[Survey Closed] Book Club Kits Survey March 2013

It’s that time again – we want to know what your book clubs want to read! Below you will find the descriptions of the books on our Spring Book Club Survey. The survey is closed.

Book Descriptions and Reviews:

A Partial History of Lost Causes cover imageA Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer duBois
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
In Jennifer duBois’s debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds. In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest: He launches a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. He knows he will not win—and that he is risking his life in the process—but a deeper conviction propels him forward.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison struggles for a sense of purpose. Irina is certain she has inherited Huntington’s disease—the same cruel illness that ended her father’s life. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father wrote to the young Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful decision. Her father asked the chess prodigy a profound question—How does one proceed in a lost cause?—but never received an adequate reply. Leaving everything behind, Irina travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself.

Orphan Master's Son cover imageThe Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”
In this epic, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

The Paris Wife cover imagThe Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

Canada cover imageCanada by Richard Ford
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
When fifteen-year-old Del Parsons’ parents rob a North Dakota bank, his normal life is altered forever, and a threshold is crossed that can never be uncrossed. His parents’ imprisonment threatens a turbulent and uncertain future for Del and his twin sister, Berner. Fierce with resentment, Berner flees their Montana home for California. But Del is not completely abandoned. A family friend spirits him across the Canadian border toward safety and a better life. Undone by the calamity of his parents’ robbery, Del struggles to remake himself. But his search for grace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with the forces of darkness that shadow us all.
A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family.

The Shoemakers Wife cover imageThe Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York’s Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again—sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate—and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever. A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author’s own family history.

A Land More Kind than Home cover imageA Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to—an act that will have repercussions. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.  A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all.

A Train in Winter cover imageA Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera; a midwife; a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and cities across France—230 brave women united in defiance of their Nazi occupiers—they were eventually hunted down by the Gestapo. Separated from home and loved ones, imprisoned in a fort outside Paris, they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie.
In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only forty-nine would return to France. Drawing on interviews with these women and their families, and on documents in German, French, and Polish archives, A Train in Winter is a remarkable account of the extraordinary courage of ordinary people.

The Hour I First Believed cover imageThe Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
Reviews: Kirkus | Booklist
When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. When Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family’s Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.

Close Your Eyes cover imageClose Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer. Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes and seemingly perfect families. But one morning, eight-year-old Lauren and her older brother awoke to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.
Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Startling revelations force her to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, put aside the version of history that she has clung to so fiercely, and search for the truth of what really happened that fateful night long ago.

Price of Civilization cover imageThe Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
In this forceful and impassioned book, Jeffrey D. Sachs offers a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills, and an urgent call for Americans to restore the core virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity. Sachs finds that both political parties—and many leading economists—have missed the big picture, profoundly underestimating globalization’s long-term effects and offering shortsighted solutions. He describes a political system that is beholden to big donors and influential lobbyists and a consumption-driven culture that suffers shortfalls of social trust and compassion. He bids readers to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the economy and each one another. Most important, he urges each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we restore America to its great promise. The Price of Civilization is a masterly road map for prosperity, founded on America’s deepest values and on a rigorous understanding of the twenty-first-century world economy.

Hangman's Daughter cover imageThe Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
Reviews: Booklist | Publisher’s Weekly
Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. It is 1659, the Thirty Years’ War has finally ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin. Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, he, his daughter Magdalena, and her would-be suitor  race against the clock to find the true killer.
Taking us back in history to a place where autopsies were blasphemous, coffee was an exotic drink, dried toads were the recommended remedy for the plague, and the devil was as real as anything, The Hangman’s Daughter brings to cinematic life the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century Bavaria.

The Newlyweds cover imageThe Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
Amina Mazid is twenty-four when she moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York, for love. A hundred years ago, Amina would have been called a mail-order bride. But this is the twenty-first century: she is wooed by—and woos—George Stillman online.
For Amina, George offers a chance for a new life for her and her parents, as well as a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn’t play games. But each of them is hiding something: someone from the past they thought they could leave behind. It is only when Amina returns to Bangladesh that she and George find out if their secrets will tear them apart, or if they can build a future together.

Anatomy of a Disappearance cover imageAnatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies. It seems that nothing will fill the emptiness her death leaves behind in the Cairo apartment he shares with his father—until they meet Mona, sitting in her yellow swimsuit by the pool of the Magda Marina hotel. As soon as Nuri sees Mona, the rest of the world vanishes. But it is Nuri’s father with whom Mona falls in love and whom she eventually marries. Their happiness consumes Nuri to the point where he wishes his father would disappear. Nuri will, however, soon regret what he’s wished for. When his father, a dissident in exile from his homeland, is abducted under mysterious circumstances, the world that Nuri and his stepmother share is shattered. Soon they begin to realize how little they knew about the man they both loved.

