Books by Kinderlandites about life growing up on the left.

    A book by Maxine Louise Michel (Fiering) De Felice (Class of 1953)
    May the Spirit Be Unbroken: Search for the Mother Root

     A book by Mickey (Hartman) Flacks (Class of 1955) & Dick Flacks (Staff in the 1950s)
     Making History/Making Blintzes:
     How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America

Other Books by Kinderlandites.

    Books by Joseph Dorinson (Class of 1952)
         a) The Black Athlete as Hero: American Barrier Breakers from Nine Sports

         b) Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life & Legacys

         c) Kvetching and Shpritzing: Jewish Humor in American Popular Culture

         d) Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports and the American Dream

    Books by Barry Fireman (Class of 1955)
         a) The book From The Broken Windows chronicles the life of my father and
             his sisters and my grandfather as they lived through pogroms and the Russian
             Revolution and ensuing Civil Warin what is now Ukraine. It covers their escape
             and harrowing journey to America.


    Books by Ralph Dranow (Class of 1955)
         a) A New Life
             The 76 vivid poems in this book offer a unique and compassionate view of what it is to be
             human. “Ralph's poetry is tender and honest and bittersweet, like sweet-sour candy
              melting on the tongue. His poems nestle into the heart in a genuinely comforting way."
              ~ Shonen Bressler”

         b) At Work on the Garments of Refuge: Poems by by Daniel Marlin and Ralph Dranow
             This book is both a testament to the remarkable, incisive writing of Dan Marlin by his
             best friend, Ralph, and an opportunity for readers to taste the riches of this friendship
             through the poetry of both writers. You are in for a moving feast for the mind, heart, and
             moral spirit.

    A book by Steve Malmude (Class of 1955)
        The Bundle: Selected Poems

    Books by Edith Tarbescu (Class of 1955)

    A book by Richard Rizzo (Class of 1956)
         Invisible Colored White: Being white in a black world

    A book by Meryl Nadel and Sue Scher (Class of 1957)
         Not Just Play: Summer Camp and the Profession of Social Work
         Includes a short blurb about Kinderland as a social justice
         camp where the director from 2012 to the present is a social worker.

    Books and a music CD by Jay (Eric) Feldman (Class of 1958)
         a) WHEN THE MISSISSIPPI RAN BACKWARDS: Empire, Intrigue, Murder,
              and the New Madrid Earthquakes (non-fiction). The book weaves together five
              threads to create a complex tapestry of the early frontier in the years between
              the American Revolution and the War of 1812. In his jacket blurb, Howard Zinn
              said, "Jay Feldman has produced a fascinating work of social history, meticulously
              researched, elegantly written and awesomely original in its conception. He finds the
              convulsions of the natural world reverberating on slavery, war, and Indian resistance,
              and tells the story with verve and style."

              A major league scout discovers a pitcher in a Japanese-American internment
              camp in Arizona during World War II. Through the filter of baseball,
              the book addresses issues of personal integrity, racism, internment, and
              American values and dreams.

              A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America (non-fiction).
              In his review in THE WASHINGTON POST, Jonathan Yardley wrote, "Feldman’s
              judgment of this period is no exaggeration…for as more recent events have
              made plain, the susceptibility of the American populace to appeals based
              on fear and prejudice has not been eradicated."

            d) AT HOME
                A double-CD of 25 traditional songs and tunes, many of which will be familiar.
                It costs $25 + shipping — a dollar a song, such a bargain!
                If you’re interested, contact jay at

    A book by Joseph Leslie Gitnig and Roeline van Berchum
    (Joe was a counsellor in 1951 and the Arts and Crafts teacher in 1953)
         Unicorns in the Afternoon: Poetry of Promise
                This book presents a number of inspirational poems by Joseph Leslie Gitnig (1930)
                that were selected and edited by Roeline van Berchum (1967). They express the
                author’s deep reverence and love of life despite difficulties, and reveal the
                mystery, beauty, and harmony of creation hidden behind the mundane. Through these
                works we are reminded again of our true nature, which is divine, and are inspired
                to re-establish our connection to this true divine nature, for the good of ourselves and the world.

               For more information go to
               Also available on Amazon


    Books by Ellen Meeropol (Parent and grandparent)
         a) Her Sister’s Tattoo - includes a fictionalized camp Kinderland.
             "At a time when radical movements are on the rise, we find in Her Sister's
             Tattoo exactly what we now need: both caution and hope." — Angela Davis

         b) Kinship of Clover - about climate activism. "This is a book about
             time and love, politics and family, and it is sharply observant and
             deeply compassionate.” —Charles Baxter

         c) On Hurricane Island - "On Hurricane Island is a chilling, Kafkaesque story
             about what happens when the United States does tocitizens at home what
             it has done to others abroad." – Michael Ratner

         d) House Arrest - "Meeropol's work is thoughtful and tightly composed,
             unflinching in taking on challenging subjects and deliberating uneasy
             ethical conundrums." –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
             And, forthcoming in September 2022, available to preorder:

         e) The Lost Women of Azalea Court- “A compelling tale of family secrets,
             friendship, and private traumas set on the grounds of a long-closed state asylum.
             The investigation into a missing woman unearths the hospital’s darkest history.
             Fantastic setting and taut pacing.”—Kathy Crowley, co-owner, Belmont Books

A book by June Levine (Staff in the 40s) and Gene Gordon
         Tales of Wo-Chi-Ca
         For a free copy of this book,
         send an email to

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