Okay folks, since there were no other suggestions and the one given was good, we are ready to vote again!!!!!!!!!!
The two books for the next book discussion are, "QB VII" by Leon Uris (Historical Fiction) and "Auschwitz: A New History" by Laurence Rees (History).
The voting will end on Tuesday evening.
QB VII ( Summary courtesy of Blossom)
Plot Summary...... "Adam Kelno has made it to England in the days following World War II. Having escaped from a death camp in Nazi Europe, he finds that his identification with anti-communists in Poland has made him a target of the Soviet Government, which brings up war crime charges against him in England. When the witness is unable to identify him as one of the doctors who castrated him, he is released. Kelno takes his wife and young son to Arabia where he labors for years upgrading public health standards. Upon his return to England he is Knighted. Twenty years have passed and he has just begun to enjoy his life of renown when a book is published that names him as a willing participant to Nazi medical experiments on Jews in the camps. He sues for defamation and finds that not only can he not escape his past, but that the plaintiff a defamation case has his own reputation on trial. QB VII refers to the courtroom in which the trial is held, Queen's Bench, Room 7. "
Auschwitz: A New History
Description: Published for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz--a devastating and surprising account of the most infamous death camp the world has ever known.
In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees provides a shocking portrait of the world's most infamous death camp. Informed by more than 100 original interviews with survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time, Rees's narrative exposes the inner workings of the camp in unprecedented detail-from the techniques of mass murder to the bizarre microcosms that emerged within the camp, such as the brothel and the dining hall, where the line between guard and prisoner became surprisingly blurred. A major bestseller in Europe, Auschwitz is a vital addition to our understanding of the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the human potential for committing unthinkable evil. Book jacket.
On a side note, one of the major networks here in the US (I think ABC) is doing a 7 part series on well-known actors/actresses searching for their family roots. The first one aired Fri. night and was about Lisa Kudrow of 'Friends' fame. Her family came from the times and place of Auschwitz and her g.grandmother and most of her family, and the entire village where they lived, were mass murdered. It was a grueling tale during which she went to the village to revisit the town and spot where the murders took place. She met an elderly woman who remembered her g.grandmother. Her father had been a young boy who'd lived the next village over and he'd been able to escape.
I think I'll read the Lawrence Rees book if that's everyone's decision.
Our library doesn't have the book and neither does any of the libraries in my county and the next county over. She said that she could check the state's library system and see if it's anywhere in the state, but doesn't know how long I'd be able to have it for, if they do find it. Can you tell me how many pages are in the book so I can determine about how long it'll take to read it? Thanks. I think I'll check online and see if I can find it there.
Oh Sue sorry about that. I picked mine up at Borders Books. It was only 6 something with my coupon. The book I have is very small print and there aren't really many chapters...but they are long and I am sure there will be alot to digest with just one chapter at a time. There are 299 pages not including the introduction and six chapters. If Borders has it, I am sure Barnes and Nobles does too. I checked and Barnes and Nobles also has it.
Does anyone else have the book? Having trouble getting it? Maybe you can suggest to Sue where else this book can be picked up.
I will check back. I thought that next week on Wednesday the 7th would be a date to meet. I have started reading and it is alot to digest. If this isn't a good date, let me know.