Friday, October 22, 2021

Staff Picks: The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor by Eddie Jaku

The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor by Eddie Jaku 

While there are many novels, memoirs, and biographies about the Holocaust, none match up to this one. At the age of 100, which is a feat itself, Eddie Jaku writes to his readers, who he calls his friends, about the struggle of survival as a refugee and as a death camp survivor during WWII. But this memoir is so much more than a war novel. Eddie writes of his life after the war as an immigrant in Australia and his inner struggle to cope with his past and how to look and move forward to a happy future. He also examines his experiences through a psychological perspective, wondering how his neighbors went from having dinner with his family to throwing stones at them and cursing them only because they were Jewish, despite he and his family considering themselves as Germans first and Jews second. It is hard to write a review for this book because you have to read the book for yourself to fully immerse yourself in Eddie’s story. No review or synopsis can sum up his incredible life story. 

I will tell you that I read Eddie’s memoir in two days, and after I finished it, I told my mom to read it. My mom, who has not read a book in over 10 years, could not put this one down and she read it in three days. Eddie’s words are powerful and captivating, yet reading his book is like having a conversation with a friend at a coffee shop in that his words are casual, comforting, and warm. I cried, I laughed, and I felt grateful for the life I had, and I feel as though I have gained a new friend.

“There are always miracles in the world, even when all seems hopeless. And when there are no miracles, you can make them happen. With a simple act of kindness, you can save another person from despair, and that might just save their life. And this is the greatest miracle of all.” 

This book is a quick yet powerful read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for hope, support, and most importantly, a friend, because Eddie provides all of that through his words.

On October 13, 2021, Eddie Jaku passed away at the age of 101 at his home in Sydney, Australia. Let us remember his legacy by following his advice to slow down and savor each day and to be kind and make the world a better place. As Eddie says, “Happiness does not fall from the sky. It’s in your hands.”

Jessica Doss
Information Specialist - MLIS

OverBOOKed to Read: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs
by Rachel Hawkins

Murder, love, ambition - all can be found in The Wife Upstairs, a modern reimagining of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Set in Birmingham, Alabama, this Southern Gothic mystery introduces us to Jane, a down-on-her-luck dog walker who knows that her gated-community clientele won't notice if she swipes a few pieces of their jewelry or other valuables. They also won't ask if Jane is her real name.

Jane's luck may be about to change when she meets and falls for the wealthy and mysterious widower, Eddie Rochester. However, Jane's curiosity about Eddie's dead wife leads to even more questions and Jane finds that all may not be as it seems.

Join the overBOOKed book club for a discussion of this title on Thursday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cumming library. OverBOOKed meets at 10:00 a.m. every third Thursday of the month.

The eBook and eAudiobook versions of The Wife Upstairs are available through OverDrive. Anyone with a Forsyth County Library card can sign up for a free OverDrive account. Sign up for a free card today to start enjoying FCPL's digital catalog from wherever you are!

Information Specialist
Cumming Library

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Halloween Trivia at Sharon Forks Library - Round 3

Have you had a chance to test your Halloween trivia skills at the Sharon Forks Library? Don’t worry – it’s not too late! We posted the first couple of trivia rounds in the library and on the Bookmarked Blog last week, and here is Round 3. Stop by and check it out! 

Can’t make it to the library? Simply zoom in on the picture below to see the questions! (The answers are on the back of the board, so you are on your own to find those!)

Which questions were your favorites? Which ones stumped you? Share some of your answers with us!

More trivia fun coming soon . . . .  

Jeanne McMahan
Information Specialist – MLIS