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Book review: Hey Kids, Want Some Chocolates?: My Family’s Journey to Freedom by Melitta Strandberg (9781456717933)

“I guess sometimes the search for freedom is enough to keep one alive.”

Melitta and her family’s  experience in Nazi Germany in WWII was something that no one wants to contemplate, but it happened and she has written a short, but stirring memoir about it.  In Weimar, Germany, Melitta was born on September 3, 1944 and she was taken from her mother in the hospital in order to perform experiments on her.  However, miraculously, she was returned to her family 6 months later with no side effects resulting from the time away.  Her story covers the frightening journey her family took for freedom and how they finally found peace.

Melitta eventually moved to the United States along with some of her siblings and was asked if she would give any comments to Americans regarding freedom.  She replied:  “I have come to deeply love this country and what it stands for, but much has changed and is changing.  We must be vigilant against those who wittingly and unwittingly destroy our freedom.  Bad politicians can do that.”

There is a lot of impact squeezed into this short book and I recommend it to people of all ages.

Thank you to Melitta Strandberg and Bostick Communications for giving me the opportunity to review this book.  Also reviewed on LibraryThing, Amazon and GoodReads.

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Book Review: The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley, Jr. (0670019232)

0143115561.01._SX140_SY225_SCLZZZZZZZ_This book made me laugh and cry.  Chris Farley was an extraordinarily talented and unselfish human being who tragically had an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

One of my favorite Farley movies is Tommy Boy and all of his friends and family said that Chris was playing himself.  He cared so much about making people laugh that many did not know he was crying for help.

He died way too young and the world has lost a remarkable comedian and a truly spiritual man.

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