The Scent of Secrets by Jane Thynne

It’s 1938. Germany has become a police state. The citizens are under constant scrutiny. Jews must be home by curfew and are no longer allowed to hold many jobs. Clara Vine is an actress, half-German, half-English. Her career allows her to travel in and out of Germany with a little more freedom. Both of these […]

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

At nine years old, Bruno’s world is turned upside down when his father gets promoted. He has to leave his home, his friends, and his grandparents and move to some place called Out-With. There is no one but soldiers for miles around, except for the people on the other side of the long, high fence. […]

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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Desperate for a distraction after being jilted at the alter, gallery owner Sera James becomes obsessed with finding a painting she once saw as a child. She is determined to track down the original painting. Her search brings her to William Hanover, a wealthy man whose grandfather’s estate could hold the answers she seeks. Together, they try to unravel […]

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Black Earth by Timothy Snyder

     For America, and likely much of Western Europe, most of what we know about World War II and the Holocaust comes from the Western perspective, and the battles fought on Germany’s western front. In Black Earth, Timothy Snyder tells of the events in Eastern Europe that led to the destruction of smaller state governments, […]

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Friday Finds (2/20/15)

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just share the new-to-you books you found during the week — books you either want to add to your TBR (to be read) list, or that you just heard about that sounded interesting. If you’ve discovered them this week, share them […]

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Night by Elie Wiesel

     The picture to the left is the cover of a 3-in-1 collection of Elie Wiesel’s Night Trilogy. Night, the first of the trilogy, is a memoir. Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, tells of his time at Auschwitz. From his home, to the ghetto, to the camps and the separation of his family… he and his […]

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Monday Mashup 4/25/11

This is the coolest kid’s bedroom ever! Proof that we’ve become desensitized to violence: the School Shooter: North American Tour 2012 video game. Many commentors on this article are saying it’s a hoax, but no one has provided any sources to verify that and there is news footage everywhere of clips of the game. If anyone […]

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