Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What' I'm reading

Dear Life...

I love to read.  I read all kinds of things, but when things are challenging in my life I like to read easy, light, happy.  But I stumbled on this book...and I really think you all should stumble on it too.  I learned about a dark event in history that I had no idea existed...

Paris....1942....French officials rounded up over 10,000 Jews and placed them in a place called Vel' d'Hiv and eventually sending over 8,000 of these people, THEIR people, to German concentration camps, where most were killed.   These were not German soldiers rounding up Jewish families, they were French.  I had no idea.  What a very sad story it is.

The story moves seamlessly between telling a story of journalist Julia on assignment to write about the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup to 10 year old Sarah...who was woken up by French police along with her family and rudely rounded up with their Jewish neighbors.  

I cried, and I could not put this book down.  And then I went to the internet to learn more.

That to me is a successful book.  The only part that I didn't like was....when it ended.

What are you reading?

From...A Mom of Boys!!!!


  1. So good, huh? When I read that a couple of years ago, I also had no idea about that dark chapter in French history. Don't remember ever learning that when studying the Holocaust, either. That it happened under French authority was just shocking to me. As a side note, I hated her newer book though, so don't get too excited if you see it :)

    By the way, have a couple of books I'm done with if you want them. Both were good, but nothing earth-shattering. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and Left Neglected (by the author of Still Alice if you read that)

    1. I love books....bring them on over :) BTW thank you for the bike...it's awesome..he took it today! :)

  2. LOVED this book... :) I'm reading "The Glass Castle" - a memoir by Jeannette Walls. It's pretty good!

    1. Oh Shari I read the Glass Castle...CRAZY...it's good....can't believe she lived that way.


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