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NCSML Staff Book Reviews

Images Gone with Time - 1589
Images Gone With Time
The images are so poignant depicting life in the 1950’s compared to my personal experiences as a young bride during those years and the primitive conditions that the Slovaks faced.
– Millie Wright, Volunteer
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My Slovakia, My Family
My Slovakia, My Family
A fascinating story of how John found out his grandfather was the Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia! Made me pause to think about how our heritage can be more complicated than we think. It’s a great legacy.
– Gail Naughton, NCSML Executive Director
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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler
Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler
I recommend this book for anyone who likes history and likes a good personal story. The story is about Ms. Kanter and her life during 1938 and after. She is a successful business person in the hat business, a woman who has found her “true love” and a daughter who loves her parents. And then the Nazis come to Vienna.
She writes a vivid account of her friends, whom she describes perfectly. She writes of falling in love and Paris where she travels for business and the unfolding story in Vienna. Her story then tells of survival for herself, her parents, and her “true love” by using means she possesses through her determination and her constant hope.
The book is a fast read and one that everyone can relate by “pushing forward.”
I liked the “Library of Congress” page, which I always read in every book. The editors put a request out for anyone who knows where the original manuscript is or anything known about the book.
– Leigh White, NCSML Staff

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Maria Gulovich: OSS Heroine of World War II
Maria Gulovich: OSS Heroine of World War II follows the incredible true story of Maria Gulovich, a Slovakian school teacher turned underground resistance worker, during World War II.  Author Sonya N. Jason tells Maria’s story from school teacher harboring Jews to being recruited for the underground resistance and smuggling a radio through the Slovakian countryside.  Maria eventually begins working for the Americans’ OSS DAWES mission as an interpreter and guide, on a mission that is filled with danger and close calls.  The background information reads a bit like a history book, but Maria’s storyline is exciting, with all the ingredients for an unforgettable true-life tale.

– Laura Bandfield, NCSML Staff

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The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks
Our museum staff members have learned a ton of fun facts from The Drunken Botanist. Aaron, in visitor services, found out that juniper berries were being used in the second century by the Greek physician Galen to “cleanse the liver and kidneys.” Did you know that lemon balm is a relative of mint, and although it smells strongly of citronella, when distilled it has a slight rose geranium fragrance that is then used in absinthe, vermouth, and herbal liqueurs?

– Aaron Tarchinski, NCSML Staff

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