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The Book of Lost Names
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the international bestselling author of the epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemakers Wife. Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; its an image of a book she hasnt seen in sixty-five yearsa book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War IIan experience Eva remembers welland the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlins Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers dont know where it came fromor what the code means. Only Eva holds the answerbut will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war? As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rmy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rmy disappears. An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.
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Rachiiebookdragon
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I listened to the audiobook for this one, beautiful story.

3.75/5

Read for:

#TheNerdDaily2022ReadingChallenge2022
#52BookClubReadingChallenge2022

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Honeybeebooks
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Another book club read. Each year we read a WWII novel and almost without exception it leads to a great discussion. The Book of Lost Names is inspired by real heroes of the war that put their talents to work creating new identities and documents for people targeted by the Nazis. Eva and Remy fall in love whilst in the French resistance. Decades later, Eva returns to reclaim the book used to track the young children saved by their efforts. 4/5 ⭐️

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TorieStorieS
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In a few hours, my book club will gather to discuss this month‘s pick! My first experience with the author, this WWII novel clips along at a consistently quick pace. Set mainly in France during the war, there‘s also a 2005 element to Eva‘s story. A lifelong book lover, Eva falls into the role of a forger of documents during the war. The titular book houses the real names of her fakes. The plot takes a few familiar turns but is hard to put down!

SilversReviews LOVED this book and LOVE this photo!! 5mo
TorieStorieS @SilversReviews Thank you so much!! My book club had a great discussion about it!!! 5mo
SilversReviews @TorieStorieS Love book cub discussions. 😊 5mo
TorieStorieS @SilversReviews Me too!! I am a part of two book clubs now and it‘s a little funny that both have such an affinity for WWII fiction! 5mo
SilversReviews @TorieStorieS 😀😀😀😀 5mo
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SheilaChew
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“We are all guilty of seeing things through the lens of our own lives.”

This guilt is my current heartbreak. It helps to see my feelings articulated on the page.

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angieinwonderland
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There were was so much imagery coming from perfectly written prose. It is dual timeline but not evenly interspersed which somehow adds to the gravitas. This book really puts you there the whole time.

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4/5 stars Essentially a love story of Eva a young woman who is daughter of Polish immigrants. Due to luck, Eva‘s artistic talents, and fast thinking, she and her mother are saved from the Jewish round ups in Paris. Unfortunately, her father is sent to Auschwitz, & Eva eventually convinces her mother that he is dead. The high stakes decisions keeps the reader engaged as well as the many plot twists. An emotional and beautiful story. Well worth it.

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KathyWheeler
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I saw Kristen Harmel at Page & Palette this afternoon and really enjoyed her talk. She signed my copy of The Book of Lost Names. Of course, while I was there, I bought some books: Julie Osaka‘s The Swimmers; The Sea of Tranquility; and Book Lovers.

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Dcueto
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Friend told me this was a great one. Let‘s see

janeycanuck Oh, this was a standout for me. Hope you enjoy it! 8mo
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Wonderwoman89
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Just finished this book today while taking care of my 2 month old granddaughter and drinking my tea from my 10 year old grandson‘s mug. This was a good book about Eva and Remy coming up with a plan to remember the children they helped escape from the awful Holocaust only for Eva to learn there are a more to life than a name. I recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about the Holocaust like I do.

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thecaffinatedreader
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“I used to think that memories were less painful when you held them close. I think perhaps that isn't true though. Now I think pain loses its power when we share it.”

#thebookoflostnames

Just wow. What a quote!!

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thecaffinatedreader
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Started this one last night. I‘ve heard so many good things about it!

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Wonderwoman89
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This weekend I am reading The Book of Lost names. I have heard a lot of good things about this book, so I decided to see myself.

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Cpg
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I enjoyed this historical fiction. It was action packed and told lots about the lives being lived during WW II. It was my first to read by Kristin Harmel. I‘ll definitely read more of her books. 👍🏻

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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My most recent purchase that #beginswith #book! I keep seeing great reviews!

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megnews I‘m listening to this one right now. Very good so far. 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @megnews awesome! Can‘t wait! 11mo
Eggs Exciting to have a new book to read💖💓 11mo
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CaroPi Should I feel bad that I am interested in the book because I like the name? 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CaroPi definitely not!! 😊 11mo
SilversReviews LOVED this book. 10mo
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Arvena
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Well-written, interesting read about a horrific time in our world history. This book had all those feels. It is a story about how terrible times can bring out the best and the worst in people, about finding hope and light in the darkest hours.

