If this story of a beer run wasn’t true it would have been unbelievable, falling squarely under the category of “if I knew what I was doing I wouldn’t do it”, a category which I am also, proudly or not, a member of.
Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein is a novel about the daughter of a high ranking Nazi officer who falls in love with a Jewish boy during World War II
The Binding by Bridget Collins is a novel taking place sometime in the past, where people can bind their memories in a book, freeing them of remembering.
Stanley Huang has claimed for years that he is very rich. Now that he has pancreatic cancer his family wants details of his fortune to be revealed. Stanley’s son, Fred, is disappointed from his professional career. Kate, the daughter, is stuck in middle management at Silicon Valley.
This is a sad story, but very moving and brilliantly written. While the story is told from the view point of several people, it is about Mrs. Wiggins and her struggles in work and personal life.
I mostly enjoyed the speeches included in this collection. I don’t know if these are the speeches he wrote or are they were transcribed later on – this is because I can hear him talk in my head and know him to be an excellent writer so it could be that either or. The speeches also seem target to a more specific audience (me?) and hence are personalized more than simply talking to the public at large.
I did find the whole story of the orphan train itself, fascinating and engaging.
After Alice by Gregory Maguire is a novel written in the style of Lewis Carroll about a friend of Alice who follows her into Wonderland.
A non-fiction book telling the harrowing story of the folks being stuck on top of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in one of the coldest winters recorded.
The novel is part Forrest Gump, part Big Fish where tall tales are being told and historical figures make appearances