How Lithuanian author Daiva Markelis stays close to her roots

December 8, 2010

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Author Daiva Markelis struggles to stay true to her Lithuanian culture.

Lithuania celebrated a big birthday in 2009:The Baltic Republic turned a mere 1,000 years old!

In LeMont, Ill., the Lithuanian World Center held a day-long festival to mark the millennial turning point.

But Daiva Markelis hasn’t always viewed her Lithuanian roots as cause for celebration. In her new memoir Markelis recalls growing up as the child of displaced persons. Her parents came to Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood via the turmoil of World War II.

"White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life" is the name of the book and she recently spoke with "Eight Forty-Eight's" Alison Cuddy.

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