MASH: An Army Surgeon in Korea
The Oasis: A Memoir of Love and Survival in a Concentration Camp
by Petru Popescu -- I really enjoyed this tale of a couple who met in a
work concentration camp towards the end of World War II and how they
experienced life there and beforehand; it was interesting to read some
Jewish rituals as Blanka thought back on her growing-up years; now I
want to read the story of this author as he escaped Communism in
Romania (got it at the library 4/25, and will read soon)
A Year in the World by Frances Mayes --
pleasant enough book, but not my favorite; I did think often "oooh, I'd
like to go there!" Too bad I don't travel more
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Ten Green Bottles
"How glamorous Ed looks in his Italian tuxedo, his 'smoking' as it's
called by Italians who frequently leave off the second word of an
imported term: basket, instead of basketball, night instead of
nightclub." -- Reading this just now in A Year in the World by
Frances Mayes made me remember my conversation the other night about why
some of us call knit hats "toboggans." It must be our Italian
ancestry! Toboggan hat becomes plain old toboggan.
by Vivian Jeanette Kaplan -- "The
true story of one family's journey from war-torn Austria to the ghettos
of Shanghai" -- really interesting book especially when the family
finally moves to Shanghai thrives, then the Japanese take over and they
have to move to the ghetto where they adapt and thrive (somewhat) and
THEN the Americans bomb their area while trying to win the war - ah!!
by Otto F. Apel, Jr,
MD and Pat Apel -- really interesting book about the MASH units in
Korea. I enjoyed reading about life in Korea from a doctor's
perspective. He shared funny parts, and many amazing parts about how
they worked to keep people alive. I was brought to tears thinking of how
hard they worked on soldiers who, quite frankly, seemed lost causes or
too far gone to save. But they did!
One time he was talking about their need for blood, and how
"the occupation army in Japan appealed to the Japanese people to give
blood for Americans fighting in Korea. Long lines of Japanese stood
outside the blood bank in Tokyo....The blood was flown from the U.S.
Medical Laboratory in Tokyo to the blood bank in Korea and helicoptered
to the MASH units. An interesting quirk arose at this point. Japanese
blood contains less of the Rh-negative factor than the blood of people
of European origin. Therefore, Japanese blood could not be used to treat
Americans. Japanese blood was used only for Koreans or other Asians.
But it did allow doctors or nurses to use other blood for Americans and
thus maintain adequate levels of blood in the medical facilities." (pg.
They learned the importance of patients
getting up and walking as an aid to healing. Also, the importance of
antibiotics - and more widespread use of them was "tested" on these
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
by Madeleine Albright -- If you are interested in Czech history
especially during World War II, you may like this book. It also talks a
bit about Bohemia, Czech and Slovak breaks and the rise of Communism in
this section of the world. Of course Ms. Albright talks about her
family's experiences during these years which makes it even better.
War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam
-- this book is a collection of accounts by 9 women; I enjoyed the
variety of experiences, and especially enjoyed the account of the lady
who adopted two daughters from Vietnam and went back years later with one of
Outwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac -- this
book tells the story of a group of French resisters during the time
Germany occupied France during WII; it's told from the point of view of
Lucie - and covers 9 months of her life; pretty interesting book
Thanks for the reviews! Prague Winter sounds fascinating, both for the subject matter because it's by Madeleine Albright.
The hot pink text is a little headache-inducing, though :)
I think I enjoyed Prague Winter more because I've actually been there, once, briefly. I'm not a world traveler like you. :)
Oh, sorry about the font color. I was trying to brighten my days, I guess. :)
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