Kudos: Jim Van Buskirk

Occupation: Book group coordinator, Jewish Community Library

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The author, editor and former librarian is writing a memoir, titled “My Grandmother’s Suitcase,” about how the family’s secret Jewish heritage informs the story of his mother being kidnapped in 1933 by her father and taken from France to the U.S.
 

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