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Address Unknown
Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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A rediscovered classic, originally published in 1938 -- and now an international bestseller. Address Unknown When it first appeared in Story magazine in 1938, Address Unknown became an immediate social phenomenon and literary sensation. Published in book form a year later and banned in Nazi Germany, it garnered high praise in the United States and much of Europe. A series of fictional letters between a Jewish art dealer living in San Francisco and his former business partner, who has returned to Germany, Address Unknown is a haunting tale of enormous and enduring impact.
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BarbaraJean
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Another belated review—I read this short but powerful epistolary novella back in March. It took completely unexpected and gut-punching turns for such a brief narrative, and I‘m still thinking about it months later: how quickly events can change (or reveal) a person, and the power of words to save or to destroy. This had been buried on my to-read list, but a #NewYearWhoDis recommendation from @Blaire bumped it to the top and I‘m glad it did!

BkClubCare Covers don‘t always sway me, but this one always demands a second look. 3w
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KarenUK
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Its unimaginable to think about reading this tiny but mighty epistolary novel when it first published in 1938. What starts as a charming correspondence turns quickly chilling. Published first in ‘Story‘ magazine then Readers digest, then as a book that sold 50K copies, a LOT back then! But then almost disappeared. At B&N, we picked this as our ‘Rediscovered Classic‘ recently and its truly an excellent choice. Foreword and Afterword are must-reads.

BarbaraBB I love that B&N does that! 2mo
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Cinfhen I read this tiny little book too….chilling!! 2mo
CarolynM Sounds great! Stacked🙂 2mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB It‘s a great program… we do kids books too…. 💕 2mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain @CarolynM it‘s such a quick read, but really packs a punch. 2mo
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asterese
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Haunting, that's what this book is. Letters make powerful weapons indeed. This book was certainly ahead of its time, foreseeing the dangers of unchecked ideology, and perpetuating a cult of personality. I can't stop thinking about the story here, and I am still stunned by how it all unfolded. I cannot recommend this enough.

⭐: 5

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asterese
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More book mail! Saw someone post about this book last week, and when I saw that it was an epistolary work, I was intrigued. Fortunately, I found a secondhand copy online. (It's the thrill of the search for me. 😂) Not too many physical copies of this, I think? 🤔

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Christine
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Glad Litsy put this one on my radar. Sad that it feels so relevant again/still. It‘s a timely reminder of how impossibly brave acts of protest and resistance often are.

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Tamra
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😳 On the heels of The Betrayal of Anne Frank, this was startling and made all the bigger impact. I went into it blind not knowing the premise.

Yikes, what a prescient short story from 1938! Read it! It will take under an hour to read, including the Intro & Afterward.

tpixie Oh my! Thanks! 5mo
Tamra @tpixie it‘s relevant for all time! 5mo
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megnews
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Best book I read in November and possibly all year. Short. Power packed. Everyone should read it.

#12booksof2021

Andrew65 Looks good. 6mo
LindaLappin interesting 6mo
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Karkar
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Wow this is impactful in such a short story. Really something everyone should read.

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megnews
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32 books total.
16 books by Native American authors this month including 7 graphic memoirs, 5 MG, 2 YA, 1 memoir, 1 poetry.
My favorite this month was the tagged impromptu read.

MallenNC I read Crazy Brave this month also. I just finished it yesterday and am hoping to read her second memoir soon. I still need to do my review. Would you recommend any of the graphic memoirs? I‘m enjoying that format lately. 7mo
megnews @MallenNC I was hoping to get to her second memoir this month but didn‘t quite get there. I liked Sugar Falls a lot. Most of these were by Canadian authors and while I enjoyed them, I‘d love to see more written by US authors. I really need more of our history in regards to Indigenous people. 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This hour long #audiobook includes a foreword and an afterword which definitely helped place this epistolary work of fiction in the historical context of the beginning of Hitler‘s rise to power. We, as readers, know it‘s often best to illustrate a point with a story. This collection of fictionalized letters between friends (one in America, the other in Germany) clues modern readers into the answer to the question: “how could this have happened?”

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KristiAhlers
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No matter how short this story is it manages in less than 100 pages to knock you on your backside. You want to try to understand how Nazi Germany and the belief systems managed to grow is explained here. Told in letter writing form this story is heartbreaking while so very very real.

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megnews
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As I read this power-packed sucker punch short novel, first published in 1938, I thought to myself this is perfection. After reading, I found the 1939 NYT Book Review stated, ‘This modern story is perfection itself. It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction.‘ I have nothing else to add but: read it!

