Harriett Abraham Rose, now in her tenth decade, recounts tales of her life and her American Jewish family as they grappled with the economic, social, and technological changes and challenges of the last century. Her grandfather, Jake Abraham, was a German Jewish immigrant who owned a butcher shop and slaughterhouse in Shelbyville, a small town in central Kentucky. Her grandmother, Theresa Roman Abraham, raised the couple's twelve children, eight sons who worked in the family business until old enough to pursue their own interests, four daughters who were expected to marry well, prop up their husbands, and embrace the traditions of Southern womanhood. Harriett, who moved to nearby Lexington as a preschooler, graduated from college in time to join the millions of women working to help win World War II. When the war was over, she became a full-time wife and mother but soon realized she needed more than a husband and the traditions of Southern womanhood to lead a fulfilling life. So she returned to school, earned a PhD, and built a successful career in a time and place where such deviation from the norm was considered suspect at worst and odd at best. In telling the stories of the loving, lively, and loquacious Abrahams, the author leads us on a romp through some of the twentieth century's most turbulent years.
“Wry, sly, and ninety-five, Harriett Rose invites us on the journey of the Abraham family of Kentucky. You’ll find humor, sadness, and big personalities in these engaging stories.” Neil Chethik, author, FatherLoss
“Harriett has been a source of inspiration and joy to readers of all ages for many years. This book distills all of her wit, wisdom, and experience into one great story of a life well lived.” Chuck Creacy, Publisher, Smiley Pete Publishing
About the Author
Harriett Abraham was born in 1920 in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Her parents moved to nearby Lexington when she was four, where her father opened the city’s first dairy to sell pasteurized milk. She grew up surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins, with strong ties to her Reform Jewish faith. Except for a year during college and a few years during and after World War II, Harriett has spent her life as a Lexingtonian. She graduated from the University of Kentucky (UK) in 1941, moved to Dayton to support the war effort, and married Stan Rose in 1943. In 1949 the couple returned to Kentucky with their two sons. In the mid-1960s she went back to UK to earn a PhD in counseling psychology. She then served as executive director of the university’s counseling and testing center until she retired. In 1999 she became a columnist for a local monthly newspaper, a post she continues to fill as she approaches her ninety-sixth birthday.
About the Editor
Susan D. Owens is a writer, editor, compiler, and personal historian who helps individuals and organizations to tell their stories, Susan works to weave individual tales into the broader social, economic, political, and technological backdrop against which they were lived. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan has lived in Lexington, Kentucky, since 2003 and has helped bring more than a dozen books into being.
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