February is for Book Lovers

A Child al Confino:
The True Story of a Jewish Boy and His Mother in Mussolini’s Italy by Eric Lamet
Eric Lamet was born in Vienna in 1930. The son of Polish Jews, he fled to Italy with his family after the Germans invaded Austria. In his book, we experience his terror and confusion as he is forced to leave Vienna and he and his mother move in and out of several towns in Italy. After World War II ended, Lamet settled in Naples, where he finished high school and attended the University of Naples. He now lives in the United States. ♥♥♥

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Henry Skrimshander is a high school baseball prodigy when he’s recruited by Mike Schwartz to play at Westish College. Henry's roommate turns out to be a pot-smoking, gay, African American Owen Dunne, who also joins the team. As Henry closes in on a school record, things start o fall apart for everyone including the College president Guert Affenlight and his long-lost daughter.
Extremely well written and soulful. ♥♥♥

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
Pak Jun Do, is the unluckiest person in the worst country in the world. His Mother is stolen away to Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. His father is the drunken warden of an orphanage that serves as a supply house for children to be used for hard labor and the Chinese army. When he grows up Jun Do is trained for missions in the tunnels that penetrate into South Korea and then recruited for kidnapping people to add to the governments collection of human trophies.

The World As We Know It by Joseph Monninger
Ed and Allard grow up sharing their "dream map,” of exploration and crafting a beautiful future. On one such exploration they find Sarah, stuck in the river ice. The three become true friends and eventually skilled wild-life filmmakers. And then the world as they know it crumbles.

Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. Sounds great, but I just simply could not get in to it, so let me know how it ended...