Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

My pick for this week's WOW is The Journal of Helene Berr:


Not since The Diary of Anne Frank has there been such a book as this: The joyful but ultimately heartbreaking journal of a young Jewish woman in occupied Paris, now being published for the first time, 63 years after her death in a Nazi concentration camp.

On April 7, 1942, Hélène Berr, a 21-year-old Jewish student of English literature at the Sorbonne, took up her pen and started to keep a journal, writing with verve and style about her everyday life in Paris — about her studies, her friends, her growing affection for the “boy with the grey eyes,” about the sun in the dewdrops, and about the effect of the growing restrictions imposed by France’s Nazi occupiers. Berr brought a keen literary sensibility to her writing, a talent that renders the story it relates all the more rich, all the more heartbreaking.
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books
  • Pub. Date: November 03, 2009
  • ISBN-13: 9781602860940
  • Sales Rank: 125,904
  • 304pp
What books are YOU waiting for today?


serendipity_viv said...

This does sound good. I am embarrassed to say I have never read Anne Frank's diary but I have purchased it.

Sarah said...

This book looks wonderful and fascinating--and sad. Thanks for the heads up!

Jo-Jo said...

This sounds like an amazing book.

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

wow, I think I'd need a kleenex box close by when reading this one! I recently read a memoir on this topic that just touched the surface of the Holocaust.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like a very good book!

The Bumbles said...

You should read Suite Francaise - excellent writing and a fascinating back story. Thanks for highlighting this one - I'll look into it.

Icedream said...

Oh, I have to add this one to my wish list too. Iknow the subject matter is sad but books like these are so important for society in general, especially the further away the generations get from those who are left that remember. (just IMHO) :D


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