This memoir is the account of the life of the author’s spanning seven decades lived on three continents: The Middle East, Europe and the United States. What sets this memoir apart from so many others is the breadth of its cultural dimensions and the depth of its psychological insights. Many memoirs are written by celebrities or those by pervasive traumas in their lives have a voyeuristic quality. However, there is very little in these lives with which people can identify.
The author’s memoir is highly distinctive, but the issues he focuses on have many features that are common with other people’s lives, such as the role of chance and the reconstruction of past events in the light of the present. These issues are presented in a way that readers can learn and benefit from it. This book is the account of a fascinating life that is not only interesting to read but instructive by placing the various stages and facets of life in their historical and cultural contexts such as the history and culture of the Middle East, which are important but not well known.
Table of Contents
1. The Legacy of Alexander 2. The Khatchadourians and Nazarians 3. Coming of Age 4. That They May Have Life… 5. …And Have It More Abundantly 6. To the Land of Milk and Honey 7. Passing Through the World of Research 8. Home Again 9. The Joy of Teaching 10. Would-Be Administrator 11. Doing Good 12. A Healing Place
Herant Katchadourian’s A gifted teacher who was nominated seven times as Outstanding Professor and Class Day Speaker during his long career at Stanford University, Katchadourian revels in the joys of storytelling.