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We Were the Lucky Ones
We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
Reading Georgia Hunter s "We Were the Lucky Ones" is like being swung heart first into history . . . A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment. Paula McLain, "New York Times"bestselling author of "The Paris Wife" An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive, and to reunite. It is the spring of 1939, and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows ever closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships facing Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurc family will be flung to the far corners of the earth, each desperately trying to chart his or her own path toward safety. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death by working endless hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an extraordinary will to survive and by the fear that they may never see each other again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. In a novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that spansfive continentsandsix years and transports readersfromthe jazz clubs of Paris to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro toKrakow s most brutal prison and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, "We Were the Lucky Ones "isa tribute to the capacity of the human spirit to endure in the face of the twentieth century s darkest moment."
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violabrain
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Okay, stop what you‘re doing and go out right now and buy this book. I have read a lot of really incredible World War II stories, but this one takes the cake. A suspenseful, gripping, heartbreaking story full of love and heart and bravery that is all the more amazing because it‘s true! Incredible!!!!

EvieBee This is one of my top ten books to read this year! Already read Rules of Civility. I want to read ALL the books I‘ve been saving. 4mo
peacegypsy @violabrain I agree entirely! One of the best books I‘ve ever read! ❤️ 4mo
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Amoon
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I feel like my life was so enriched by reading this epic book. It is the story of he author‘s family in Poland from 1949-1946. Life for this Jewish family becomes worse and worse as the Nazis overtake Europe. The author does a great job in following all of the life threatening experiences each Harare endures.Their love for each other. A real page turner and inspirational.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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Knowing that this story of survival is based on the true lives of the author‘s family was powerful, yet heart wrenching. The story of their survival in the midst of despair and unspeakable evil is one to honor and keep alive theirs and others stories who lived and died through the genocide of the Jewish men, women, and children.
This is one I highly recommend to all.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This fictional retelling of a Polish family‘s survival of WWII left me hollowed out. The Kurcs‘ sheer will, bravery, and hope while trying to survive and stay together is a gripping story I won‘t forget. The generations begat from this decimated population are truly a testament to the human spirit. You can sense Hunter‘s deep admiration for her family‘s history throughout; it shines as a memorial her ancestors can be proud of. 5⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I stalled a bit on my #novelnovember reading goals, but I did finish “The Searcher” and am about 50% through the the tagged book. Looking forward to some quality reading time over the Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks @Andrew65 for the motivation!

Andrew65 Great, well done 👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😊 6mo
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Hannah_11
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This has been on my tbr pile for a while, finally got round to reading it and honestly was so worth it! An incredible true story of one family‘s sheer determination just to stay alive against all odds. Definite pick 💜 #pick #WeWereTheLuckyOnes #read #bookworm #love

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Booklover2
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Although this wasn‘t a home run for me, i still recommend it. A holocaust story where a large polish family survives the horrors of ww2 and all the ways they cope and deal during this time while all being separated and not knowing who is alive or dead. A bit hard to follow, there are so many storylines. The characters were hard to connect with, lacked emotional punch. It was like watching at a distance.

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Kdgordon88
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I have read a ton of WWII fiction over the last few years and was going to make an effort to stay away from that time period in 2020. @Jerdencon and #NewYearWhoDis had a different and better idea. This book is amazing. Based on a real family with each member experiencing the war in a different way. I loved this book.

#12BooksofChristmas #Day6

FantasyChick Ooooh stacking! 1y
Butterfinger I loved this book too. I still get shivers when I think of the family reunion after the war. Tears were rolling down my face. 1y
Jerdencon I loved this one- so glad you enjoyed it! 1y
Andrew65 Looks good. 1y
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HaleyG14
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I really enjoyed this book. The book is a fictional retelling about a real Jewish family and the real horrors they faced during the Holocaust. It is a heartbreaking story written by one of the family members own granddaughter. Even though it is a heavy topic, I think it‘s definitely worth the read.

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paulareadsallthetime
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This was such a good book about what happened to Jews during WWII. I felt like these people became family members. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kdgordon88
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#3books #BasedonTrueStories. All of these were great reads based on real people and events.

alisonrose I‘d never heard of Finding Dorothy but it sounds fantastic! 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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gbucks43
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One of the best books I've ever read. Thrilling. Stayed up late so many nights to finish it. And the fact that it's based on real events is unbelievable. I've recommended this book to everybody I talk to

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Maggie_Reads
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It took me about a month to read because I‘ve got a lot going on and I‘m easily distracted nowadays but this was a great read based on a real Jewish family that (barely) survives WWII. If you gravitate to stories set in this time period, you need to read this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Maggie_Reads
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I bought this about a year ago but things got stressful and chaotic so it got shelved. Now that my life has calmed down (#RIPMom), I‘m ready to dive into a new tome.

