC in October and I will be there for some of the screenings! Running October 25-31. Full Schedule to be announced.

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Although I rated this book a “pick,” I have mixed feelings about it. The story itself is pretty astonishing. Born to a chieftain in Nigeria, losing his dad at a young age, growing up with his brother and mom in the Bronx, delving into a young adult life of illegal activities, he turns it all around to become a Navy SEAL, an actor, entrepreneur, and family man. The passages about his relationships with women and religion didn‘t always speak to me.

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I found this memoir of two women, identical twins separated at birth, and later reunited when they were 35 to be fascinating and appalling. In alternating segments the author-sisters recount their discovery of each other, what it means to be twins that grew up thinking they were each a singleton, and their journey to uncover the story of their birth mother.

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Maus 2 | Art Spiegelman
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I think about this page from Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began, a lot. As the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, this page speaks to me on so many levels. It‘s so complex, I wrote my MA thesis about it.

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NOTES TO SELF: Essays | EMILIE. PINE
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Pine‘s essays are so very personal, I can only imagine the strength it took to write them, share them, and see them sent out into the world. Between traumatic memories and trying to navigate what it means to be a woman, Pine pushes herself (and her readers) to face some incredibly painful, dark, and complex experiences and emotions.

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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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The writing is beautiful, the narrator is unreliable, the storytelling is sparse, magical, and poetic. This novel somehow has a bit of everything in it: a mermaid, King Neptune, a long lost father, a deaf community, a veteran suffering from PTSD, watery dreams, romance, and a seaside village.

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Partly the tale of a religious expat (she‘s a Jehovah‘s Witness in China) and partly the tale of a woman figuring out the meaning of family, community, and cult as it played out in her own life, this memoir offers a unique perspective on the courage it takes to make a dramatic shift in one‘s thinking. As Kirkus reviews said of the book: “An intriguing read about a mysterious religion.” #eryneckireads2019 #bookstagram #memoir #nonfiction

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Chasing Portraits screens in St. Louis, MO next month! I am doing a Skype Q and A with the audience after the showing. https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/st-louis-jewish-film-festival/events-film-schedule...

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I recently watched Brown‘s Netflix special which inspired me to pick up Daring Greatly. I do believe in putting your creative self out there. I got in the arena and wrote a book and made a documentary film because I believed in telling the Chasing Portraits story. But reading Brown is helpful for seeing my shortcomings (I‘m super hard on myself and need to learn a better way around shame.).

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More Than Enough | Elaine Welteroth
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A fabulous book that beautifully tells the story of a young woman‘s dreams and ambitions (professional and personal). It‘s a journey that challenges societal norms, addresses and confronts important issues about race, and along the way she shares her joy, pain, self doubt, and greatest triumphs. Of course the fact that a Rhetoric teacher helped her see the world and herself through a slightly different lens made me love her that much more.

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Gray Is the New Black | Dorothy Rice
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I met Dorothy at an event we did together a few years ago. In this memoir she reveals her life story - the good and bad - all in a set of essays that use a one year writing workshop as an opportunity to reflect on the twists and turns of her life. Rice's tell all makes her vulnerable to our gaze and reminds us that we must all eventually face our own ghosts and battle our inner voices to arrive at a place of self acceptance. (Longer review on IG)

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I‘m halfway through this book. At 530 pages it is not a light summer read. It is, however, a beautifully written book and one that lots of people ought to be required to read - particularly California politicians. It‘s the story of water, the California land grab, politics, agriculture in the arid West, greed, and ingenuity.

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You love to read, but are you curious about how books work? If you loved Spiegelman‘s Meta Maus, you know what I mean. I love when an author takes you on the inside...walks you through their thinking, tearing apart the construction in order to analyze the reading experience.... That‘s exactly what this book is, and it doesn‘t matter if you haven‘t read the trilogy...she excerpts everything you need to follow along.

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Rough Magic is a memoir of the physical, mental, and emotional journey of the seemingly unprepared entrant in Mongol Derby to champion. Her writing style reminds me a bit of Dave Eggers. The story arc follows the trajectory of the race, but it meanders with inner thoughts, self-reflection, and poetry.

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17 essays held together by the theme of the author‘s brushes with death. It‘s a poetic look at each of those moments with the maturity of hindsight. It‘s about death and cheating death and the awareness that so much can change in a moment. There is no single story arc and yet O‘Farrell brilliantly weaves together her narrative that somehow seems to have a beginning, middle, and end. Life is unpredictable; live it to the fullest.

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I think I‘d love to be at a dinner party with author Sarah Ruhl. I‘ve never seen one of her plays, so it might make the conversation a bit awkward, but this book fascinated me. Her random thinking process about theater, creativity, and culture leave me wanting to hear her expound more on these topics that I care about.

