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A Well-Read Woman
A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport | Kate Stewart
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The inspiring true story of an indomitable librarian's journey from Nazi Germany to Seattle to Vietnam--all for the love of books. Growing up under Fascist censorship in Nazi Germany, Ruth Rappaport absorbed a forbidden community of ideas in banned books. After fleeing her home in Leipzig at fifteen and losing both parents to the Holocaust, Ruth drifted between vocations, relationships, and countries, searching for belonging and purpose. When she found her calling in librarianship, Ruth became not only a witness to history but an agent for change as well. Culled from decades of diaries, letters, and photographs, this epic true story reveals a driven woman who survived persecution, political unrest, and personal trauma through a love of books. It traces her activism from the Zionist movement to the Red Scare to bibliotherapy in Vietnam and finally to the Library of Congress, where Ruth made an indelible mark and found a home. Connecting it all, one constant thread: Ruth's passion for the printed word, and the haven it provides--a haven that, as this singularly compelling biography proves, Ruth would spend her life making accessible to others. This wasn't just a career for Ruth Rappaport. It was her purpose.
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cherinium
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In my quest to become a #wellreadwoman, I signed up for #ReadingEurope2020. I've not attempted a year long challenge before, so I like the idea of a low pressure one. I can make this as simple or as difficult as I want for myself. I think I will set a low goal for myself...probably only 1-2 books per month. I need to check my #tbrshelves for selections I already own! More information can be found on the hosts' feeds. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle Hooray! So happy you‘re joining us! 4w
BarbaraBB Yay! Thanks for participating and sharing! 4w
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kspenmoll
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Eggs Pretty! And I like how you topped it with the orange candle 1mo
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ssravp
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Mehso-so

There were some truly fascinating parts but I ended up skimming more than I thought I would.

Texreader Bummer. This one‘s on my near tbr list. 8mo
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wallacereads
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Yep.