In the first pages of The Sunflower I met Simon Wiesenthal, a Polish prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. His story mirrors that of so many other survivors of the holocaust–deprivation, starvation, beatings, psychological torture, forced labor, and fear that multiplies and overtakes the lives of those in the camp. Most prisoners die. Those who live begin to wish for death. It is an unimaginable.. See www.termeldev.wor... for the rest of the story.
Frances Farmer autobiography - She tells her story of how her mother involuntarily put her into an insane asylum when she was not insane. It made me cry when I read about the way they treated her. I was inspired to read this after my obsession with Nirvana after Kurt Cobain died in the 90's. He named his daughter Frances Bean Cobain after Frances Farmer.
Blossoming in Provence by Kristin Espinasse - Another pinner says, "For American Kristin Espinasse, every encounter with the French—including her own Francophone family—is a chance to learn more than a country's language or etiquette—it is an opportunity for growth. Follow along with Kristin as she meets and overcomes obstacles along the path to French integration."