World War II Era

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“What he did see—and described in sharp, yet understated, detail—was the growing panic and slow loss of innocence among German Jews.”

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“The swoon-worthy Roman backdrop, filled with plenty of sunsets, cathedrals, and villas, reflects the classic romantic themes of love, sacrifice, and redemption.”

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“Stella is not a lengthy book and can be read in several hours. But it packs a punch way beyond its weight.

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“Wedding Station is an ideal choice for both Downing fans and newcomers to his fast-paced and intense crime novels.”

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“[a] thought-provoking quest to understand the meaning of evil, guilt, and survival.”

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“well plotted and richly populated” 

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Surely there are World War II novels that aren’t depressing, but this isn’t one of them.

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"chilling depictions of prewar naivete, the slowly tightening noose in the ghetto, and a murderous eruption of anti-Semitism in Ukraine”

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I’m Staying Here is a simple title surrounding a profoundly moving story about ordinary people trying to live their lives as farmers, as they have for centuries. It’s 1923.

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This book is perfect for readers who love details.

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The Children’s Train is a sympathetic, well-crafted novel filled with vacation-worthy sights and authentic experiences from an Italy that balances folk tradition with modernity.”

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“a love story, and also as a glimpse of a small Cornish town during a tumultuous time in history, when a dramatic turn of events can change an isolated teenager into a daring young woman.”

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It seems a shame when a story begins with the death of the protagonist, but it signals the book’s trajectory and creates a story that must be told, now, lest it be forgotten.

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“Sadistic, misogynistic murders and politicized police investigations are, unfortunately, universal. They don’t need a dictatorship.”

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“with its attention to detail and swift narrative, fans of Mr.

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wildly provocative, comical, and absorbing reading.

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“within these pages, there are passages that approach the sublime. There is pain, anguish, horror, and sadness, alongside passages of subtle human feelings conveyed without words.

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“Graham Swift has a remarkable ability to slip back and forth in time, while identifying the many small incidents and markers that shape and reshape the lives of his characters.”

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The Paris Children is a page-turning and inspiring story of how courage and family ties can survive even the worst of evil.”

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Universe of Two is a love story. . . . It is an honest, compelling tale of the human cost of war and the fight that occurs when war ends and redemption begins.”

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A new entrant in the unlikely but burgeoning genre of Holocaust romance fiction . . .”

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The Girl from Berlin is the fifth in the Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart series. It is the winner of the Book Club category for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award.

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“a haunting portrait of a nation slowly collapsing . . .”

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“Almost everything about The King of Warsaw is gripping . . .”

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In the final weeks of World War II, when Walter Kempowski was 15 years old, he watched tens of thousands of his fellow Germans scramble westward through his hometown from their once-conquered terri

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