New York Dolls by Catherine L. Hensley

I have never read this genre of novel before, but was drawn in by the sample chapters on the publisher's website. I subsequently bought the e-book, wanting to see what happened next. And I'm so glad I did, for this was an adorable read! For a geeky, sheltered stay-at-home mom such as myself who has … Continue reading New York Dolls by Catherine L. Hensley

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I picked up Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close after being fairly entertained by author Jonathan Safran Foer’s preceding novel, Everything Is Illuminated. This story is about Oskar Schell, an unusual young boy whose narration is eccentric and quite Holden Caulfield-like. Oskar is shockingly inventive, intelligent, and mature beyond his years. But in other ways, he's socially … Continue reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson

In this beautiful yet doleful tale, we follow Angela Denoto, a Sicilian-born teen at the turn-of-the-century in New York City. Although Angela is bright and the only member of her family who can read, as well as speak and write in English, her father's physical condition requires her and her elder sister, Luisa, to work … Continue reading Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson

Dear America: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping, The Diary of Julie Weiss (Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938) by Barry Denenberg

This book is most unlike the other books in the series. As it begins, Julie is a privileged, well-to-do Jewish girl in Vienna, the daughter of a successful doctor, when Hitler annexes Austria and her world is turned upside-down. After witnessing the heinous atrocities committed by the Nazis upon their Jewish neighbors, Julie's father sends … Continue reading Dear America: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping, The Diary of Julie Weiss (Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938) by Barry Denenberg