Early Reviewer: Two Cents Plain

I have a backlog of Early Reviewer books from LibraryThing at my house (3 more to review after this one), which I suppose is not a bad problem to have. Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood is a graphic memoir by Martin Lemelman about (as you could probably guess from the subtitle) growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s. His parents were Holocaust survivors (his mother spent World War II hiding in the woods in Poland and his father was a soldier in the Soviet army). They met in a displaced persons camp in Germany and married. They settled eventually in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, where they owned a candy store and raised their two boys (Martin is the younger). While Martin’s childhood wasn’t idyllic, the store does have that glow of nostalgia that makes the hardships (the angry father, the poverty, the roaches) not seem that harsh. The book is illustrated by Lemelman’s drawings and by snapshots and memorabilia (ticket stubs, letters, etc) that give the book a scrapbook-y feel. A good book.

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Early Reviewer: Two Cents Plain

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