Even though it’s possible to venture out in our “new normal,” reading will likely continue to be a favored pastime of Seabrookers. We hope you’ll continue to send us titles. Here is the latest installment from our readers:
The Black Swan of Paris
by Karen Robards
Glamorous Parisian singer Genevieve Dumont uses her alliance with the Resistance to rescue her mother from the Nazis in this suspenseful WWII historical fiction. Genevieve courts the attention of the Nazis while secretly helping her manager, Max Bonet, an intelligence operative working with the British. The setting, the excitement, and the romance make this a page-turner. (2020, 475 pgs; Fiction)
The Book of Lost Names
by Kristin Harmel
Eva Traube Abrams, a part-time librarian in living in Florida, was part of the French Resistance during WWII. Her skill at forging official documents aided hundreds of children to escape before the Nazis could round them up. In this stirring historical fiction novel, Harmel weaves together suspense, a bit of romance, and forgotten stories. (2020, 388 pgs; Fiction)
The Order of the Day
by Eric Vuillard
February 20, 1933: on an unremarkable day during a harsh Berlin winter, a meeting of twenty-four German captains of industry and senior Nazi dignitaries is being held in secret in the plush lounges of the Reichstag. They are there to “stump up” funding for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its fearsome Chancellor. This inaugural scene sets the tone of consent which will lead to the worst possible repercussions. March 12, 1938: the annexation of Austria is on the agenda and a grotesque day ensues that is intended to make history. (2018, 132 pgs; Fiction)
The Quantum Spy
by David Ignatius
A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb: whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption in existence, effectively owning the digital world. The question is: Who will build it first, the United States or China? (2018, 323 pgs; Fiction)
The Lost Vintage
by Ann Mah
In this page-turner, a woman returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy to study for her Master of Wine test and uncovers a lost diary, a forgotten relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since WWII. (2018, 372 pgs; Fiction)
by Jeanine Cummins
Lydia Quixano Perez lives in Acapulco where she runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. Through some very unfortunate circumstances, Lydia and Luca are forced to flee, and soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia- trains that make their way north toward the US. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what are they running to? (2020, 386 pgs; Fiction)
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-torn Skies of World War II
by Adam Makos
On December 20, 1943, in the skies above war-torn Europe, an American B-17 pilot and a veteran German fighter ace met in what became one of World War II’s most unusual encounters. Two airmen of opposing nations managed to put aside the violence and hatred of armed conflict when the German ace escorted the severely damaged B-17 to safety. (2013, 392 pgs; Nonfiction)
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