"What books and authors are you particularly thankful for this year?"
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak--I don't have the words to say how much I love this book. The characters, the story of The Word Shaker, Jesse Owens and Rudy Steiner, Papa's shining spirit...I could go on and on. This immediately rocketed to the top of my favorites list and I can't imagine anything replacing it. Yes, it's that powerful. Read it.
Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith--My love for this is best described in a quote from another book I love, A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly.
"Why don't they tell the truth? Why don't they tell how a pigpen looks after the sow's eaten her children? Or how it is for a girl when her baby won't come out? Or that cancer has a smell to it? All those books...I bet not one of them will tell you what cancer smells like...
I don't mean to be coarse. I just...I don't know why I should care what happens to people in a drawing room in London or Paris or anywhere else when no one in those places cares what happens to people in Eagle Bay."
"Make them care, Mattie, and don't you ever be sorry."
That's what Lee Smith has done for my part of the world with Fair and Tender Ladies.
To Kill a Mockingbird--Has there ever been such a powerful book that was told in such an innocent, engaging voice? Harper Lee holds a mirror up to our society, and we should be ashamed of what we see. At the same time we see hope for ourselves in Scout's innocence. Another book that should be (and frequently is) required reading.
Peace Like a River--This is a well-written adventure story that has always struck me with the innocent, simple faith of Reuben and the perfect love of his father.
How about you? What are you thankful for, books or otherwise?