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Blaire
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Wow. This short epistolary novel packs a punch. Correspondence between a Jewish art dealer in San Francisco and his former gentile partner in Germany, it tracks the rise of Hitler in the early 1930s and how easily self-protection and power overtake common humanity.

mom2bugnbee I LOVE epistolary novels. 8mo
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AvidReader25
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So many excellent books this month!

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AvidReader25
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This was a short, sharp, & powerfully brief story. It‘s fascinating to think about a world where people don‘t associate Nazis with evil quite yet. The 1930s were time of denial when it came to Germany & this book captured that perfectly. This epistolary novel gave us a glimpse into the life of an American Jewish man & his German business partner. Their correspondence was brief, but world-shattering. I know I‘ll think about this one for awhile.

MaureenMc Cozy! 🥰 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Short but impactful. Originally published in 1938 and eerily ahead of its time, a cautionary warning of how quickly a civilized society can break down. Written as a series of correspondence between 2 dear friends & business partners, one German the other Jewish. Kressmann Taylor foresaw what others chose to ignore.

TrishB Love the new pic 🐶❤️ 8mo
Cathythoughts I live the new pic too 🐶 absolutely adorable 8mo
Cinfhen He‘s the sweetest pup @Cathythoughts @TrishB and looks very dashing in his bow tie. He had a flower wreath at the wedding but he was NOT having it!!! He‘s much too dignified 😜 8mo
TrishB Awww, Sansa hates a collar and only puts up with it for a walk! 8mo
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Bookboss
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This short story is bound as a book, which is perfect because this story is as powerful as any novel. The story was published in 1938, and takes the form of letters between two owners of an art gallery. Max remains in the U.S. while his German partner, Martin, moves back to Germany in 1932. The letters reveal the horror of Martin‘s indoctrination into the Nazi party. It only took a half an hour to read, but this story will stay with me always.

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suvata
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Brilliant 80 page epistolary history lesson!

Address Unknown was first published in the United States, in Story magazine in September 1938, it caused an immediate sensation. Written as a series of letters between a Jewish American living in San Francisco and his former business partner, returned to Germany, the story, early on, exposed the poison of Nazism to the American public.

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Bookboss I just put it on hold at my library! 10mo
suvata @Bookboss I thought it was a very powerful book. 10mo
Cinfhen I just read another review of this book!! They also raved how powerful it was ♥️ 10mo
suvata @Cinfhen Well I totally agree with them. A lot of good stuff in a very small book. 10mo
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a very quick read - as in 79 pages with the introduction and afterward. Set in the early 1930s, this is written in letters between a Jewish American and his business partner living in Germany. Originally published in the US in 1938, it must have been such a warning about nazi Germany. So short but so moving, it‘s easily one of my favorites this year. I highly recommend!!

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rmaclean4
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Brilliant short story. Her story telling using only letters all in 64 pages. Is amazing. Published in 1938. Her publisher did not use her first name since they thought the story was too powerful to be written by a woman. So glad I read this. Highly recommend. 4 🌟

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Ast_Arslan
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What a beautiful book!
It's really, really short but it has a big power in it and I think I will not easily forget this one! ❤
I wish you all a Happy New Year 🥂🍾🎊❤

#addressunknown #kressmanntaylor #WWII #letters #happynewyear

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Jeg
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Found this delightful little book in the ships library. It was written a long time ago. It‘s a short but poignant read. At the end a history of how it came to be. Very interesting. @MrsMalaprop

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GenDoyle
Inconnu cette adresse | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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19 lettres échangées entre 2 amis qui se lisent à une vitesse hallucinante. J'ai fini ce livre... et je n'ai eu qu'une envie, le faire lire à tous !

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Astroneman
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A journey to the roots of hatred, an intense and passionate book, which represented with a lucid clairovoyance the climate of ruthless racism in which the Holocaust matured.

#book #leggere #libro #libri #lettura #booklover #litsybook #goodreads #toread #Holocaust #kressmantaylor #destinatosconosciuto #readingchallenge2018

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Libby1
Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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This is what happens when you make one teensy tiny mistake with an address... 🤦🏼‍♀️

Grateful to the UK postal system for getting the parcel back to me so I could try again!

As of yesterday TWO parcels are coming your way, @jhod . I checked the address at least 10 times to make sure it was correct this time.

Also, the tagged book is awesome. 😎

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jhod Ha! Amazing, thanks!! 5y
Libby1 @jhod - have they arrived?!? I hope so! 5y
jhod Think so but I wasn't in (got a red card) so they're being re-delivered on Wednesday. Will let you know when they come! Thanks! 5y
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FrlSarahh
Adressat unbekannt | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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Erschreckend, bewegend und gerade in der heutigen Zeit leider wieder aktueller den je