Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chasing the Red Car by Ellen Ruderman

Transplanted from her home in the Bronx to the burgeoning San Fernando Valley of 1947, Kim LeBow is faced with trouble on every side. Her home life is rocky and emotionally unpredictable, and the McCarthy-era communist witch hunts strike all around, threatening Kim's father and even reaching into her high school. 
The political struggles and personal cataclysms that follow change Kim from an open and caring young girl into a political activist and educator, while leaving emotional scars that only time-and the return of the great love of her life-are able to heal. 
Drawing parallels between the political repression of the 1950s and the abuses of executive power after 9/11, Chasing the Red Car reminds us that all politics is personal and that the truth of George Santayana's maxim about history repeating itself can be seen all around us every day. 


I was a little worried that I might not like this book because it is not my usual kind of books I would read. I was very wrong. I very much enjoyed every minutes so much so that I could not put it down and had to read it all yesterday. Very well written and will make you want to keep reading.  I am very certain that a lot of you will very much enjoy this one.

If you want to purchase this book you can do so at and Barnes&Noble . I checked and Canadians can buy it at Chapters so I am pretty sure you can buy it in most big chain bookstores (but don't quote me on that).

I give this 5 out of 5

*I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review*

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