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Amber0702
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Pretty great books last month.. my favorite of this group is We Were the Lucky Ones ❤

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Danay
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2020 #27 I loved this one.

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Biblionut
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Grab your tissues. 😢 A story of a family trying to survive Hitler‘s atrocities. So good.

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Eggs
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Amazing historical fiction about a Jewish family of 7 in WW2 Poland researched and written by the great granddaughter of Sol and Nechuma Kurc.

#bookspin #doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks

Cupcake12 Love the cover design xx 2y
Butterfinger I was screaming with tears running down my face at the conclusion. It still gets me every time I think about that ending. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
AmyK1 I really liked this one too 2y
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Eggs
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1* 👆🏻
2* 👆🏻
3* walking1 hr/day, bath bombs, writing
4* dark

#friyayintro
@4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft 😹😹 2y
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Eggs
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“It wasn‘t his plan to stay up all night”

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl And it's never a good idea lol 2y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter

There is great deal of difference in reading just a fiction compared to books based on true stories. What do you say?

#litsyauthor #readwithmrbook

Eggs Agreed 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @Eggs 🙌🏻👍😀 2y
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Kdgordon88
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What a story! What a resilient family! Thank you @Jerdencon for putting this on my #NewYearsWhoDis list. I went into this thinking it was complete fiction with the author cleverly using one family‘s different experiences to illustrate the many horrendous facets of WWII only to find out while listening to the author‘s note that these were real people, real events. What this family went through is incredible and I won‘t forget their story.

Jerdencon I loved this book! 2y
Jerdencon Glad you enjoyed it! 2y
Butterfinger I think it is the only book that left me hooting, hollering, crying, and laughing at the very end. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I had to go to to town today, so that involved driving past Goodwill. My car just automatically turned into the parking lot 🤷🏼‍♀️ So one for me and the others for some of you 😉

#LitsyLove

Pageturner1 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks my car has an automatic instinct there too!!😀 2y
TheBookHippie Oh for fucks sake 🤣🤣 two of those I want -one is arriving via amazon today 🤣🤣🤣🤯🤯🤯💟😘😘😘 2y
Crazeedi Nice selections!!👍🥰 2y
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robinb I want to visit YOUR Goodwill! 😄 Actually, I need to visit my own...I may be seriously missing out! 😨 2y
Tamra Love thrifty finds! 2y
Princess-Kingofkings You have some great choices! (edited) 2y
Hollie Our Goodwill only has bodice rippers and religious books. I so wish I had access to a used book store 😭 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @robinb it is so nice!! They clean all of the books and they only have books in great condition!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Princess-Kingofkings thank you! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie I actually have another one (not pictured) picked out for you!! Is your tbr list up to date? ❤️ 2y
TheBookHippie @Hollie you must be shopping at my Goodwill 🤢🤯🙄 2y
TheBookHippie Park Avenue Summer Savage The Bones 2y
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think so! 😘 2y
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Kdgordon88
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I have about 5 hours left on We Were the Lucky Ones and 2/3‘s of Fountains of Silence to go.
Just barely started Scarlett. Tax season is taking chunks of my reading time so finishing these and starting new ones maybe overly optimistic but it‘s nice to have a goal. Looking forward to seeing what March‘s #BookSpin will be. Still buying faster than I am reading 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3 from B&N and 3 on the way from BOTM this week.

#WeeklyForecast

Cinfhen I really liked this book and it works for #ReadWithMrBook as @Georgia_Hunter is a Litsy author xx 2y
Kdgordon88 @Cinfhen Thank you for the heads up! It‘s appreciated. 🙂 2y
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Djspens
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This was such an interesting book! It‘s the author‘s debut novel, written about her grandfather‘s family surviving WW2 as Jews living in Poland and surviving the war. It‘s amazing all that they went through, I really learned a lot. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for the #bookspin. I‘m so glad this book was picked!

