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Mission Book Possible #23

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We’ve officially hit 2,000 books in the database! We’ve created a fun way for readers to go on a sapphic book finding mission to get familiar with this new resource. Four prizes of a $15 Amazon gift card will be awarded in drawings on November 9, 16, 23, and 30. For complete rules, click here.


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Now let’s get to today’s history lesson: Renate Rubinstein

On November 23, 1990, Renate Rubinstein, a German-Dutch writer, journalist, and columnist died.

Rubinstein was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1929. Her mother wasn’t Jewish, but her father was. With the rise of the Nazis, the family fled to Amsterdam. In 1940, Germany conquered the Netherlands, and her father was arrested in 1940, ultimately being murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

When she was a teen, she studied in Amsterdam. She also worked part-time for a publishing company. For three years, she worked at a kibbutz in Israel and then studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for two years.

In 1955, she became a Political and Social Science student at the University of Amsterdam. During this time, she began writing for different publications. Her popular columns in Vrij Nederland started to appear in 1962 under the pen name Tamar. They often incited angry arguments with other columnists.

In 1977, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which drastically changed her life. Her book Nee heb je (Take It and Leave It: Aspects of Being Ill) details her struggles.

She died at the age of 61.

To honor Renate Rubinstein, we’re asking readers to go to the BookFinder and look up books in the following Theme category: Nursed Back to Health.

Find a book you haven’t read yet, or if you come across an old favorite, share it and tell us why. To enter the giveaway, share your entry in the Facebook group.

Remember, the more days you play, the more entries you’ll receive for the $15 Amazon gift card, so don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another Book Finding Mission.

Authors, if your books aren’t in the database yet, we highly recommend you submit them now. Here’s the form.

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