The Pig Did It cover imageThe Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
A pig escapes from its pen and roots up the garden of Kitty McCloud, a bestselling novelist who “corrects” the classics. What the obstreperous little pig unearths is evidence of a possible transgression that the novel’s three Irish characters—the plagiarizing Kitty, her blood-feud rival Kieran, and a sexy swineherd named Lolly—are convinced the other has probably benefited from. How this hilarious mystery is resolved inspires both comic eloquence and a theatrically colorful canvas depicting the brooding Irish land and seascape.

Wild cover imageWild by Cheryl Strayed
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe-and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State-and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Sandcastle Girls cover imageThe Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Reviews:  Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The year is 1915 and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo and travels south into Egypt to join the British army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman who is so different from the wife he lost.
Fast forward to the present day, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Although her grandparents’ ornate Pelham home was affectionately nicknamed “The Ottoman Annex,” Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought. But when an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura’s grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family’s history that reveals love, loss – and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

Before I Fall cover imageBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Reviews: Kirkus | Publisher’s Weekly
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


We Recommend…The Prophet by Michael Koryta

The ProphetThe Prophet by Michael Koryta
Available formats: Hardcover | Large Print

The Prophet is the newest standalone suspense novel by Michael Koryta. The story follows two brothers who suffered a terrible loss as high school students. One brother handles his guilt by becoming a bail bondsman, the other by becoming the coach of the football team and turning to religion. When both brothers are targeted by a psychopath, they turn to each other after years of not speaking to work together to deal with the danger. All of this occurs within the background of a winning football team that is heading into the state playoffs. This is truly a psychological thriller worth reading.

Book Club Kit: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in TehranReading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi
First Published: 2003
5 Copies & Reading Guide

From 1995-97 in Iran, Azar Nafisi gathered with seven of her former students, all young women, to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. Reserved at first, the women soon learned to speak their minds and share their repressed dreams.

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Comfort Reads

In difficult times we all look for something to comfort us. What better way to do that than to read a book that gave us pleasure as a child. No one is ever too old to indulge in the enjoyment derived from curling up in a favorite chair with a soothing cup of tea or hot cocoa and reading a familiar book. Do you have children in your life? Then read out loud to them. The act of reading out loud is not only comforting to them but reminds us of the contentment we felt when we were read to as children.

Comfort Reads

Although any book that is familiar will be comforting, here is a list of perennial favorites, as well as some new titles, you might want to consider:

 For something lighthearted try:

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, noted that, “Whenever a school experiences violence and the lives of children and adults are lost, we struggle to find words to express our emotions and explain how this could have happened.” She encourages parents and teachers to reassure children that home and school are two of the safest places they can be. What better way to reassure your children than to cuddle together and make new memories with good books.

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What are your comfort reads? Share them in the comments below.

Book Club Kit: In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larson
First Published: 2011
6 Copies & Reading Guide

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodd’s experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

Reading Guides:
LitLovers – Includes a Book Summary, Author Bio, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions.
Crazy Running Legs – Includes Discussion Questions.


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We Recommend…Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a funny, charming read. Bernadette is a little bit of an anti-social wife & mother, but she still maintains a wonderful relationship with her 15-year-old daughter Bee and a lovely marriage to Elgin who works long hours at Microsoft to support his family (and their derelict house). Their story is told through the emails, letters, and documents of neighbors, parents at Bee’s school, Bernadette’s emails with her Internet assistant, medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and Bee’s observations. Occasionally with epistolary novels, all the voices sound the same. That doesn’t happen here. Each quirky character has a distinct voice and their own share of troubles. Be warned, you might laugh aloud…or at least giggle quietly. 🙂

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Do you have a favorite epistolary novel? Tell us about it in the comments!

