Thursday, July 30, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain

Join us for this tour from July 14 to Aug 10, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain
Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  264 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Sparkpress
Release date:   August 4, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M because there are references to extra-marital affairs. There is no explicit sex in the book.

Book Description:

With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.

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Release date: August 4, 2020 ~ Barnes & Noble ~ IndieBound

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Meet the Author:

Meryl Ain’s articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New York Jewish Week, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. The Takeaway Men is her debut novel. In 2014, she co-authored the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on television, radio, and podcasts. She is a career educator and is proud to be both a teacher and student of history. She has also worked as a school administrator. The Takeaway Men is the result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the sixth grade. While teaching high school history, she introduced her students to the study of the Holocaust. At the same time, she also developed an enduring fascination with teaching about and researching the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. An interview with Robert Meeropol, the younger son of the Rosenbergs, is featured in her book, The Living Memories Project. The book also includes an interview with Holocaust survivor, Boris Chartan, the founder of the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York. Meryl holds a BA from Queens College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She lives in New York with her husband, Stewart. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.

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Tour Schedule:

July 14 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 14 - Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
July 14 - Book World Reviews  - book review / author interview
July 15 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
July 16 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / author interview
July 17 – T's Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 18 - Just One More Chapter – book review
July 20 – Pick a good book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
July 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
July 24 – THE WORLD AS I SEE IT – book review
July 27 – Book after Book – book spotlight / author interview
July 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 28 - Leels Loves Books - book review / giveaway
July 29 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
July 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 31 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
July 31 - The Eclectic Review – book review
Aug 3 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 3 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Aug 4 - Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Aug 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 4 - Peaceful Pastime – book review
Aug 4 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review
Aug 5 - Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 - Alexis Marie Chute – book review / author interview
Aug 6 – Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway
Aug 6 - Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 7 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 10 – My Fictional Oasis – book review
Aug 10 - Adventurous Jessy - book review / giveaway

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My Review: 

I thought The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain was a great piece of historical fiction. It was full of drama, mystery, suspense, emotions, and history. Readers are introduced to the Lubinski family. Some members are fleeing their own homes in Europe and coming to live with those family members that have already previously immigrated to America. Through their eyes, we see the World War II through many viewpoints. We see how each one feels about what happened during those days. It was interesting seeing what they thought or how they felt about certain situation. I have to admit that the story was sometimes complex and hard for me follow at first. Once I caught on and got used to the writing and style of the story, I did not want to the book down. I really could not ever imagine what it was like to experience such horrors and heartache so many went through. The author does a great job bringing the characters to life and bringing out their emotions. I was often wondering if these characters were fictional or ones that actually lived. 

The Takeaway Men is getting four and a half stars. I would love to read more by Meryl Ain in the future. She has proven that she is a great storyteller. I recommend it for readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially those who specifically enjoy the World War II era and beyond. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion. 

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