. . . The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn.
Mendelsohn is a classics professor at Bard and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. The Lost is the story of his efforts to find out how six family members - his grandfather's brother, and his wife and four daughters - died during the Holocaust. Part memoir, part family history, part detective-like search, part history of WW II, part meditation on the relationship between the present and the past, it is one of the most deeply engrossing and affecting works of nonfiction that I have ever read.