Alice Ketabgian

A Family’s Odyssey


Alice Ketabgian

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Ararat-Eskijian Museum—Sheen Chapel

15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA


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    W. Spargur says

    Mrs. Ketabgian’s book, “Life in Istanbul, One Family’s Odyssey” is written well and for those of us that have met and spoken with her, it is written as she speaks. She shows intelligence, sensitivity and her personal character in her writing. Throughout the discussion of difficult times, such as the religious and political discrimination that occurred while she lived as a child and teenager in Turkey, she maintains optimism and a kindness during everyday life. There is one story about her brother that tries to tear your heart out, but is written with great sensitivity and observation. There are many other snippets that adorn the pages such as, “Even the smell of the wind was special here because of the hills surrounding us were covered with wildflowers and herbs such as sage, lavender, and especially a rose-scented geranium …” There is wonder and amazement with her entry into her first theme park after her recent arrival in the United States. And of course, don’t forget to read about the noises made by the neighbors upstairs!
    The book is interesting and is a great read from the perspective of a youth growing up and living in Istanbul, her emigration as a teenager and growing into adulthood in the United States. I recommend reading Mrs. Ketabgian’s book, “Life in Istanbul, One Family’s Odyssey”; it is interesting and well written.

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