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Nella Last’s War

Nella Last’s War, edited by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming. Subtitle: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49. Mass Observation was a British project begun in 1937 to “create an anthropology of ourselves.” Part of the project involved a few hundred volunteers who kept diaries about their everyday lives and thoughts. One of these … Continue reading »

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Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain. Subtitle: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. In 1914, Vera Brittain was twenty years old and had finally persuaded her old-fashioned father to let her attend Oxford. Edward, her beloved younger brother, was starting at Oxford at the same time, along with his friends, Victor, Geoffrey, and Roland … Continue reading »

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To the Heart of the Storm

To the Heart of the Storm, by Will Eisner. 1991. Semi-autobiographical graphic novel. It’s 1942. Willie, a young draftee on his way to the induction center, remembers his life growing up as a child of Jewish immigrants in New York. We also learn about his parents’ lives. His mother, born on the boat on the … Continue reading »

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