“I had no intention of writing a book. I had no need to write a story in general nor a story about my family and the Holocaust in particular. But life being what it is, sometimes things happen in mysterious, even surprising ways. Stuff that used to take center stage moves to the background, and background stuff moves downstage and center. That’s what happened in my case.” ~Yaron Reshef
I received Out of the Shoebox in ebook version in exchange for my honest opinion. I’m not usually one who reads books about history or autobiographies. In fact, skimming through the description of this book, I was under the impression this book was a mystery, so I agreed to take a look.
The book starts out with Reshef receiving a phone call about a mysterious lot. The book goes back to the time of the Holocaust and Reshef’s experiences with his family. He has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930’s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone – along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.
What’s really cool is that there are pictures included – from the shoebox – giving you more of a visual image of what’s being told in the story. While the book has the action and mystery of a detective novel, it is strung together from the photos and stories about real people. It tells of one man’s journey through his family’s reveling, wonderfully heartbreaking past.
Reshef sets out to solve a mystery and is able to succeed at his task, and his determination is aspiring. It is an optimistic novel, and if you like historical autobiographies, this is definitely a book you shouldn’t miss!
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