Maximum Shelf: PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU (4/8/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Ellen Feldman’s historical novel of survival, morality, and reckoning with the past, PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU. Charlotte is a survivor. She lived through WWII in Paris, working in a bookstore under the watchful eye of the Nazis. Now she and her daughter, Vivi, are safely settled on the […]

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Maximum Shelf: AT THE WOLF’S TABLE

Maximum Shelf: AT THE WOLF’S TABLE

In September 2014, while reading an Italian newspaper, Rosella Postorino found a brief article about Margot Wölk, Hitler’s last living food taster. She was 96 years old and it was the first time she had confessed her experience; Margot had kept it a secret her whole life. Postorino contacted her to request a meeting, but […]

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Maximum Shelf: AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH

Maximum Shelf: AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH

“If my pursuits appear unhealthy to the modern eye, that is simply because they are no longer fashionable. Mine is the unhealthiness of the modern-day ascetic, the anchorite, the mortifier of the flesh. These moments I seek are my mementi mori, ritual injunctions reminding me that my own death is a little closer every day.” […]

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Maximum Shelf Awareness: THE SOUND OF GRAVEL

Maximum Shelf Awareness: THE SOUND OF GRAVEL

Earlier this week, Maximum Shelf Awareness featured one of our favorite memoirs of the winter season: THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner. This remarkable true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult is reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’ THE GLASS CASTLE and ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessup. “THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is […]

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