Books

Stadium: the Devil’s Playground
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

Stadium: the Devil’s Playground

A black author provides a rare look at race relations in Poland.

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom

With the Soviet dystopia as background, the book reads like a terror-filled adventure – all the more so because it’s non-fiction.

Chopin with Cherries Review
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

Chopin with Cherries Review

Maja Trochimczyk has gathered together poems to commemorate Chopin’s 200th birthday – and they’re as inspiring as they are exhilarating.

The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt: War Through a Woman’s Eyes, 1939-1940
2009 — Winter / Books

The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt: War Through a Woman’s Eyes, 1939-1940

Anyone who’s ever read memoirs written during or immediately after the war knows how very different they are from those written many years later. The writing is vivid, unembellished, adrenalin charged. Memories have not yet faded, been tampered with. There is no editorializing. War is an experience unlike any other. Nobody comes out of it unchanged. When these experiences are recorded by gifted writers – and Rulka Langer certainly was that — they are at once harrowing, inspiring and breathtaking.

Publishing the Greatest Story Never Told
2009 — Winter / Books

Publishing the Greatest Story Never Told

A great cover and a good review are often enough to get someone interested in a book, but it is not often that the book leads to curiosity about the publisher. Yet that is exactly what The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt did. Who published this beautiful book? Aquila Polonica? A new publishing house dedicated to the Polish World War II story? Who are they, and why this focus?

The Black Madonna of Derby
2009 — Winter / Books

The Black Madonna of Derby

An interview with Joanna Czechowska in The Guardian sparked CR’s instant interest in her book, The Black Madonna of Derby. Although her mother was English, Czechowska was raised in her father’s Polish community, complete with Saturday schools, scout groups and dances in the Polish Hall. Since her mother worked, Czechowska was raised by her adored and adoring Polish grandmother, who spoke several languages but none of them English.

Poles in Barcelona and Their Stories
2009 — Winter / Books

Poles in Barcelona and Their Stories

From Barcelona comes a vibrant, moving account of hope and resilience in the form of a visually stimulating, richly illustrated book: Poles in Barcelona and Their Stories: How the City Welcomed Polish Children Stolen by the Nazis (1946-1956).

The Polish Review  Vol. LIV 2009 no. 2
2009 — Winter / Books

The Polish Review Vol. LIV 2009 no. 2

Someone once joked that the best thing about reading Reviews is that you can discuss the books at dinner parties without actually having to read them. Well, if you read the very best of the Reviews there is an element of truth in that, though do bear in mind that not all Reviews are created equal.

Katyń: A Crime Without Punishment
2009 — Summer / Books

Katyń: A Crime Without Punishment

Katyń: A Crime Without Punishment is the latest volume in “The Annals of Communism” series published by Yale University Press. Rightly described as the most important publishing project currently in progress in the United States, it documents the 70-year reign of terror that began with the Communist revolution in Russia and has been largely ignored by western intellectuals – when not actively indulged by them.

Great Reading from Ohio University Press
2009 — Summer / Books

Great Reading from Ohio University Press

From Ohio University Press:
• Two Novellas of Emigration and Exile by Danuta Mostwin
• The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939–1956 by Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann
• Traitors and True Poles by Karen Majewski

The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kościuszko and the Age of Revolution
2009 — Summer / Books

The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kościuszko and the Age of Revolution

Peasant Prince provides a readable, in-depth biography of Kościuszko, from boyhood to death, and is recommended to anyone with a love for history and a penchant for freedom.

My Two Polish Grandfathers
2009 — Spring / Books

My Two Polish Grandfathers

“I should have been a true Pole rather than a make-believe Scot” writes Witold Rybczynski in his latest book, the beautifully written My Two Polish Grandfathers. Anna Kisielewska reviews Rybczynski’s latest chef d’oeuvre.

A History of Polish Americans … Revisited
2009 — Spring / Books

A History of Polish Americans … Revisited

Those of us who read John Bukowczyk’s And My Children Did Not Know Me are delighted to see the 2008 edition by Transaction Press, A History of the Polish Americans.