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Traveling Heavy:
A Memoir in between Journeys

May 7, 2013, 7:00pm

Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St., San Francisco

Traveling Heavy is a deeply moving, unconventional memoir by master storyteller and cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar. Through evocative stories, she portrays her life as an immigrant child, and later, as an adult woman who loves to travel but is terrified of boarding a plane. With an open heart, she writes about her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family, as well as the strangers who show her kindness as she makes her way through the world.

Behar calls herself an anthropologist who specializes in homesickness. Repeatedly returning to her homeland of Cuba, she is obsessed by the question of why we leave home to find home. For those of us who travel heavy with our own baggage, Behar is an indispensable guide, full of grace and hope, in the perpetual search for connection.

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