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One Eye Laughing, The Other Eye Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss is a fictional diary written by Barry Denenberg for Scholastic's Dear America. It is his third book for the series and the twentieth entry overall. The book was published in October 2000 and was followed by Sherry Garland's Valley of the Moon.


"I'll never write a book good enough for Jean, so this will have to do."

Book description[]

"Sunday, February 20, 1938
At one o'clock today, Radio Vienna broadcast Hitler's speech from Berlin. It was the first time they've ever broadcast one of his speeches. He has an Austrian accent, which shouldn't surprise me since he was born here.
There must have been a lot of people because you could hear them all shouting SIEG HEIL, SIEG HEIL, when he arrived....
Although he sounded crude, there is something about the way he speaks that makes you listen. It was like when I'm on the Ferris wheel at the Prater and I look down even though I know I shouldn't because I'll be scared.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping characters


Main article: Barry Denenberg

Barry Denenberg is an American author whom primarily writes historical fiction and nonfiction. He is the author five Dear America books, two My Name Is America, and one in The Royal Diaries series.


"The author would like to thank Amy Griffin for her sensitive editorial work, and Chris Kearin and his fellow "book people" for their help."


  • The portrait on the cover is a c. 1938 photograph of Holocaust survivor Liesl Joseph-Loeb from Gordan Thomas's 1974 book Voyage of the Damned. The background is a photograph depicting Nazi soldiers marching.[2][3]
  • One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping is labeled "Special Edition," because the book was originally going to be sold in two volumes.[4]


See also[]

File:One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping Discussion Guide.pdf

Dear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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