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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Orange Bowl: Go Tigers!

I don't know how people in other parts of the country feel about football, but here in the South we love it. High school, college, or pro we have our favorites. We like the sport even better when we share it with other people, which is exactly what I'm doing tomorrow. I graduated from Clemson University, and today my family is getting together to watch the Tigers play in the Orange Bowl. We'll have dinner and probably eat way too many snacks.

My contribution to dinner is called Lasagna Soup. I tried the recipe when my husband found it on Facebook, and it's good. My sister-in-law wants to taste it so I have a batch made and ready to go.  Interested? Here's a link to the recipe.

It shouldn't surprise anyone to know that I've written one book about a football player (A New Dream) and one about a football coach (The Captain and the Cheerleader). Like I say, we like our football. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Lost Town

The Lost Town: Bringing Back Trochenbrod
by Avrom Bendavid-Val


GENRE: YA Nonfiction



Trochenbrod was a bustling commercial center of more than 5,000 people, all Jews, hidden deep in the forest in Northwest Ukraine. It thrived as a tiny Jewish kingdom unnoticed and unknown to most people, even though it was “the big city” for surrounding Ukrainian and Polish villages. The people of Trochenbrod vanished in the Holocaust, and soon nothing remained of this vibrant 130-year-old town but a mysterious double row of trees and bushes in a clearing in the forest.

In this new book, Avrom Bendavid-Val makes Trochenbrod’s true story accessible, enjoyable, and memorable for young readers. The Lost Town follows his adventures while uncovering the lost history of the magical place where his father was born and raised. An imagined Trochenbrod was the setting for Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, Everything is Illuminated, and the movie by the same name.


As I was growing up, my father did not often mention the town Trochenbrod (pronounced Trawkhenbrawd) in Eastern Poland where he was born and raised. But when he did, his longing and affection for it were unmistakable. After my father passed away, I realized I knew nothing about his beloved hometown. He had never volunteered information about it, and I had never asked. Although none of my relatives knew where Trochenbrod had been located, other than “in Poland someplace,” they were certain nothing was there anymore. I was told that after the Nazis murdered all Trochenbrod’s Jews, they destroyed all its buildings, and the memory of it was lost.        
How could that be? I wondered. How could all traces of a town and its people vanish? If the town was destroyed in the Holocaust, wouldn’t something—derelict buildings, house foundations, low stone walls—still be found there? And what happened to Christian neighbors of the Jews who lived in Trochenbrod? They weren’t destroyed by the Nazis; maybe their descendants were still there and could tell me something about Trochenbrod in the days when Jews also lived there. I had to find out. I had to see for myself.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Bio
Avrom Bendavid-Val was working as an environmental consultant in Poland in 1997 when he decided to cross the Ukrainian border and visit the place his father came from, the town of Trochenbrod. Finding nothing there, he was determined to uncover the history and spirit of the vanished town. Avrom continues to this day to research, write and make films about the town, and serve as the anchor for the American community of Trochenbrod descendants. Avrom Bendavid-Val lives in Washington, D.C.

The Lost Town

Documentary based on the book – 7th Arts

Bacon Press Books

Avrom Bendavid-Val

Bacon Press Books


Bacon Press Books

Purchase Links

Amazon Paperback

Amazon Ebook

Barnes and Nobel paperback


Avrom Bendavid-Val will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Use the link below to enter.

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