Bending Towards the Sun By: Leslie Gilbert-Lurie and Rita Lurie

Unfortunatly I couldn’t find a picture of the cover for this book. 


Bending Towards the Sun is a wonderufl story about hope,courage, love, and family.  The first part of the book is told from Rita Laurie’s point of view. She is a Holocaust survivor and as I read this I recieved the message that life is well worth living no matter how hard it may get at times.  That we should cherish everyday that we have to live, breath, and love.

Rita’s part of the story is a heart-break yet touching memoir of the life that she lived before and during the Holocaust.  Rita strived to find solace and happiness in even the darkest of places.  Hers is an inspirational story with the simple but clear life lesson that one should never give up hope.

The second part of this story is told by Rita’s daughter Leslie.  Her story is one of a child who wants to please and take care of her mother.  Leslie takes us through her life and tells us of all that she has experienced on her own while trying to be her own person as well as what she had learned and experienced with her mother and family. 

There was one quote from the book that I haven’t been able to get out of my head and would like to share it here: “while life is rarely perfect, individuals have the strangth to over come setbacks, to love instead of hate, and to influence others to be better human beings.”  I found this quote particularly inspirational and I don’t believe that I will ever forget this heart wrenching story. 


This is a wonderful book and is a must read for people young and old.  Bending Toward the Sun is the account of the Holocaust from one survivors point of view and should be right next to The Diary of Anne Frank on reading lists.

~ by Melody on September 1, 2009.

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