Joshua Cohen writes of Abandon All Hope
“Future humans will almost surely elide the brief interregnum between the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of the Internet, but then nobody ever much respected the 1990s — and the 1990s never much cared. Scott Spires did, however — and, belying all hackneyed notions of slackerdom, wrote this heartfelt and headstrong book, a masterly novel of how it felt to have friends, love, and work in the last decade that could ever be lost, when time was not to be managed but wasted, and irony was not a pose but a mode of compassion.”
– Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers and The Netanyahus
John C. Krieg writes of Mike Metzler’s memoir, My Two Journeys in the Cancer World, that Mike’s unfortunate journey through unimaginable pain and suffering is a truly amazing story, and through it all he has displayed an uncommon courage. As he states, this is a club that nobody wants to belong to. To put it mildly, he’s been to hell and back. This book would prepare anyone for that journey, and if you have cancer and are wondering how you can survive it, Metzler’s last two sentences are his most poignant:
I started these journeys not by thinking, “I don’t want to die,” but by taking stock of all the things that were good and important in my life and deciding to fight as hard as I could to get back to them. Sure, some of those things are now gone forever, but I’ve recovered enough of them to have my two Journeys in Cancer World well worth the high cost I’ve paid for them (p. 247).
The Last Crystal completes the trilogy by talented author, Dr. Frances Schoonmaker. The Last Crystal has recently been nominated for an Agatha Award. Congrats, Dr. Schoonmaker!
“The Last Crystal” is an intriguing mixture of time travel, magic, mysteries inside mysteries, historical fiction, adventure, survival skills, the spirit world, and good old-fashioned values—Joyce Patterson, Retired Education Specialist, Denver, Colorado
Review of Of Love and Death: Young Holocaust Survivor’s Passage to Freedom by Miriam Segal Shnycer
Miriam Segal Shnycer’s Of Love and Death: Young Holocaust Survivors Passage to Freedom offers a rare insight with the first-hand account from benefactors of the great work of Oskar Schindler. Readers enter into a unique, fascinating eyewitness account of the German occupation in Poland and life inside a concentration camp during WWII. This is the inside type of important story that needs to be told. Beyond that, it is an awe-inspiring and inspirational narrative of human strength and courage against the worst of times. A must read.
William Mueller, Producer & Director Of Development, Esperanza Productions
Review of I Am Terezin by Richard Bank
With meticulous historical research and great care, Bank has painted a vivid picture of the people and personalities associated with the events that took place at Theresienstadt during the Nazi Holocaust. I Am Terezin is a revolutionary memoir – unlike others, it is written from the point of view, not of a person but, of a physical entity, the camp itself – an omniscient narrator. The voice of the camp comes alive to relay the ominous reality of itself, and it tells the reader what Theresienstadt really was, a concentration camp and not the paradise ghetto for elderly Jews the Nazis claimed it was. Bank is masterful in his knowledge of the history of Theresienstadt, and I Am Terezin is a must read for scholars of the Holocaust, as well as those interested in bettering the human condition. Reading this book will help the vigilant to reaffirm the oath of never again.
Ayesha F. Hamid, Author of The Borderland between Worlds.