Holocaust, and Family History
Susan J. Gordon writes personal essays about marriage and family life; the Holocaust and genealogy; parenting, seasonal and national holidays; and service and travel articles. Her work has appeared in many nationally known magazines and newspapers. Some pieces have been reprinted in Reader's Digest, The Quiet Center (Hearst), Sharing the Journey: Women Reflecting on Life's Passages (Sterling), and Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul.
At present, Susan and her literary agent are looking for a publisher for her just-completed work, 100 KISSES: What the Woman Who Buried my Grandfather Taught Me About Judaism and My Family's Past, a memoir which describes her Jewish journey through her own personal heart of darkness, and tells how what began as a seemingly simple search for the woman who buried Susan's grandfather inspired her to track down family members, and fly to Budapest and Ukraine to visit ancestral homes where relatives lived and died during World War II and the Holocaust.
100 KISSES combines World War II and Holocaust history with online as well as old-fashioned family tree research and issues of divorce including the breakdown of family ties.
Here's what Arthur Kurzweil, well-known genealogist and author of books about Jewish genealogy and history, says about 100 KISSES:
"Most family histories are treasures for those who find their ancestors.... But... every once in a while, another sort of book emerges... a book that is both the story of one family and Every Family; a book that is written with artistry and with the talents of a gifted storyteller; a book that is truly a reflection of the unfolding of Jewish experience, of human experience. In 100 KISSES, all is seen though the eyes and experience of one driven writer and researcher -- Susan J. Gordon -- who understands the profound secrets of family history research and who is able to show that genealogy is not merely names and dates ... but is the foundation of history and human experience itself.
"100 KISSES is a profoundly moving story. And it is also a story within a story. And even a story within a story within a story. But Gordon knows that this is the nature of life itself, and she captures it with her superb prose. She also knows how to use language to approach the indescribable, and the window she offers her readers is very real, often painful, and also amazingly generous.
"100 KISSES is a book of inspiration, and deep emotional knowing. It is a Jewish celebration and a universally human book."
-- ARTHUR KURZWEIL --
Publishers interested in reading the manuscript for 100 KISSES may contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In May 2013, Susan appeared on a national TV show where she talked about great marriages in history and her book, WEDDING DAYS: When and How Great Marriages Began (Morrow, 1998). Straightaway, interest in WEDDING DAYS soared and many viewers contacted Susan to ask - where could they buy her book? Previously, she had written about the fun and joy of writing WEDDING DAYS in the May/June 2009 issue of Victoria magazine, and poked (gentle) fun at Prince William & Kate Middleton in a widely-published essay shortly before their April 2011 wedding. In addition, Susan has spoken about romance and great marriages on other television and radio shows, as well as to business groups, women's clubs, bridal shows, and libraries across the United States.
A revised, updated edition of WEDDING DAYS is now ready for publication, and Susan and her agent are actively looking for a publisher.
Susan has a B.A. in American Studies from Queens College (CUNY), and an M.A. in American Studies from New York University. She is a member of the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists & Authors, and the American Jewish Press Association. Susan also lectures on writing essays that sell.