The Vero Beach Bookies discuss The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Monday, December 9th at 10:30 am

vero-beach-reading-group-discusses-the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-by-heather-morris.jpg In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

The Vero Beach Bookies discuss Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Monday, January 13th at 10:30 am

vero-beach-book-club-discusses-carnegies-maid-by-marie-benedict.jpgFrom the author of The Other Einstein comes the mesmerizing story of love, power, and the woman who inspired an American dynasty

In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady's maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love. But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie's search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.

Bookies Reading Choices For 2020

Jan 13th Carnegie's Maid by Maria Benedict

Feb 10th Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

March 9th Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

April 13th The Nix by Nathan Hill

May 11th Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

June 8th The Matriarch by Susan Page