Articles tagged "WWII"

Forthcoming #FridayReads: THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS

A mother and her 5-year-old daughter must hide from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland during World War II in Jennifer Rosner’s heart-rending fiction debut, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS.

Shira, the daughter, is a musical prodigy, and in order to keep her quiet and hidden in the barn of a Non-Jewish family, her mother Róza invents the story of a garden that must remain silent and a yellow bird that tends it, and this is how they survive until Róza is forced to make a difficult choice that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. This is Emma Donoghue’s ROOM meets World War II with a taut, tense story line and magical storytelling. It is emotional and tense and magical–it will fit right in there with stories like THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ or Kristin Hannah’s THE NIGHTINGALE, and we’ll have a reading group guide available online for your clubs.

Request the e-galley on NetGalley or email amanda.rountree@macmillan.com to request a physical ARC.

Maximum Shelf: THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS (10/17/19)

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is Jennifer Rosner’s breathtaking WWII mother/daughter story, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS.

As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róza tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden:

The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom.

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Thriller Thursday (10/10)

Witchcraft and murder at a boarding school + a WWII military thriller = this week’s Thriller Thursday.

THE FURIES by Katie Lowe

“Murder and witchcraft mix with a heady cocktail of drugs, booze, and revenge in this elegant, pitch-perfect coming-of-age story.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE NUGGET by P. T. Deutermann

“Deutermann, long a master of military thrillers, is at the top of his game here.”–Booklist

Forthcoming #FridayReads: THE SECRET GUESTS

Benjamin Black, pen name of the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, shares a little-known secret of World War II in his forthcoming historical fiction, THE SECRET GUESTS.

Ahead of the German Blitz during World War II, English parents from every social class sent their children to the countryside for safety, and in THE SECRET GUESTS, the British royal family takes this evacuation a step further, secretly moving the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to a Duke’s estate in Ireland, accompanied by a female English secret agent and a young Irish detective. There, suspicions, tension, and passions arise. Fun fact, the author has good information that the princesses were indeed in Ireland for a time during the Blitz, though this has never been confirmed by the royal family.

Dive into a novel as tender as the homesickness of the sisters, as intriguing as Irish-English relations during WWII, and as suspenseful and ultimately action-packed as war itself.

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Thriller Thursday (9/12/19)

WWII conspiracies meet a #MeToo thriller in today’s Thriller Thursday!

THE FIFTH COLUMN by Andrew Gross

“Gross has created a thriller that works like a piece of fine machinery. Everything makes a point, there are no wasted moments, no striving for literature. Just a straight-ahead thriller, and a very good one.”–Booklist

29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan, author of LibraryReads pick LIES

“Logan spins out suspense to the final pages in this timely #MeToo thriller.”–Booklist

Nonfiction Round-Up (8/14/19)

Nazi resistance, a musical master, neurodiversity, a portrait of a scientist, and a graphic memoir… welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

LIVES RECLAIMED: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany by Mark Roseman

2 starred reviews!

“…Bund members could aid only a few imperiled Jews, and the compromises they were forced to make raise compelling moral issues not easily resolved.”–Booklist, starred review

“…Roseman writes a gripping narrative documenting the lives of the people who helped others and those who benefited from their actions. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

TEXAS FLOOD: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort

2 starred reviews!

“Fans will be thrilled with this intelligent, informative, and enlightening biography of the guitar great.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Vaughan deserved this book, and, as it should, the content will stay with readers long after the last note has sounded.”–Library Journal, starred review

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#ThrillerThursday (5/9/19)

From a series prequel (now on PBS!) to dogs with jobs–welcome to this week’s Thriller Thursday!

THE ROAD TO GRANTCHESTER by James Runcie

“Runcie’s exceptional seventh novel featuring Sidney Chambers (after 2017’s SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PERSISTENCE OF LOVE), a prequel, opens with an extended section set during WWII… While Sidney has only one passing mystery to solve, fans of Runcie’s sophisticated mixing of whodunit plots with explorations of the human psyche in prior entries will relish getting a fuller picture of Sidney’s path toward a life in the church.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SCENT OF MURDER by Kylie Logan

“Logan makes a confident stride from cozies into a harder edge story with this solid series launch. Believable characters, crisp dialogue, and an insider’s view of Cleveland’s energetic arts and restaurant scenes enhance the mystery. Readers will hope to see a lot more of Jazz and Luther.”—Publishers Weekly

Nonfiction Round-Up (2/20/19)

From American imperialism and the WWII Home Front, to an essay collection and a Russian cross-country adventure–check out today’s nonfiction picks:

THE DARKEST YEAR: The American Home Front 1941-1942 by William K. Klingaman
Two starred reviews!
“This thoroughly researched and accessible text will prove elucidating to anyone curious about social history, World War II, or the rhetoric of a country in crisis.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Klingaman uses media, literature, journals, and letters to illustrate the year, and the resulting history is riveting.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Around the World + Back in Time: Nonfiction Round-Up (10/17/18)

GRAND IMPROVISATION: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957
by Derek Leebaert

“Smoothly written and well-sourced…This excellent history reflects the quality of scholarship that Leebaert displayed in his remarkable work, THE FIFTY YEAR WOUND.”–Library Journal, starred review

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HITLER’S AMERICAN FRIENDS: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States
by Bradley W. Hart

“This illuminating history will interest anyone who wants to know how nationalist movements succeed or fail.”–Publishers Weekly

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A WORLD ON EDGE: The End of the Great War and the Dawn of a New Age
by Daniel Schönpflug

“Explores the changed world caused by World War I by following the lives of both ordinary and famous people during the last stages of the war…This solid read sets up 20th-century history for casual readers and serves as a stark reminder to historians.”–Library Journal

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Day’s YA – WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS

Hey, YA librarians!

When the fall frenzies are too much, read this quietly lyrical book for quick relief.

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam
9781250095237
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in trade paperback

Fifteen-year-old Steffi Herrera is bullied by her classmates, her sister doesn’t get her, and all she wants in life is to become a jazz musician. While walking home from school one day, Steffi hears her favorite song emanating from the nearby retirement home. When she investigates the source, she meets Alvar Svensson, an aged jazz musician who dreamed of fame once upon a time.

The two grow close as Alvar recounts his life as a musician in WWII-era Stockholm and encourages Steffi to follow her heart. Steffi’s youthfulness and determination inspire Alvar to rediscover his spark for life.

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS is delightful. Alvar’s flashbacks blend seamlessly with Steffi’s present-day narration and their stories intertwine in unexpected ways. Their friendship illustrates the beauty and magic of intergenerational relationships. readmoreremove

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