Four Girls from Berlin: A True Story of a Friendship that Defied the Holocaust by Marianne Meyerhoff; recommended by Mary Severson
Meyerhoff recounts the tale of how her mother’s best friends risked their lives in Nazi Germany to safeguard her treasured family heirlooms and mementos, and return them to her after the war.
The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust’s Shadow by Krystyna Chiger with Daniel Paisner; recommended by Sarah Garbis
In this beautifully written memoir, Chiger tells of her experience as a young girl who survives the Jewish Holocaust by living in the sewers of Lvov, Poland, for 14 months. This is a memorable tale of survival and resilience.
Just Kids: From Brooklyn to Chelsea Hotel: A Life of Art and Friendship by Patti Smith; recommended by Gloria Cramer
Singer-songwriter, Smith, tells the story of her long friendship with provocative photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Meeting in their early 20s, the young struggling artists forge a bond that endures. This is a tender tale of the times.