Cynthia Kaplan Shamash

Considered an expert on the Iraqi-Jewish archive and diaspora, Cynthia Kaplan Shamash has spoken widely about her experiences and published an op-ed in the New York Times. She was elected to the board of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq in 2011 and currently lives in New York City, where she has her own dentistry practice and is married with five children.

This riveting and utterly unique memoir chronicles the coming of age of Cynthia Shamash, an Iraqi Jew born in Baghdad in 1963. When she was eight, her...