Retelling Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast

“Beauty and the Beast” – we’ve been told it’s a tale as old as time. It is certainly one of the better-known stories. A beautiful girl, a rose, an enchanted castle, and a beast seem to be the more defining elements of the tale, but there are variations of the tale that include evil fairies and back stories for both the beauty and the beast. Retellings of “Beauty and the Beast” are varied – some are true to the original story with added details, a few twist it around to tell the story from the Beast’s perspective, while some mix it up with science fiction elements. One thing we know for sure, any Beauty that finds herself trapped in a castle is pretty darn lucky because castles are notorious for huge libraries and we love libraries. 😉

Beauty and the Beast retellings:

Robin McKinley has written numerous retellings of fairy tales, myths and legends. In fact, McKinley has written two “Beauty and the Beast” remixes. The first, Beauty, is a reinterpretation of the French fairy tale and the second, Rose Daughter, strays from the original tale a bit. Jo Walton compared McKinley’s two Beauties & two Beasts at Tor.com.

McKinley isn’t the only author that’s gone back to “Beauty and the Beast” a second time. Mercedes Lackey, a popular fantasy author, has two books that twist the popular fairy tale, too. Beauty and the Werewolf is the sixth book  of Lackey’s Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series that remixes a variety of fairy tales, including “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty”. The Fire Rose is the first book of Lackey’s Elemental Masters series. Both are set in very different fantastical worlds, but still take the original story and remix it.

In Beastly, author Alex Flinn twists the tale around and tells it from the Beast’s perspective in modern Manhattan (with a few chat sessions featuring other fairy tale folks). Donna Jo Napoli has also retold the story from the Beast’s perspective set in Perisa in her novel, Beast.

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We Recommend…Broken Harbor by Tana French

Broken Harbor by Tana French
Available Formats: Hardcover | eAudioBook 

In Broken Harbor we again meet members of the Dublin Murder Squad and like French’s previous three novels, this is a very complex psychological mystery. It starts out with the murder of a family and the two detectives that are sent to unravel the mystery. As they search for the answer to this terrible crime, they are forced to delve into the dynamics of a family on the brink of financial ruin and the mental fatigue both parents felt from this stress. There is eventual resolution, but in the process of solving this crime, both detectives lose perspective — to the point of making costly decisions that lead to unhappy consequences. This is a very engrossing novel, but not a light read by any means.

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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

As autumn approaches, we’ll see new books published by literary heavy-hitters and fan favorites like Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, and J.K. Rowling. But there are also several film adaptations of great books hitting the big screen before the end of 2012 and you might want to pick a copy of these massive (and some not so massive) tomes before you head to the theater.

Les Misérables may be well known for the hugely popular Broadway adaptation, but it was a novel first. Victor Hugo’s epic French novel follows Jean Valjean, a peasant just released from prison, as he follows a path to redemption. The 2012 film stars Hugh Jackman,  Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried with a December release date — plenty of time to take on the bulky novel (the Modern Library edition has 1,260 pages)!

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Anna Karenina was given new life when it was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick in 2004 and six years later it’s love story is hitting a movie theater near you with Keira Knightly starring as the tragic socialite Anna and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Count Vronksy. The book is one of those hefty Russian reads, but it still reads as a scandalous love story. Look for it in theaters in November.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is such an epic adventure director Peter Jackson has decided it should be a trilogy. In December, you’ll only be viewing Part 1, “An Unexpected Journey”, but it still might be worth reading the classic fantasy one more time before heading to the multiplex.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a Young Adult classic — it hit shelves in 1999 and has gained an avid following since. In fact, it made the top 20 on NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list over the summer. The film stars Emma Watson (yes! Hermione!), Paul Rudd, and Logan Lerman and hits theaters in September.

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What upcoming book-to-film adaptations are you excited to see?

Book Club Kit: Sarah’s Key

Tatiana de Rosnay - Sarah's KeySarah’s Key
by Tatiana De Rosnay
First Published: 2007
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Book Summary, Author Bio, Discussion Questions, and  Book Reviews

Publishers Weekly -“Book Review” Reviewed on 05/28/07
Jewish Literary Review – “Two Families, Linked by Death, and a Secret” by Steve Pollak
BlogCritics – “Book Review” by Emm

Author’s Website: http://www.tatianaderosnay.com/ (in French)

More about the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup:
The New York Times – “France Reflects on Its Role in Wartime Fate of Jews” by Scott Sayare
The Huffington Post – “Cecile Widerman Kaufer, Holocaust Survivor, Recounts 1942 Vel D’Hiv Roundup in Paris Stadium” by Tara Kelly
Radio France International – “France Commemorates Victims of Vel d’Hiv Roundup
Online Encylopedia of Mass ViolenceCase Study: The Vélodrome d’hiver Round-up: July 16 and 17, 1942

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