Woodard’s Mill’s Book Club

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00039]Spent a wonderful afternoon with the Woodard’s Mill’s Book Club in Chesapeake, VA yesterday discussing A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other. Thank you Kay Stone for opening your home

It was an amazing group – lots of exchanges, opinions, experiences to share and questions. Can’t believe we have met with more than 30 groups this year.  Have Book Club? Will Travel!!!

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Great Time at the Camden County Library!

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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!

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

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

2016 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee!

A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other

Ralph Webster

The Third Reich is rising. The creeping madness in the heart of Germany   will soon stain the entire world. This is the chilling account of one family as they flee for their lives.

A 2016 Goodreads Readers Choice Nominee – Best Memoir!

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Wine, Women, and Words Book Club

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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.

a Smile in One Eye – New Book

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Available next month!  This is the true story of a prosperous, proud, and patriotic German family living in a small town in East Prussia.  Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church, suddenly they were told they were Jewish, a distinction that made a life threatening difference.  It was no longer a matter of faith or religion; their lives were to be defined by race.  It was a matter of bloodlines.  And, in Nazi Germany, they had the wrong blood.