Weekly Book List: Week 11 (Women in War)

liarLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War / Karen Abbott (Civil War)

The never-before-told story of four real-life women who risked everything to take on a life of espionage during the Civil War. (973.7 ABB)


mothersRevolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence / Carol Berken (American Revolution)

A study of the vital part played by women during the Revolutionary War details their diverse roles of raising funds, disseminating propaganda, managing businesses and homes, and serving as nurses, spies, warriors, and saboteurs. (973.3082 BER)

germanThe German Girl / Armando Lucas Correa (World War II)

Stripped of her family’s privileges by the Nazi party in 1939 Berlin, Hannah Rosenthal forges a pact that she will remain true to her best friend, Leo, before embarking on a refugee ship bound for Havana, where rumors of a deadly plot force her to make an impossible choice. (FIC CORREA)

nightingaleThe Nightingale / Kristin Hannah (World War II)

Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. (FIC HANNAH)


gardenThe Sea Garden / Deborah Lawrenson (World War II)

Brilliantly interweaving three narratives, this mesmerizing story of love, mystery and murder during World War II follows three courageous women — an award-winning British landscape designer, a young, blind perfumer’s apprentice and a junior British intelligence officer. (FIC LAWRENSON)


warGirl at War / Sarah Novic (Yugoslavian Civil War)

When her happy life in 1991 Croatia is shattered by civil war, ten-year-old Ana Juric is embroiled in a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers before making a daring escape to America, where years later she struggles to hide her past. (FIC NOVIC)


parisiennesLes Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation / Anne Sebba

Traces the experiences of women in Nazi-occupied Paris, detailing how, while men were fighting in the war or forced to work in German factories, women worked desperately to care for their families and survive while enduring daily contact with occupying forces. (940.5344 SEB)

summerThe Summer Before the War / Helen Simonson (World War I)

In summer 1914, well-bred Beatrice Nash arrives in Rye to become the first female Latin teacher at the local school and soon falls in love with her sponsor’s nephew. All would be golden but for the terrible rumbling of coming war. (FIC SIMONSON)


wroteThe Women Who Wrote the War / Nancy Caldwell Sorel (World War II)

Celebrates the accomplishments of World War II’s female war correspondents, who risked their lives in combat zones to provide firsthand reports on the events of the war. (940.53 SOR)


motherOur Mothers’ War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II / Emily Yellin (World War II)

Examines how World War II transformed traditional women’s roles, describing the experiences of nurses, factory employees, the military’s first women soldiers, and female prisoners of war. (940.53082 YEL)

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse


Reviewed by Pat P (Library Staff)

Do you know about the history of Cathar? Do you know what it is? I didn’t even know I was learning about it in this absorbing story; mystery, really. I liked this book. I was drawn in by the story of a man greatly saddened by the loss of his brother in WW I, and what truly happened to him. The story soon turns to another person also mourning a loss from a different conflict at a very different time. Mosse painted the scenes with her words in a beautiful way, allowing the reader to see this story clearly.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MOSSE)

To The Last Man: A Novel of the First World War by Jeff Shaara

last man

Reviewed by Jennifer Rude Klett (Library Staff)

From the author of Gods & Generals, Jeff Shaara writes a gripping historical fiction on the Great War. Some of Shaara’s characters include notables such as George Patton, John J. “Blackjack” Pershing, Billy Mitchell, and the “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen. The book also features unknown American pilots and Marine doughboys who served in the trenches in France. This 2004 book on World War I is relevant to the geo-politics of world affairs today and is an excellent read for any history buff.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC SHAARA)

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Dead Wake

Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

It’s hard to imagine a world where war had its “gentlemanly” rules such as passenger ships being safe from attack in enemy waters, but the Lusitania sailed the seas of that world. However, WWI was the start of that rule changing, and the unthinkable was about to occur.

In Dead Wake, Mr. Larson leads us through life aboard this luxury ocean liner leaving New York, and the lives of many of its passengers, both confident and content despite the fact that they are headed to London, where Germany has declared the seas around Britain a war zone.

The tension builds, as Larson writes not only of the passengers aboard the Lusitania, the crew and its Captain Turner, but also the conditions aboard U-20, the German submarine. We all know what happens, but Larson unfolds the details most of us never knew. Was it one torpedo or two? Had you ever heard of Room 40 and its secrets? Was this sinking avoidable? It’s a great read, and you will find yourself glued to this one!

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

Rin Tin Tin

Reviewed by Jennifer Rude-Klett (Library Staff)

On September 15, 1918, during the first large American offensive in World War I, a U.S. soldier came across a bombed-out German dog kennel and found a frantic female German Shepard with five puppies who had survived the bombing. That soldier, Lee Duncan, found homes for the dogs during wartime and kept two for himself. One of those dogs would go on to become the legendary canine movie star Rin Tin Tin. Developed in 1899, the German Shepard breed was virtually unknown to most of the world. That would soon change.

As an author of a book on World War I, I enjoyed Orlean’s book very much. It is well written and researched. Many of the facts surprised me . . . such as there were 16 million animals deployed in the Great War. Families gave up their dogs for WWII, when Rin Tin Tin (not the original dog) played a important role in recruiting and training dogs for the war effort with many never returning. If you are a dog lover, or are keen on Hollywood and television history, I recommend you check out this nonfiction book.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (636.7376 ORL) and also as a CD Book.

ANZAC Girls (2014)


Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

Based on the book by Peter Rees, the bravery, determination and selflessness of the women and men in WWI is portrayed here to make the viewer feel they are right there with the Australian and New Zealand nurses in Egypt, Greece, and France. It follows the lives of five nurses based on their letters, journals, and historical records. Scenes are realistic, but beautifully shot. Special features include pictures and information about the five nurses featured in this series. I predict you will move through this series very quickly, always wanting to see the next episode.

Available through the CAFE Library System

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Reviewed by Jennifer Rude Klett (Library Staff)

All Quiet On The Western Front has been exalted as the best war novel ever written. I would agree with that lofty label. This World War I tale is magnificently told in first person by WWI veteran Erich Maria Remarque about a young German infantry soldier named Paul. While Remarque himself reportedly did not spend much time at the front, and the book is not based on his experiences, the story brings the Great War up close and personal in a fearfully realistic way. I understand why this deserving fiction book is required reading for many high school English classes. Still, one complaint: I did not like the ending. Did you?

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC REMARQUE)

Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I by Nick Lloyd


Reviewed by Jennifer Rude Klett (Library Staff)

Finally, a World War I book that acknowledges the contributions of the US Doughboys. Thank you, Mr. Lloyd. I immensely appreciated the information on the Americans and attention paid to the last one hundred days of the war, something that many Great War books do not adequately cover. The German perspective was also refreshing to see from an Allied author, again something that is often missing. Mr. Lloyd possesses a gift for both history and writing, which isn’t necessarily present with many books written by academic historians. I highly recommend Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I. This is a timely (the centennial of the beginning of World War I is 2014) book for history buffs.