WOW – another book trip! We left Kitty Hawk Monday morning making stops in Alexandria, DC, Leesburg, and Richmond before finishing this morning in Hertford, NC with about 60 members of the Albemarle Plantation Women’s Association. Back to the OBX by 3pm Wednesday.
WOW! The book club adventure for One More Moon continues – the second of three this week. Thank you to the Girlfriends Book Club for a wonderful discussion last evening – great comments, observations, and questions. A special shout out to Marcia Keeney and Daphne Akers for hosting – an Italian dinner – what a fitting start to an evening discussing a story about Italy!
Told from the viewpoint of Elsa, the author’s grandmother, this is an absolutely fascinating look at Italy during the time of Mussolini and Hitler. Elsa leaves Germany to marry Paul (kind of an old-fashioned, arranged marriage that actually seems charming) and together they buy and operate a bed and breakfast in a small town there outside of Naples. The Pensione Alexandria is the heart and soul of the story because it is there that so many different characters touch the lives of Elsa and Paul. It is where we see the changes in life for the Jewish population once Hitler has taken an iron grip on Germany and begins to extend his influence to Mussolini. As a Jew, Elsa suffers being ousted from a local social club. This book holds a lot of wisdom and insight into what Fascism is and how it affects the lives of regular people. Jewish…
With Jewish History Month approaching, I’m delighted to welcome Ralph Webster to Linda’s Book Bag today to talk to me about his inspiration for one of his books that I think will be perfect for those looking for a suitable book to read this coming month.
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Staying in with Ralph Webster
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
First, Linda, thank you for allowing me to be here. I am grateful for the opportunity to tell you about my new book, One More Moon. The subtitle reads Goodbye Mussolini! One Woman’s Story of Fate and Survival. This is the true story of my grandmother’s desperate journey from her…