Book: With Love, The Argentina Family - Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes by Mirta Ines Truppcategories: Book, Argentina, Jewish, Clean Read, Coming of Age, Immigrant, Multicultural, Jewish Gauchos, Genealogy, Young Adult, First Love, Ethnic, Memoir
Mirta Ines Truppabout this book: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what authors like to do best- Kvel and Kvetch. First the kvelling, a quintessential Yiddish word, conjuring up images of beaming parents; proudly boasting about their offspring. While I do my fair share of maternal boasting, today I'm kvelling about another sort of offspring. I have written a Creative Non Fiction, a memoir to be exact, entitled, "With Love, the Argentina Family~ Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes."
The inspiration for the book came about like one of my mother's recipes…a pinch of this, a dash of that and a healthy dollop of the other. First and foremost, I wrote it for my kids; I have three adult children. My sense of family and constancy urged me to give them a tangible link- something that will forever remind them that they came from this loving, enduring stock made up of Jewish values, Russian ancestry, and Argentine culture. In addition to that rather emotionally charged motivator, I was encouraged to write the story by friends, family, and strangers alike; people who have continually said that my story was unique and enlightening.
I was 11 months old when we immigrated to the United States; this story is a reflection of my distinctive journey as an immigrant under considerably unique circumstances. Although countless of Argentine immigrants have come to the United States, many of them of mixed ethnicities, not many can say that they wore out five passports before the age of twenty-two. Because of my dad's fringe benefits from Pan American Airlines, we used to travel all the way down to South America on a drop of a hat...my mom would have our suitcases packed faster than Superman could stop a speeding bullet. My sister and I lived for ten years without truly experiencing summer. Argentina is below the equator; when it's summer here in the U.S., they are in the dead of winter! In the following years, as a budding romance intensified, so did the politics and governing powers- it was not necessarily the best time to be crisscrossing the continents, but a whirlwind courtship could not be put on hold. With so many colorful characters, exciting scenarios, and fascinating history, this absolutely is one, unique story.
Besides being an English major in high school and Mrs. Doyle's darling, I had no previous experience with writing or publishing. Which leads me back to the other word I mentioned; the other "K" word, kvetching- a great Yiddish word and one with which any Indie author can relate. Kvetching means complaining. Having no prior training, I simply had NO IDEA how difficult it would be to write, to publish, to promote, or to merely get people to "Like" my book's page. However, I always knew I had at least one good book in me. I had the material- fifty years' worth at least, but I struggled. I struggled with first person vs. third person, real names or fictitious, copy right regulations and the oh-so-beloved Chicago Manual of Style. I struggled to appease family members who wanted to be removed from the story line and then, complained when they were not included! It took me about two years of work and yet; once I typed that final word, the real struggle began. I had no clue how to get the book published "the old-fashioned way." Researching on the Internet, I learned about marketing proposals, submission requirements and inquiry letters; the entire undertaking felt like a full time job that required a university degree. It seemed an impossible task for this "newbie" scribbler, so I began considering the self- publishing route for my memoir.
The amount of memoirs on the market is daunting; my wholesome story is competing with some pretty serious material in the same category, not to mention the coming-of-age vampires and charming sorcerers in other genres. Some people might think that a book about a particular culture or faith would only attract a specific group. People like to look at themselves and find the humor or poignancy in their lifestyle or situation; Jews crave yiddishkeit, as Argentines crave their Argentinismos. (Comedians make us laugh at ourselves all the time, and we enjoy it!) But on a deeper level, of course, we are all human beings; we can relate to various universal themes such as tradition, assimilation, acceptance and personal growth. When readers can see beyond the label and see themselves, that's when the author has truly accomplished something of worth. Once you peel away the labels, whether they are self-inflicted or imposed by society, you end up with the human experience and that makes for interesting reading. Even if I do say so myself, this is a singularly distinctive memoir, one which, I hope, will entertain and enlighten a wide and diverse audience.
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