Maybe it’s the time of year, but lots of family history books are being published at Blurb lately. Poke around in the Blurb Bookstore, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Even in this crowd of new releases, Family Secrets is a standout. With a name like that, of course you’re going to want to take a closer look – and Barbara Stewart Thomas’ book doesn’t disappoint.
Put Blurb’s new Book Preview feature to work, and you can see for yourself exactly why we’re naming Family Secrets our Book of the Week. You’ll notice Thomas has an enviable memory and uncanny attentiveness to detail, recollecting small but telling moments from half a century ago: the brick tract homes of postwar Detroit, families walking to temple together on Shabbat, her grandfather waiting at the bus stop with his battered suitcase. Thomas illustrates her book with some vintage black and white family portraits, but it’s her own photographs of family mementos that add living color to her stories.
To see what I mean, check out those spreads featuring a lovingly worn tan suitcase, antique wristwatches, and a dapper red tie on pages 9 through 11. Glorious, eh? If you want to use those page layouts in your own book, start a new book in BookSmart, choose the Text & Pictures template, then go with the Landscape option and the Viewfinder theme. Add your own family secrets, and you too may have a page-turner on your hands – and you’ll have Barbara to thank for the inspiration.