Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

From Elaine Pasquali

Title:  Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

Author:  Art Spiegelman

I have reread this book many times and each time it’s riveting. The comic strip format with it’s symbolic, allegorical characters provides an historical narrative of the  holocaust, speaks to Spiegelman’s relationship with his father, and describes his own mental breakdown.  A totally different approach to history and a must-read book.

How It All Began

From  Elaine Pasquali

Title:  How It All Began

Author:  Penelope Lively

Charlotte was mugged while walking along a London street.  Her mugging resulted in her  breaking her hip and convalescing at her daughter, Rose’s, house.  In a dominos effect, a marriage almost ends in divorce, one affair ends and another almost begins, an immigrant learns to read and to live life, and an elderly historian gets a new lease on his life.  Ms. Lovely brings the reader along this intricate and interesting journey about “how it all began” as well as how it all ended.  We really are all separated by six degrees.  An engaging read.