Have Book Club? Will Travel

Loudoun County Retired Librarians Book Club

WOW – another book trip! We left Kitty Hawk Monday morning making stops in Alexandria, DC, Leesburg, and Richmond before finishing this morning in Hertford, NC with about 60 members of the Albemarle Plantation Women’s Association. Back to the OBX by 3pm today Wednesday.

Albermarle Plantation Women's Association

Have book club? Will travel! 

A Great Book Club

One More Moon

23783838_396324124122136_7613383031485933174_oI love to meet with book clubs and community groups – whether in person or via Skype. And, the participants agree.  The discussions are lively, compelling and thought-provoking.  Although One More Moon will not be released until February, 2018, here is a review of my first book, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other by one book club member.

“What a great book and story line throughout! I loved the way the difficult and challenging life stories unfolded throughout the book. This family faced multiple hardships, losses, and the tumult of world conflicts in a manner that grabs your heart no matter what generation is depicted. I found myself longing to know them better, but by the time I finished, I felt I did know them all. Having Mr. Webster and his wife at our Book Club turned a great book into a fascinating one, as he…

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Great Book Club Discussion in Kitty Hawk

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Great book club discussion in Kitty Hawk, NC last evening!  Thank you for choosing A Smile in One Eye as your book this month.  Special thanks to Stacey Keller Starsman for hosting.

Hope we can do this again soon.  One More Moon (Goodbye Mussolini!  One Woman’s Story of Fate and Survival) should be released shortly after the first of the year.

The Rise of Nazi Germany

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00039]“These were difficult times.  The old order was quickly changing.  The Nazis were constantly issuing new orders to diminish the role of German Jews in daily German life. It was a slow, grinding process.  Each day, there was something new we were forced to swallow.  Like many, Father still hoped and believed that our normal life would return.  Governments had failed in the past in Germany. This government could fail too. Even though we did not understand, we were still patriotic.  I know I repeat myself. Jewish ancestry may have been in his blood, but more than anything else, Father was a proud German.”

Excerpt from A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other

2017 or 1933? Does History Repeat?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00039]

“I can’t recite the chronology or elaborate on the facts. I can’t explain the reasons or defend how we lived our lives. What I can tell you is how the events of 1933 sowed the seeds that fundamentally changed our future, that there was little hand-wringing or emotion, that circumstances were beyond control, that there was no recourse or appeal. I can tell you that events were incremental, that the unbelievable became the believable and, ultimately, the normal.”

Ralph Webster, A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other

A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other

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“Life does find a way to create a balance somewhere between smiles and tears. And, like a pendulum’s swing, life seldom stays in one place. Life keeps on moving until, one day, it stops.”— Ralph Webster