January book picks: Day 17 of January's best reads

Jan 17, 2012 at 10:47 a.m. ET

We've tapped Luxury Reading's book lovin' blogger, Vera, to give us the scoop all month long on what books are worth the read. She'll be dishing out daily book picks -- and here's pick seventeen.

Sarah's Key is a book of dueling stories - one of Sarah, a 10-year-old girl growing up in 1940's Paris and another of Julia Jarmond, an American living in modern-day Paris - that come together in an unforgettable and haunting way.

I've read many books about the Holocaust but knew nothing about the fate of French Jews. Although Sarah's Keyis a work of fiction, De Rosnay based the book on the actual Vel d'Hiv round up that occurred on July 16 and 17, 1942. Sarah's fictional trials could have easily been the reality for many children who were woken up from their beds, forced into inhumane conditions and eventually sent to their deaths. De Rosnay's fluid writing style brings life to those terrible days in a story that will stay with you long after the final page.

Not only is Sarah's Key our book pick of the day, it's our current SheKnows Book Club pick for January.

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