The Way Home: A German Childhood, an American Life

The Way Home A German Childhood an American Life In this moving and candid memoir we meet Ernestine Bradley the wife of former senator and presidential hopeful Bill Bradley She stood out among Senate wives a German born lover of languages and a tra

  • Title: The Way Home: A German Childhood, an American Life
  • Author: Ernestine Bradley
  • ISBN: 9780375422799
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this moving and candid memoir we meet Ernestine Bradley, the wife of former senator and presidential hopeful Bill Bradley She stood out among Senate wives a German born lover of languages and a transplant to America, Ernestine had a full time career in New Jersey as a professor of comparative literature, commuted weekly to Washington, D.C and ran two households sheIn this moving and candid memoir we meet Ernestine Bradley, the wife of former senator and presidential hopeful Bill Bradley She stood out among Senate wives a German born lover of languages and a transplant to America, Ernestine had a full time career in New Jersey as a professor of comparative literature, commuted weekly to Washington, D.C and ran two households she was in constant motion.As the book opens, Ernestine takes us to the small town of Passau, Germany, her childhood home, offering a vivid picture of ordinary German life during the Nazi period and just after World War II As kids on the loose while the fathers were away at war and the mothers were working, Ernestine and her pals explored the town s winding alleys and its three rivers, experiencing a sense of adventure and freedom despite the privations of war that would be a touchstone throughout her life Ernestine vividly describes how she came to see opportunity in defeat as she watched the American troops roll through her little town this was a primal moment that helped her to face everything that was to come We follow her as she leaves West Germany, lands a glamorous job as an airline stewardess, and arrives in America, where she marries unhappily and divorces before finally meeting the basketball star and future senator We watch their romance become an inspiring marriage of equals, his steadiness the perfect complement to her passionate, sometimes flaring nature, as their lives are soon crowded with family, the demands of their individual careers, politics, and, finally, Ernestine s fight with breast cancer.This is a wonderful, inspiring story from a woman who has triumphed both publicly and personally against great odds It is also the introduction to an exuberant voice, one that invites us to reflect on all that we have and on how far we may have to travel to find our way home.

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    1. I was drawn to this book because of my own German background, and also the fact that my parents lived in Bavaria (where Bradley was from) before I was born. I've never actually been to Germany, although I studied German in high school and college.Bradley perceptively lays out some of the differences in German and American culture, and she clearly struggled with some of the decisions her parents made during her childhood.Bradley is haunted by her family's possible connections during the war, and [...]

    2. This book surprised me. I didn't expect to respond like I did. Although we have had different lives, I related to her descriptions of how she reacted to her world and her relationships. She is obviously an intelligent person, and her writing style is excellent. I found myself responding emotionally in many areas of her tale, as her ways of dealing with situations (or not) and how she approached her life echoed my own experiences. It was refreshing to find another I felt I could understand. She s [...]

    3. This is a memoir of self-discovery, a memorable portrait of a German wartime childhood . . . moving seamlessly between a child’s memories and an adult’s perspective, by Ernestine Bradley, wife of former basketball player and senator and Democratic candidate for President (2000). She is very introspective.Ernestine struggles with her identity as a German, coming to grips with Halocaust, with betrayals by her mother and father, longing to be loved and cared for, desiring adventure, independenc [...]

    4. The writer was a child in Bavaria in World War II, & her depiction of the times is very real - mostly because it's so ordinary. She becomes a stewardess, then a professor, and she marries Sen. Bill Bradley. She examines her family dynamics as she travels back to Germany, and she takes us along on her psychological/spiritual journey as she is diagnosed with cancer. I enjoyed her as a person, but sometimes I felt she was a little too well-adjusted to write a really riveting book!

    5. An unflinching memoir of growing up in Bavaria during World War II. Her story continues to America when she marries former Senator Bill Bradley. Her honesty is what makes this a compelling read as well as her nonconformist ideals about motherhood and marriage. I was sad to learn that since the publication of The Way Home the Bradley's have divorced.

    6. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Bavaria during World War II however I felt she was very, very self-absorbed and full of herself and made way way too much out of her relationship with her mother. LOVE / HATE for sure. She has had a ton of therapy and wants to share it all.

    7. Way too much jumping around. She is here and then she is ten years back. Couldn't finish reading. I got too bored.

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