Reader recommends a tale of strength and survival

Elaine Turner is a retired Wake County Public School System employee living in Raleigh.

Recommended read: The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust” by Edith H. Beer. I recently read it at my husband’s recommendation. It showed what the oppression under Nazi tyranny was like and what lengths individuals would go to in order to survive that ordeal. It’s a fascinating account of the author’s experiences as a Jewish woman in Europe during World War II. She eventually married a German who late in the war had to go into the Nazi army. The writing style was very engaging and it really showed the complexities of everyday life at that time and what surprising decisions someone might make in order to stay alive.

Currently reading:Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul” by James McBride.

What is your favorite reading memory? My favorite reading memory was the time period where my husband, children and I were all reading the Harry Potter books and could not put them down until we were finished.

What is your favorite book that nobody’s heard of? One of our book club selections, “Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain” by Michael Paterniti.

What movie was better than the book? There was a TV series of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” that I found to be, if not better than the book, certainly an excellent adaptation.

Where do you go for book recommendations? I rely on friends, family, newspaper reviews, and book club members for book recommendations.

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The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust

Edith H. Beer

William Morrow, 336 pages