Tag: World War II

Recs for The Best Themed Book Month of the Year

It’s non-fiction November usually the happiest (book) time of year!

Okay here’s a confession I used to get non-fiction confused with fiction because naturally I thought non-fiction meant… not true and fiction was true. Obviously I figured that out. Sometime in college I think but otherwise I thought I’d recommend some good not fiction books I’ve read recently.

War & Hate Through the Eyes of a Child

Rosie and Jojo in Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

Directed by: Taika Waititi

I was a little nervous to see Jojo Rabbit. I like Waititi especially as a writer but I happened to think no matter how entertaining Thor Ragnarok might have been it was all over the place and in the end everything was sacrificed at the alter of comedy.

So considering this was a World War II movie about the Nazis seen through the eyes of a fanatical little boy whose imaginary bestie is none other than Hitler and it was being billed as a comedy no satire… I was unsure.

I Prefer the Ruin

love and ruin

Love and Ruin

By: Paula McLain

Grade: B+

*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Love and Ruin is the story of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn’s tumultuous meeting, romance and eventual marriage. Paula McLain wrote Circling the Sun which was one of my favorite books a few years ago and remains so. Whereas I definitely have more mixed feelings about this book but mainly I preferred the ruin part.

Love, Hope & Letters

the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Grade: B+

As the rebuilding from World War II commences author Juliet Ashton begins a correspondence with the people of Guernsey (several of them anyway) who while under German occupation formed a literary club and discovered books, friendship and a way to go on during the impossible. Told in letters I admit I found this book a lot more moving than I thought.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk Title Card

Dunkirk

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Grade: B+

Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors around so I had to see Dunkirk. It’s also not a story I’m very familiar with although I knew what it was about- the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk as France falls to the Nazi’s. A lot of the evacuation tended to fall on civilian boats and people as the situation became more and more desperate.