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Digging to America: A Novel
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the beloved, Pulitzer Prize–winning author comes "an intimate picture of middle-class family life" (The New York Times) that challenges the notion that home is a fixed place, and celebrates the subtle complexities of life on all sides of the American experience.

Two families meet at the Baltimore airport while waiting for their baby girls to arrive from Korea. The Iranian-American Sami and Ziba Yazdan, with Ziba's elegant and reserved mother, Maryam, in tow, wait quietly while brash and all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson, plus extended family, are armed with camcorders and a fleet of balloons proclaiming "It's a girl!" After they decide together to throw an impromptu "arrival party," a tradition is born, and so begins a lifelong friendship between the two families.

As they raise their daughters, the Yazdan and Donaldson families grapple with questions of assimilation and identity. When Bitsy's recently widowed father sets his sights on Maryam, she must confront her own idea of what it means to be other, and of who she is and what she values.
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Two families meet at the Baltimore airport while waiting for their baby girls to arrive from Korea. The Iranian-American Sami and Ziba Yazdan, with Ziba's elegant and reserved mother, Maryam, in tow, wait quietly while brash and all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson, plus extended family, are armed with camcorders and a fleet of balloons proclaiming "It's a girl!" After they decide together to throw an impromptu "arrival party," a tradition is born, and so begins a lifelong friendship between the two families.

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        January 1, 2007
        British historian Robert Tombs (French history, Cambridge Univ.) and the French-born Isabelle Tombs (French, Foreign & Commonwealth Office), whose doctorate is in modern British history, have attempted a vast and ambitious projectto weave together the complex tale of British-French interaction, rivalry, and cultural exchange across the last three centuries. Although utilizing a standard chronology and the usual political high-water marks like war and revolution, this is not a standard political history but a fascinating collection of reflections upon the changing nature of the British-French relationship. Maps, charts, cartoons, graphs, advertisements, and images of various kinds enrich the presentation, freshening familiar tales like Anglo-French rivalry in the New World. Fashion, art, and literature provide further examples of cultural exchange, e.g., the authors show how the work of Shakespeare has served as a "weathervane" for French attitudes toward English culture. The themes of rivalry and respect, as well as alliance and collision, are carried to the present, with discussions of how both the European Union and the Iraq War have provided opportunities for interaction and separation. Both British and French national identity, the authors conclude, have been created and shaped by this rivalry and connection. An impressive book that will delight scholars and informed lay readers alike; recommended for academic collections and large public libraries.Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ

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Two families meet at the Baltimore airport while waiting for their baby girls to arrive from Korea. The Iranian-American Sami and Ziba Yazdan, with Ziba's elegant and reserved mother, Maryam, in tow, wait quietly while brash and all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson, plus extended family, are armed with camcorders and a fleet of balloons proclaiming "It's a girl!" After they decide together to throw an impromptu "arrival party," a tradition is born, and so begins a lifelong friendship between the two families.

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