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Julian Padowicz's MOTHER AND ME: ESCAPE FROM WARSAW 1939 (0897335449, $27.50) tells of a spoiled Warsaw socialite mother who turned her child over to a Catholic governess to raise and a Jewish boy who hated Jews. War divided their lives and left Julian with a mother he barely knew who was newly determined to do anything for her son. Brought up to distrust all things Jewish by his Catholic beloved governess, Julian had more than the usual changes to through and thus MOTHER AND ME is anything but your typical war account. Mark Tedesco's THAT UNDENIABLE LONGING: MY ROAD TO AND FROM THE PRIESTHOOD (0897335422, $23.95) tells of a young man who becomes a priest before he discovers he's gay. His struggles in a seminary at age 19 and his eventual acceptance of his flesh needs at a time when the Vatican has banned gays from the priesthood makes for a moving memoir of faith and disillusionment. Raya Czerner Shapiro and Helga Czerner Weinberg compile LETTERS FROM PRAGUE: 1939-41 (0897335457), which comes from a box of letters among the authors' mother's papers after her death in 1990--letters written by relatives trapped in Prague after the Nazi occupation. Over seventy letters published over a period of two years provides insights into Nazi activities in Prague--and each letter comes with notes of explanation to add historical background. A 'must' for Holocaust collections. Amelia Earhart's THE FUN OF IT (091586455X, $16.95) provides lively autobiography from a flyer who recounts her childhood and almost accidental discovery of the talent which would make her famous. From her unusual marriage pact to her freedom to pursue a flying career against all odds, THE FUN OF IT tells of a lively life.
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