Reading with Blogging Mama

I’ve thought of something to encourage more reading time (not that I need any encouragement to do that!) and highlight some great books.  I will (try) to do a weekly or monthly reading selection post with review and synopsis.  This may be because I just recently bought some more books (though not as many as my Hubby – surprise of the year he bought more books than I did on vacation this time).  

The first book I want to talk about I haven’t even finished yet.  I am about 2/3 of the way through it.  But it is excellent.  

The book is Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum.  Here is the synopsis from the back cover of the book:
For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy’s sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmführer of Buchenwald. 

Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother’s life. 

Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.


This book is wonderful.  It goes back and forth from today’s view through Trudy’s eyes to Anna’s view of war torn Germany.  You really get the sense of the heartbreaking choices Anna has to make and the decisions she learns to live with in order to survive.  Trudy also tries to understand what happened as Anna has never spoken of these times.  It is through Trudy’s research for the university that she comes to understand what life was like for Anna.
As I said I haven’t even finished the book yet but it is riveting.  I am hoping to be able to stay awake this evening to read and hopefully finish it by the weekend.  This title was at Barnes and Noble on their Buy 2 Get 1 Free table.  You won’t regret picking it up!

*I am having trouble with font issues again so I apologize for the mismatching.

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