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Precious Objects

A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life

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Precious Objects

Precious Objects

A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life

Audio Library Digital

10/11/2011

562 minutes

9781611204575

Audio Retail Digital

10/11/2011

562 minutes

9781611204599

Audio CD

10/11/2011

8 Audio CD

562 minutes

9781611204551

Audio MP3 CD

10/11/2011

1 Audio MP3 CD

562 minutes

9781611204582

Playaway

10/11/2011

562 minutes

9781611204605

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In the middle of New York City lies a neighborhood where all secrets are valuable, all assets are liquid, and all deals are sealed with a blessing rather than a contract. Welcome to the diamond district. Ninety percent of all diamonds that enter America pass through these few blocks, but the inner workings of this mysterious world are known only to the people who inhabit it. Alicia Oltuski, daughter and granddaughter of diamond dealers, seamlessly blends family narrative with literary reportage to reveal the fascinating secrets of the diamond industry and its madcap characters, including her own eccentric father. Entertaining and illuminating, Precious Objects offers an insider's look at the history, business, and society behind one of the world's most coveted natural resources.

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...an impassioned love letter to the industry, to its traditions and to the author's father, her most compelling character., Wall Street Journal

Alicia Oltuski is an intrepid journalist able to write with precision and insight about the big issues in the diamond trade and the intimate details of life on Forty-Seventh Street., Tony Hall, , U.S. Representative

With revealing observations on the centuries-old link between Jews and the diamond industry, and sparkling accounts of her familial ties to the business... Oltuski, daughter of a diamond dealer, brings clarity in this study of the industry., Publishers Weekly

A piercing, intensely readable book. Ms. Oltuski guides us through New York's diamond business, one of the world's most fascinating and hard-to-penetrate communities, with great aplomb., Gary Shteyngart, , Author of Super Sad True Love Story

Alicia Oltuski has a fresh, appealing voice, and her youthful tonality works well in this memoir of growing up in the Diamond District of New York City... full of interesting history...Oltuski's delivery is charming and upbeat..., AudioFile Magazine

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