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  • City of Girls

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
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    5 out of 5 stars 108
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another epic book

  • By Anonymous User on 19-07-2019

City of girls

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Reviewed: 05-07-2019

Loved every minute of this book ! Rich in history , spunky characters, life lessons the list goes on . I’ve just finished this and I’m already missing all the characters. Fantastic

  • Clara's War

  • By: Clara Kramer
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 9
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    5 out of 5 stars 9
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    5 out of 5 stars 9

On 21 July 1942, the Nazis invaded Poland. In the small town of Zolkiew, life for Jewish 15-year-old Clara Kramer was never to be the same again. While those around her were either slaughtered or transported, Clara and her family hid perilously in a hand-dug cellar. Living above and protecting them were the Becks. Mr Beck was a womaniser, a drunkard, and a self-professed anti-Semite, yet he risked his life throughout the war to keep his charges safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and evocative

  • By Ligaya64 on 07-03-2019

Extraordinary

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Reviewed: 19-07-2017

Nothing short of extraordinary, what Clara and her family endured . Well written account of Clara's experience of the holocaust. That any one survived this is mind boggling. So beautifully read .