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Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer
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Jan 31, 2012

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

Jack Mayer tells the true story of three Kansas high school students who discover the story of a woman, Irena Sendler, who rescued 2500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. Mayer alternates between the story of the high school students and Sendler's efforts during the war.

I am a stickler for the way writers capture dialogue. In many books, conversations between characters seem awkward or contrived. That is not the case here. Mayer does a great job of capturing conversations between the students and between Sendler and her peers.

I will not spoil the story, but I will say Sendler was passionate about her work and remained humble about her efforts until her passing in 2008. Though she risked her life to save thousands, she said repeatedly that she wished she could have done more. That, to me, is humbling.
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