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  • Bending Towards the Sun by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061734764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061734762

Bending Towards the Sun is a great three generation biography. I absolutely loved this book. The history geek, oops I meant teacher, in me loved the true life holocaust story. The story starts out by telling the story of the Mother Rita and her time during the Holocaust in Poland. It is a amazing tale of her time spent in hiding and her life being a displaced person after the war. Sort of like the story of what if Anne Frank had lived. The story then goes on to tell the tale of Rita coming to America and the hardships she faced both with her past and present emotional issues. Add to this the sprinkling of her daughter Leslie biography on top. The book ends by discussing the enmeshed life that these two women and their granddaughter/Daughter lives.

What I loved most about this book was the in depth look into what life was life for holocaust survivors after the war. As a history teacher I have often become privy to accounts of what life was like for someone when they were in hiding or in a concentration camp, but not a lot is written about what life was like for this group of people after the war. What I also found fascinating was the look into how someones haunted past can not only affect their lives but also the lives of all the generations to follow.

I would highly recommend this book to any who loves biographies, psychology, or WWII historical writing. This was a great and emotional read. I would give the book a 4/5 the only reason it is not a 5/5 is I realize that not everyone would like the subject matter.

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15 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    I'm writing my review for this right now too! I was pleasantly surprised by this memoir. Glad to see you enjoyed it too!

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  3. Lisa Says:

    I'm reading this right now and really enjoying it! It's amazing how many books about WWII you can read and still read something new.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Finished this book on Sunday. I absolutely loved it. Glad you enjoyed it too :)

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    I collect books on the Holocaust so I would love to read this one, please enter me and thanks for hosting the giveaway!
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