Inge Auerbacher

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About Inge Auerbacher

Famous as both a chemist and a Holocaust survivor, Auerbacher penned a number of memoirs, including Beyond the Yellow Star to America and I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust.

Early life

From 1942 until 1945, she was imprisoned at the Terezin concentration camp. She was among the one percent of the camp’s inhabitants who survived the ordeal.

Trivia

After graduating from Queens College, City University of New York, she had a four decade-long career as a chemist.

Family of Inge Auerbacher

In 1945, she and several of her family members were liberated from Nazi camps by the Red Army. She immigrated to the United States in 1946 and became an American citizen several years later.

Close associates of Inge Auerbacher

She and fellow Holocaust survivor Elly Gross both penned memoirs detailing their World War II-era experiences.

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Johanna Reiss

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About Johanna Reiss

Dutch-Jewish memoir writer and children’s author who wrote about her experience of the Holocaust. Her literary works include A Hidden Life and The Upstairs Room.

Early life

She was born in Winterswijk, The Netherlands. During the World War II years, she lived in hiding in the Dutch village of Usselo.

Trivia

An acclaimed author, she received the Newbery Honor, the Jewish Book Council’s award for children’s literature, and the Buxtehuder Bulle Prize.

Family of Johanna Reiss

After settling in the United States in the 1950s, she wed Jim Reiss.

Close associates of Johanna Reiss

Like famous diarist Anne Frank, Reiss and her older sister lived in hiding from the Nazis during part of World War II.

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Kristin Beck

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About Kristin Beck

Her 2013 memoir Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender, describes her struggle as a woman in a man’s body and her ultimate embrace of a female identity.

Early life

She trained at the Virginia Military Institute and subsequently joined the United States Navy. Following a two-decade military career, she decided to undergo male-to-female sex reassignment surgery.

Trivia

She was the subject of a 2014 CNN documentary titled Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.

Family of Kristin Beck

Born Christopher Beck, she was married twice prior to coming out as a transgender person. Her first marriage resulted in two sons.

Close associates of Kristin Beck

She and activist Janet Mock both penned memoirs about their journeys to becoming transgender women.

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Jeannette Walls

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About Jeannette Walls

Known for her 2005, New York Times bestselling memoir The Glass Castle, this Arizona-born author also penned a popular gossip column for MSNBC.com. She published her debut work of fiction, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, in 2009.

Early life

She and her three siblings were homeless for part of their youth and lived in many states, including Arizona, California, Nevada, and West Virginia. In her late teens, she relocated to New York City and eventually earned an honors degree from Barnard College.

Trivia

She began her writing career as an intern for a Brooklyn, New York-based newspaper called The Phoenix.

Family of Jeannette Walls

Her first marriage, to Eric Goldberg, lasted from 1988 until 1996. She later settled in Virginia with her second husband and fellow journalist, John Taylor.

Close associates of Jeannette Walls

Paramount Pictures purchased rights to Walls’ popular memoir and announced that Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence would portray Walls in the book’s film adaptation. Brie Larson ended up playing her in the movie.

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Catharine Parr Traill

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About Catharine Parr Traill

An English-Canadian author, she is best known for The Backwoods of Canada (1836), a memoir about her experiences as a settler in Canada. Her other works include Canadian Crusoes (1851) and Canadian Wildflowers (1865).

Early life

Early in her career, she wrote children’s stories. Her titles from this period include The Tell Tale (1818) and Disobedience (1819).

Trivia

A naturalist as well as an author, she frequently wrote about the plants she encountered in Canada.

Family of Catharine Parr Traill

She married Lieutenant Thomas Traill in 1832.

Close associates of Catharine Parr Traill

Her husband served in the Napoleonic Wars under the leadership of General Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Frances Burney

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About Frances Burney

An English author recognized for her lengthy historical novels and memoirs, she also contributed to the fields of drama and poetry. Her best-known works include Evelina (1778), Camilla (1796), and The Wanderer (1814).

Early life

She began writing at the young age of ten. She published her first novel, Evelina, in 1778.

Trivia

Several of her works were written in letter or journal/diary format.

Family of Frances Burney

She married the French exile, General Alexandre D’Arblay. Together, they had one child.

Close associates of Frances Burney

Her works inspired the novels of Jane Austen; in fact, the title of Austen’s most famous book, Pride and Prejudice, was derived from a line in one of Burney’s novels.

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