Educational Resources

Vintage Verity

  • (originally posted 20 September 2011) This was Knitting Project No. 2. Its namesake sweater has a personality in its own right in CNV, but mine did not exist in reality until several months after the book was finished. There was some debate over what the sweater would actually look like. My...Read more
  • (originally posted 20 September 2011) I'd not done any knitting for about 14 years when a friend pointed me to this pattern. I worked on these mittens while writing the last half of CNV and came to associate them with Maddie Brodatt so strongly in my head that I put them in the novel. The mittens...Read more

Women pilots, World War II

  • Curious readers may be interested in the sources for some of the flying scenes in Rose Under Fire. Rose’s background is similar to that of Betty Lussier , who grew up on a farm in Maryland then managed get to England to join the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942. Rose’s relationship with her...Read more
  • Curious readers may be interested in the sources for some of the flying scenes in Rose Under Fire. Rose’s background is similar to that of Betty Lussier , who grew up on a farm in Maryland then managed get to England to join the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942. Rose’s relationship with her...Read more
  • Taran is both a Russian and Polish word for aerial ramming (if you do a Wikipedia search on taran, you’ll be redirected to aerial ramming). Taran is not the same as kamikaze and is not considered a suicide manoeuver. If you’re nerdy enough to want a more in-depth discussion of taran, read J.T...Read more
  • Taran is both a Russian and Polish word for aerial ramming (if you do a Wikipedia search on taran, you’ll be redirected to aerial ramming). Taran is not the same as kamikaze and is not considered a suicide manoeuver. If you’re nerdy enough to want a more in-depth discussion of taran, read J.T...Read more
  • The USSR was the only Allied nation that sent women pilots into combat during World War II. They operated both as bomber pilots and fighter pilots - their bombing missions, in obsolete bi-planes from which they harassed German troops on the Eastern Front under cover of darkness and using the...Read more
  • The USSR was the only Allied nation that sent women pilots into combat during World War II. They operated both as bomber pilots and fighter pilots - their bombing missions, in obsolete bi-planes from which they harassed German troops on the Eastern Front under cover of darkness and using the...Read more

Ravensbrück

  • I borrowed shamelessly from my grandmother’s youth and from my own Pennsylvania heritage in creating Rose, the heroine of Rose Under Fire. I made her a middle-class American girl on purpose: I wanted to give today’s readers a feeling for how ordinary the victims of the Nazi regime were—how like us...Read more
  • Survivors, 1958 "While in Ravensbrück they had been sustained by the determination to let the world know what had happened. But war and the effects of war are too clamorous for the individual voice, however strong the message and pure the accent. And the Lapins [Rabbits], as they came to be known,...Read more

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