The Book Thief

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak (2007)

Not just another jaunt through the holocaust. Liesel is taken in by the Hubermanns, who are shortly also sheltering Max, who happens to be Jewish. Meanwhile, Liesel grows up in Nazi Germany. Spoilers: Books are stolen (and other things too). Everyone dies. (Except the Jew. And some other people, too.) Continue reading

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol In Pose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens (1843)

A Christmas Carol is a short (120pgs, five chapters) story about a rather grumpy man named Ebeneezer Scrooge. Mr. Scrooge is snide to his clerk, rude to door-to-door almoners, and a beast to his sole remaining family member. On Christmas eve one cold year, Mr. S. is visited by an old, dead, financial partner who predicts further ghostly company. Three ghosts later (Past, Present, and Future) Mr. S. is a changed man and everyone’s favorite neighbor, co-worker, uncle and friend. Continue reading