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Jewish History is Revisited in Martha Hall Kelly’s ‘Lilac Girls’

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If you missed the release of Lilac Girls, now is the time to buy the paperback. It is historical fiction based on true and harrowing events during World War II. For me, the Holocaust has always been mostly about how the Jews were prosecuted; a devastating time in our history across the world. But of course the Jewish people were not the only ones who were affected. Author Martha Hall Kelly gets up close and personal with Kasia, a young Polish girl with Jewish ancestry who is completing secret missions for the underground anti-war efforts and is captured by the Gestapo with her sister and her mother. One of these unforgettable characters is Herta, an out of work, German doctor…

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Why #PaperbackBookDay is a Literary Celebration

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We all love our e-readers, our iPads, Kindles and Nooks. They allow us to carry entire libraries worth of books in our pockets, and when we get tired of reading, we can use them to check out Facebook or play Angry Birds. But July 30 is Paperback Book Day, a holiday that helps us celebrate the previous revolution in book publishing and revel in the sensory delight of the paperback book. After all, you can’t “dog ear” a page of an electric novel. An e-book doesn’t give you that jolt of delight you once got when you saw the paperback cover of your favorite author’s latest novel sitting on the shelf at the drugstore, waiting to be snatched up. And…

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