Armed with the question and a tape recorder, Garbutt went around the world to inquire of 400 Jews what being Jewish means to them. The result is Hear My Story: What Jews Really Think & Feel, a collection of short, stream-of-consciousness answers that at once show pride and arrogance of success, as well as the pain and suffering that has so often been visited upon the Jewish people�.
Garbutt makes no judgments, has no opinions, and creates no filler. All he does is presentin the original words, complete with half-sentences and descriptions of gesturesthe unabridged statements, stories, and assessments of a random sampling of Jewish men and women from around the world.
The book is long, though the individual sections are short and digestible. And the direct quoting is pleasant to read. Garbutt also includes a glossary that makes it easy for those unfamiliar with Hebrew or Yiddish to understand.
For all its seriousness and depth, Hear My Story is fun to read. And, who knows, you might actually see a little bit of yourself along the journey