The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro (2015)

With a 6 hour bus ride to and from Pittsburgh, this was the perfect page turner to pass thetime.  Needing the distraction, I found myself willing to overlook the less than stellar writing.  The historical aspect of the novel took me away to pre WWII in both the US and Europe.  Taking place in New… Continue reading The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro (2015)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2007)

After my daughter read this book, she repeatedly told me that I would love it--and I did.  It took a while, though, to pick it up, and by the time I did, she had read it one or two more times.  I think a part of me wasn't sure I was ready for another Holocaust… Continue reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2007)

**Great House by Nicole Krauss (2010)

I still think of the writing in History of Love, Krauss's previous book, whenever I'm asked about beautiful prose.  And she's done it again in Great House.  Though her novels are not short, they read like prose poetry--something few authors can pull off page after page for 300 pages.  I read countless sentences three or… Continue reading **Great House by Nicole Krauss (2010)

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay (2007)

Sarah's Key is a good read and an important Holocaust story from a perspective I was not aware of: the French police rounding up Jews  and holding them in inhumane conditions at the Vel' d' Hiv' in Paris before sending them off by train to concentration camps.  Most people, and most Parisians, picture German soldiers… Continue reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay (2007)

*** Night by Elie Wiesel (2006, 1958)

   Somehow I’ve never read this book.  Of all the Holocaust literature, this seems  to be the most famous, and    yet I hadn’t picked it up until 2007.  I had no idea how powerful it is.  It’s short, but so very long in the    way you are drawn into this world. Everyone should read this book—no exceptions.… Continue reading *** Night by Elie Wiesel (2006, 1958)