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Tema N. Merback

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Tema Merback is a first time author, and a former Kathryn McBride Scholar at Bryn Mawr College. Her first novel In the Face of Evil has just been selected as a finalist of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award. She lives in Malibu, California with her husband and two children.

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Tema N. Merback My mother, Dina, began telling me her story when I was a child. I was her psychologist. She washed her trauma through me by sharing her story.…moreMy mother, Dina, began telling me her story when I was a child. I was her psychologist. She washed her trauma through me by sharing her story. However, I had a clear understanding of the events and the characters long before I ever began pecking away at the computer. When I decided to write the book, we revisited every minute of her tragic journey. I worked closely with her, taping her, interviewing her, and daily, as I wrote, speaking with her. It was a difficult labor of love. It was a journey that I am extremely proud of. Thank you for asking.(less)
Tema N. Merback I ignore it and keep writing.
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Having just passed the anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank, I find myself remembering her short yet unforgettable life.
Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929, my mother Dina Frydman was born June 20, 1929, one week later. Anne was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but her family moved to Amsterdam when she was four years old to escape the rise to power of the Nazis. My mother was born and lived with h... Read more of this blog post »
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The Visitor (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A woman invites a familiar stranger into her home, and is surprised by the outcome.
The Encounter (Select)
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Description: A woman's contemplated suicide leads to a chance encounter with a man.
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Euphoria by Lily King
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Think Hemingway's The Green Hills of Africa, or Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, and you begin to feel the spell of Lily King's historical novel Euphoria. Euphoria is loosely based on the life of Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist who enlightened ...more
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus
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Night Circus is a novel that will leave you wishing that Erin Morgenstern had written another 500 pages. It is a literary feast for the imagination. You will find yourself in an enchanted world for the duration of this beautifully written novel, a wo ...more
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"I rarely review novels or give them 5 stars; however as an Anthropology major with a love of Non-Western cultures and not to mention a slow, simmering romance this novel moved me to tears. Well written with a good grasp of New Guinea, I truly coul..." Read more of this review »
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The Paying Guests was definitely not one of my favorite books. Had I known what I was getting into with this slow moving mystery I would never have read it. I didn't find the characters of interest, nor did they invoke empathy or compassion from me. ...more
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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
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Leaving Time is getting a lot of mixed reviews. There seems to be a fair amount of criticism that the ending, might be a little too close for comfort to a previously written book and movie. I saw the connection immediately, however, I can forgive and ...more
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life
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read in December, 2014
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A truly remarkable book, but a difficult one to review. What if you were to be reborn time after time, life after life? Each time you retained something from that prior life, a forewarning, something that would change the future outcome of events, ev ...more
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