Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Good Book...

I just finished reading a wonderful book entitled, All Our Wordly Goods, by Irene Nemirovsky. It was originally published in 1949 but has been published again. It is the story of two families in France, over the space of the First and Second World Wars. I really enjoyed the story and just love the Edwardian period of Europe. Irene was killed in Aushwitz in 1942. Many of her works were published post-humously. I plan to read more of her works.

Thought for the Day
It's time for greatness, not for greed. It's a time for idealism, not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.
Marian Wright Edelman


Hannah Furst said...

I recently saw your post about reading Irène Némirovsky. I wanted to pass along some information on an exciting new exhibition about Némirovsky's life, work, and legacy at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site

The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Chris Lopez at 646.437.4304 or Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

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em's scrapbag said...

I'm going to look for that book. Your quote reminds me of one I keep on my fridge. It says:
"Women of God can nevr be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women wo are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame, and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.