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NON-FICTION Book Group
First Tuesday at 1PM

On September 3rd, the Club discusses Sons and Soldiers: the Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson.
 
They were young Jewish boys who escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe and resettled in America. After the United States entered the war, they returned to fight for their adopted homeland and for the families they had left behind. Their stories tell the tale of one of the U.S. Army's greatest secret weapons. Sons and Soldiers begins during the menacing rise of Hitler's Nazi party, as Jewish families were trying desperately to get out of Europe.

Bestselling author Bruce Henderson captures the heartbreaking stories of parents choosing to send their young sons away to uncertain futures in America, perhaps never to see them again. As these boys became young men, they were determined to join the fight in Europe. Henderson describes how they were recruited into the U.S. Army and how their unique mastery of the German language and psychology was put to use to interrogate German prisoners of war. These young men--known as the Ritchie Boys, after the Maryland camp where they trained--knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured. Yet they leapt at the opportunity to be sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions that saved American lives and helped win the war.  Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten.
 

The Library will have copies of the book to borrow. All readers are welcome to the discussion.


 
Third Thursday Book Group
Third Thursday at 1PM




Doerr’s second book, a novel entitled About Grace, is about a hydrologist named David Winkler who occasionally dreams events that later come true. The book asks questions about snowflakes, predetermination, the nature of family, and the intersections of the human and natural worlds. The novel takes place in Alaska, the Caribbean, Ohio, and plenty of places in between. About Grace was a Book Sense76 selection, a Washington Post Bookworld Book of the Year, and a finalist for the PEN USA Fiction Award. The Book of-the-Month Club picked it as one of the five best books of 2004, and it topped the Seattle-Post Intelligencer’s best of 2004 list.
 
Copies of the book are available to borrow. All readers are welcome to the discussion.






 

Upcoming Book Group Selections

Upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:

July 18 - Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
July and August, the group takes a break, to return in September.

9/3/2019 Sons and Soldiers Bruce B. Henderson