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The Life She Was Given
The Life She Was Given

Coal River
Coal River -- Ellen Marie Wiseman

What She Left Behind
What She Left Behind -- Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Plum Tree
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Discussion questions , a quiz and historical background for use in the classroom. Click here to download .pdf file (78kb downloadable file).  

Book Clubs:
I am always thrilled when a book club selects one of my books for discussion. Schedule permitting, I would love to be part of your book club meeting should you choose to invite me. (within reasonable driving distance). As I don't charge any fee for my time, I do ask that the members of your club buy my book before inviting me to discuss it. I will gladly sign books and bring extra copies for sale. If interested, please email me.

Further Reading
Interested in reading more about what it was like in Germany during and after WWII, or Willard Asylum? How about writing and finding an agent? Below are some books I used in my research, along with books I’ve read for pleasure, and my favorites for writing tips.

The Lives They Left Behind; Suitcases From a State Hospital Attic by Darby Penney and Peter Stanstny.
Women of the Asylum: Voices From Behind The Walls 1840-1945, by Jeffery L. Geller and Maxine Harris.
The Fire: The Bombing of Germany 1940-1945 by Jörg Friedrich
German Boy by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
The War of our Childhood; Memories of WWII by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel 
Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombings of Civilians in Germany and Japan by A.C. Grayling
To Destroy a City: Strategic Bombing and its Human Consequences in WWII by Hermann Knell
Memoirs of a 1000-Year-Old Woman by Gisela R. McBride
Crimes and Mercies: The Fate of German Civilians under Allied Occupation by James Bacque
Frauen: German Woman Recall the Third Reich by Alison Owings

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney

For Writers:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott
On Writing by Stephen King

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