. The glamorous, journals and photographs, mysterious figure he remembered from his childhood was very different from the morally ambiguous young woman who emerged from the trove of love letters, surrounded by suitors and living the precarious existence of a British citizen in a country controlled by the enemy during World War II.
Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France P.S. Paperback #ad - As a young boy, shakespeare had always believed that his aunt was a member of the Resistance and had been tortured by the Germans. The truth turned out to be far more complicated. Piecing together fragments of his aunt’s remarkable and tragic story, a loving portrait of a flawed woman trying to survive in terrible times, Priscilla is at once a stunning story of detection, and a spellbinding slice of history.
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford FamilyW. W. Norton & Company #ad - In this wise, in some respects, evenhanded, Mary Lovell captures the vitality and drama of a family that took the twentieth century by storm and became, and generous book, its victims. Above all, they were funny—hilariously and mercilessly so. Fascinating, the way all great family stories are fascinating.
Robert gottlieb, new york times book ReviewThis is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the world wars. Jessica was a communist; debo became the duchess of devonshire; nancy was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; beautiful Diana married the Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; and Unity, a close friend of Hitler, shot herself in the head when England and Germany declared war.
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family #ad - The mitfords had style and presence and were mercilessly gifted.
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal HouseholdHarper #ad - We witness her extraordinary and debilitating grief at the death of her husband, Albert, and her sympathy toward the tragedies that afflicted her household. Witty, serving victoria is a perfect foil to the pomp and circumstance—and prudery and conservatism—associated with Victoria's reign, and moving, astute, and gives an unforgettable glimpse of what it meant to serve the Queen.
We see a woman who was prone to fits of giggles, who wept easily and often, who gobbled her food and shrank from confrontation but insisted on controlling the lives of those around her. Seen through the eyes of her household as she traveled among Windsor, more selfish, and Balmoral, and to the French and Belgian courts, Osborne, more emotional, more comical, Victoria emerges as more vulnerable, than the austere figure depicted in her famous portraits.
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household #ad - Serving victoria follows the lives of six members of her household, from the governess to the royal children, from her maid of honor to her chaplain and her personal physician. Drawing on their letters and diaries—many hitherto unpublished—Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court, with all its frustrations and absurdities, as well as the Queen herself, sitting squarely at its center.
During her sixty-three-year reign, Queen Victoria gathered around herself a household dedicated to her service. For some, royal employment was the defining experience of their lives; for others it came as an unwelcome duty or as a prelude to greater things.
The Red Coat: A Novel of BostonSkyhorse #ad - Dive into boston feet first! the red Coat is a rich novel that chronicles the legacy of Boston from both sides of the city, Southie and the Hill. See how the parkers and the Kings each overcome sudden tragedy with resolve and triumph. Carlson brings us front and center with her knowing weave of Celtic passion – both tragic and joyful – words of wisdom, humor, romance, and historical events.
The unlikely exchange will impact their respective daughters and families for generations to come, marriage-minded collegian Cordelia Parker, from the coat's original owner, Rosemary, Kay, to the determined and spirited King sisters of South Boston, and Rita. Meet the proud, working-class Irish and staid, upper-class Brahmins through the contrasting lives of these two families and their friends and neighbors.
The Red Coat: A Novel of Boston #ad - Think downton abbey, set in the heart of boston irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat that the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. And witness the profound impact of a mother’s heart on her children’s souls.
As all of these young women experience the realities of life – love and loss, a time of change, and landscapes in Boston during the 1940s and 50s, conflict and joy, class prejudices and unexpected prospects – the red coat reveals the distinction between cultures, generations, challenge, and opportunity.
White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and DaughtersWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - By the time mary is ten, their house is cluttered with broken appliances and stacks of unopened mail. Anne promises but fails to clean up for mary’s high school graduation party, where Mary is being honored as her school’s valedictorian, causing her perfectionist daughter’s fear and shame to grow in tandem with the heaps upon heaps of junk.
