Reviews and Blog Posts: World War II

The taking of Tiger Mountain

by Tsui Hark

Ten reasons to watch "The Taking of Tiger Mountain"

The nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Reviewer Rating:
4

Set in Paris and Carriveau, France during the Nazi occupation, Nightingale is the story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle who did their best to both survive and contribute to the resistance.  Vianne’s husband is a captured soldier and she is forced to billet Nazis in her home meanwhile Isabelle...

Salamander.

Reviewer Rating:
4

In this mini-series, Paul Gerardi is a Belgian police inspector who doesn't always follow protocol.  He knows he's on to something big when he receives a tip about a bank heist that was never reported to the authorities. Gerardi breaks rank, grabbing ahold of the mystery and in the processes uncovers more...

Do you think you would risk your life to save a stranger?

Village of Secrets

Pierre Piton, a courageous 17-year-old, led French Jews in hiding during the Holocaust on a complicated 250-kilometer journey to cross the border between France and Switzerland with overnight stays in churches, crossing streams, climbing over barbed-wire fences, all the while cleverly evading the regular patrols. After many successes, while on a train, he was finally arrested by the French police. Rather miraculously, he was later released.

The book thief

by Markus Zusak

Reviewer Rating:
4

This story is about a foster German girl, books, a Jewish fist fighter and a little bit of thievery. In 1942 Leisel Meminger, a young foster girl living in Nazi Germany discovers something she can't resist...books.  She begins to steal books from the Mayor's library and Nazi book burnings.  With...

Delicious! : A novel

by Ruth Reichl

Reviewer Rating:
2

Billie Breslin fled her life in Southern California to work at New York's premier food magazine, Delicious. But just when she's become accustomed to her new life and new culinary friends, the owners of Delicious cease publication and lay off everyone except Billie, who stays on to honor the magazine's recipe...

Unstoppable Octobia May

by Sharon Flake

Reviewer Rating:
4

I am continuing my look at jFIC books with a female protagonist.  Set in Kansas in Jim Crow 1950s during the Korean War Octobia May lives with her aunt Shuma who runs a boarding house. Octobia has a vivid imagination and aong with her best friend (a boy) is on...

Murder in the Marais

by Cara Black

Reviewer Rating:
4

Aimée Leduc is a young and hungry private investigator living in Paris. Still mourning the loss of her detective father whose death she witnessed, Aimée is more determined than ever to stay away from criminal cases. But when taxes need to be paid, she accepts a job against her better judgment...

Rose under fire

by Elizabeth Wein

Reviewer Rating:
4

In this follow- up novel to Codename Verity, Rose Justice is a British transport pilot who is caught by the Luftwaffe and sent to Ravensbrück, a women’s concentration camp.  The novel alternates between memories of the camp and her recovery in Paris after her escape and her later participation in...

The Wives of Los Alamos : a novel

by TaraShea Nesbit

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Wives of Los Alamos is historical fiction about the women who accompany their husbands to Los Alamos during the height of nuclear-bomb production during World War II. The book is written without dialog and is told by the collective "we". Each paragraph is told according to more than one viewpoint,...

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