28 Jul, 2020

Podcast Interview: How to Get Started Writing Family History Stories and How to Make Them Interesting for the Next Generation

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That's me in front of my grandparents' former house in Liberec, Czech Republic, August 2002 I'm happy to share that I'm featured on this week's edition of the Genealogy [...]

20 Sep, 2019

How a Book Still Makes Amazing Connections Two Years after Publication, and How my Mom Set an Example for Pursuing your Dreams in your Forties

September 20th, 2019|Tags: , |

Wedding picture in my book A book is a connector. That's one of the surprising things I learned after Jumping Over Shadows came out in April 2017. But now it's [...]

7 Jun, 2019

The Best Thing ever for a Writer: When a Reader Shares Passages She Loved from your Book with You

June 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Jumping Over Shadows in Karlsruhe (photo by Barbara Jester) As a writer, there is nothing I like more than connecting with a reader. So I was thrilled when Ellen Amarnek [...]

29 Mar, 2019

What Happened When Hitler Visited My Grandparents’ Hometown

March 29th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Hitler himself visited Reichenberg on Friday, December 2, 1938. His visit was geared to rally the populace for the supplementary elections to the Reichstag, to be held the following Sunday, [...]

5 Oct, 2018

Place Can Help Restore Your Sense of Self

October 5th, 2018|Tags: , |

Yesterday I went for a walk around Promontory Point for the first time since my surgery, and I realized: a place can help restore our sense of self. Three months [...]

24 Aug, 2018

My Book’s Almost Titles

August 24th, 2018|Tags: |

At book events, I'm often asked how I came up with my book's title, Jumping Over Shadows (see that story here: How to Come Up with a Book Title). Recently, however, [...]

15 Jun, 2018

Suicide Touches Almost Every Family

June 15th, 2018|Tags: |

My great-grandfather with my grandmother, Reichenberg, 1932 "A few days before Kristallnacht, on the evening of Thursday, November 3, 1938, my great-grandfather walked up the hill to the [...]

26 May, 2018

Book Companion Post: Sanatorium Brey

May 26th, 2018|Tags: , |

Siebenhäuser Liberec Reichenberg Stadt, Sanatorium Dr. Max Brey When I visited my grandparents' hometown Liberec (Reichenberg) in the Czech Republic in 2009 on a research trip for Jumping [...]

5 Apr, 2018

6 Things that Will Surprise You about Publishing a Book

April 5th, 2018|Tags: , |

Karlsruhe, Germany - Photo by Barbara Jester Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my book's publication--the perfect time to share a few things that surprised me about publishing [...]

19 Mar, 2018

Book Companion Post: My Aunt Herta

March 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Herta and I, Wiesbaden, 2002 Today would have been my Aunt Herta's birthday. I like to remember loved ones on their birthdays, and since Herta is one of [...]

16 Feb, 2018

Book Companion Post: How to Come Up with Book Events

February 16th, 2018|Tags: |

When I first contemplated promoting my book Jumping Over Shadows through events, I was stumped to come up with topics I could present. {read the rest of the article on [...]

10 Nov, 2017

Book Companion Post: Remembering Kristallnacht in Liberec

November 10th, 2017|Tags: , |

Today marks the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, when most of the synagogues in the German Reich were destroyed along with Jewish shops and businesses. Until [...]

23 Oct, 2017

Book Companion Post: Answering Reader Questions

October 23rd, 2017|Tags: |

Storefront in Liberec, 2016 (Sadly, I wasn't able to figure out the exact site of Guido and Resi's store.) What happened to Ludwig during the war? Was he [...]

12 Oct, 2017

Book Companion Post: Görlitz

October 12th, 2017|Tags: |

I received this picture of my book from a reader in Germany. Without any input from me, she chose to take it in front of the post office in Görlitz [...]

12 Jun, 2017

Snail Mail Art

June 12th, 2017|Tags: , , |

I adore snail mail art. As a kid, I loved to draw. That pastime, along with several others, has remained in my childhood. Over the past few years, however, I've [...]

22 May, 2017

Book Companion Post: Filling in the Blanks on Family History

May 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

These past few days I have been able to do what I love best in my writing life: rummage around in family history. I've been rewriting an essay that O [...]

10 May, 2017

The Flying Dutchman Comes Home

May 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Train station in Liberec (formerly Reichenberg) - the train in "The Flying Dutchman" left from here I owe the metaphor of the Flying Dutchman, title of one of the pivotal [...]

11 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Haselnusstorte (or: A Flourless Hazelnut Torte for Passover)

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

  "The next time we visited her, a hazelnut torte would be waiting on her kitchen counter, glazed in glistening dark chocolate." Story and recipe on page 166 of Jumping [...]

4 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Fait Accompli I – My Grandfather’s Staircase

April 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

  Today is the publication date of my memoir Jumping Over Shadows! Hurray! And thus I offer you my very first book companion post, a series I plan to run every [...]

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