Beach Reading: “The Hare with Amber Eyes”

In the past two days, I traveled to Tokyo, Paris, London, Vienna, and Odessa, mostly sitting in a beach chair. Not really a sun goddess, I usually spend most my time in the water or walking up and down the shoreline. 

Yesterday, I jumped in the calm water at Sandy Hook National Seashore to cool off quickly and then returned to my book.

“The Hare with Amber Eyes” chronicles  generations of the Ephrussi family’s history from 1871 to the present and how a collection of 264 Japanese hand carved figurines called netsukes  evaded Nazi plunder and pillage. 

Edmund De Waal’s story is  unputdownable.  Art history, family history, and World War II all in one.


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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2 Responses to Beach Reading: “The Hare with Amber Eyes”

  1. Barbara W. Klein says:

    SOUNDS LIKE “It’s Bred in the Bones”, without the fantasy part.


  2. Edite vidins says:

    Just finished this, loved it!


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