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* You Are Not Like Other Mothers Angelika Schrobsdorff, trans, from the German
by Steven Rendall. Europa (Penguin, dist.), $18 trade paper (528p) ISBN 978-1-60945-075-5
Schrobsdorff's title comes from a poem that describes a mother who doesn't "envelop" her children "[i]n heavy care." The mother, Else--the uninhibited daughter of middle-class Jewish parents in turn-of-the-century Berlin--has three children (Peter, Bettina, and Angelika) by three men (Fritz, Hans, and Erich), whose stories span WWI, the Roaring '20s, and WWII. As her kids mature in a tumultuous world, Else struggles to understand how an era that granted her unprecedented …