Bedside table: how to get through difficult times? This book, set during WWII, has some answers
“I recently finished reading ‘Symphony for the City of the Dead’ by MT Anderson and winner of several awards. This book was chosen by my book club and was based on the true story of Soviet-Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich, who used his musical talents to bring hope to the people of his country during the Nazi invasion of Leningrad during World War II. Reading this book during the pandemic elicited so many unexpected emotions as I compared our daily uncertainties of COVID-19 to those of Soviet citizens facing their own plight and horrors during WWII. I found myself feeling a fear that I had never recognized before as well as blessings for things that I had always taken for granted. This well-researched book made me more willing to reach out and help others, just as Shostakovich and his friends did at a time when everyone needed to dig deep to find their faith and have courage.
“As the daughter of a WWII veteran, I examined many aspects of the war and read firsthand accounts of my father’s personal journey which I compiled in a memoir (“ De Fledgling to Flyer ”). These two stories reminded me that optimism and perseverance are essential ingredients to get through difficult times. – MIMI GOUGH, Portland
Mainers, please drop us a line to tell us about the book on your nightstand right now. In a few sentences, describe the book and be sure to tell us what attracted you as the pandemic and its ripple effects recede in Maine. Was it a need to escape, a need to dig deeper? Something else? Send your choice to [email protected], and we can use it as a future bedside table.