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A Girl In Hitler Youth

The Shame of Survival: Working Through a Nazi Childhood by Ursula Mahlendorf My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ursula Mahlendorf was born the same year as my mother. They were kids during WW2, teenagers by the end of it. While my mother was in a concentration camp, she was in Hitler Youth--so you can imagine… Continue reading A Girl In Hitler Youth

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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Buried Giant is a different book from Ishiguro's previous ones, and that's something I admired before I read it. But it was an interview I saw with him that made me pick it up. By that time, I'd already forgotten what The… Continue reading The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

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A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944

A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944 by Willy Peter Reese My rating: 5 of 5 stars The powerful memoir of a German infantry soldier during WW2, A Stranger to Myself was written in 1944 a few months before the author died, drawn from his detailed journals written at the Front. Because… Continue reading A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944

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Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a memoir about life as an immigrant child from the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, a subject that I've become very interested in because of this memoir. I rated this a four (though I am against ratings really) because the… Continue reading Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

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Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December by George Saunders My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brilliant stories. My favourite was only two pages and in that compact space told the story of a father's rage and pathos through the vehicle of an unusual scarecrow. A book I want to own. View all my reviews

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A book people seem to love or hate. I did laugh out loud. It's a tall tale, not my favorite genre usually: the hundred year old man runs away from an old age home, has… Continue reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

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‘Small Damages,’ by Beth Kephart

“Dreamlike” is one word for Beth Kephart’s latest novel, “Small Damages,” in which an American teenager is exiled to Spain after she gets pregnant. Her percolating story emerges through Kep­hart’s lilting prose in that same hazy way you’d meander through the narrow white streets of Seville in the noontime sun or confront the hot, dry… Continue reading ‘Small Damages,’ by Beth Kephart

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Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Another blogger recommended this book, and as usual I can't remember who it was! So please remind me in the comments. I wanted to re-read your review after I finished it. Excellent Women, written in the early 50's, is almost excellent and certainly very good. The narrator, Mildred Lathbury, is a 30 year old spinster… Continue reading Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

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Momo by Emile Ajar

I loved this book so much I made my husband read it, which was no trial for him as he is still quoting it. I first heard about Momo and its author, Emile Ajar (a pen name of Romain Gary's), in Litlove's book blog. The storyline intrigued me: Momo, an Arab boy, is raised by… Continue reading Momo by Emile Ajar

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The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

Let me start by saying that The Winter Palace is so rich with historical detail about Russia in the time of the young Catherine the Great that the atmosphere surrounded me even when I put the book down. The Winter Palace tells the story of the young and naive (or is that a masquerade?) Princess… Continue reading The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

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You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

You Are My Only is a gorgeously written YA novel. That's the first thing I want you to know about it. The second thing is that I couldn't put it down. I read it in a day, ignoring my children. My older daughter, age 13, curious about my absorption, examined the cover and picked up… Continue reading You Are My Only by Beth Kephart