Book Review: Bending Toward The Sun

Title: Bending Toward the Sun: A Mother and Daughter Memoir

Author: Leslie Gilbert-Lurie with Rita Lurie

My Review:

Bending Toward The Sun: A Mother and Daughter Memoir by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie with Rita Lurie is a poignant work of non-fiction that continues to both haunt and inspire me. From the moment I picked up this memoir, I was unable to stop reading until I had completed the book. It is one of the best memoirs that I have ever read and the emotion it stirs within me as a mother and a daughter who lost her birth mother at a very young age is profound.

This is the true story that begins with the telling of a holocaust survivor’s life and the impact this tragedy had not only on her but her daughter and granddaughter too. Rita Lurie was a five year old girl when she and her family were forced to hide in an attic during the war. As she helplessly suffered from watching her mother and young brother die, it set into motion emotions and life changing events that would have far reaching consequences. Years later, her own daughter will explore the impact that Rita’s life experiences have had shaping not only her own life but that of her family. Bending Toward The Sun intertwines beautifully three generations of a family who are trying to understand “the legacy that unites, inspires, and haunts them all.”

I appreciated the realism, openness and raw emotions that were written from the perspective of a mother and a daughter and highly recommend this book as it is at the top of my most recently read books.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

more by Maureen »