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Love, Norm: Inspiration of a Jewish American Fighter Pilot

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"A memoir consisting of family letters and stories of heroic military figures used for inspiration and identity affirmation."

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Norm's Story

Norm Shulman's relationship with his stepson Greg Levenson, always stable and warm, evolved when Greg decided to enlist in the Air Force at age 27. Cognizant of past anti-Semitic stereotypes persisting about Jewish participation in the military, Norm wanted to help prepare Greg to feel comfortable in his own identity.

So, Norm decided to write letters connecting Greg to the many Jewish military heroes who had preceded him. From Judah Maccabee to fighter pilots from today's recent history, these profiles in heroism brought Greg foundation and strength. 

Norm's letters to Greg make up one core of Love, Norm; the other is Norm's own multigenerational story of Jewish military heroes. As the son of Jewish immigrants whose place in America was hard-won, Norm chronicles what it was like to feel his identity pulled in different directions and how to hold fast to it nonetheless.

Love, Norm is a retelling of profiles of famous Jewish fighters from across history and the singular story of how one man found pieces in his own past to preserve his Jewish identity. Together, empathetically channeled through heartfelt letters and remembrances, Love, Norm shares a collected wisdom with the next generation.

 

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- Dallas Jewish Historical Society/

Jewish War Veterans (post 256)

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- Nominated for Jewish National Book Award*

- University of Pittsburgh Alumni Magazine

- Alcalde: University of Texas Alumni Magazine

-Boston University
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- The Jewish Outlook

- Frankfurt (Germany) Book Fair 2023

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"Dr. Shulman's compilation repeatedly illustrates resilience and inspires readers with the stories of people who faced great adversity..."

RACHEL BLOODWORTH,

Lubbock Senior Link

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