Books Ruta Sepetys Books by Ruta Sepetys Ruta Sepetys has written books about: Children's Books Young Adult Historical Fiction Fiction Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Ruta Sepetys The Wilhelm Gustloff sank after being hit by Russian torpedoes on Jan. 30, 1945. More than 9,000 people died. Ullstein Bild via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ullstein Bild via Getty Images Author Interviews More Died On This WWII Ship Than On The Titanic And Lusitania Combined February 17, 2016 On its final voyage, Germany's Wilhelm Gustloff carried soldiers and thousands of civilians, many of them children. Young adult author Ruta Sepetys revisits the ship's 1945 sinking in Salt to the Sea. More Died On This WWII Ship Than On The Titanic And Lusitania Combined Listen · 7:18 7:18 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/466924137/467036701" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript iStockphoto Opinion Books Two Gray Titles, One Sexy Mix-Up May 17, 2012 What happens when two books with similar names are out at the same time? Well, when one is historical fiction set in Lithuania and the other an S&M novel that's ripping up the best-sellers list, some interesting teachable moments. Two Gray Titles, One Sexy Mix-Up Listen · 2:39 2:39 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/152778559/152944873" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Mito Habe-Evans Opinion What We're Reading Living With Susan Sontag; A Novel Set Around Hitchcock's Psycho; A YA Novel About 1941 Lithuania. March 29, 2011 A memoir of living in close quarters with Susan Sontag; a novel set in the world of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; and a young-adult novel that covers the very adult themes of labor camps in 1941 Lithuania.