Book Review: In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra

About: In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra follows a pregnant woman researching her uncle’s past after World War II. The book, originally in Dutch, won several prizes and has sold the film rights. 208 pages ISBN-10 : 1982100486 Publisher : Atria Books Language: : English My rating for In Search of a Name – 4 Buy In Search of a Name from* More Books by Marjolijn van Heemstra* Thoughts: This book is a somewhat unusual book which is more nuanced than what I thought it would be. The story of a woman who dares, has the courage, to dig into a family legend that created a hero is something to behold. I enjoyed the timeline, counting backwards the week to the birth of the baby. I thought it was a unique way to tell a story and In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra uses that technique very well. The premise of this book is very interesting, and I can certainly understand that in many families this is a can of worms no one wants to open. I think that books like this, one that targets a different audience than English speakers, will do…

Thoughts on: Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw
5 Stars , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / October 12, 2011

About: Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw is a fictional book set in World War II. The book is a Dutch classic originally called Oorlogswinter. 220 pages Publisher: Lemniscaat USA ISBN: 1935954024 My rating for Winter in Wartime – 5 Buy & Save on Winter in Wartime through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw certainly deserves its status as a Dutch classic. Mr. Terlouw took a very serious subject matter and wrote a gripping, suspenseful story filled with humor and wit. While the book is geared towards the Young Adult (YA) market, it is by no means condescending or depressing, quite the opposite, part of its charm is the intelligence, warmth and positive way in which the story is laid out and tackles difficult yet appropriate subjects. For those of us who love history, we realize what an especially horrible time was the last winter of World War II for many of the Nazi occupied lands. The book shows the hardships and sorrows as well as the heroism and preservation of its young protagonist assuming adult responsibilities. Even though many people and bloggers have been surprised by…

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