Leon Leyson was one of the youngest members on Oscar Schindler’s list, and in his memoir, The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the impossible became possible… on Schindler’s list, published posthumously, he tells his brave and harrowing tale of surviving the German invasion, living in Poland’s Jewish ghettos, his family’s time in the concentration camps, and how one man showed compassion and humility by saving he and some of his family members.
Lauren Oliver is a powerhouse in the literary world. She brought readers to their knees with her debut novel Before I Fall, left us with heart pounding cliffhangers in her Delirium trilogy, and enchanted people of all ages with her novel Liesl and Po. Now Oliver has done it again with her newest book, Panic - and this time she’s gone back to her more realistic roots.
The vernal equinox has officially brought us into spring. The snow drops and crocus are poking through the ground, animals are coming out of hibernation, and April showers will wash away all the dreaded salt from our cars and roads.
Andrew Smith has captivated readers with his YA novels In the Path of Falling Objects, The Marbury Lens and Passenger - and his newest book is no different. Grasshopper Jungle doesn’t hold back any punches; it’s brutally honest narrator clinically recounts the beginning of the end of the world, as he and his friends try to figure out their own feelings for each other, which part of their families’ pasts can be connected to the present, and what caused their little Iowan town to turn so horrifying, so quickly.
As a kid the want and need for a pet can take over every fiber of their being, as they beg and plead for that puppy or kitten. But in Jenny Offill’s book Sparky!, our little girl gets a sloth. That’s right, a three-toed, slow moving sloth. The book and story are magically brought to life by Chris Appelhans’ illustrations.
March may be coming in like a lion, but keep your fingers crossed that the lambs will be arriving shortly and April showers will indeed bring May flowers. Is that enough modismos for you? (Obviously I’m getting a little punchy with all the snow.) This month, I’d like to highlight a few of our regular shows, as well as some specials we’ll have on tap.
In Katie Cotugno’s novel How to Love, we’re told an unconventional love story, about what happens when the love of your life disappears , and how that love is transferred and transformed into a new kind for the daughter that you’re left with. Cotugno beautifully weaves between the past and present as we find out how a single teenage parent tries to claim back her life and voice.
Ahoy, WAMC Land! By now you know we’ve kicked off February with the winter fund drive, but like the frigid air, it will end and leave everyone all the happier for the great specials coming up this month.
Ruta Sepetys debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, took the literary world by storm winning dozens of awards and landing at the top of the ‘Best of’ lists, as she followed a 15 year old girl struggling to stay alive at a work camp in Siberia during World War II.
Now in her much anticipated second novel, Out of the Easy, Sepetys brings us to 1950’s New Orleans, and a young girl trying to break free from the web of secrets that tie her to the French Quarter.
Well, folks, it’s a new year with endless possibilities ahead. Some of us watched the ball drop in Times Square, some rang in 2014 with friends and family, while others (like myself) decided it’s too hard to stay up that late and greeted the new year sometime after sunrise.