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The Shawl

Photo from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Instytut Pamieci Narodowej Cynthia Ozick's character in The Shawl , Rosa Lublin, is too real for comfort. Surviving the Holocaust left Rosa damaged beyond repair. She's broken, angry, and overflowing with sorrow. This sorrow...
Washington, DC Holocaust Memorial Berlin , courtesy of d.i. via flickr For nearly all of us, the Holocaust falls into the category of history at this point. It?s something for textbooks and museums, lectures and documentaries. Yet as The Shawl reminds us, what is history for one is memory for...
Washington, DC Image of The Shawl used courtesy of Vintage Books, a division of Random House. The power and precision of Cynthia Ozick?s words supercharge their haunting effect. They make you stop and think and then reread. It?s not easy to read to begin with (atrocities are never easy), but Ozick?...
October 29, 2009 Washington, DC Stack of books, Seattle, Washington by Wonderlane ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/ / CC BY 2.0 ) In a world saturated with self-help books, I still swear by the words of courage, inspiration, and even caution that I've found in works of fiction. Here are a...
August 21 , 2009 Washington, DC Inspired by veteran Big Read organizer (and Caldwell Public Library Director) Karen Kleppe Lembo's July 31 article in The Recorder , here's the library's Big Read by the numbers . . . 253 : Number of Big Read activities offered by Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell...
Photo by Alan Zale courtesty of Caldwell Public Library's (New Jersey) Big Read of The Shawl For the month of July, I set myself the challenge of writing a poem a day. While I didn't manage to write each and every day, I did manage to at least start quite a few poems. There's the old saying that...