Category Archives: World War II

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is about Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a young German soldier, in the besieged town of Saint-Malo in 1944 as the Allies are liberating it.  In alternating narratives, we … Continue reading

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Last Train to Paris

Reading books like Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim confirm my theory that I may have been born in the wrong decade. This novel combines two of my favorite subjects, Paris (loosely, though part of the novel is also … Continue reading

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The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

  I really want to talk about The Lost Wife but I feel that I cannot properly do so without revealing spoilers, even though one of them takes place in the first chapter.  However I enjoyed it very much, and … Continue reading

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The Shades of Gray Book You Should be Reading

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Published:  2011 by Speak (an Imprint of Penguin Group USA) Source:  Purchased   It is so unfortunate that this book has been overshadowed by that other book with Shades of Gray in the title.  … Continue reading

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Annexed

Annexed by Sharon Dogar Published:  2010 by Houghton Mifflin Source:  Purchased Reading Challenge:  A-Z Book Challenge   It takes a lot of guts to write a novel based on a historical figure.  It takes even more guts to write a … Continue reading

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American Nightingale

American Nightingale:  The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy by Bob Welch Published:  2004 by Atria Books Source:  Borrowed from the library   A few weeks ago I was surfing the Net and somewhere (I’m kicking myself for … Continue reading

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A Woman in Berlin

A Woman in Berlin:  Eight Weeks in the Conquered City, A Diary  by Anonymous (translated by Philip Boehm) Published:  2005 by Picador Source:  Purchased    The woman who wrote of her experience in Berlin in the eight weeks following the … Continue reading

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A Woman in Berlin

A Woman in Berlin:  Eight Weeks in the Conquered City, A Diary  by Anonymous (translated by Philip Boehm) Published:  2005 by Picador Source:  Purchased    The woman who wrote of her experience in Berlin in the eight weeks following the … Continue reading

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The Envoy by Alex Kershaw

The Envoy:  The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II, by Alex Kershaw Published:  2010 by Da Capo Press Source:  borrowed from the library   In  high school history class, … Continue reading

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The Envoy by Alex Kershaw

The Envoy:  The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II, by Alex Kershaw Published:  2010 by Da Capo Press Source:  borrowed from the library   In  high school history class, … Continue reading

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