Library Staff Review – A Bookshop in Berlin

The Bookshop in Berlin by Françoise Frenkel

Here is another writer who makes history read like that novel you just couldn’t put down. If you have any interest in human rights (seemingly today’s hottest topic) you should investigate our past and here’s a book that does so beautifully. While I am always astonished at the cruelty that we humans can visit upon one another – this book also shares the bravery, kindness and generosity that was happening simultaneously at that time. Of all the books I’ve read on this time period this one is a my current favorite.

“[Frenkel] spins, almost out of nothingness, a crucial moment in time that ought to suspend itself over the consciences of her readers, her fellow men, vitally, critically and irrevocably. We are given only hints of a past, nothing of a future, a highly selective panorama of a present. Yet what we hold in our hands, as we hold this little volume, can be said to be pure gold.”—Bookanista

“The book is not only a moving memoir but also an intriguing historical document, thanks not least to Frenkel’s emphasis on the often unsolicited help she received from ordinary French people.” —Natasha Lehrer, The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Jodi – Library Staff