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The Memory Book
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Linda Fischer is a global traveler with a passion for literature, languages, and most especially the people she encounters along the way. She has spent nine years working on this book, all the while attempting to learn the Hungarian language. Her commitment continues. She lives in New York City.

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" What a formidable achievement this book represents. There is a palpable pulse a heartbeat when one reads it. Fischer s passion is apparent, and so too, is her knowledge. The research is mightily impressive. Esther Bushell, book group facilitator and commentator, "Literary Matters" " Last summer I traveled and took "Eat, Pray, Love." This summer I d take this one. It s about connections and community, time travel in the best of ways. Holly Messitt, coeditor, "New American Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society" " As a woman of Hungarian birthrite, it was a return trip in spirit and evoked vivid memories and emotions which still tie me to the small nation of Hungary. Eva Szabo, president, Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society"" " This is not your average memoir or travelogue . . . Fischer s "The Memory Book" offers a welcome modern addition to this tradition, admittedly for an adult audience. Her passion for the history, culture, literature and people of the region shine through and readers will find themselves illuminated through her own experiences. While sharing in this once-popular pastime for girls is sure to appeal more to the female-oriented "Eat, Pray, Love "audience, there is enough insight, intelligence, and introspection to keep even the most knowledgeable Hungarophiles interested. Lee Reaney, " The Budapest Times" ""Fischer intersperses entries from the memory book with her own impressions of Hungary as she retraces Amalka's life and offers her own very engaging look at modern Hungary, its food, culture, and folklore." Vanessa Bush, " Booklist" ""Of the many ways I have seen people embark to explore the wonderful cultural heritage and magical atmosphere of my homeland and our neighbors, Linda's is probably one of the most imaginative and rewarding." Magdolna Fekete, Director, Hungarian National Tourist Office, New York"" ""Last summer I traveled and took "Eat, Pray, Love." This summer I'd take this one. It's about connections and community, time travel in the best of ways." Holly Messitt, coeditor, "New American Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society" ""What a formidable achievement this book represents. There is a palpable pulse a heartbeat when one reads it. Fischer's passion is apparent, and so too, is her knowledge. The research is mightily impressive." Esther Bushell, book group facilitator and commentator, "Literary Matters" ""A fascinating personal journey starting with the chance discovery of a young lady's 'memory book' in a Budapest bookshop." Marijana Dworska, Owner, Marijana Dworski Books, Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom"" "Fischer's passion for and knowledge of the history, genealogy, culture, literature, folklore, cuisine and people of the region is so palpable that one could assert that she turns all these into a magical and mystical atmosphere. This may account for the near-decade it took her to complete this project, but the result is a book that garners a treasure and much pleasure for people who enjoy history, travel and memoirs, and for those wishing to know more about Hungary. It is also a compelling read for lovers of genealogy and nostalgic artifacts." -- Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter, John Carroll University, Hungarian Cultural Studies. e-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, Volume 10 "As a woman of Hungarian birthrite, it was a return trip in spirit and evoked vivid memories and emotions which still tie me to the small nation of Hungary." --Eva Szabo, president, Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society "A fascinating personal journey starting with the chance discovery of a young lady's 'memory book' in a Budapest bookshop." --Marijana Dworska, Owner, Marijana Dworski Books, Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom "What a formidable achievement this book represents. There is a palpable pulse--a heartbeat when one reads it. Fischer's passion is apparent, and so too, is her knowledge. The research is mightily impressive." --Esther Bushell, book group facilitator and commentator, Literary Matters "Last summer I traveled and took Eat, Pray, Love. This summer I'd take this one. It's about connections and community, time travel in the best of ways." --Holly Messitt, coeditor, New American Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society "Of the many ways I have seen people embark to explore the wonderful cultural heritage and magical atmosphere of my homeland and our neighbors, Linda's is probably one of the most imaginative and rewarding." --Magdolna Fekete, Director, Hungarian National Tourist Office, New York "As a memoirist, Fischer deftly fills the roles of both author and protagonist as she learns about the life of a young Austro-Hungarian girl. This book is a compelling read for lovers of history, genealogy, and nostalgic artifacts--anyone who's ever stumbled on a topic or object that began a near-obsessive quest. The Memory Book showcases how old historical artifacts and personae can affect modern travelers." --Foreword Reviews "Fischer intersperses entries from the memory book with her own impressions of Hungary as she retraces Amalka's life and offers her own very engaging look at modern Hungary, its food, culture, and folklore." --Vanessa Bush, Booklist "This is not your average memoir or travelogue . . . Fischer's The Memory Book offers a welcome modern addition to this tradition, admittedly for an adult audience. Her passion for the history, culture, literature and people of the region shine through and readers will find themselves illuminated through her own experiences. While sharing in this once-popular pastime for girls is sure to appeal more to the female-oriented Eat, Pray, Love audience, there is enough insight, intelligence, and introspection to keep even the most knowledgeable Hungarophiles interested." -- Lee Reaney, The Budapest Times ""As a woman of Hungarian birthrite, it was a return trip in spirit and evoked vivid memories and emotions which still tie me to the small nation of Hungary." Eva Szabo, president, Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society" " ""As a memoirist, Fischer deftly fills the roles of both author and protagonist as she learns about the life of a young Austro-Hungarian girl. This book is a compelling read for lovers of history, genealogy, and nostalgic artifacts anyone who's ever stumbled on a topic or object that began a near-obsessive quest. "The Memory Book" showcases how old historical artifacts and personae can affect modern travelers." "Foreword Reviews " " Of the many ways I have seen people embark to explore the wonderful cultural heritage and magical atmosphere of my homeland and our neighbors, Linda s is probably one of the most imaginative and rewarding. Magdolna Fekete, Director, Hungarian National Tourist Office, New York" " " A fascinating personal journey starting with the chance discovery of a young lady's memory book in a Budapest bookshop. Marijana Dworska, Owner, Marijana Dworski Books, Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom" " " Wow. What a fascinating story. I must admit, even I learned a few things from the book, and I was born and raised in Budapest . . . it was truly an uplifting pleasure to read it. Susan Lengyel-McLoughlin, Secretary for the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation" " " As a memoirist, Fischer deftly fills the roles of both author and protagonist as she learns about the life of a young Austro-Hungarian girl. This book is a compelling read for lovers of history, genealogy, and nostalgic artifacts anyone who's ever stumbled on a topic or object that began a near-obsessive quest. "The Memory Book" showcases how old historical artifacts and personae can affect modern travelers. "Foreword Reviews " Fischer intersperses entries from the memory book with her own impressions of Hungary as she retraces Amalka s life and offers her own very engaging look at modern Hungary, its food, culture, and folklore. Vanessa Bush, "Booklist" " ""Wow. What a fascinating story. I must admit, even I learned a few things from the book, and I was born and raised in Budapest . . . it was truly an uplifting pleasure to read it." --Susan Lengyel-McLoughlin, Secretary for the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation" "Fischer intersperses entries from the memory book with her own impressions of Hungary as she retraces Amalka's life and offers her own very engaging look at modern Hungary, its food, culture, and folklore." --Vanessa Bush, "Booklist"

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