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10 best books of November: the Monitor's picks

Art, history, biography, memoir, current events – November's best books offer a bit of each. Here are the 10 books that the Monitor's critics judged to be at the top of the heap this month.  

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1. "Three Minutes in Poland," by Glenn Kurtz

Glenn Kurtz discovered an old family movie in his parents’ house. It dated from 1938, when his grandparents took a grand tour of Europe, visiting Paris, Rome, the Swiss Alps, and his grandfather’s hometown of Nasielsk – a Jewish village in Poland later destroyed during the Holocaust. Working with the three minutes of film his grandfather left behind, Kurtz was able to re-create the last happy days in Nasielsk before the Nazi occupation. Kurtz’s tenacious research and sensitive reporting make this book a gem. You can see the Monitor's full review of "Three Minutes in Poland" here.


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