Heyo! Recently I joined a book club. I’m typically not a book club kinda gal, BUT my cousins invited me to theirs after learning I read The Handmaid’s Tale, which was their current book, and since there is truly nothing I love more these days than talking about The Handmaid’s Tale, I was in.
So, I went and… it was lovely! We ate, we discussed the book and the show, and we talked about pregnancy and childbirth a lot. Having never been pregnant or birthed a child, I had little to contribute in these topics of conversation, but it was fun all the same! J
Our latest book was Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly. I’m a sucker for a good WWII novel, and this one did not disappoint. It’s told from the point of view of 3 different women: Caroline, an American socialite living in NYC and working for the French consulate; Kasia, a Polish teenager who gets taken to the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; and Herta, a German doctor who works at Ravensbrück.
Although it was often hard to read, my favorite parts were those from Herta’s perspective. Often when you read a novel that takes place during WWII, it’s from the perspective of the Allies side, but rarely do you find something that’s from the Nazi perspective. As horrible as her stances were, it was interesting to see how this Nazi woman justified her behavior, and never seemed to fully grasp the pain and suffering she caused so many people.
To go along with the theme of book, we enjoyed some Polish fare from Kabanos Polish Deli in Copiague. It was DELICIOUS. Everything from the pierogis, latkas, stuffed cabbage leaves, and poppy seed bread were out of this world. If you’re in the market for some Polish goodies, check ‘em out.
Our next read is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Check back in about a month for my review!
Here are some other books and films you might like if you’ve already read Lilac Girls. Let me know what you thought of the book!