Tzili: The Story of a Life

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Schocken #ad - The youngest, least-favored member of an Eastern European Jewish family, Tzili is considered an embarrassment by her parents and older siblings. And so when her panic-stricken family flees the encroaching Nazi armies, Tzili is left behind to fend for herself. At first seeking refuge with the local peasants, and she takes to the forest, living a solitary existence until she is discovered by another Jewish refugee, she is eventually forced to escape from them as well, a man who is as alone in the world as she is.

Aharon appelfeld imbues Tzili’s story with a harrowing beauty that is emblematic of the fate of an entire people. As she matures into womanhood, they fall in love. Her schooling has been a failure, she is simple and meek, and she seems more at home with the animals in the field than with people. And though their time together is tragically brief, their love for each other imbues Tzili with the strength to survive the war and begin a new life, together with other survivors, in Palestine.

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Kitchen

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Grove Press #ad - Grieving, mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother who is really his cross-dressing father Eriko. In a whimsical style that recalls the early marguerite Duras, Moonlight Shadow, Kitchen and its companion story, are elegant tales whose seeming simplicity is the ruse of a very special writer whose voice echoes in the mind and the soul.

The acclaimed debut of Japan’s “master storyteller” Chicago Tribune. With the publication of kitchen,  the dazzling english-language debut that is still her best-loved book, the literary world realized that Banana Yoshimoto was a young writer of enduring talent whose work has quickly earned a place among the best of contemporary Japanese literature.

Kitchen #ad - Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Lucid, earnest and disarming .  .  . Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away.

It seizes hold of the reader’s sympathy and refuses to let go. Michiko kakutani,  The New York Times. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart.

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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

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Anchor #ad - This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way. The bestselling phenomenon and inspiration for the award-winning film. Earthy, and utterly charming, magical, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, Mama Elena, as the tyrannical owner, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup.

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The Nazi State and German Society: A Brief History with Documents Bedford Series in History and Culture

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Bedford/St. Martin #ad - Robert moeller’s comprehensive introduction presents an overview of the Nazi regime, from Weimar to the end of the war, explaining the factors that led millions of ordinary Germans to sacrifice individual rights in the interest of collective goals and national security. The nazi state and german society invites students to view the history of the twentieth century’s most infamous totalitarian regime through the voices of people who experienced it.

Over 50 documents from a broad range of perspectives — including speeches, memoirs, diaries, letters, and propaganda posters — bring this history to life and illustrate the effect of Nazi rule on German society. The effects of nazi rule on aryans, Jews, and other "undesirables" are explored, along with a discussion of why so few people organized against the regime.

The Nazi State and German Society: A Brief History with Documents Bedford Series in History and Culture #ad - Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography provide pedagogical support.

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three

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Europa Editions #ad - Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond. Ferrante is one of the world’s great storytellers. Now an hbo series, elena ferrante, intense, book three in the new york Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends in post-war Italy is a rich, and generous-hearted epic by one of today's most beloved and acclaimed writers, “one of the great novelists of our time.

Roxana robinson, elena and lila,  the new york timesIn the third book in the Neapolitan quartet, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. With the neapolitan quartet she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three #ad - Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission.

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The Story of a Life

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Schocken #ad - In spare, haunting, the internationally acclaimed, almost hallucinogenic prose, award-winning novelist shares with us–for the first time–the story of his own extraordinary survival and rebirth. Aharon appelfeld’s childhood ended when he was seven years old. The nazis occupied czernowitz in 1941, penned the jews into a ghetto, and, a few months later, sent whoever had not been shot or starved to death on a forced march across the Ukraine to a labor camp.

As he begins to receive national attention, Aharon realizes his life’s calling: to bear witness to the unfathomable. He observes the full range of personalities in the camps–exploitation exists side by side with compassion–until he manages to get on a ship bound for Palestine. In this unforgettable work of memory, Aharon Appelfeld offers personal glimpses into the experiences that resonate throughout his fiction.

