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‘Weather of the Heart’ by Nora Lourie Percival – A Book Review

1 A Weather of the Heart

Weather of the Heart: A Child’s Journey Out of Revolutionary Russia
by Nora Lourie Percival

AMAZON SUMMARY

All through her long busy life in America, Nora Percival felt impelled to learn about the family she’d left behind in Samara, the city on the Volga where she was born. After glasnost she was finally able to go there and find the places, though not the people, of her youth.

Her search resurrected childhood memories of revolution, civil war, famine and exile, which she felt impelled to share, “to speak for so many others who have silently endured the loss of all they valued.”

In her book the reader will meet the extended family who faced many trials in those chaotic years, and will be moved by their steadfast togetherness through want and woe. The reader will share the love and courage that sustained them and helped them survive hunger and despair, the humor that cheered dreary days and the strength that carried them through affliction and calamity. Readers will cry over their sorrows and enjoy their small triumphs, and they will live again in memory.

BOOK REVIEW

‘Weather of the Heart: A Child’s Journey Out of Revolutionary Russia’, is the first of three memoir’s written by Nora Lourie Percival. Nora paints pictures with her descriptions of her homeland, Samara, Russia and the people and the places there.

Nora, a well-loved child, writes about her first experiences with the Volga River, her large family, and how the ‘Russian Revolution’ affected her and her family. Nora is smart, with an engaging personality, and a perseverance seldom seen in a child. Nora survived a young life of destruction and starvation. She became her mother’s strength when her father left for America. Her mother suffered from bouts of anemia and depression. Nora, and her mother, were finally able to sail to the United States and be reunited with her father, but her mother was ill and didn’t want to stay.

Nora’s life was turned upside down again, when her father sent her and her mother back to England. The trip turned out to be disastrous. Nora’s mother falls ill, at the beginning of the voyage, and is hospitalized at the end of the voyage. Nora was not allowed at the infirmary and was sent to a work house. By the time the news reached her father, the doctor’s said it was too late to save his wife, so he sent for his daughter.

Readers that enjoy history, will love this true tale of the Russian Revolution, in the 1920’s, told through the eyes of a young girl. I highly recommend this book for all readers.

I received a pdf of this book to read and give an honest review.

Review for http://www.book-hub.com

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Nora Percival 99th Year Young

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Santa Cruz, CA: April 1, 2014 – After many awards, articles, bookstore events, and interviews for a writer who started at the wise age of 88, Nora Percival releases her best writings in eBook format. As an ongoing promoter from North Carolina, please help us in celebrating Nora’s 100th birthday coming up in October 2014.

Featured in an NPR interview, Nora shares in her immigrant beginnings from native Russia. Each of the three memoirs evokes a specific time in the 20th century including the two world wars, moving into the modern era, loves, loss, and reclaiming a full life relived with the release of the three eBooks.

A poignant read highly intelligent writer, blessed with an adventurous life, The Weather of the Heart, Whirligig of Time, and Silver Pages on the Lawn, are highly readable. Nora Percival was selected as one of the top six Guide Post Picks by women readers on about.com for 2003.

Nora’s father left Russia without his wife and daughter just ahead of the Russian Red Army in 1918. It took until 1922 before they would again be together after immigrating to New York, USA.

Nora Percival’s life has never been easy. From the depression of the 1930’s, to losing her first husband to leukemia in 1939 just to find out she was pregnant. Nora was determined to find her way and to find time for her writing. As her life took the turns of necessity, the stories regarding the price of freedom persisted. Yes, and at the age of 88 the writing began and an outpouring streamed forth.

To Google Nora Percival is to find a life lived fully, and in later life with finished books, acclaim, a growing family and stories to tell in person. Share in this fabulous life at http://www.nora Percival.com

Today the American public takes for granted their security, their television, cell phone, personal computer, and friends. A leap into Nora Percival’s three memoirs is to see first hand and to receive stories of early America during the dawn of international awareness and birth of student activism.

Silver Pages on the Lawn – Book Review

1 A Silver Pages
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Silver Pages on the Lawn : A Student Love Story of the Depression Years of the 1930s
By: Nora Lourie Percival

AMAZON SUMMARY

A true story of lovers and their star-crossed romance that endures parental disapproval as well as the want of time, money, and privacy. To bridge long separations, they make love by words alone. Their passionate, eloquent letters, poignant and poetic, are the heart of this memoir and bring to life the troubled era in which their story takes place—the lean days of the Great Depression, war clouds over Europe, and the literary renaissance of which these aspiring writers were part, form the heart of their history.

‘Silver Pages on the Lawn’ paints a dramatic picture of the difficult years they lived through and of the steadfast love that survived it all and carried them through to the life they dreamed of.

BOOK REVIEW

I enjoyed Nora Lourie Percival’s memoir of college life in the 1930’s and her account of finding true love that endures many hardships. The couple are forced to keep their love a secret; Nora’s Jewish father does not approve of her relationship with a Gentile. The stress of the couples’ lives, attending college, finding places to meet, and often living miles apart, leave Nora dealing with severe bouts of anemia and Herman, her lover, with severe bouts of depression.

The couple are forced to communicate by writing letters to each other. Herman, who is a poet, writes dramatic and poetic letters. Nora often finds herself having to keep Herman’s spirit up through her letters. Herman has many doubts, but Nora is determined that their love will carry them through the hardships and they would have a life together, once she graduates college.

