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Growing up in Bavaria during World War II, Ernestine Bradley came to know wartime dislocations and food shortages, along with the challenges of taking care of her siblings while her mother was ill. The men of her hometown were away at war, but their absence created an exciting unexpected freedom–a freedom she sought again at 21 when she became a stewardess, moved to New York and went on to marry a shy basketball star who played for the New York Knicks.
Yet the paradoxes of her childhood shaped Bradley’s life. Her hard-won discipline helped her maintain a full-time career as a professor while she commuted weekly to Washington and her husband’s public life; and Germany’s literary response to the holocaust of which she had been unaware became her scholarly passion. Cancer confronted her with a personal war, ultimately demanding a vulnerability she had never allowed herself. Frank, warm, and deeply moving, The Way Home is an inspiring American story.
“A memoir of self-discovery. . . . Lucid and bracing.”
—The New York Times
“An unforgettable portrait of a German wartime childhood. . . . Moving seamlessly between a child’s memories and an adult’s perspective, Ernestine Bradley involves the reader at every step along the way.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of No Ordinary Time
“Elegant. . . . Sets a lofty standard for introspective memoir.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A smart, engaging memoir." —More
“Dazzling. . . . Bradley's stirring tale of obstacles overcome, goals pursued, and sacrifices made explores how one woman forged a rewarding life on her own terms." —Booklist