31 August, 2009

A Picturebook On The Wall Review and Giveaway

When she was a small child Elaine felt as though she had been wrapped in plastic from head to toe, nothing going out, nothing coming in. Her little world stayed the same, unchanging during the great Depression, and even though the country was suffering, the only glimmer of anything important to her was the fact that her mother’s family – Elaine’s grandmother, aunt and two uncles – had moved into her family’s small apartment and were living in her suddenly crowded space.

From the Great Depression to World War II, through the traumas, frustrations and fears of being at war, the hazards of high school, hers was still a lonely plastic-wrapped environment. Then she entered Northwestern University and in those four years the universe opened up. She ran away with her college roommate to New York for a writing career, without her parents’ knowledge or consent, plunging unsuspecting, inexperienced, into the maelstrom of post World War II New York and ended up as an editor for a comic book publishing company.

Growing up finally, it was possible to make a sort of peace, long distance, with her family.

A Picturebook On The Wall is interesting. It takes you through the Great Depression and World War II, from a little girl’s perspective. Using pictures, she tells you about her life and the people that influenced it. It’s so easy to feel for the main character and to relate to things that she goes through! She talks about school, friends, love, family. Other than history books and assignments, I never learned much about the Great Depression or WWII. It was really interesting to be able to read about life through that period through someone’s story, rather than just the facts and dates.

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You can purchase this book on Amazon by clicking here.

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This giveaway ends Sunday, September 13th at midnight, MST. I will use random.org to choose a winner, and will post the winner on my site. The giveaway is open to US readers only.

23 comments:

  1. This definitely sounds like a really powerful book. After enduring all of that, to become a editor for a comic book publishing company is amazing.

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  3. Hi! thank you for this giveaway!this book looks really interesting!

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    And I already follow your blog (always have lots of fun reading it!)

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  4. Seriously,I would love to read this book,especially it being a memoir.

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  7. I really enjoy memoirs, and this looks especially interesting.
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  10. This sounds like such an interesting book. I love that there are excerpts on the site to read. The photos in the excerpts are very powerful as well.
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  12. This sounds very good! My mother was a little girl during the same time, I would love to have her read this book too!

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  16. This sounds like a really great book! My grandma has told me some of her experiences during the Great Depression always interesting. I looked their website and would love to win :)

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  18. I'm sure this book will be very interesting and also very sad. It must of been hard to live in the depression years. We should all count ourselves very lucky we live in a better time!!

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