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“There‘s something almost miraculous about seeing a child‘s eyes light up when you hand him a book that intrigues him. I‘ve always thought that it‘s those children—the ones who realize that books are magic—who will have the brightest lives.”

Cpg Just checked this one out. Anxious to get started reading it. 10mo
BilboBookends @Cpg it‘s so so good, I hope you like it! 10mo
Cpg @BilboBookends Yes!!! Enjoying it- as I‘ve been home sick for the last week! I‘ve got another one to start- “People We Meet on Vacation” 10mo
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Cpg @BilboBookends I did! Really enjoyed reading it! 🥇 9mo
BilboBookends @Cpg I‘m glad you enjoyed it and I hope you‘re feeling better! 9mo
Cpg @BilboBookends Thank you! Yes, much better now!!! Thank goodness! 🙌 9mo
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sblbooks
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#12AuthorsIn22 Day 4 Kristin Harmel
I absolutely love the one book I read: The Forest of Vanishing Stars I can't wait to read more. #HstoricalFiction

megnews I have Forest and The Book of Lost Names on my tbr. They look good! 11mo
Cpg Just checked this one out! 📚 😍 📖 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you so much Debra!! You are so sweet 🥰 I‘m really looking forward to reading this one!! I LOVE the bookmark!!

#LitsyLove
#Bookmail

Deblovestoread So glad it arrived. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kdgordon88 ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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terryduncan5719
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Very very good and very satisfying ending. I recommend it very much!

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Maryjoe236
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Still reading this but so far I really like it. … I finished this and while I generally liked it including the ending, I thought there were some slow parts. Also I wished she tied up some loose ends by telling some of the children‘s stories after they escaped.

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sleepy.ash87
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This is the first historical fiction novel I've read in a long while. It painted an excellent (though terrifying and heartbreaking) image of WWII France and how those who were Jewish were being "erased." It's the story of a brave woman who attempts to preserve the identities of young children by placing their names into a code. A story about many forms of love, perseverance, sacrifice, and loyalty; It was an emotional and moving experience for me.

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ElleSkel
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So happy I tried this one! This book made me feel a bit of every emotion and really opened the door to questions about why people behave the way they do. This was a great story about a heartbreaking time in history.
It is worth it to mention that I alternated reading the hardcover and listening to the audio and the chapters actually lined up! Bonus!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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suvata
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Eva is a semi-retired librarian in Florida. Shelving books one morning, she sees the image of a book she hasn‘t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The book is housed in a French library and it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers have no idea what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

sprainedbrain Love the cover! 2y
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Sharpeipup
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I met her!
(Local author Kristin Harmel)

Gissy 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏 2y
DrSpalding I loved the lost book of names! Lucky you! 2y
tpixie Awesomeness ! 2y
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AmyK1
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“Sometimes, something as simple as a pen and a bit of imagination can alter the course of history.”

I raced through this story about Eva, a document forger who saved hundreds of lives in WWII France. While it‘s a work of fiction it is based on real people who risked their lives to save others. Loved it and the end had me in tears ❤️😢

FelinesAndFelonies This was my #1 book last year! 2y
Insightsintobooks I loved this book! ❤ 2y
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Readswithcoffee
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I really like this WWII historical fictional novel in which the main character is a document forger for the French Resistance. It was interesting in that its focus is not on the concentration camps, but rather life on the outside. Although I found Eva‘s mother to be unlikable, I am glad the character was included as she provided contrast and depth. I‘m glad I listened to the audiobook for the pronunciation of the French names.

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Librariana
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Got to pick up some items from my local indie that I had ordered back in January 😊

And while I was there, I couldn't resist the temptation of bringing the tagged title home with me along with:

• Klara and the Sun
• The Paris Library and
• What I Carry

#bookhaul #shopindie #shoplocal

JamieArc This looks like a great stack! 2y
Librariana @JamieArc - Thank you, Jamie! I think so, too! Hehehe 😁 Then again, I might be a little biased 😉 I had been eagerly anticipating and waiting for some of these titles for a while! 2y
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This was pretty typical of the genre - resistance in WWII France, some romance, etc., but I felt that the dialogue was rather wooden and the part that should have been an exciting climax felt so slow. It‘s not a bad book and it is an interesting story based on real events. 2.5⭐️

