The Flight Portfolio

Julie Orringer, 2019

This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust.  In 1940, Varian Fry--a Harvard educated American journalist--traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, AndrĂ© Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall. 

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman, 2017

When we first meet Elinor, she is socially awkward , leading a lonely life with a complete lack of friend.,  However, she is anything but sad or apologetic. Eleanor, in fact, is fine, and sometimes even hilarious in how she perceives the world.  All that begins to change when she meets, Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.  They rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. It is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.  Listen to the audio-tape and enjoy the characters’ Scottish brogue.

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