Review: WHEN WILL THIS CRUEL WAR BE OVER? THE CIVIL WAR DIARY OF EMMA SIMPSON by Barry Denenberg

Diary of an Eccentric reviewed When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson by Barry Denenberg for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

One could call The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson a homefront novel of sorts.  While the men are off fighting, Emma and her cousin, Rachel, are pondering hair styles, clothes, and marriage.  But those conversations come to an end when Emma confronts death, hunger, cold, and Yankee soldiers.  The war actually comes to her doorstep, though what she experiences is nowhere near as horrible as what the men experienced on the battlefield.  It really drives home the point that war is a hardship for everyone, though at different degrees.

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Review: DEAR AMERICA: ONE EYE LAUGHING, THE OTHER WEEPING: THE DIARY OF JULIE WEISS by Barry Denenberg

dear-americaCarmen Alexis from Carmen Alexis’ Book Talk recently posted a review of Dear America:  One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping:  The Diary of Julie Weiss by Barry Denenberg.  Here is a snippet:

One of my favourite World War II books is the diary of Anne Frank but since I had already read that years ago, I wanted to find something like it. I was looking through a lot of books that my mom bought me years ago and found this one. Unlike Anne Frank, this book is fiction but I decided to give it a try anyways.  It’s a pretty short book and depicts a different type of WWII experience. In this case, Julie – the book’s diary writer – encounters grief through death in the family and witnessing the abuse of the Jews.

You can read the entire review here.

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