When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew by Hendrika de Vries
Beautifully written memoir of a young girl’s journey through Nazi-occupied Amsterdam and the years beyond. Her father is deported to a POW camp in Germany and her mother joins the Resistance. I had no idea, didn’t learn about, or simply don’t remember learning about the Dutch living in Amsterdam, what they endured, and the “Hunger Winter” they experienced. I’m grateful that Hendrika wrote this book and look forward to a continuation of her story should she write one. – Camilla
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Ever read a sentence in a book (or any writing) that reaches into your heart, gently opening a place where longing and sadness stay in hiding, something you’ve forgotten is even there (or pretend isn’t there), until you read just the right words, in just the right moment?
This sentence did that to me (for me?) yesterday. “I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.” Reading this sentence caused my eyes to sweat.
I absolutely loved this book, devoured it even. I’d had it on my list for over 2 years, as part of a list of books to read before suggesting them to Thomas and Lillian. I read it in two days, finding it hard to set aside. Beautiful, powerful book. – Camilla
Another I cannot remember having ever read. My interest has been peaked over the years to read this story; yet, it never moved up on my list.
I checked it out from the library after reading “The True Secret of Writing” by Natalie Goldberg and the way she speaks of the book, the story, and Hemingway.
Blessed and happy I did. Beautiful story of courage and friendship. I felt like I was there in the boat with the old man. Wonderful and powerful writing.
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal — a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.