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Shari from Lake Forest has commented on (2) products.

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
The Heretic's Daughter

Shari from Lake Forest, January 12, 2011

This story is beautifully told from the point of view of young Sarah Carrier. She is a resourceful and sensitive child, so like any bright modern youngster, and yet one who lives through the terrible Salem witch trials. Sarah is victim and survivor, witness and recorder.
Her story resonated with me because though it happened hundreds of years ago, the mood of accusation and hysteria exists again today. This book will remind you how manipulative a controlled society can be, whether in Puritan Massachusetts in the 1600's or today on any website where a bigot can point an accusing finger and not be held accountable for false claims. It is a stick to your ribs and bind your heart tale, filled with poetic images of a time and place when every innocent but hard-toiled act to care for one's family could be interpreted as one guided by witches. You'll remember Sarah and her family long after you've finished the book.
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Songs for the Butcher's Daughter by Peter Manseau
Songs for the Butcher's Daughter

Shari from Lake Forest, November 3, 2010

Songs for the Butcher's Daughter enchanted me from the first page. I've read and loved many of the authors who are compared with its author, Peter Manseau: Nicole Krauss, Nathan Englander, Amy Bloom. Though Manseau's book is original, he travels in good literary company. I loved the story so much that I recommended it to my book group. So many topics are addressed in this book, and one that stands out is how to translate authentically, staying true to the original voice without being clumsy in the new language. The problem of translating a book can be applied to translating a culture so that those who are not born to it can still understand, and therefore respect it. The question of identity moves and mutates with all the characters, until it's obvious that no one is who he claims he is. It forces readers to ask themselves: who am I and how do I journey in this world? After you read this story, you will want to read it again, savoring every moment. Then you must also read Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky, the true story of the National Yiddish Book Center.
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