American Wolf by Audrey Birnbaum: 3.5***

American Wolf is a memoir/biography in which Audrey Birnbaum tells the story of her father. We follow the fortunes of her father from an infant through a myriad of experiences, which eventually culminated in the family finally being able to leave Germany and make it to Spain for a boat ride to America. Once in America, we also get to see the family struggle to make meet and to make their way in a new culture and environment. Eventually her father becomes a member of the US military and, lo and behold, is assigned to military intelligence and sent to Germany where he is stationed in East Germany during the days of the Cold War. This is a fascinating look at the man as well as the family and the memoir lays both the joys and difficulties that they encountered along the way. It’s a fascinating read. 3.5***

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