TheAromaofBooks Wow, this sounds like a really good one - even the title is heart-wrenching! 2y
Djspens @TheAromaofBooks yes! That title says a lot. 2y
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Great choice 2y
TheSpineView @Eggs Thanks! 😊 2y
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HappyMaddy
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This heart wrenching, based on a true story, falls under HF which could be used to share several stories about the holocaust in S.S. The book includes several experiences & would be a great introduction to Anne Franks Diaries according to RWT.org for a secondary & mature level class. Students can have the option to write or artistically express their emotions in reflection. (UDL 7.1.
I would incorporate buddies/pairs (ELLs. #UCFLAE3414SP20

DrSpalding I am adding this to my stack. Looks like a wonderful book. Make sure to use the English learner codes as specified in the rubric. Be sure to directly link an appropriate resource to your particular book. 2y
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Djspens
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My husband just loooves when I bring a book while traveling. Apparently he thinks we should be chatting or something. He can listen to his country music, I‘ll immerse myself in this....

mdm139 My hubby is same way. He feels that when I read I am ignoring him and it is rude. 2y
ljuliel It‘s a good thing my husband isn‘t like that or I‘d be single. We both like our own space. 2y
JacqMac My husband is like that, too. Like I‘m supposed to be his entertainment. Lol 2y
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Kappadeemom I have to be my hubby‘s Mapquest 🙃 2y
Djspens @Kappadeemom yeah I‘m that too 😜 2y
Scochrane26 1) I can‘t read in the car without 🤮 2) when my sister & I travel together, she brings crafts (she sells wreaths & hair bows) to do while I‘m driving. 2y
Teresereading I read In the car too 2y
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Djspens
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Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for doing a #bookspin and picking my next read for me 😃🤓 I just finished Beneath A Scarlet Sky last night, so on to another historical book. I hope this one is just as good!

TheAromaofBooks I really like your pillow, too!! 2y
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Blaire
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The story of how much of the author‘s family survived the holocaust. Each family member took a different route to survive relying on bravery, a lot of luck, ingenuity, and the fortune of having resources and looking Aryan. Each persons individual journey was its own struggle and she also covered the difficulty of finding each other once the war ended which is not often addressed. #familybookclub

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Meghan1
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book, but I had to put it down for a little while in the middle because it is so HEAVY and heartbreaking. The book is based on the author‘s family, Polish Jews who lived through the Holocaust. I have done research on the subject, but reading about it as a teen is a lot different than reading about it as a mom.

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Meghan1
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Trying to finish this one up in between trying to finish my ISTE Future Ready Librarians course. It has been slow going because it is VERY heavy.

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Mdonald
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Cathern
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So many space gaps it's hard to keep track
The child, Felicia is written so unrealistically as she gets older, especially her thoughts and mind patterns. I couldn't take it realistically. I usually mindlessly love a WWII story. I love the idea with this one but it became so tangled.
Because it's a true story I give it a ton of credit, however I don't know how an editor let these glaring things slip by them.

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dogmom75
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I picked up We Were The Lucky Ones using my free book coupon on ThriftBooks. Not sure if I‘m gonna read that or All The Light We Cannot See or The Butterfly Garden OR Where The Crawdads Sing. I think I have too many options.

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Beccacraft
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This story about a Jewish family and their unlikely survival paths through WWII is based on true events. It‘s an incredible story, and I grew to truly care about the family and each of their trials. If it were not based on real people, I would have found it somewhat unrealistic, and it took me awhile to get fully vested in the book. However, I loved that the characters and their experiences were based on a family who continues to thrive today.

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Sharpeipup
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Sunday edition. #booknbrunch

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Hollie
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#covercrush #7days7covers day 7 (a day late- oops)

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Dangit_karen
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Great story of a family going through the Holocaust. I do want to pick it up and reread it.

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booksbeersandbars
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I don't know what took me so long to read this...but OMG! Such a good book! I finished it in a park - do not recommend unless you want to be that crying person in the corner of the park. Good story and we'll told. You can tell it's fiction, but don't really care. Solidly in my too 10 books on this time period.

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Ssnyder
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This book was amazing. If you like historical books about the Holocaust it‘s a must read. It‘s written so well it‘s like you‘re almost there with them.

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Cathern
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Do you ever start a book and just KNOW you're going to cry the whole time?
Yeah...

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thewallflower0707
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3stars
This family was EXTREMELY lucky, from their established wealth to their “aryan” look to their special skills. If this weren‘t based on a real story I‘d have stopped reading because too unrealistic.
It was between non-fiction and fiction style, writing was lots of telling and little showing. The narrative seemed to glance over the most interesting parts.
Not really a book about the Shoa but more about the family‘s history.
#review #read

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thewallflower0707
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I want to read more biographical stories about the Third Reich, the Holocaust and the Second World War. I love the cover with the music 🎼 notes.

#weweretheluckyones #nonfiction #bookcover

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Purplerosiepage
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I have mixed feelings about the writing, but the story is mostly true, and it is just incredible.