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Books From the Backlog #2 and Shelf Control #2



Shelf Control and Books From the Backlog #2

Both of these memes target a particular problem of mine - reading books I already own. Like many of you, I'm sure, I can't stop adding to what I already own and my stacks grow while my pocketbook shrinks!


Shelf Control is hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. Every Wednesday you have the opportunity to peruse your shelves and share one that is STILL sitting there. Details here. I may not make it EVERY Wednesday, but I'm interested because my shelves are TOO full.


Books From the Backlog is hosted by Carole's Random Life and, similar to Shelf Control, it's about acknowledging and READING something I already own. Posted weekly on Thursdays, just visit the link, leave a link to your post about a book you have on your shelves that you'd like to read sooner rather than later.


Sitting in the stack on the floor by my bed is:

At The Wolf's Table by Rosella Postorino

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published 2018; 275 pages


** I bought this book in November 2019 from the online book discount site Book Outlet.


Goodreads blurb:

The internationally bestselling novel based on the untold true story of the women conscripted to be Hitler's food tasters.


"They called it the Wolfsschanze, the Wolf's Lair. 'Wolf' was his nickname. As hapless as Little Red Riding Hood, I had ended up in his belly. A legion of hunters was out looking for him, and to get him in their grips they would gladly slay me as well."


Germany, 1943: Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer's parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines of WWII. Impoverished and alone, she makes the fateful decision to leave war-torn Berlin to live with her in-laws in the countryside, thinking she'll find refuge there. But one morning, the SS come to tell her she has been conscripted to be one of Hitler's tasters: three times a day, she and nine other women go to his secret headquarters, the Wolf's Lair, to eat his meals before he does. Forced to eat what might kill them, the tasters begin to divide into The Fanatics, those loyal to Hitler, and the women like Rosa who insist they aren't Nazis, even as they risk their lives every day for Hitler's.


As secrets and resentments grow, this unlikely sisterhood reaches its own dramatic climax. What's more, one of Rosa's SS guards has become dangerously familiar, and the war is worsening outside. As the months pass, it becomes increasingly clear that Rosa and everyone she knows are on the wrong side of history.


DO I KEEP THE BOOK?

My memory is that what attracted me to this books its of a different set of circumstances than most WWII stories and it seemed interesting. I actually picked it as a book to read THIS year in my Beat the Backlog challenge (which I'm doing very poorly at!) so maybe I'll get to it yet. The year's not over yet, right?


Hope you join the fun and share what's been lingering a LONG time on your shelves. Happy Reading.




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