Hoping to find new purpose as a wife and mother, Anne instead married an abusive, closeted gay man—their eventual divorce another sign of her failure. Anne retreats into chaos. In this riveting, a former nun, poignant memoir of three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them—television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, and her battle to rescue her mother, from compulsive hoarding.
White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters #ad - As a successful television journalist at Good Morning America, Mary Pflum is known as a polished and highly organized producer. But lengthy periods of enforced fasting, isolation from her beloved students, and constant humiliation eventually drove her to flee the convent almost a decade later. From the dress worn by mary’s mother when she became a nun and married Jesus, to the wedding gown she donned years later, to graduation dresses and christening gowns, to the special nightshirts she gifted Mary after the birth of her children, these white dresses embodied hope and new beginnings.
After her mother’s sudden death in 2010, Mary digs deep to understand the events that led to Anne’s unraveling. At twenty-one, anne entered a convent, committed to a life of prayer and helping others. Through the white dresses, pivotal events in their lives are celebrated, even as Mary tries in vain to save Anne from herself.
The German Girl: A NovelAtria Books #ad - Louis, a transatlantic ocean liner promising Jews safe passage to Cuba. Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. An international bestseller featured in entertainment weekly, the millions, people, and USA TODAY “An unforgettable and resplendent novel which will take its place among the great historical fiction written about World War II.
Adriana trigiani, starred review debut novel, only to discover that the overseas refuge they had been promised is an illusion in this “engrossing and heartbreaking” Library Journal, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife A young girl flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, Lilac Girls, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, and We Were the Lucky Ones.
Berlin, 1939. But now the streets of berlin are draped in ominous flags; her family’s fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places they once considered home. Weaving dual time frames, and based on a true story, The German Girl is a beautifully written and deeply poignant story about generations of exiles seeking a place to call home.
The German Girl: A Novel #ad - New york, 2014. At first, the liner feels like a luxury, the circumstances of war change, but as they travel, and the ship that was to be their salvation seems likely to become their doom. Its contents inspire anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family’s mysterious and tragic past.
A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St. On her twelfth birthday, anna Rosen receives a mysterious package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah.
Survival in the Shadows: Seven Jews Hidden in Hitler's BerlinOpen Road Media #ad - But their will to live triumphed and two months later, four of the survivors—Erich Arndt and Ellen Lewinsky, and Ruth Arndt and Bruno Gumpel—reunited in a double wedding ceremony. Ellen lewinsky and her mother, Charlotte, joined them; a year later, Bruno Gumpel arrived. Relayed to barbara lovenheim by three survivors from the group, the riveting story is a touching portrayal of the bravery of these seven Jews, and a heartfelt acknowledgment of the fortitude and humanity of the compassionate Germans who kept them alive.
. In january 1943, unable to flee Germany, the four members of the Arndt family went underground to avoid deportation to Auschwitz. National bestseller: this “harrowing” true story of two Jewish families who survived hiding in the heart of the Nazi capital “honors the human spirit” Andrea Dworkin.
Survival in the Shadows: Seven Jews Hidden in Hitler's Berlin #ad - Survival in the shadows chronicles the previously untold story of the largest group of German Jews to have survived hiding in Berlin through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust. Hiding in a small factory near Hitler’s bunker, without identification cards or food-ration stamps, they were dependent on German strangers for survival.
When russian soldiers finally rescued the group in April 1945, the families were near death from starvation.
Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold WarHarper #ad - A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War. In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon was living in New Delhi with her family when her father was exposed as a CIA spy.
Dillon’s father and polyakov had a close friendship that went back years, to their first meeting in Burma in the mid-1960s. Both a gripping tale of spy craft and a moving personal story, Spies in the Family is an invaluable and heart-rending work. Spies in the Family includes 25 black-and-white photos. Spanning fifty years and three continents, spies in the Family is a deeply researched account of two families on opposite sides of the lethal espionage campaigns of the Cold War, and two men whose devoted friendship lasted a lifetime, until the devastating final days of their lives.
Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War #ad - At the height of the cold war, the Russian offered the CIA an unfiltered view into the vault of Soviet intelligence. His collaboration helped ensure that tensions between the two nuclear superpowers did not escalate into a shooting war. With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable CIA and FBI officers, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, double agents and clandestine lives, that challenges our notions of patriotism, exposing the commonality between peoples of opposing political economic systems.
Eva had long believed that her father was a U. S.
Victoria's DaughtersSt. Martin's Press #ad - Middle child helena struggled against obesity and drug addition but was to have lasting effect as Albert's literary executor. That vision met with disaster when vicky's son Wilhelm-- to be known as Kaiser Wilhelm-- turned against both England and his mother, keeping her out of the public eye for the rest of her life.
By contrast, the most beautiful of the five siblings, who became governor general of Canada, escaped the claustrophobic stodginess of the European royal courts by marrying a handsome Scottish commoner, her glittering and at times scandalous sister Louise, and eventually settled into artistic salon life as a respected sculptor.
Victoria's Daughters #ad - Gentle, later to become tsarina of russia, and yet another Victoria, quiet Alice had a happier marriage, one that produced Alexandra, whose union with a Battenberg prince was to found the present Mountbatten clan. However, she suffered from melancholia and died at age thirty-five of what appears to have been a deliberate, grief-fueled exposure to the diphtheria germs that had carried away her youngest daughter.
And as the baby of the royal brood of nine, rebelling only briefly to forge a short-lived marriage, Beatrice lived under the thumb of her mother as a kind of personal secretary until the queen's death. Principally researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects in london, darmstadt, scotland, married off as much for political advantage as for love, Berlin, and Ottawa-- and entertainingly written by an experienced biographer whose last book concerned Victoria's final days-- Victoria's Daughters closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their n0 brother Bertie to the throne.
. The story of five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time. Vicky, and beatrice were historically unique sisters, Helena, Alice, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria.
The Paris Secret: An epic and heartbreaking love story set in World War TwoBookouture #ad - A captivating and beautifully written story that ingrains itself in readers’ hearts and minds. By the letter book reviews, 5 Stars ‘This book pulls you in from the start. I was an emotional mess all round really. Truly beautiful… even though i did spend most of the time blubbering into my tissues!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars.
The Paris Secret: An epic and heartbreaking love story set in World War Two #ad - Warning! this book will make you cry and crave the attention of a mangy old cat. Fans of before we were yours, kathryn Hughes and The Paris Wife will be absolutely hooked by this beautiful, tragic tale. Readers are falling in love with the paris secret:‘WOW that was one brilliant read, definitely up there with my top books for 2018! Superbly written and a beautiful if heart-wrenching at times storyline.
. The most moving story i’ve read in a long while… Magical… Mon Dieu, I have not wept so much in a while. Sometimes in happiness and others in sadness. It will make you want to head straight to Paris to find this magical bookstore! . Gorgeously evoked! I fell in love with one of them myself.
My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy?s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of ActivismSkyhorse #ad - He has been influenced by his jewish heritage, his christian boarding school education in England, and the always present question, For what purpose was I spared the Holocaust?”My Train to Freedom was thoroughly researched and shaped by Backer’s own memories. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, as well as villains from history, Nelson Mandela, John Wayne Gacy, and Alexander Graham Bell, such as Heinrich Himmler, and O.
J. It includes interviews he conducted in 1980 in czech with his mother and her sister, later translated into English; a collection of conversations he had with his older brother and cousin; insights gained from the Czech film, Nicky’s Family, about the Kindertransport; and concludes with never-before-published death march accounts by two family members.
My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy?s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism #ad - Skyhorse publishing, good books, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, Sports Publishing, autobiographies, and Yucca imprints, along with our Arcade, and memoirs. Now he is an eighty-six-year-old who remains an activist for peace and justice. The 250 children scheduled for that train were left on the platform and later transported to concentration camps and presumably perished.