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Gwen Strauss

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Gwen Strauss is an award-winning children’s book author and poet, whose titles include Trail of Stones, The Night Shimmy, Ruth and the Green Book, and The Hiding Game. Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in numerous places including The New Republic, New England Review, Kenyon Review, London Sunday Times and Catapult. Her forthcoming adult non-fiction book, The Nine will be released in eight countries in 2021 and is currently in development for a TV series. She lives in Southern France where she works as the Director of the Dora Maar House, an artist residency program.

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Gwen Strauss The children were not in their beds. The empty rowboat was floating in the middle of the lake.
Gwen Strauss Philippe Sands books, Lily King's Lovers and Writers, Goldie Goldbloom's On Division, American Harvest, The Resisters, I also read in French: Lydie Sa…morePhilippe Sands books, Lily King's Lovers and Writers, Goldie Goldbloom's On Division, American Harvest, The Resisters, I also read in French: Lydie Salvyre and Emmanuel Carrere. Also books for my possible next projects about the treatment of mental illness and the disabled in America; or about Milena Jesenska; or about medicinal plants and the history of witchcraft in this region of France in the 15th century... I'm still trying to figure it out!(less)
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I could pick any topic and then name my list of favorites.


 


I chose my favorite books by African American and Caribbean Female writers.


 


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One of my all-time favorites. I think it is about Haiti, or an island a lot like Haiti. And this is a novel that shows how "helping" or aid organizations more often than not do not help-- they damage. Beautifully written, funny and heartbreaking. ...more
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“US forces executed twenty-nine soldiers for rape, and twenty-five of them were African American. The executed soldiers, mostly Blacks, would be hung, as in a lynching, and this posed a problem in the land of the guillotine. A hangman was brought from Texas just to carry out the job.”
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“Marceline Loridan-Ivens reported that upon her return from Auschwitz one of the first questions her mother asked her in a whisper was whether she was still pure and could still be married. “She understood nothing. We were not women, we were not men, there. We were dirty Jews, things, stinking animals. They made us strip only to determine when to kill us.”11”
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“But sharing the memory of a meal allowed the women to feel human without it hurting too much. Recipes were a link to the real world, to their lives before, and to their lives in the future. And they formed a link with the other groups in the camp. Everyone eats. Everyone has a favorite meal. Not everyone can write a song or poem, but to remember a good meal is universal.”
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