Facilitator: Jean Trumpy

Meeting time: 1st Monday of each month; 2 PM at Avalon Square, 222 Park Place

New members are welcome!

2/4            The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

"In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tèatowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism--but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her."

3/4            The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

"This is a moving novel about three people who have lost the person they love most and must find their way back to happiness. Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetery, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur's nosy neighbor Lucille to create lives that are truly worth living. Proving that life's most precious moments are sweeter when shared, they go from strangers to friends, creating an untraditional, but loving family. Betrayal, loneliness, romance and family are at the heart of this book. This is a story about life being affirmed at all ages, old and young, and about finding happiness when hope seems lost."

NOTE: The author has written an equally moving sequel entitled NIGHT OF MIRACLES.