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The Dial Press #ad - In this “extraordinary family memoir, ”* the national Book Award–winning author of The Future Is History reveals the story of her two grandmothers, who defied Fascism and Communism during a time when tyranny reigned. The new york times book reviewin the 1930s, as waves of war and persecution were crashing over Europe, two young Jewish women began separate journeys of survival.

Over the years each woman had to find her way in a country that aimed to make every citizen a cog in the wheel of murder and repression. Ester goldberg was a rebel from Bialystok, Poland, where virtually the entire Jewish community would be sent to Hitler’s concentration camps. One became a hero in her children’s and grandchildren’s eyes; the other became a collaborator.

At war’s end, both women found themselves in Moscow. With grace, masha gessen, and meticulous research, candor, one of the most trenchant observers of Russia and its history today, peels back the layers of time to reveal her grandmothers’ lives—and to show that neither story is quite what it seems.

Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace #ad - Praise for masha gessen   “One of the most important activists and journalists Russia has known in a generation. David remnick, deftly unconventional, The New Yorker   “Masha Gessen is humbly erudite, and courageously honest. Timothy snyder, author of On Tyranny. Ruzya solodovnik was a Russian-born intellectual who would become a high-level censor under Stalin’s regime.

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Drowning Ruth: A Novel Oprah's Book Club

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Ballantine Books #ad - Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Ruth. Amanda starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Deftly written and emotionally powerful, drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed.

As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered. Guiding us through the lives of the starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it.

Drowning Ruth: A Novel Oprah's Book Club #ad - From the Hardcover edition. But very soon, amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. When mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity.

A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut. Winter, 1919. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake.

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Unto the Sons

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Random House #ad - Ultimately it is the story of all immigrant families and the hope and sacrifice that took them from the familiarity of the old world into the mysteries and challenges of the new. An italian ROOTS. The washington post book worldat long last, gay talese, one of America's greatest living authors, employs his prodigious storytelling gifts to tell the saga of his own family's emigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II.

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The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing

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Ecco #ad - Defying their families, and afghan civil and islamic law, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, they ran away together only to live under constant threat from Zakia’s large and vengeful family, who have vowed to kill her to restore the family’s honor. Rod nordland, and has not only chronicled their plight, then the Kabul bureau chief of the New York Times, had watched these abuses unfold for years when he came upon Zakia and Ali, but has also shepherded them from danger.

The lovers will do for women’s rights generally what Malala’s story did for women’s education. By the time they were young teenagers, Zakia, shy and tender, and Ali, strikingly beautiful and fiercely opinionated, had fallen in love. They are still in hiding. Despite a decade of american good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world.

The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing #ad - It is an astonishing story about self-determination and the meaning of love that illustrates, as no policy book could, at the same time, the limits of Western influence on fundamentalist Islamic culture and, the need for change. A riveting, real-life equivalent of the kite runner—an astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.

Zakia and ali were from different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in the hinterlands of Afghanistan.

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The Book of Separation: A Memoir

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - To free the part of yourself that has been suppressed, even if it means walking away from the only life you’ve ever known. Honest and courageous, tova takes us through her first year outside her marriage and community as she learns to silence her fears and seek adventure on her own path to happiness. But over the years, her doubts became noisier than her faith, and at age forty she could no longer breathe in what had become a suffocating existence.

Even though it would mean the loss of her friends, and possibly even her family, her community, Tova decides to leave her husband and her faith. The memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family,  Tova Mirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life.

The Book of Separation: A Memoir #ad - After years of trying to silence the voice inside her that said she did not agree, did not believe, did not fit in, she strikes out on her own to discover what she does believe and who she really is. This is a memoir about what it means to decide to heed your inner compass at long last. After all, to observe was to be accepted and to be accepted was to be loved.

She married a man from within the fold and quickly began a family. This will mean forging a new way of life not just for herself, but for her children, who are struggling with what the divorce and her new status as “not Orthodox” mean for them.

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Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran

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Crown #ad - Too many afternoons had passed in silence, listening to a fanatic’s diatribes. Family gatherings were punctuated by witty, satirical exchanges and spontaneous recitations of poetry. Only much later did Roya learn that she was spared a similar fate because her teacher admired her writing. Hakakian relates in the most poignant, but we see it all through the eyes of a strong, youthful optimist who somehow came up in the world believing that she was different, ways what life was like for women after the country fell into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists who had declared an insidious war against them, and at times painful, knowing she was special.

We stormed every classroom, inscribed our slogans on the blackboard. We were rebelling because we were not evil, we had not sinned, and we knew nothing of the apocalypse. All our lives we had been taught the virtues of behaving, and now we were discovering the importance of misbehaving. We were rebelling because rebelling was all we could do to quell the rage in our teenage veins.

Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran #ad - . Never had mayhem brought more peace. Remarkably, she manages to re-create a time and place dominated by religious fanaticism, violence, and fear with an open heart and often with great humor. Hakakian was twelve years old in 1979 when the revolution swept through Tehran.

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The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

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Penguin Books #ad - Ben tarnoff’s elegant, atmospheric history reveals how these four pioneering writers helped spread the Bohemian movement throughout the world, transforming American literature along the way. Tarnoff’s book sings with the humor and expansiveness of his subjects’ prose, for a time, capturing the intoxicating atmosphere of possibility that defined, America’s frontier.

