more about: 97 Orchard

A Few Words From Jane Ziegelman

Hello, Bookies: We got a very nice e-mail back from 97 Orchard author Jane Ziegelman, who was kind enough to answer a few questions we passed on. Here’s what she had to say: Where did the idea of describing the immigration experience through food come from? I became interested in the connections between food and culture when I was a […]

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”97 Orchard”: The Baldizzi Family

Hi, everyone: In the final chapter of 97 Orchard, we meet the Baldizzi family. Adolfo and Rosaria Baldizzi are part of a wave of immigrants that enter the country illegally to avoid the quota laws of the 1920s. The Baldizzis, the most modern of the families covered in the book, live on Orchard Street during the Depression and like many […]

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”97 Orchard”: The Gumpertz and Rogarshevsky Families

We meet the Gumpertz and Rogarshevsky families in the next two chapters of 97 Orchard. Both Jewish (the former are from Prussia and the latter from Lithuania), these families have a much different dilemma than the Glockners and the Moores faced. Rather than just longing for the familiar foods of their homelands, their religion dictates the types of food they […]

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97 Orchard: The Glockners and the Moores

Hi, everyone: I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting the Glockner and Moore families. In the first two chapters we learn about their moves to America and how each in its own ways influences or adapts to a completely new life. The 1840s German immigrant Lucas Glockner and his family are 97 Orchard’s builders and original tenants. Built on the site of […]

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Hi, Everyone, and Welcome to September!

I’m Heidi Schoembs, formerly Real Simple’s executive producer and now the social media director for Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group.     I’m so excited to be leading this month’s book club. First, a confession: I was privately hoping 97 Orchard would win! As the daughter of immigrant parents (who happen to be dynamite cooks), I’ve always been fascinated by the […]

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