(Eric Molinsky)

In 2008, Lucette Lagnado’s best-selling memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. That book revolved around her father’s success as a man-about-town in Jewish Cairo, and his subsequent decline after emigrating to the United States in 1962. In her new memoir, The Arrogant Years, she brings to life her mother’s experiences in Egypt and later in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Here’s an excerpt from her lively conversation with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry about the new book. You can hear more on Monday.

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