• House of Glass

  • The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family
  • By: Hadley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Hadley Freeman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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By: Hadley Freeman
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Writer Hadley Freeman investigates her family’s secret history in this “exceptional” (The Washington Post) “masterpiece” (The Daily Telegraph) uncovering a story that spans a century, two World Wars, and three generations.

Hadley Freeman knew her grandmother, Sara, lived in France just as Hitler started to gain power, but rarely did anyone in her family talk about it. Long after her grandmother’s death, she found a shoebox tucked in the closet containing photographs of her grandmother with a mysterious stranger, a cryptic telegram from the Red Cross, and a drawing signed by Picasso.

This discovery sent Freeman on a decade-long quest to uncover the significance of these keepsakes, taking her from Picasso’s archives in Paris to a secret room in a farmhouse in Auvergne to Long Island to Auschwitz. Freeman pieces together the puzzle of her family’s past, discovering more about the lives of her grandmother and her three brothers, Jacques, Henri, and Alex. Their stories sometimes typical, sometimes astonishing - reveal the broad range of experiences of Eastern European Jews during the Holocaust.

This “frightening, inspiring, and cautionary” (Kirkus Reviews) family saga is filled with extraordinary twists, vivid characters, and famous cameos, illuminating the Jewish and immigrant experience in the World War II era. Reviewers have asked: “Is there a better book about being Jewish?” (The Daily Telegraph) Addressing themes of assimilation, identity, and home, House of Glass is “a triumph” (The Bookseller) and a powerful story about the past that echoes issues that remain relevant today.

©2020 Hadley Freeman (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio
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Understandably a deep and candid personal perspective story.
The narrator’s voice is lovely and hypnotising. But her French language pronunciation is terrible. She reads some text in French then repeats it in English. Why does she need to do that if she reads the whole book in English anyway? I’d recommend she avoid the French

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I feel it was a mistake having the author do the Audible.
She sounded as if she was reading the book with no inflection in it entirely too fast of a pace.
I personally feel it’s such a wonderful book, and would have sounded better with another professional reader doing the audible.

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Amazing

Loved every second of this book. Great writing and narration. Highly recommend, especially if you love memoirs

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Worth reading a second time

Hadley Freeman has really opened my eyes with her research about France’s involvement and collaboration with Germany to eliminate the Jewish People from their country and, perhaps, the world. Her comparison with what is happening here in our country at this time is spot on. The story is one of survival and fantastic determination to triumph despite unbelievable odds. I thought it was just Germany. It was also France.. It is well written and well read. I plan on reading it again.

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Captivating and Interesting

I could not get enough of this book and the stories of each of the Glass family members. It’s beautiful, heart wrenching and historically interesting. A reminder why the holocaust cannot be forgotten and why dehumanizing people based on race, ethnicity, religion, migrant status must not happen if we are to keep the past from repeating. The amount of research that Hadley put into this book really shows and her having such a close connection to this family is felt on a deep level. The Glass’ felt like they could have easily have been my very own family as you get to know them. Beautiful portrayals. A must read or listen!

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Superb reading, moving and memorable story

I applaud the author’s decision to read this family memoir herself. While not strongly inflected, her voice and reading seemed particularly suited to the story; and it is of course very meaningful that it is her own family’s history. (I hope she records more stories.)

She has, as author, written a beautiful and moving testament that anyone with an interest in Polish and Eastern European Jews will want to read/listen to. Indeed, this is one of the best personal histories that I have found.

Thank you and best wishes

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Fascinating and beautiful! A must!

A must read family memoir with significant application to current crises. The author reads with authority and humility. A remarkable story and achievement.

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Fascinating perspective

I appreciated learning about the Glass Family's life in Poland as Jews prior to World War II. Alex's life in France as. Jew, the impact of WWII in France, and the occupation of France, The analogue interview of the author is a really nice feature and clonclusion of the book.

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Different Book Than I Thought

Thought I was going to get a history of a Jewish family who suffered at the hands of the Germans, and in the beginning of the book I did. First few chapters were wonderful, then somewhere near the middle this became a litany of how this family was abused when they came to the U.S. And how Trump, who was not even a demon in training at the time, became the scapegoat for the author's family's abuse I have yet to figure out.

I wanted to finish the book, but couldn't wade through the politics. The story started in Poland, and from the prologue assumed it ended up in France and the US, neither country was given any credit for providing some kind of sanctuary albeit not very good in the author's opinion.

Wanted uplifting, but as an American, I felt this author wanted me to to feel ashamed of my country (which I assume is now hers too).

To end on a positive note, the author is a very good writer, her family came to life for me in the first part of the book. This should have been the politics category.

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This book should be required reading for any 20th-century history course

Miss Freeman has written a memoir that reads like a novel a real page turning experience the story of her family is the story of us all it’s the American immigrant story and the story of the holocaustRolled into one a must read for any history Lover