Greetings one and all to the NINETEENTH meeting of The Book Review Club. We're happy to have you join us.
I hope you're all enjoying the summer and getting a little leisure time for . . . reading. Because we've got some great book reviews this month. So grab a cup of coffee, sit down and start scrolling. You're sure to find something that grabs you.
This is not an easy read. From the first page to the last, I had a lump in my throat.
From the author's website:
David Faber survived eight Nazi concentration camps in Poland, from 1939 to 1945. He witnessed the Nazi murders of his parents, brother Romek, and five of his six sisters. When he was liberated in 1945 from the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, he was 18 years old and weighed 72 pounds.
Mr. Faber promised his dying mother that he would survive to tell the world of the Holocaust atrocities. Now in his eighties, he still travels across the country, speaking to all sorts of groups, including school children. He doesn't charge for his 1 1/2 hour presentation. Because Mr. Faber lives in San Diego, he visits many of our local schools and libraries. Child #1, Child #2 and Child #3 have all listened to him and been touched by his words. I'm determined to make it to one of his talks.
This was a difficult book to read. It is rich in details. I had to stop reading and set down the book during the scene where Mr. Faber watched the Gestapo torture, then kill his older brother, Romek. Also, there are black-and-white photographs of people such as Mr. Faber showing his Auschwitz tattoo (161051), Mr. Faber's family, some Gestapo officers, even empty cans of Zyklon B gas.
You can order BECAUSE OF ROMEK from the author and he will ship it free of charge to any U.S. address.
All in all, I highly recommend BECAUSE OF ROMEK. This is an important book. Just make sure you take a deep breath before plunging in.
And, now, totally changing gears . . .
Let's have a drumroll for the following amazing reviews from amazing reviewers!! Please, please visit. You won't be sorry.
MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT BOOK REVIEWS
Sarah Laurence: THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURES OF INDIA MCALLISTER by Charlotte Agell (middle grade)
Cassandra of Misadventures of a Teenage Writer: A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle (middle grade, fantasy)
Stacy of The Cat's Meow: HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (young adult, science fiction)
Stacy Nyikos: MONSTER by Walter Dean Meyers (young adult)
Thao of serene hours: TEN CENTS A DANCE by Christine Fletcher (Young Adult)
Jody Feldman: BUSTED: CONFESSIONS OF AN ACCIDENTAL PLAYER by Antony John (Young Adult)
Kathy Holmes: LUCY SPRINGER GETS EVEN by Lisa Heidke (Australian chick lit)
Staci of Life in the Thumb: AFTER THE FALL by Kyle Ladd (Australian Women's Lit)
Lucy Sartain of Ranting and Raving: THE NEXT BEST THING by Kristan Higgins (romance)
Alyssa Goodnight of the Writers' Road Less Traveled: THE CASE OF THE MISSING SERVANT by TARQUIN HALL (mystery)
Ellen Booraem of Freelance Ne'er-do-well: A MURDEROUS PROCESSION by Ariana Franklin (mystery, set in medieval Europe)
Beth Yarnall: LONG LOST by Harlan Coben (mystery/suspense)
Kaye of the Book Review Forum: MURDER AT AVEDON HILL by P.G. Holyfield (mystery + fantasy)
David Cranmer of The Education of a Pule Writer: PRESENCE OF MIND by Edward Cline (mystery)
Scott Parker:HOMINIDS by Robert J. Sawyer (science fiction)
Patti Abbott: THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O'Brien (short stories)
Sarahlynn of Yeah, but Houdini didn't have these hips: OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout (13 linked tales)
Linda McLaughlin: SOUL SURVIVOR: THE REINCARNATION OF A WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PILOT by Bruce and Andrea Leininger, with Ken Gross
Jenn Jilks of My Muskoka: THE SHALLOWS: WHAT THE INTERNET IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS by Nicholas Carr
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