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Mosaic

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312305109
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An intricately woven memoir spans five generations of the author's family, from the turn of the century through the Holocaust to the present day, delving into Polish-Jewish culture and revealing the trials and tribulations of this extraordinary family. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

The Voyage Of Their Life

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9780732275075
Size: 63.43 MB
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Paperback reissue of an account of the voyage of the migrant ship, the Derma, in 1948. First published 2001. Using passengers' personal recollections, documents and artefacts from the voyage, the author traces the conflicts and relations between the culturally and politically diverse passengers aboard the crowded ship. She highlights the below-standard physical conditions aboard the vessel, which fuelled the onboard tension and traces their new lives ashore in Australia and New Zealand. Includes a passenger list, bibliography, note from the author and epilogue. Armstrong's first book, 'Mosaic: A Chronicle of Five Generations', was short-listed for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the National Biography Award.

Winter Journey

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 0730401405
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Diane Armstrong's bestselling fictional debut A mother's silence, a village with a terrible secret, and an Australian woman who travels to Poland to uncover the truth ... When forensic dentist Halina Shore arrives in Nowa Kalwaria to take part in a war crimes investigation, she finds herself at the centre of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. What she does not realise is that she has also embarked on a confronting personal journey. Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941, Diane Armstrong's powerful novel is part mystery, part forensic investigation, and a moving and confronting story of love, loss and sacrifice. 'A deeply moving and inspiring novel' GOOD READING 'A bold adventure of a novel ... Here is a consummate writer at the top of her form. A fine fictional debut from a writer who's already made her mark' CANBERRA tIMES 'Profoundly moving, compelling and superbly written' AUStRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Empire Day

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 0730497747
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From award-winning author Diane Armstrong comes a dramatic and heartwarming novel which brilliantly evokes postwar Sydney. A heart-warming novel in the tradition of CLOUDStREEt and tHE HARP IN tHE SOUtH Empire Day, 1948. A back street in Bondi is transformed as the fireworks of Cracker Night cast a magical glow over its humble cottages. But Australia as a whole is being transformed in this postwar era and the people of Wattle Street know that life will never be the same again. the 'reffos' have moved in, and their strange ways are threatening the comfortable world of salt-of-the-earth locals like Pop Wilson, deserted mum Kath and sharp-tongued Maude McNulty. With suspicious and disapproving eyes, the Australians observe their new neighbours - mysterious Mr Emil, fragile young Lilija and all the other Europeans starting their lives afresh. Mistrust and misunderstandings abound on both sides. to Hania, an angry teenager struggling to cope with her hysterical mother, and to Sala, an unhappily married woman trying to blot out her traumatic wartime past, the Australians appear enviably carefree. But behind closed doors, Old as well as New Australians suffer secret heartaches. As the smoke of fires past and present gradually disperses and the lives of the two groups entwine, unexpected relationships form that bring passion and tragedy for some, and forgiveness and resolution for others. EMPIRE DAY is a dramatic and heart-warming novel in the tradition of CLOUDStREEt and tHE HARP IN tHE SOUtH. It confirms Diane Armstrong as one of our most gifted and compelling storytellers.

The Curse Of Beauty

Author: James Bone
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1942872038
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"Once the most famous model in America, a story of the extraordinary success her beauty brought her and the terrible price she paid for it"--Jacket.

Lost In Translation

Author: Eva Hoffman
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446499561
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In 1959 13-year-old Eva Hoffman left her home in Cracow, Poland for a new life in America. This memoir evokes with deep feeling the sense of uprootendess and exile created by this disruption, something which has been the experience of tens of thousands of people this century. Her autobiography is profoundly personal but also tells one of the most universal and important narratives of twentieth century history: the story of Jewish post-war experience and the tragedies and discoveries born of cultural displacement.

Beach Music

Author: Pat Conroy
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 0307804739
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An American expatriate in Rome unearths his family legacy in this sweeping novel by the acclaimed author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini A Southerner living abroad, Jack McCall is scarred by tragedy and betrayal. His desperate desire to find peace after his wife’s suicide draws him into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family’s past that can heal his anguished heart. Spanning three generations and two continents, from the contemporary ruins of the American South to the ancient ruins of Rome, from the unutterable horrors of the Holocaust to the lingering trauma of Vietnam, Beach Music sings with life’s pain and glory. It is a novel of lyric intensity and searing truth, another masterpiece among Pat Conroy’s legendary and beloved novels. Praise for Beach Music “Astonishing . . . stunning . . . The range of passions and subjects that bring life to every page is almost endless.”—The Washington Post Book World “Magnificent . . . clearly Conroy’s best.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Blockbuster writing at its best.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “Pat Conroy’s writing contains a virtue now rare in most contemporary fiction: passion.”—The Denver Post “A powerful, heartfelt tale.”—Houston Chronicle

Five Lieutenants

Author: James Carl Nelson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312604238
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Documents the stories of five young Harvard students who met different fates while serving in World War I, drawing on uncensored letters and memoirs to illuminate the impact of the conflict on the educated class of soldiers. 35,000 first printing.

Bending Toward The Sun

Author: Leslie Gilbert-Lurie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061776726
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"A memoir that takes us through many worlds, through heartache and noble hopes, through the mysteries of family love. . . . Read Bending Toward the Sun and enrich your life."——Rabbi David Wolpe, author of Why Faith Matters A miraculous lesson in courage and recovery, Bending Toward the Sun tells the story of a unique family bond forged in the wake of brutal terror. Rita Lurie was five years old when she was forced to flee her home in Poland to hide from the Nazis in a cramped, dark attic with fourteen members of her family. Young Rita watched her younger brother and her mother die before her eyes. But the tragedy of the Holocaust was only the beginning of Rita's story. Decades later, Rita's daughter Leslie began probing the traumatic events of her mother's childhood to discover how Rita's pain has affected not only Leslie's life and outlook but that of her own daughter, Mikaela, as well. The result is Bending Toward the Sun, a collaboration between mother and daughter that brings together the stories of three generations of a family to understand the legacy that unites, inspires, and haunts them all. Leslie Gilbert Lurie has served as president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education. Formerly an executive at NBC, where she worked on such hit shows as Cheers, Family Ties,Saved by the Bell, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Gilbert-Lurie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.