Books & Crafts by Birgitta

In the Gottlieb Family Saga trilogy, you will read about what happened to my family before, during and after World War II. In "Lives Divided" the burning question is whether my father will ever come back home after the Soviets captured him as a German diplomat in Bulgaria in 1944.  In "Years Stolen" my father is fighting for his survival in the  harsh Siberian Gulag and wondering whether his family even survived the war.  And in "Across Borders Lives Changed" my life is changed forever after my father returns from Siberia and I meet him for the first time as a an 11-year old Swedish little girl. A whole new world opens up to me as he rejoins the German Foreign Office.

In my store you will also find unique hand made decorative dolls inspired by my native country of Sweden, woven Swedish Christmas tree ornaments made of steel wired ribbon, and hand held decorative mirrors that my mother popularized in Sweden in 1949 to help support us three girls while my father was missing in the Soviet Gulag.

Why Choose Me?

If you live in the USA and order the books directly from me, I will be glad to autograph them and write something personal.  If you live close to Boone, I will take $3 off the list price to deliver the books in person. Sales tax and shipping are included in the list price.

Here is one of many reviews found on 

It has been a long time since I have read a book completely the same day I received it. This was such a book…well written and quickly draws the reader into the story…riveting and inspiring…a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, the power of familial love...

About Me

Birgitta G. McGalliard

store owner

I am a retired foreign language teacher, who loves to share my story.  Over the years I have spoken with many students at all levels and with civic, church and community groups. If you would like to have me come and speak to your group, simply contact me at: or call me at (828) 773-4029

My father's handwritten memoirs in German, volumes of saved letters between family members and friends, newspaper articles about my family,  my sister's recollections of events and my own form the basis for this Gottlieb Family Saga trilogy. While both Lives Divided  and Across Borders  are written from my perspective before and after I get to meet my father for the first time as an eleven year old,Years Stolen shows  what he endured during his eleven years as a Soviet POW in the GULAG from his point of view.


Books by Birgitta

Boone, NC 28607

Store Hours

Monday — Friday

10:00 AM — 9:00 PM


Noon — 7:00 PM