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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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November 2014

Pam Jenoff

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Pam Jenoff


    pamjenoff @

Web Site:


Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Talk about an interesting life!

Our Ms. November has certainly held some very cool positions and her novels are reflective of both her experiences and her obvious love of history.

It is with great enthusiasm that I present Pam Jenoff as BCCLS Invite an Author for November 2014.

Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor.

Following her work at the Pentagon, Pam moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Pam developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community. Pam left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for several years as a labor and employment attorney both at a firm and in-house in Philadelphia and now teaches law school at Rutgers.

Pam is the author of The Kommandant's Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Diplomat's Wife, The Ambassador’s Daughter, Almost Home, A Hidden Affair and The Things We Cherished. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

Pam is happy to visit BCCLS libraries but asks that her travel expenses ($150.00) be covered and her publisher has generously sent me some books which I'm happy to send to first requesters to add to their collections.

On The Winter Guest:

"Jenoff (The Ambassador's Daughter, 2013) specializes in stories of forbidden love with dramatic wartime settings. Here, twins Helena and Ruth live in the small Polish village of Biekowice…Helena is a resourceful and brave heroine with a bit of a lucky streak, while Ruth shows her mettle in the novel's heart-pounding ending. Brisk, romantic, and emotionally satisfying."


On The Ambassador's Daughter:

"In Jenoff's eloquent follow-up to The Diplomat's Wife, conflicted Margot accompanies her German diplomat father to Paris for the treaty negotiations following WWI…A tale of surprise betrayals, unquenchable desire, and a necessary awakening, Jenoff's thorough and elaborate descriptions of character and setting makes for a satisfying period romance."

Publishers Weekly

On The Things We Cherished:

"Charlotte Gold and Brian Warrington, high-powered attorneys who used to be a couple, suddenly find themselves working together on an international war-crimes case…A powerful novel rich in period detail, The Things We Cherished is a fascinating contemporary and historical drama, a unique glimpse into a disappearing world, and a reminder that past and present often come together in unexpected ways."


On The Kommandant's Girl:

"With luminous simplicity, Jenoff's breathtaking debut chronicles the life of a young Jewish bride during the Nazi occupation of Kraków, Poland, in WWII. Emma Bau, a shy librarian, escapes the city's Jewish ghetto with the aid of the underground resistance movement that Jacob, her activist husband, has already joined…This is historical romance at its finest."

Publishers Weekly

Well-researched history, romance, and riveting plots make Pam Jenoff an author to consider for a visit to your libraries or to Skype with your book clubs. I hope you will think about inviting her. You can view her website at and contact her directly at pamjenoff @

Warmest regards,