Interesting afternoon at North Carolina’s Camden County Library discussing A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other! Thank you to both the Camden Book Lovers and the Wine, Women and Books book clubs for organizing – and to the library staff for opening up the program to the public. Hope we can meet again at your wonderful facility and do a program on One More Moon!
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.
Have to admit it was a very strange feeling seeing my book so prominently displayed in a bookstore today! Lots of visitors on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Great response to the book signing! Thank you to the Island Bookstore!
“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
“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.”
“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
A heartfelt THANK YOU to the Wine, Women, and Words Book Club for selecting A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other as your book this month and inviting me to be part of this week’s meeting. Great exchange of thoughts and opinions – wonderful discussion.
Recently I have posted review of A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, which became one of my favorite books of 2016. Ralph Webster, the author, kindly accepted my guest post request and today is sharing with us what inspired him to write his father’s memoir. Enjoy reading!
This winter Ralph has met with nearly a dozen book clubs who have chosen A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other for their monthly discussions. His book tells the story of his father’s Holocaust journey. Here is the answer to one question that is always asked and several quotes from the book. Should you wish to arrange for Ralph to participate in your book club, either in person or via Skype, feel free to write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. He wants to connect with readers throughout the world.