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Use my link and then you can sign up too! https://share.simonandschuster.com/akallas

tpixie Cool!! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @tpixie. Share my link too to friends. Maybe we can win for the book club! 2y
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mcctrish
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I quite enjoyed this story involving the French Resistance. I cried at the end. This pic is of the valentine charcuterie box I ordered from a small local company to celebrate Love Day in style with. One of the positive things to come about because of Covid and lockdowns has been discovering new to me small local companies that I am thankful to support ❤️

LeahBergen That looks lovely! 2y
tpixie Yummy 😋 2y
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mcctrish
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It‘s a Long Weekend in most of Canada 🇨🇦 thank god 🙏🏻 and some really sweet coasters I ordered from a maker in BC arrived this morning. Just in time for my reading and tea drinking enjoyment ❤️ in case anyone is interested here is a link https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LettersAndNature

wanderinglynn What fun coasters! 🍻 2y
mcctrish @wanderinglynn I spotted them in a post of someone I follow on IG and I‘ve been stalking the maker since waiting for a drop 😂 2y
tpixie Thanks for the link! That coaster is great!! 2y
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amsu311
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Sad and Happy...Love, Love, Love...
#GoodReads2021Challenge

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mcctrish
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Getting back to this and my valentine pillows I ordered came today. Such a soft pink I think my red living room can handle them

Booknerd2 I adored that book! 💜💜💜 2y
mcctrish I only read a chapter or two @Booknerd2 and then I don‘t know why I got sidetracked 🤷🏻‍♀️but I‘m right back in it now 2y
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mcctrish @BookishMarginalia they are so soft ( I bought 2) I live in a house of all boys and I think it‘s important for my mental health to have some pretty things 2y
BookishMarginalia I agree! 2y
tpixie @mcctrish l love the pillow! ! Where did you find it? 2y
tpixie @mcctrish thanks! 2y
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Wanders.In.Stories
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This book had me crying real tears at the end...just wow...and only took me two days to race through! I‘m close to 60 and my eyes always get too tired to read like I did when I was young, but this book grabbed me and I ran with it! Tears of grief or joy? Find out for yourself!

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Wanders.In.Stories
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‘It seemed murdering people who differed from the masses was a tale as old as time.‘

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TheSpineView
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#JumpIntoJanuary @Eggs
#Lost

Another one that is on my TBR list! 😋📚

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Danay
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2021 #1 Happy New Year! Book #1 done! And it was a good one!

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I was so excited to get this book for Christmas!! It was so good .. I practically finished it in one sitting!! I highly recommend this book!! It even has info in the back of the book about how the author came up with the storyline! 🥰

SilversReviews LOVED it!! 2y
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Crazeedi
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#Day2 #12Booksof2020 @Andrew65
This was a great story of a womans determination to remember the ones she assisted during the war. Another 5 star

Andrew65 This looks great. 2y
lynneamch Do you watch her on Friends and Fiction? It's live on Wednesday nights but they've put most of their episodes on YouTube. She actually owns the book that she used for inspiration. 2y
Crazeedi @lynneamch no I didn't! But I did read about that. Amazing 2y
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marleed So pretty! 2y
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monkeygirlsmama
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5 Stars!!!!
Read. This. Book. 💙♥️💙♥️💙♥️♥️

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As the main character is called, I too am a petit rat de bibliothèque aka a little book rat. 📚🐁

The 2nd is/was also me. Married at 18 and clueless as to who I was on my own when my husband left me just shy of 20 yrs later.

The 3rd... I try to encourage my girls to be exactly who they are, but I know I do so through my own lense. I hope to be better at avoiding putting so much emphasis on my lense so that I can support them through theirs. ♥️

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This was a great book!!
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Sills @tpixie I have this book haven't read it yet though. Good to know you liked it 👍 2y
tpixie @Sills It‘s based on a true story and her research that you read about at the end is really cool. If I had more time I‘d read all the books that she used to research! I just messaged you the link to the Facebook talk that they had this afternoon I only got to watch part of it so I‘m excited to see there‘s a replay (edited) 2y
Sills @tpixie yes I saw that thank you I might try to catch the taped version as I missed the talk also👍 2y
tpixie @Sills I think it should be ok, even if you haven‘t read it. I watched it last night 2y
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KathyWheeler
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Today‘s #FeastMode reading. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I basically did nothing but read. Today I have other things to do, so I probably won‘t finish this today.