Local woman’s memoir describes life in postwar Germany

Susanne Nevin, retired librarian and St. Anthony Park resident of more than 40 years, recently completed a memoir about her childhood in postwar Germany titled “Bookbound: a Reader’s Biography from the Postwar Years in Freiburg i.Br., Germany.”

Answering an ad in the Park Bugle, Nevin connected with Emily Blodgett, a freelance book designer, and over the course of several months the two women created a book filled with images, including some of the children’s books featured in the memoir. The book spans the author’s childhood and school years in the city of Freiburg in the Black Forest, as well as cultural, historical and political events of the time. In addition, it highlights the importance of the personal library and pays tribute to the many children’s and young adult books that helped Nevin get through the bleak postwar years of reconstruction of her firebombed hometown.

The book is available at Micawber’s in Milton Square. A lending copy is available at St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave.

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