Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

At this point, it's probably starting to sound like every book is my favorite book, but this one is another big-time fave! Narrated by Death himself, The Book Thief, by Aussie author Markus Zusak, is a highly original novel featuring the unsung tale of those Germans who resisted Hitler, and harbored Jews in their homes. Liesel is a German … Continue reading Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book Review: 3 Graphic Biographies

Maus: My Father Bleeds History and Maus: …And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman are a two-part graphic biography of Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor. These books tell the very sad and detailed accounts of Vladek’s experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II. As graphic novels, they depict the Jews as mice, Nazis as … Continue reading Book Review: 3 Graphic Biographies

Book Review: Dear America: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping, The Diary of Julie Weiss (Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938) by Barry Denenberg

This book is most unlike the other books in the series. As it begins, Julie is a privileged, well-to-do Jewish girl in Vienna, the daughter of a successful doctor, when Hitler annexes Austria and her world is turned upside-down. After witnessing the heinous atrocities committed by the Nazis upon their Jewish neighbors, Julie's father sends … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping, The Diary of Julie Weiss (Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938) by Barry Denenberg