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General Information

Name:  Larry Stillman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1942 in Milawaukee, Wisconsin

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Illinois Connection

Stillman lived in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

After 30 years in the advertising business, Larry Stillman turned to his new passion, becoming an author. His first book is the award-winning true story of a teenager during the Holocaust entitled ''A Match Made in Hell''. It was published in 2003. He then turned to the genre of historical novel with ''The Rope Catcher'', the story of the Navajo code talkers both during and after WWII. Stillman recently moved from suburban Chicago to Tucson, Arizona. He is presently at work on another historical novel, set in 19th century Nova Scotia.

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Titles At Your Library

A Match Made in Hell: The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis
ISBN: 0299193942

University of Wisconsin Press. 2005

A Match Made in Hell is the award-winning memoir of shy Jewish teenager Moniek (Morris) Goldner joining forces with hardened Polish criminal Jan Kopec to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland. First trained as Kopek’s accomplice in robberies and black market activities, the orphaned Goldner eventually becomes an accomplished saboteur of the Nazi war effort for local partisan groups. Through it all, Goldner and Kopec forge a remarkable friendship and co-dependency born of need and desperation in a hellish time and place.

The Rope Catcher: A Novel
ISBN: 1475955529

iUniverse. 2012

It is April of 1942, and twenty-eight-year-old Jimmie Goodluck leads an aimless existence on the Navajo reservation, where he knows only poverty, prejudice, and lack of opportunity. Everything changes when he hears a US Marine Corps recruitment message on the radio. Without a second thought, Jimmie heads out toward what he hopes will be a new and meaningful life. As a marine recruit, Jimmie becomes a code talker. He and his small, all-Navajo platoon develop a highly-classified code using the Navajo language-the only code in World War II the enemy cannot break. For the first time ever, Jimmie experiences equality, respect, and even admiration-everything he's dreamed about all his life. But it is only when he returns home four years later that he discovers the devastating truth about what can happen after your dreams come true. Hope, disillusionment, and redemption line Jimmie's journey of self-discovery as he immerses himself in a world war and in the turbulent changes that sweep across the Navajo reservation-forever changing his own destiny.


'''''A Match Made in Hell:'''''

Finalist, best adult non-fiction of 2003, Society of Midland Authors

"Best of the Best of University Presses" 2003, American Library Association

"Best of the Teen Age 2004" New York Public Library System

A Readers Digest selection in three countries

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