The Hungarian World War II film "The Notebook" makes for a grim but utterly fascinating parable, a tale of compassionate, city-bred twins who teach themselves the cruelty they need in order to survive the horrors of war.
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NEW YORK - Marie, the self-loathing protagonist of Merritt Tierce's autobiographical debut novel,"Love Me Back," hurts herself as a way of life. She cuts and burns her body. She drinks and drugs, passes out and wakes up to do the same all over again. Mostly she floats through a series of anesthetizing sexual encounters - with friends, with colleagues, with strangers.
For two years, the crew of the USS Jeannette was trapped in ice north of the Bering Sea. The sailors staged musicals, played football, ate seal meat (which they dubbed "arctic turkey") and even performed surgery on the eye of a crew member afflicted with syphilis.