Family stories always come with secrets, the kind parents never tell and never pop up on Ancestry.com. In our family, we got lucky. Ethel spilled the beans. One afternoon, almost sixty years after the fact, she spoke into a tape recorder and told the truth, what really happened back in the 1920s that brought our family to America (and almost didn't) - from tiny Zawichost, Poland, to New York's Lower East Side, and all the strange places in between. Here, Ken Ackerman (BOSS TWEED and TROTSKY IN NEW YORK 1917) and Jim Hershberg (MARIGOLD: THE LOST CHANCE FOR PEACE IN VIETNAM) combined forces to produce a history of their own family full of energy and surprises. It's not what you think.