Jo Haraf

About me

Jo Haraf lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is active in the local literary scene including the HNS and the California Writers Club – Marin Branch.

Jo’s working on a collection of short stories set in New York in the 1920s. Her characters stand one step outside history’s spotlight during some of the period’s iconic moments including Lindbergh’s trip to Paris, the Yankee’s first World Series win, Jack Dempsey’s loss to Gene Tunney.

From my website

Review: The Devil’s Mercedes

When Reichsmarschall Goering and Herr Hitler’s personal Mercedes-Benz limousines toured America in the years following WWII, enthralled audiences responded with revulsion and adoration. Robert Klara chronicles the hulking convertibles’ journeys from Germany through Canada and the United States in his latest book: The Devil’s Mercedes, soon to be available online. Read…

Review: Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!!

If you loved the film Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!! staring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant or if you seek out self-assured, slightly out-of-step characters, you must read Florence Foster Jenkins’ eponymously named biography to revel in the heiress turned opera diva who astounded and delighted New York musical audiences in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. If time is short, start…

Review: Donovan’s Devils

  Writing non-fiction book reviews for the Historical Novel Society, I’ve discovered places, periods, and people I would not have encountered without the luck of assignment. In Donovan’s Devils—OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines, accompanied by WWII fighters waging a clandestine war of liberation, I revisited familiar Italian villages a dozen years before…

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