The Story of a Life #ad - As men, even more miraculously, women, and aharon, and children fall away around them, Aharon and his father his mother was killed in the early days of the occupation miraculously survive, escapes from the camp shortly after he arrives there. The next few years of aharon’s life are both harrowing and heartrending: he hides, alone, at war’s end, in the Ukrainian forests from peasants who are only too happy to turn Jewish children over to the Nazis; he has the presence of mind to pass himself off as an orphaned gentile when he emerges from the forest to seek work; and, he joins the stream of refugees as they cross Europe on their way to displaced persons’ camps that have been set up for the survivors.

Once there, and he takes his first, aharon attempts to build a new life while struggling to retain the barely remembered fragments of his old life everyone urges him simply to forget what he had experienced, tentative steps as a writer.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Riverhead Books #ad - Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. First novel prize a time magazine #1 fiction book of the year one of the best books of 2007 according to: the new york times, people, baltimore city paper, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Booklist, Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly,  San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon,  New York Public Library, and many more.

. Nominated as one of america’s best-loved novels by pbs’s the great American ReadOscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Winner of: the pulitzer prize the national Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao #ad - Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating dominican-american history, the brief wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

But oscar may never get what he wants.

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Dolly City Hebrew Literature Series

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Dalkey Archive Press #ad - Ceaselessly cutting and sewing, dolly is the scalpel-wielding version of the all-too-familiar Jewish Mother archetype, forever operating upon her son with destructive, invasive love. Dolly city—a city without a base, without a past, without an infrastructure. The most demented city in the world. In the midst of a futuristic-primitive metropolis, the accumulation of all our urban nightmares, Doctor Dolly certified by the University of Katmandu finds a newborn baby in a black plastic bag, and decides to become a mother.

In this grotesque satire of war and the defensive measures taken to survive it, turns her own scalpel upon that most holy of institutions, Orly Castel-Bloom, one of Israel's most provocative and original writers, the myth of motherhood—and its implications in the life of a nation. Overcome by unfamiliar maternal urges, Dolly dispenses with her private lab of rare diseases and turns all her surgical passion onto her son.

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Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

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Harper Perennial #ad - Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. While this book discusses a specific reserve unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition.

. This meticulously researched book. Represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust. Newsweek Christopher R. Browning argues that most of the men of rpb 101 were not fanatical nazis but, including the group dynamics of conformity, rather, role adaptation, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, ordinary middle-aged, deference to authority, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions.

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland #ad - Ordinary men is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today.   . A remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews—now with a new afterword and additional photographs.

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Americanah Ala Notable Books for Adults

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Anchor #ad - The bestselling novel from the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele. Beautiful, self-assured ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

 . Quiet, thoughtful obinze had hoped to join her, he instead plunges into a dangerous, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, undocumented life in London. And the uk, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, raising universal questions of race and belonging, and the search for identity and a home.

Americanah Ala Notable Books for Adults #ad - Barack obamaifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U. S.

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But You Did Not Come Back: A Memoir

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Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - A french woman’s heartrending account of her survival in a WWII Nazi concentration camp—and a tribute to her father who died there. But you did not come Back is indisputably a story of survival .  .  . It is the profoundly moving and poetic memoir by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, who at the age of fifteen was arrested in occupied France, along with her father.

A runaway bestseller in france, but you did not Come Back has already been the subject of a French media storm and hailed as an important new addition to the library of books dealing with the Holocaust. Although her grief never diminished in its intensity, Marceline ultimately found her calling, working as both an activist and a documentary filmmaker.

But You Did Not Come Back: A Memoir #ad - Her testimony is a memorial, a confrontation, and a deeply affecting personal story of a woman whose life was shattered and never totally rebuilt. Yet it is also a story of how trauma impacts through the generations. The guardian. Later, he managed to smuggle a note to her, a sign of life that made all the difference to Marceline—but he died in the Holocaust, in the camps, while Marceline survived.

In but you did not come back, Marceline writes back to her father, the man whose death overshadowed her whole life. But now, as france, face growing anti-Semitism, and Europe in general, Marceline feels pessimistic about the future.

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