The Choice was the first memoir I picked up in 2021… and the last book I read in 2021. Needless to say, it was a perfect choice and everyone needs to read this book!
“It’s 1944 and sixteen-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
The horrors of the Holocaust didn’t break Edith. In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience. The Choice is her unforgettable story.”
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My first memoir review on my blog and I cannot think of a better book to kick of my reviews of this genre! I am making it a goal in 2022 to read more memoirs. I didn’t read a single memoir in 2021.
That said, I’ll be rating memoirs differently than I do most books! I don’t want to “rate” people’s stories and therefore truths the same way I would rate the plot of a fictional novel. This is why every memoir I feature on my blog and Instagram will have a five star rating. If, for some reason, I really did not enjoy the memoir and don’t want to recommend it to my readers, I just won’t feature it!
The Choice was a wonderful book to finish out 2021 with. Dr. Edith Eva Eger is a world treasure. She needs to be protected at all costs. I am in awe of her resilience despite the unimaginable horrors and tragedies she has been through in life.
This book was not an easy read in many parts as Dr. Eger recalls her time spent in Auschwitz as well as other prison camps. Dr. Eger even faced difficulties after the Holocaust, with the trauma that she had been through and other life challenges.
One of the biggest lessons I learned from this book is that age is simply just a number, as shown by Dr. Eger’s life (and she is still alive today!).
Another big lesson is that we have the choice to control our thoughts and feelings or let them control us.
The Choice is like a big hug from a grandparent or great-grandparent while they are also showing you some tough love.
I also love how Dr. Eger is so insightful and gentle with all of her patients.
Read This If You Love:
- Jewish history (like from Jewish people who were there, not people who write historical fiction novels or “have done a lot of research”)
- Stories of people who immigrated to the United States
- Cute grandmothers who could still put you in your place