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About shirleywachtel

Shirley Russak Wachtel is the author of The Story of Blima—A Holocaust Survivor (publ.2005), a novel which recounts the early years of her mother, Betty Weisstuch Russak. The novel s listed as a recommended novel by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Wachtel is the author of several children's books, including a series of interactive mysteries, Charlie Wonder, Chef-Detective (2005), which includes several recipes; Brad Sureshot, Coach-Detective (2007) which details basketball skills; and Howie Rocket, World-Traveler-Detective (2009) which has handy foreign language phrases. In The Mellow Light (2009) is her first book of poetry. She is a professor of English at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. In addition, Wachtel is the co-author of Spotlight on Reading (2011), a textbook for college-level students. A mother of three sons, she resides with her husband, Arthur, in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Initially written as a doctoral dissertation for her Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University, My Mother's Shoes , says Wachtel, is not just the novel of her life, it is the novel of her heart.

Looking Forward

Hello again—Yes,  it has been awhile, but that doesn’t mean things have been stagnant.  First and foremost, as we all know, November 8, 2016 brought great change to our country (no comment on that one), but more significantly for the … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air

Love.  It’s a word which has inspired hope in the hearts of young suitors, revenge for those spurred on by jealousy, and inspiration for many a poet.  I too have been thinking about the word as Valentine’s Day looms.  The … Continue reading

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Family

It’s that time of year again when many of us reflect on the importance of family and friends we hold dear.  But shouldn’t we devote just as much energy to these individuals throughout the year?  As a daughter of Holocaust … Continue reading

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Remembering on Memorial Day

Remembering on Memorial Day.

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Remembering on Memorial Day

Hello Again–Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the dedication and sacrifice of our troops.  I will forever be grateful to the valiant soldiers who liberated my parents and other survivors from under the heavy hand of Nazi domination. … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Hello Again, Everyone— Just a note to thank those of you who turned out for the reading and book signing of my latest novel, THE MUSIC MAKERS, held at Barnes & Noble in New Brunswick, NJ. on February 14th.  It … Continue reading

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JUST RELEASED–The Music Makers

So happy to announce the release of my new book, THE MUSIC MAKERS, available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  I hope you can join me in New Brunswick! Barnes & Noble Welcomes Shirley Russak Wachtel author of Meet … Continue reading

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