The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Is it possible that Kimberly Brubaker Bradley could write a sequel to the The War that Saved My Life that would live up to the beloved Newbery Honor book?

A resounding YES! The author concludes this story beautifully, resolving the issues of the first book in the first few chapters before entering into the terrible challenges the war presents to Ada, her family, and friends. She grows to be a strong girl, one who can not only nurture herself, but lead others to healing and hope. Every step is hard won. Watching Ada learn to trust, like a fist slowly uncurling, is achingly beautiful. If you haven’t read The War that Saved My Life, run and get the book now — and know that you are in very good hands. Ms. Bradley is a master artist and I can’t wait to see what else she will create for us.

Author Event: “Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII”

March 23, 2017

book coverEvanston’s Richard Cahan is an author, editor, and photo historian, and on Wednesday, March 29 he’ll visit EPL to discuss his haunting new book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. Coauthored with Michael Williams, the book presents the previously impounded work of famed photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams who were hired in 1942 to document the expulsion of 109,000 U.S. residents of Japanese ancestry to detention center for the duration of WWII. Combining 170 of these never-before-seen photographs with primary source government documents and the firsthand recollections of Japanese-American survivors, Un-American was described by Booklist as “an intensely revelatory and profoundly resonant book of beauty and strength, history and caution.” Make sure to register to guarantee your seat at this important author event, and in the meantime, don’t miss Richard Cahan and Michael Williams discussing Un-American with WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia on the Morning Shift.





75-Years Ago: Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 2, 2016

On December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked in a surprise military strike by Japanese forces. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack. For those of you looking to brush up on your knowledge in that area, have no fear. We’ve a list of all the newest books on the subject. As you might imagine, a lot of books have come out recently to commemorate the anniversary. Reserve them today:

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton


In this extraordinary never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack–the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona–ninety-four-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.

Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey


A fascinating look at the twelve days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor–the warnings, clues and missteps–by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.

Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor by Stephen Harding


As the Pearl Harbor attack began, a U.S. cargo ship a thousand miles away in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean mysteriously vanished along with her crew. What happened, and why ?

Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star-Crossed Love Story of Two World War II Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific by Bill Lascher


The unforgettable true story of two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II–a saga of love, adventure, and danger.

Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy by Eri Hotta


A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific.

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson


Published in time for the 75th anniversary, a gripping and definitive account of the event that changed twentieth-century America–Pearl Harbor–based on years of research and new information uncovered by a New York Times bestselling author.

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin


On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II– from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin. Today, America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin’s sobering exploration of this monumental injustice shines as bright a light on current events as it does on the past.

And for those of you looking for pertinent DVDs:

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor


From the facts that are widely known to the unsung heroes, this 75th anniversary set delivers the definitive chronicle of the attack on Pearl Harbor. With combat footage, gripping personal accounts, and detailed historical analysis, six documentaries explore one of history’s most devastating events.

Remembering the WAC with 'Mollie's War'

July 14, 2016

Even though Cyndee Schaffer always knew her mother served during World War II, it was still a little hard to believe.  “She was always a very quiet person,” says Schaffer, “and that she found the courage to join the military just amazed me.”  In fact, Schaffer’s mother – Mollie Weinstein Schaffer – served as an enlistee in the newly-formed Women’s Army Corps from 1943 to 1945 during which time she sent home hundreds of letters describing bombings in England, landing in Normandy just weeks after the Allied invasion, and serving in Germany after VE Day.  Her fascinating letters have been collected in the recent book Mollie’s War, and this Sunday, July 17th at 3 pm you can join Cyndee Schaffer when she visits EPL’s 1st Floor Community Meeting Room to read excerpts from the book and share Mollie’s WWII memorabilia.  In anticipation of her visit, we recently spoke with Cyndee via email about her work editing and researching Mollie’s War, her favorite of her mother’s WAC experiences, the lost art of letter writing, and what she hopes readers take away from the book.

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Book Trailer of the Week

May 28, 2011

After a brief hiatus, the Book Trailer of the Week is back with this captivating clip for Laura Hillenbrand’s new biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  Winner of the 2010 L.A. Times Book Prize for Biography, Unbroken tells the enthralling tale of Louie Zamperini, a 1936 Munich Olympics track star and a WWII Army Air Corps bombardier who endured 47 days in a life raft and two years in Japan’s most brutal POW camps after his B-24 crashed in the Pacific.  Broken and haunted upon his repatriation, Zamperini eventually experienced a spiritual rebirth, and now at 93, he works with the Japanese to promote forgiveness and healing.  Inspiring, heart-wrenching, and simply unforgettable, Unbroken is Seabiscuit-author Hillenbrand at her best.  Don’t miss it.


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