Historical

The House of Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

A smooth moving story of a young Jewish girl in the early days of the Nazi regime gearing up in Europe. Elise a 13 year old daughter of a prominent operatic soprano and prolific author living in Austria.
Elise is hired as a house maid in England, a property called Tyneford, a great house on the bay. This how her parents got her out of Europe.
Her life is transformed as the world war changes what normal life was. The portion I found interesting was how the government The War Office would requisition entire estates for the military to occupy and train. The non fictional portion of this story was that many villages as portrayed, was moved out. Thinking they would return, they never did, ending generations of living in the village. The cottages were used as target practice and fell into despair and remained the property of the military.

~Louise

 

Graphic Novel, Historical

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time now, but not being a huge graphic novel fan I never took the leap. But being graphic novel month and seeing Leslie’s recommendation, I decided to go for it and read a second graphic novel. I am so glad I did, as the artwork was a very different style from the other graphic novel I read. Each artist has their own style to convey emotion and additional details through their artwork. For Persepolis I was amazed by how much the facial expressions, especially the eyes of each character signaled such depth in emotion. All illustrations were in black and white, but it was the eyes and their expressions that brought the characters to life. The story is a memoir of the author’s childhood years in Tehran amidst this country’s political upheaval. This intensely personal memoir has at times both humor and heartbreak, as told truly through the eyes of a child. I highly recommend this book.

~Lisa

Graphic Novel, Historical

Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satarapi

The second in the memoir of Marjane Satrapies as a teen in the 1990’ s in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. She travels outside the country for higher education and to escape the personal resections by the fundamentalist regime. Marjane marries as the only option to have a personal and sexual relationship that doesn’t risk her losing her freedom. So crazy.
Her parents were the true hero’s, intelligent, opened minded people who supported their strong willed,rebellious daughter as she found her way with the inequalities in life . Unconditional love. I hope there is more to her story.

~Louise

 

Historical

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

Two teen girls, imprisoned in a family internment camp in 1944, form a secret friendship. Haruko fears that her father is hiding something from her family, in addition to her concerns about her brother who has gone off to war. Margot worries that her worst nightmare has come true, that her father now fraternizes with the Nazis. Both girls struggle to keep their families intact while seeking refuge in their secret friendship. As Monica Hesse did so well in her book “Girl in the Blue Coat”, there are twists and turns at the end.

~Lisa