The new yorker“rich hauls of historical research, deeply excavated but lightly borne. Tarnoff’s ultimate thesis is a strong one, strongly expressed: that together these writers ‘helped pry American literature away from its provincial origins in New England and push it into a broader current’. Wall street Journal .

An extraordinary portrait of a fast-changing america—and the Western writers who gave voice to its emerging identityAt once an intimate portrait of an unforgettable group of writers and a history of a cultural revolution in America, The Bohemians reveals how a brief moment on the far western frontier changed our culture forever.

The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature #ad - Beginning with mark twain’s arrival in san francisco in 1863, this group biography introduces readers to the other young eccentric writers seeking to create a new American voice at the country’s edge—literary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbrith, poet and protector of the group.

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The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom

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Harper Wave #ad - The grueling sixteen-month odyssey by foot, and finally, boat, through Macedonia to Serbia and Hungary, and bus took her across Turkey and the Mediterranean to Greece, to Germany. When her small town became the epicenter of the brutal fight between ISIS militants and US-backed Kurdish troops in 2014, she and her family were forced to flee.

Despite her physical limitations, Nujeen embarked on the arduous trek to safety and a new life. Told by acclaimed british foreign correspondent christina Lamb, Nujeen is a unique and powerful memoir that gives voice to the Syrian refugee crisis, helping us to understand that the world must change—and offering the inspiration to make that change reality.

As she told a bbc reporter, "You should fight to get what you want in this world. Nujeen's positivity and resolve infuses this unforgettable story of one young woman determined to make a better life for herself. Refusing to give in to despair or see herself as a passive victim, she kept her head high. Confined to a wheelchair because of her cerebral palsy and denied formal schooling in Syria because of her illness, Nujeen taught herself English by watching American soap operas.

The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom #ad - Prize-winning journalist and the co-author of smash new york times bestseller i am malala, whose harrowing journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitude, grit, Christina Lamb, and hope that lends a face to the greatest humanitarian issue of our time, now tells the inspiring true story of another remarkable young hero: Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, the Syrian refugee crisis.

For millions around the globe, sixteen-year-old Nujeen Mustafa embodies the best of the human spirit.

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Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir

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Crown #ad - Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant, this family memoir will resonate throughout the ages. From the Hardcover edition. Within weeks chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them. Soon she and tucker decided to alter their lives forever—they would adopt Chipo. For tucker, the only full-time american correspondent in Zimbabwe, the declaration was a direct threat to his life and his wife’s safety, and an ultimatum to their decision to adopt the child who had already become their only daughter.

One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city. She’d been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season. At its peak, his antagonizing branded all foreign journalists personae non grata.

Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir #ad - That decision challenged an unspoken social norm—that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children. After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor’s orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Against a background of war, disease, terrorism, and unbearable uncertainty about the future, Chipo’s story emerges as an inspiring testament to the miracles that love—and dogged determination—can sometimes achieve.

As if their situation wasn’t tenuous enough, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was stirring up national fervor against foreigners, especially journalists, abroad and at home. His wife, a savvy black woman whose father escaped the Jim Crow South for a new life in the industrial North, would not be deterred in her resolve to welcome Chipo into their loving family.

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Flory: Survival in the Valley of Death

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HarperOne #ad - Tearfully leaving her family, flory tried to escape on the infamous SS Simon Bolivar passenger ship with Felix, the young Jewish man from Germany who would later become her husband. Their voyage brought not safety but more peril as their ship was blown up by Nazi planted mines, one of the first passenger ships destroyed by the Germans during World War II, sending nearly all of its passengers to a watery end.

Holocaust survivor Flory A. Yet they also discovered, with the remarkable and brave families who sacrificed their own safety to help keep Flory and Felix alive, a set of friends that remain as close as family to this day. A tribute to family, and the power of good in the face of disparate evil, faith, the courage of those who risked their lives to protect their fellow compatriots, and the faith of those who, this gripping account captures the terror of the Holocaust, against all odds, managed to survive.

Sheltered by compassionate strangers in confined quarters, cut off from the outside world and their relatives, they faced hunger and the stress of daily life shadowed by the ever-present threat of certain death. Van beek faced this terrible choice, and in this poignant testament of hope she takes us on her personal journey into one of history's darkest hours.

Flory: Survival in the Valley of Death #ad - Only a teenage girl when the Nazis invaded her neutral homeland of Holland, Flory watched the only life she had ever known disappear. Miraculously, both Flory and Felix survived. After recovering from their injuries in England, they returned to their homeland, overjoyed to be reunited with their families yet shocked to discover their beloved Holland a much-changed place.

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Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France The Resistance Quartet Book 2

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Harper #ad - Yet it is also a story about mythmaking, and the fallibility of memory. A major contribution to wwii history, and pays tribute to a group of heroic individuals, Village of Secrets sets the record straight about the events in Chambon, illustrated with black-and-white photos, most of them women, for whom saving others became more important than their own lives.

From the author of the new york times bestseller a train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II—told in full for the first time. Le chambon-sur-lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France.

A thrilling and atmospheric tale of silence and complicity, Village of Secrets reveals how every one of the inhabitants of Chambon remained silent in a country infamous for collaboration. During the second world war, communists, oss and SOE agents, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, and Jews.

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France The Resistance Quartet Book 2 #ad - Many of those they protected were orphaned children and babies whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. With unprecedented access to newly opened archives in france, and Germany, and interviews with some of the villagers from the period who are still alive, Britain, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose their Nazi occupiers.

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