LeMaster, Carolyn Gray. “A Corner of the Tapestry: A History of the Jewish Experience in Arkansas, 1820s-1990s”, University of Arkansas Press, 1994.
I love reading history and I love reading Jewish history so it was only natural that when U relocated to Arkansas after Hurricane Katrina that I take some time learning the Jewish history of my new home. Carolyn LeMaster’s “A Corner of the Tapestry” provided me with just needed to know. This is a mammoth book of over 600 pages and is one of the most comprehensive studies ever done about a single state’s Jewish community.
Jews do not often think of Arkansas as a place where they would settle and quite frankly neither did I. However I have been more than pleasantly surprised the community here. Not only is it warm and welcoming but it has quite a history. “A Corner of the Tapestry” is the story of the Jews who not only helped to settle the state but who stayed and built lives and became part of the culture and history of The Natural State. The book looks at the lives and families of many Jews—from the wealthy to the poor.
What is so amazing about this book is the amount of research that went into writing it. LeMaster worked very hard to piece together this story and what a story it is! LeMaster has meticulously assembled all that she found into a very readable account.