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"This moving portrait of one woman's effort to connect with her family history and particularly with a man she never knew had me tearing up...magical." -Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

Elizabeth Rynecki's Chasing Portraits is NOW PLAYING in LA at Laemmle Music Hall!

**Filmmaker Q&As following the 7:30pm show Friday-Sunday and after the 3:10pm show on Sunday**

Tickets & showtimes available now: bit.ly/2VqTR0G

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I‘m in Toronto for the Jewish Film Festival (that‘s me at the mic). One more screening tomorrow at 3:30. Next up...Los Angeles!
www.ChasingPortraits.org/events

DivineDiana Fantastic! (edited) 9mo
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In Belonging, Krug prods her relatives‘ stories from the time of Nazi Germany to better understand her own sense of self and responsibility to history.Her longing to know the truth, and to understand how it shapes her and her relationship to Germany, is searingly honest and poignant.Told in a scrapbook format, this visual memoir puts readers into the heart of the difficulties one encounters when facing historical, political,and personal histories.

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Worn Stories | Emily Spivack
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This Pendleton coat belonged to Mom. She died in 2012 and while the coat is not quite my style, and there‘s a hole in the lining of the right pocket, I wear it all the time. It used to smell of smoke from the wood burning stove at the cabin where she and Dad visited in the winter. Now I just like to wear it because it feels like she‘s hugging me. I‘m almost 50 and Mom died 7 years ago and I still miss her so much.

DivineDiana I understand perfectly. Sleep with a blanket of my mother‘s and wear her jewelry when I want to be extra close. 💗 9mo
Erynecki @BookishMarginalia and @DivineDiana thank you both for your kind words. 9mo
RealLifeReading ❤️❤️ 9mo
Graciouswarriorprincess aww, how sweet and hugs! 9mo
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For me, this book is less about the food and more about an amazing life, opportunities, creative people, and the fascinating twists and turns of Reichl‘s career path. Reichl is a masterful storyteller who isn‘t afraid to show her vulnerabilities and to bring the reader along on a personal journey that reads both as an exquisite memoir and a delicious behind-the-scenes look at the mesmerizing magazine that once was Gourmet.

MrBook Nice review! 10mo
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It‘s been so GREAT to connect with audiences at the Cinema Village (NYC) screenings of Chasing Portraits. I‘m headed back to California tomorrow, but you can still catch the documentary everyday at 1:15, 3, 5:15, 7, and 9:15 until 5/2. Next up...5/10 and 5/12 in Canada at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and then for a week in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall opening the weekend of 5/17

BookishMarginalia So looking forward to seeing it! 10mo
Erynecki @BookishMarginalia where are you based? 10mo
BookishMarginalia Between St Pete and Sarasota in Florida. An hour away from Tampa. 10mo
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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I love memoirs about physical journeys that are ultimately inner journeys as well. My own Chasing Portraits quest has given me a deep love for these sorts of narratives. At one level The Salt Path is a beautiful book about how our lives play out against physical, social, and political landscapes. At its core it‘s about a couple‘s struggles with the legal system, financial ruin, a devastating health diagnosis, and how a hike changed everything.

Tamra Love the cover art! 10mo
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I‘m halfway through this collection of beautiful essays by refugee writers recounting and reflecting on their experiences and emotions. As the daughter and granddaughter of refugees that eventually immigrated to the United States, I am always drawn to these sorts of stories. I find comfort and a sense of belonging in their tales of war, loss, and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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A beautiful memoir about a broken family and the magic of bees. It leaves you cheering for a young girl in a difficult family situation, a grandfather who offers such practical wisdom, and the beautiful bees whose honey and life lessons sustain us in a multitude of ways. It was just the book I needed to read this week.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I‘m about two thirds of the way through The Library Book by Susan Orlean. It‘s a lovely ode to libraries, librarians, and their patrons. The book is woven together with Orlean‘s love of libraries and the many delightful tidbits of history she digs up about libraries in general and the LA library in particular. A casual history that bookish me definitely appreciates.

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Dopesick offers a deep look into how the opioid crisis began and the people whose lives it forever altered. Macy offers an inside perspective from small Appalachia communities to wealthy suburbs by giving voice to families struggling with the epidemic. It‘s shocking, depressing as all get out, and even a bit hopeful.

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‪Do you love to plan ahead? Chasing Portraits opens in NY at Cinema Village on 4/26 and you can buy your tickets now! I‘ll be there opening weekend for QandA sessions after several of the screenings. Bring your copy of the book and I‘ll sign it! Visit https://www.cinemavillage.com/Now-Playing/chasing-portraits.html for ticket information.

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A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir | Kurt Eichenwald
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I recently heard Kurt speak at a local bookstore and I read his moving and powerful memoir about navigating life with epilepsy in just a few days. He is incredibly honest about his experiences and I learned so much...not just about epilepsy but about being strong in the face of adversity and about the importance of advocating for yourself.