Amy Lane, book buyer for the Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, offers up two timely and powerful picks for this week’s Capital Region Reads.
Elizabeth Rosner’s latest book, “Survivor Café,” is a beautifully expressed personal examination of how trauma is passed down through generations. She seeks to find ways to communicate the memories of survivors of some of the most horrifying events of the twentieth century – the Holocaust, the Killing Fields, the Rwandan and Armenian genocides, and so much more. Rosner’s parents were both survivors of the Holocaust, and the book is framed around three trips she took with her father to the Buchenwald concentration camp where he was interned as a teenager. These journeys inform her thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of memory – citing the need for “a personal shape for such collective and monumental mourning.” An exquisite read. $26.00 (autographed copies available while supplies last)
For those who have been waiting for the next installment of Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge series, your wait is over! “A Column of Fire” – set in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England – continues the saga from Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. It’s 1558 and the tension between Catholics and Protestants is ratcheting up. Young Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald are lovers who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. As Ned enters the employ of Princess Elizabeth – soon to be queen – the lovers struggle to sustain their connection. This hefty, immersive tome will keep readers turning pages filled with passion and…
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