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  • Writer's pictureKathleen Balgley

Review of Book Reading in Bantry, Ireland

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

A sometimes Bantry resident, the mother of supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, has followed in her daughter’s footsteps this year – by publishing her own very important and personal book

THE three members of the talented Ratajkowski family have achieved a publishing hat-trick.

My Body, the book written by the model, actress and author Emily Ratajkowski was a New York Times bestseller, whilst her dad, John Ratajkowski, an artist and teacher at the San Dieguito Academy, gave the world something that it didn’t know it needed – a fabulous book of bovine illustrations called Cow Tuesday.

Now, it is the turn of Emily’s mother Kathleen Balgley, a retired professor of literature, who has written a memoir entitled Letters to My Father – Excavating a Jewish Identity in Poland and Belarus.

It begins with Kathleen’s childhood discovery of her father’s hidden Jewish identity and goes on to explain how she unearthed more of her own suppressed Jewishness when she accepted a Fulbright to teach in communist Poland, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

With three million Jewish people living in Poland at the start of the war... Read more



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