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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review: A World Erased by Noah Lederman

This is one of my favorite Holocaust books. The fact that the author's grandparents survive, but are unwilling to share much, makes the story an interesting quest to connect the past to the present. I have no doubt that Noah will continue to love and honor the memory of his grandparents and their stories that he worked so hard to get them to share.

*Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher, for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What "Making A Murderer" Gets Wrong

First, I must admit, I do have a bit of a fascination with this case. I feel so badly for Brendan.  I also feel badly for Avery. Of course, I also feel terribly bad for the family of Teresa Halbach.
I honestly feel that maybe having Avery in jail for all that time created a man who didn't exist before. We all know that jail can harden and change a person, many times not for the better. I personally do not like the attitude of Kratz and basically feel he doesn't have much new to say here. Of course, the show, Making a Murderer, can't get it all right. None of us were there when Halbach was killed so none of us will ever know the complete truth of what happened. I do feel terrible that a life was lost and I hope that her family is able to find justice and peace. I am amazed at how many of these cases are mishandled and it makes me have a huge sense of mistrust for our justice system.

* Thank you to NetGalley, Ken Kratz, and BenBella Books, for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Nobody's Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern Day Slavery, and Transformation by Barbara Amaya

Barbara had a very hard life. She was sexually abused by her father and her brother. She told her mother, who didn't believe her. Life was so hard that she decided to run away from home. Soon she was 13 years old, living on the streets, had a pimp, and was addicted to drugs.
Amazingly, Barbara was able to overcome her horrible past. She is now a mother and an advocate for victims. Her story is not graphic but you will finish knowing that life on the streets is no joke.

*Thank you to Barbara Amaya, NetGalley, and Animal Media, for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Emma Carlson Berne

I have read many books about the Holocaust. This one is aimed toward children, but is highly recommended for all ages.

I learned several things from this book. I actually had no idea that the Kindertransport helped save ten thousand children. I also did not know that the children were not just transported by train, but also by planes and boats. I enjoyed hearing each child's story and what became of them. A quick, highly educational read!!

*Thank you to NetGalley, Emma Carlson Berne, and Capstone Press, for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor by Joshua M. Greene

*This book was originally published in 2003. This review is in reference to the Updated book to be published April 1, 2017.*

This is the story behind the trials of several Holocaust war criminals. This book is not for the faint of heart. I had to divide the reading up because it is quite deep and depressing.  The man at the center of the book is Denson. He is the Prosecutor in these trials. He is so deeply affected by these trials that he becomes very sick and weak. BUT, he won't stop until these criminals see justice. Denson manages to convict many of the criminals.
Shamefully, the American government reverses several of the sentences. This was and is a huge insult to Denson and his hard work, and to the many victims of these terrible perpetrators. To know that several who were convicted went on to commit suicide shows how cowardly they really were. Disgustingly, many of those convicted continued to deny their crimes right up until death.
If you want to feel what the Holocaust victims felt, read this book. It will break your heart, but you will never look at these crimes in the same way!

*Thank you to NetGalley, Ankerwycke, and Joshua M. Greene for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Don't Tell A Soul by M. William Phelps

Cherry Walker was mentally challenged. She was also very helpful with her friends and neighbors. No one thought much of it when she began babysitting for her neighbor's son. Soon Cherry was called to testify against the boy's mother in court. Sadly, Cherry's murdered body was found alongside the road.
I really wanted to love this true crime story. I just couldn't get into the structure of the book. The information about Cherry's neighbor Kim was repetitive. She was a terrible, mother and person, but I couldn't even get angry because I felt I didn't know enough to make her human.
Cherry was a victim of circumstance and her story is one of tragedy. I feel the most sorry for Kim's children.

*Thank you to NetGalley, Pinnacle Books, and M. William Phelps for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*