- Granfield, Linda; Alda, Arlene
Stories of Immigrant Life: 97 Orchard Street, New York
Tundra Books, Lower East SIde Tenement Museum, New York, 2001, Illustrated Wraps, , , Near Fine
55 pp. From the back cover: 'The Gumpertz, the Confinos, the Rogarshevskys, the Baldizzis: four of the hundreds of families whose first home in the New Wolrd was a dar, crowded tenement on New York's Lower East Side at 97 Orchard Street. Linda Granfield brings to life conditions that were familiar to millions of immigrants in many of North America's big cities. Her text and archival materials are beautifully complemented by Arlene Alda's sensitive photographs, which evoke the hardship, the dignity, and the hope encompassed on 97 Orchard Street. This book is a valuable resource for those interested in understanding our own histories in North America, and the experiences of new immigrants who came here. Linda Granfield's titles include In Flanders Field: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, Pier 21: Gateway of Hope, and Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn. Arlene Alda is an award-winning photographer whose children's books include Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep; Arlene Alda's 1, 2, 3; and Harry Grannie Annie.'