Malve von Hassell

Freelance Writer, Researcher, and Translator

Malve von Hassell is a freelance writer, researcher, and translator. She holds a Ph. D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Working as an independent scholar, she published several books and journal articles

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The Falconer’s Apprentice

“That bird should be destroyed!” Andreas stared at Ethelbert in shock. Blood from an angry-looking gash on the young lord’s cheek dripped onto his embroidered tunic. Andreas clutched the handles of the basket containing the young peregrine. Perhaps this was a dream—”
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Tapestry of My Mother’s Life: Stories, Fragments, and Silences


Awarded a 5-Star medal from the Historical Fiction Company and a Silver Medal for books in its category from 2022, this is a biographical account of a woman coming of age in Germany in World War II, with a focus on the role of memory and its impact on subsequent generations.

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The Amber Crane

Awarded the Coffee Pot Book Club Silver Medal for Young Adult Historical Fiction and Fantasy in 2021 and an Honorable Mention for Historical Dual Timeline / Timeslip fiction by the Historical Fiction Company, this historical fiction novel pushes the boundaries of time-travel and of your imagination in a tale of a journey from the past into the present, set in two devastating wars three hundred years apart and steeped in the lore and legends of amber from the shores of the Baltic Sea. Available at Amazon and also the Book Depository, with free shipping for my European friends, and other venues.


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Letters from the Tooth Fairy

Did you ever wonder what the Tooth Fairy does with the teeth she collects?  Were you ever curious about the place where the Tooth Fairy lives?  What does the Tooth Fairy do when she gets tired of her job?  A read-aloud picture book to entertain adults and children alike.

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Alina: A Song for the Telling – 2020, BHC Press

Nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize, this coming-of-age novel, set in the 12th century, tells the story of an aspiring singer-songwriter who travels from her home in Provence to Jerusalem where she is embroiled in political intrigue, theft, and murder, and finds her voice. In addition to Amazon, the book is available at other venues including the Book Depository (for my European readers).

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The Struggle for Eden: Community Gardens in New York City

This e-book edition of the original hardcover (2002) is a portrayal of the political, economic, and cultural history of community gardens in a New York City neighborhood, the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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Der Kreis schließt sich – Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft 1944 by Ulrich von Hassell

My grandfather Ulrich von Hassell, born in 1881, was a member of the German Foreign Service until 1938 and one of the leading members of the resistance trying to overthrow Hitler. In the aftermath of the failed assassination attempt on July 20, 1944, my grandfather was arrested and executed in Plötzensee Prison, Berlin.



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Homesteading in New York City 1978-1993 – The Divided Heart of Loisaida

This is an ethnographic study of predominantly Puerto Rican low-income people on the Lower East Side of Manhattan who have been involved in the rehabilitation of abandoned buildings through sweat-equity urban homesteading from 1978 to 1993.



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Rennefarre: Dott’s Wonderful Travels and Adventures

Rennefarre: Dott’s Wonderful Travels and Adventures is a translation of a German children’s classic by Tamara Ramsay (Wunderbare Fahrten und Abenteuer der kleinen Dott). Reminiscent of The NeverEnding Story, Nils Holgersson and the Wild Geese, and the Magic Tree House series, the book would be appropriate for children ten years of age and older.



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Turtle Crossing



Moving from home is hard. It is even harder for young children who cannot imagine a world beyond the one they have always known. Follow the adventures of Oliver the box turtle as he experiences this and learns an important lesson in the process.

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