Among the Living and the Dead/Lou Henry Hoover and the First White House Catalog

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This hour, host Charity Nebbe speaks live with two Iowa writers, Inara Verzemnieks and Elizabeth Dinschel. Verzemnieks, who teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa, has written a memoir that tells the story of war, exile and reconnection. The author grew up listening to her grandmother's stories about Latvia--the homeland and family she had to leave behind when she fled with her small children after World War II. After her grandmother's death, Verzemnieks decided to visit the Baltic country in order to learn about this long lost homeland and to meet with what remained of her family. Verzemnieks has written about her memories and travels and the story of this nation in her new memoir, "Among the Living and the Dead: a Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe." (W. W. Norton). She writes: "It's long been assumed of the region where my grandmother was born that at some point each year the dead will come home." Later in the hour, Charity speaks with Elizabeth

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