‘Silver Pages on the Lawn’ is based on the couples’ letters to each other. Nora Lourie Percival writes a poignant story of love and shares her precious letters with the world.

I recommend this book to all readers of history, a good love story, and the one’s who enjoy reading memoirs.

Review for http://www.book-hub.com

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Nora Percival 99th Year Young

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Santa Cruz, CA: April 1, 2014 – After many awards, articles, bookstore events, and interviews for a writer who started at the wise age of 88, Nora Percival releases her best writings in eBook format. As an ongoing promoter from North Carolina, please help us in celebrating Nora’s 100th birthday coming up in October 2014.

Featured in an NPR interview, Nora shares in her immigrant beginnings from native Russia. Each of the three memoirs evokes a specific time in the 20th century including the two world wars, moving into the modern era, loves, loss, and reclaiming a full life relived with the release of the three eBooks.

A poignant read highly intelligent writer, blessed with an adventurous life, The Weather of the Heart, Whirligig of Time, and Silver Pages on the Lawn, are highly readable. Nora Percival was selected as one of the top six Guide Post Picks by women readers on about.com for 2003.

Nora’s father left Russia without his wife and daughter just ahead of the Russian Red Army in 1918. It took until 1922 before they would again be together after immigrating to New York, USA.

Nora Percival’s life has never been easy. From the depression of the 1930’s, to losing her first husband to leukemia in 1939 just to find out she was pregnant. Nora was determined to find her way and to find time for her writing. As her life took the turns of necessity, the stories regarding the price of freedom persisted. Yes, and at the age of 88 the writing began and an outpouring streamed forth.

To Google Nora Percival is to find a life lived fully, and in later life with finished books, acclaim, a growing family and stories to tell in person. Share in this fabulous life at http://www.nora Percival.com

Today the American public takes for granted their security, their television, cell phone, personal computer, and friends. A leap into Nora Percival’s three memoirs is to see first hand and to receive stories of early America during the dawn of international awareness and birth of student activism.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

1 A Book Journey

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I am slowly moving through my to-read list.

CURRENTLY READING

1 A Silver Pages
Silver Pages on the Lawn: A Student Love Story of the Depression Years of the 1930s by Nora Lourie Percival

1 A Second On The Right by Elizabeth Los
Second On The Right by Elizabeth Los

NEXT BOOKS I’M READING

1 A We Are Wormwood
We Are Wormwood by Autumn Christian

1 A She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb
She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb

1 A The Poet by Peter Black
The Poet by Peter Black

LAST BOOKS I REVIEWED

1 A The perfect drug
The Perfect Drug by Hollie DeFrancisco

1 A Camp Secret
Camp Secret (Junior Spies) by Melissa Mahle

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

1 A Book Journey

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During the past two weeks, I have started to make some progress on my reading list.

CURRENTLY READING

1 A Camp Secret
Camp Secret (Junior Spies) by Melissa Mahle

1 A The perfect drug
The Perfect Drug by Hollie DeFrancisco

1 A Silver Pages
Silver Pages on the Lawn: A Student Love Story of the Depression Years of the 1930s by Nora Lourie Percival

NEXT BOOK I’M READING

1 A We Are Wormwood
We Are Wormwood by Autumn Christian

LAST BOOKS I REVIEWED

1 A The Whirligig of Time by Percival
The Whirligig of Time : A Memoir of Civilian Life in America During World War II by Nora Lourie Percival

1 A The Kota
The Kota Series: Book I by Sunshine Somerville

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The Whirligig of Time – A Book Review

1 A The Whirligig of Time by Percival
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The Whirligig of Time: A Memoir of Civilian Life in America During World War II
By: Nora Lourie Percival

AMAZON SUMMARY

A memoir of a woman’s life during three significant spans of her long lifetime. It recaptures the arduous days of World War II, when civilians in America were focused on defending our way of life against the brutal tyranny of Nazism. As she delineates her role in the national emergency, the sympathetic reader follows her vicissitudes and the drastic dislocations suffered by so many women in wartime.
The author’s challenging job, in a large defense plant producing vital war materiel, broke new ground. In planning this book, Percival turned to her daily reports, still in her files. “Rereading them after more than 65 years,” the narrator writes, “those hectic, pressured days that demanded all my stamina, ingenuity, empathy and endurance rose up in my memory.”
Woven into her chapters, these reports provide a vivid portrait of the trials and triumphs of women’s private battles. It was her concern for the unhappily divided state of our present world that impelled Percival to write of a time when Americans were united, all working together to save our country from Hitler’s despotic assault.

BOOK REVIEW

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed Nora Lourie Percival’s memoir of Civilian Life in America during World War II. Along with learning about life during War Time, I learned more about immigration during those times.
In ‘The Whirligig of Time’, Nora Lourie Percival does a great job of pulling the reader into her story. I felt like I was right there, grieving during loss, wringing my hands in trying times, and enjoying life ever chance the author received. In this historical memoir, one learns that life was hard and everyone worked together toward the common good. They lived hard, loved hard, and worked hard; taking enjoyment in whatever form it came.
I highly recommend this book to those who love history, those who need to learn the lessons of living in War Time, and to those who enjoy a good read.

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