Archive for the ‘Recommended’ Category

Recommended: Thomas Swick’s
The Joys of Travel

Ever since he gave us Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland seventeen years ago, seasoned travel writer Thomas Swick has made certain that Poland figures prominently in his work. Published in 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing, The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illumiate Them contains some of the most perceptive writing about contemporary Poland since [...]

Busia, as Reviewers See the Book

“Books in Brief,” Polish American Journal, August 2017, p. 6, reviewed by Mary Lanham: In the early 1950s, a six-year-old boy lived on a farm in rural Michigan with his Polish immigrant grandmother. There was no telephone or television to occupy then. Instead they passed the time gardening, cooking, and keeping the house running. Leonard [...]

Recommended Reading:
Getting Religion by Kenneth L. Woodward

Kenneth L Woodward

Glad I am that I have lived long enough to read Getting Religion: Faith Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama by Kenneth L. Woodward (Convergent Books, 2016), Newsweek‘s religion editor for nearly 40 years. Woodward’s writing is stunning in its clarity and insight, as might be expected from [...]

Recommended: Afterimage
Wajda’s Masterful Final Film

Afterimage screened for the fourth time anywhere October 23 at the Chicago International Film Festival. Directed by Andrzej Wajda, it is the great Polish director’s final film; he died suddenly October 9 at the age of 90. Set in post–World War II communist Poland, Afterimage recreates the atmosphere of his early acclaimed films such as [...]

Recommended Reading: Krysia,
A Polish Girl’s Stolen Childhood

“That night I was happy to be sleeping in my bed again, but in the middle of the night strange noises woke me. I got up and looked out the window but didn’t see anybody outside. The noise turned into a roaring, which grew louder and louder. Soon I saw tanks rolling and soldiers marching. [...]