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Book Review: The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak It is 1939.  Nazi Germany.  The country is holding its breath.  Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
4/5 stars (really liked it) I have had this book on my to-read list for quite a while and finally decided to read it.  This book is told from the point of view of Death, which I thought was a very interesting concept.  I wasn't sure how the narrator would work but the author made it work …

Book Club: Crow Lake - Mary Lawson

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 Crow Lake - Mary Lawson Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing-a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent.
Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural "badlands" of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape.  For the farming Pye family, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur-offstage.
Centerstage are the Morrisons, whose tragedy looks more immediate if less brutal, but is, in reality, insidious and divisive.  Orphaned young, Kate Morrison was her older brother Matt's protegee, her fascination for pond life fed by his passionate interest in the natural world.  Now a zoologist, she can identify organisms under a microscope but seems blind to the state of her own emotional life.  And she thinks she's outgrown …

Book Review: Possession - J.R. Ward

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Possession - J.R. Ward When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she's unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path.  Torn between them, she doesn't know which to choose--or what kind of dire consequences could follow.
Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil--literally.  As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty...
Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak?  And will a woman's future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity?  Only time, and hearts, will tell.
3/5 stars (liked it) Cait is new and improved, having had a bad break-up a year before and losing weight and at the beginning of the book getting a new hairstyle.  Then she meets the s…