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“With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes” by Mirta Ines Trupp is a narrative of the author’s recollections of childhood and the circumstances that shaped her family's life. Mirta Ines Trupp has a Jewish, Russian and Argentine ancestry that entails a rich tapestry of events that were influenced by the regime of Juan Peron and his dire socioeconomic conditions. The Trupp family fled Argentina to live in the U.S. on December 7, 1962. The book chronicles the Trupp’s Russian heritage starting in the 1900s, her father's role in Peron’s Guard of Honor, his job with Pan American, as well as Mirta's angst and insecurities as a young immigrant. Three decades later, the author marries after a long-distance, whirlwind courtship and soon after, announces her first pregnancy in 1986 and so the legacy continues. Readers will appreciate the significance of familial bonds, multicultural traditions and religious practices.
The cover is beautiful and apt for this exceptional, historical memoir that will elicit the full spectrum of emotions – excitement, sadness, frustration, laughter, etc. It is filled with 378 pages of detailed stories with photos, passports and letters. You become a part of the Trupp family. “With Love, The Argentina Family” is Trupp’s first book. She is a gifted, passionate writer on a quest to share her family's story of struggles and triumphs. History buffs and biography enthusiasts will enjoy this book. “With Love, The Argentina Family” is highly recommended.