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Author: Nora Krug Narrator: Nora Krug Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508278092

Publisher Description

* Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award * Silver Medal Society of Illustrators *

* Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Comics Beat, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal

This “ingenious reckoning with the past” (The New York Times), by award-winning artist Nora Krug investigates the hidden truths of her family’s wartime history in Nazi Germany.

Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow over her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. Yet she knew little about her own family’s involvement; though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.

After twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn’t dare to as a child. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father’s brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier. In this extraordinary quest, “Krug erases the boundaries between comics, scrapbooking, and collage as she endeavors to make sense of 20th-century history, the Holocaust, her German heritage, and her family's place in it all” (The Boston Globe). A highly inventive, “thoughtful, engrossing” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) graphic memoir, Belonging “packs the power of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and David Small’s Stitches” (NPR.org).

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Quotes

  • “I could not stop reading it, and when I was done, I could not stop thinking about it.”

    - Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author
  • “[A] mazy and ingenious reckoning with the past.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “A book that is as informative as a history and as touching as a novel.”

    - Financial Times (London)
  • “Deeply personal—and deeply moving.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Nora Krug’s narration adds to her graphic memoir…Her German accent certainly increases the authenticity of her narration. Her neutral tone could either be intentional or her newness to narration. Whatever the reason, it serves as a counterpoint to the emotions that emerge. Krug’s curiosity, frustration, and self-discovery involve listeners in her poignant quest. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Boston Globe Book of the Year selection
  • A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick of Best Books of the Year
  • A New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018 selection

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