The Book Thief (Prebound)
If you haven’t read The Book Thief yet, let this recommendation be the excuse you need to get started. Death narrates and guides the reader through Liesel Meminger’s childhood in Nazi Germany and tells how she becomes the Book Thief. For starters, the writing is immaculate and surprising; I can’t even begin to count how many times I had to pause and sigh, doe-eyed, at a beautiful phrase. Death handles each character with that same care, giving complexity to Nazi, Jew, or German citizen alike. The Book Thief gives a snapshot of one of human history’s darkest times while professing the human condition. It is simply one of those novels that go down in literary history as plain important to read.— Destenie
It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
"From the Hardcover edition.