If you like to read, relax, and spend time with other people who do too, then join the eighth-annual Lake Area Technical College All-Campus Read! All-Campus Read was created to promote literacy and enjoyment through reading. So, take a break from those textbooks and from work to read with us!
This semester, we’re reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.
A Summary of the Book:
Paris, July 1942: Ten-year-old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, the most notorious act of French collaboration with the Nazis. But before the police come to take them, Sarah locks her younger brother, Michel, in their favorite hiding place, a cupboard in the family’s apartment. She keeps the key, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s sixtieth anniversary, Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, is asked by her Paris-based American magazine to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Julia has lived in Paris for nearly twenty-five years, married a Frenchman, and she is shocked both by her ignorance about the event and the silence that still surrounds it. In the course of her investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connects her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from the terrible days spent shut in at the Vel’ d’Hiv’ to the camps and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Writing about the fate of her country with a pitiless clarity, Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and denial surrounding this painful episode in French history.
~Summary from Goodreads
How Do I Get a Copy of the Book?
Several copies of the book are available for checkout from the Lake Area Technical College Library, and copies of the ebook and audiobook are available for download through Overdrive, https://lakeareatech.overdrive.com/. Stop by the library if you need help downloading the Overdrive app to your phone or other device.
Book Giveaway! Students and staff, sign up in the library Feb. 10–14 to win a free copy of the book. We are giving away 10 copies. Winners will be drawn Feb. 14 at noon.
Book Discussions! Join us for two book discussions during National Library Week:
- Tues., April 21 from 11am-12pm, Room 211
- Wed, April 22 1-2pm, Room 204
All Lake Area Technical College students and staff are welcome. Attendees receive a free lunch!
Learn More About the Author and the Book
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: https://www.ushmm.org/
First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors (Podcast Series): https://www.ushmm.org/remember/holocaust-survivors/first-person-conversations-with-survivors/first-person
Jewish Virtual Library: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-holocaust
Drancy Transit Camp page: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/drancy-transit-camp)
TED Talk: A Holocaust Survivor’s Blueprint for Happiness: https://www.ted.com/talks/eddie_jaku_a_holocaust_survivor_s_blueprint_for_happiness?language=en
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform that provides access to a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. A password is needed to access these videos off campus. Lake Area Technical College students/staff can also download the Kanopy app onto their phone or other device to easily stream films.
Contact Nicki in the library for the off-campus password or app download instructions.
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Lake Area Technical College All-Campus Read provides an experience that not only promotes literacy but also provides a platform for dialog on campus about historical and social issues that impact us all.