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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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.

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  • Thomas C.

    Moderator was well prepared and asked insightful questions!

    August 30, 2012

  • Brooke

    I am out of town this month but looking forward to next month!

    August 27, 2012

  • Teresa E.

    Hi Everyone, I was curious about some of the German language in the book and I stumbled upon this German reading group. Markus Zusak and the German translator even answer a lot of questions. It's interesting if you're looking for another perspective or some more insight into the book. http://www.leserunden.de/index.php/board,170.0.html

    August 15, 2012

    • Teresa E.

      Btw, the headings are in German but the discussion is in English

      August 15, 2012

  • Susan H.

    This is a wonderful book and it will be a pleasure to read it again.

    June 8, 2012

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