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General Information

Name:  Larry Stillman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1942 in Milawaukee, Wisconsin

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Illinois Connection

Stillman lived in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

After 30 years in the advertising business, Larry Stillman turned to his new passion, becoming an author. His first book is the award-winning true story of a teenager during the Holocaust entitled ''A Match Made in Hell''. It was published in 2003. He then turned to the genre of historical novel with ''The Rope Catcher'', the story of the Navajo code talkers both during and after WWII. Stillman recently moved from suburban Chicago to Tucson, Arizona. He is presently at work on another historical novel, set in 19th century Nova Scotia.

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Titles At Your Library

A Match Made in Hell: The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis
ISBN: 0299193942

University of Wisconsin Press. 2005

Conjoined twins have long been a subject of fantasy, fascination, and freak shows. In this first collection of its kind, Millie-Christine McKoy, African American twins born in 1851, and Daisy and Violet Hilton, English twins born in 1908, speak for themselves through memoirs that help us understand what it is like to live physically joined to someone else.
Conjoined Twins in Black and White provides contemporary readers with the twins autobiographies, the first two show histories to be republished since their original appearance, a previously unpublished novella, and a nineteenth-century medical examination, each of which attempts to define these women and reveal the issues of race, gender, and the body prompted by the twins themselves. The McKoys, born slaves, were kidnapped and taken to Britain, where they worked as entertainers until they were reunited with their mother in an emotional chance encounter. The Hiltons, cast away by their horrified mother at birth, worked the carnival circuit as vaudeville performers until the WWII economy forced them to the burlesque stage. The hardships, along with the triumphs, experienced by these very different sister sets lend insight into our fascination with conjoined twins.

The Rope Catcher: A Novel
ISBN: 1475955529

iUniverse. 2012

It is April of 1942, and twenty-eight-year-old Jimmie Goodluck leads an aimless existence on the Navajo reservation, where he knows only poverty, prejudice, and lack of opportunity. Everything changes when he hears a US Marine Corps recruitment message on the radio. Without a second thought, Jimmie heads out toward what he hopes will be a new and meaningful life. As a marine recruit, Jimmie becomes a code talker. He and his small, all-Navajo platoon develop a highly-classified code using the Navajo language-the only code in World War II the enemy cannot break. For the first time ever, Jimmie experiences equality, respect, and even admiration-everything he's dreamed about all his life. But it is only when he returns home four years later that he discovers the devastating truth about what can happen after your dreams come true. Hope, disillusionment, and redemption line Jimmie's journey of self-discovery as he immerses himself in a world war and in the turbulent changes that sweep across the Navajo reservation-forever changing his own destiny.


A Match Made in Hell

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