Top Ten Discussible Books of 2009

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Top Book Group Favorites of 2009   

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam Adult)

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press)

3. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (Ballantine Books)

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

5. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout  (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

6. TIE: Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Pocket Books) and Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (St. Martin's Griffin)

7. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin Books)

8. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Penguin Books)

9. The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media)

10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Harper Paperbacks)

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The Book Thief

Ever since its first appearance on the literary scene Zusak’s 'The Book Thief' has been welcomed everywhere with open arms. And, indeed, it deserves all the accolades! The story of Liesel growing up in Nazi Germany and told by a unique narrator, Death, is very poignant. The tale is woven with the themes of love, fear, compassion, and courage. It takes courage for the Hubemanns to take in Max Vandenburg, a young Jewish man. Mortality is another theme in the novel. Death constantly confirms that it is alive. A little complicated, you think? Shmoop might help. I found an answer to all my questions there.