Reshelving Alexandria is an online literary catalog of good, true, and beautiful books that supports families in building and utilizing a home library. Our membership subscription service includes extensive content to help identify and source the best books for your home library.

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2020 Reading Challenge

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Featured Author: Margot Benary-Isbert

Margot Benary-Isbert's stories closely parallel her own experiences and those of her extended family; the resilience of spirit that is required to start over from nothing, not once, not twice, but again and again, to choose to think outside of oneself when starvation and homelessness are constant companions, to risk everything for strangers. The emotions, the trials, the triumphs, all are drawn from her own memories, even when re-crafted and recast as fiction. The intimacy with her subject, which on the surface seems to be post-war Germany, but is actually the human heart, is what lends truth to her writing. Her books resonate because they are at once very specific, and entirely universal. Full descriptions of Benary-Isbert's books that have been translated into English are publicly available for the month of April.
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Reshelving Alexandria has been a tremendous blessing to our family, saving us both time and money. Before Reshelving Alexandria, finding living literature for our children was a painstaking and time-consuming process; scouring book lists, hunting through blog posts and podcast notes, researching titles and subjects and authors and illustrators, speculating as to reading level and suitability for our family.

Because Reshelving Alexandria has already done this for me, bringing together the best of the best of living literature in a searchable and easily navigable database, it allows me to both focus and stretch our book budget by narrowing down my search to precisely those books that are the best fit for our family and then helping me to easily take advantage of free online books and used book searches to grow our family library. And all the time I am saving? What a joy to re-invest that in reading these books with my children!"

Johanna Bittle

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