Alexander Stille

How History Shapes A Family

Alexander Stille excavates his parents’ past in ‘The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace.’

04/30/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic

When Alexander Stille’s mother died in 1993, she left few papers behind — just some letters, photographs and remnants of the lists she maintained to organize her life. Everything was in its proper place; her bills were paid and her will was signed.

As Stille did research for “The Force of Things,” he came to see his relatives as figures from historical archives.

How History Shapes A Family

Alexander Stille excavates his parents’ past and stormy relationship in ‘The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace.’

04/26/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic

When Alexander Stille’s mother died in 1993, she left few papers behind — just some letters, photographs and remnants of the lists she maintained to organize her life. Everything was in its proper place; her bills were paid and her will was signed.

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