With Love, The Argentina Family

Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes

Non-Fiction - Cultural
298 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2013
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Author Biography

With Love, The Argentina Family is based on my experiences, at times seen through rose-colored glasses, construed through ignorance, misunderstanding or simply the naiveté that shelters a young girl.

My recounting of these events does not mean to represent anyone else's reality; they are reflections of my distinctive journey as an immigrant under considerably unique circumstances. Although countless of Argentine immigrants have come to the United States, many of them of mixed ethnicities, my story tells the tale of a multicultural girl who, because of her father's employment, divided her life in between her homeland and her adopted country. The story of the whirlwind courtship that ensued could only have taken place under these circumstances.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

“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.


I really enjoyed the spirited journey of the author as she explores her cultural transition from Argentina to the sunny shores of California. It is rich and flavorful with the innocence of youth, the understanding and perspective that comes with age and exploration. Written in an easy to read format, it is satisfying on many levels; cultural, religious, family, generational and genealogical all at once. I love her visits back to Argentina and the "coming home" to California experience. I want a sequel to be written!


Lillian Kollar

This book is a pleasure to read. It flows, you keep turning pages, and the story has the ring of truth that a good memoir demands. It describes the cultural changes endured by immigrant families, making it the ultimate story of America. Pure enjoyment!

Patricia Berman

What a wonderful story. This made me think of my childhood, and my family's immigration to this country. Although they weren't from Ar-hen-teena, their stories are similar. I could relate to feeling "different" growing up as my immigrant mother shared many of the values that the author's parents exemplified. The times were different, as well. I enjoyed the way the author described her inner growth, her spiritual journey, and her many travels back and forth that made her who she is today. You can never know all a person carries with them by just looking at them. Luckily you can get some insight into this author's background and memories in this delightful read.


Lori Frankl

Okay, I'm not really family, but that's how I feel after reading With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes. The author's vivid memories provide minute details enabling me to take on her identity through the reminiscences of significant events from my (excuse me, her) personal diary. My heart swelled with emotion as I read about overprotective Papi and his unconditional love for Mami and the girls. Working diligently to create a better life for himself and his wife and children away from the family you know they dearly love, Papi and especially Mami were able to instill a tremendous sense of mishpachah (family in Hebrew). Visiting the family in Argentina provided a new (and frightening) perspective of how Jews continue to be regarded globally. As a lover of history and mystery, especially unforgettable is the story of Sofia and the Virgin's foot as recounted by Faustino. Of course, as a romantic, I enjoyed the whirlwind romance between Mirta and Marcelo and look forward to a sequel entitled Happily Ever After.

Eduardo Lejbman

Great book. The style, narrative and dynamics are superb. It is very inviting, and the book is hard to put down. As a native argentinian I can say this is very genuine. it is very obvious this writer has the talent, knowledge and sensitiveness to take on other related subjects; understanding there is a big market hungry for the "memoire" genre, I personally think she would have many followers in other, more audacious stories. I sense her insights expand a lot further. This book clearly hints it, and I suspect we will see (read) a lot more of her bright mind and warm heart in the near future !!



May I say, from the bottom of my heart, congratulations on writing this novel. I loved it! It brought so many memories; it showed the true way it was back in those days. My parents were so grateful to this country, especially in those days, when everything was practically perfect. I'm thankful that this book was written, because it has a lot of our Argentinian immigrant folklore. I think that everyone who lived through that time period and attended some of those famous "reuniones" should get a copy and have their children read it too! They should see what our parents went through in order to be here. I will get a few copies for my own "descendientes" who thank me for coming to this country. I thank my own father who had the vision to immigrate. This is a must read!



his is a book you really must read -

A true story and autobiography about a young girl's life growing up in the USA and Argentina.

Her family left Argentina for the USA where they have a good life, whereas, on the other hand Argentina has immense ante-semitism.

Despite that her parents do not want to lose their Argentine/Jewish identity, so they travel back and forth to keep in touch, and Mirta, the author becomes more and more interested in her Jewish family roots.

A true insight into the life in Argentina.

This story touches your heart.

Beautifully and prolifically written and presented by the author.