From our resident Texans, Pat & Steve, Steve reports some recent favorites...
Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann
Plainsong by Kent Haruf (see February 9th)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
We had The Book Thief recommended to us several times. From the publisher's web site:
Liesel Meminger is only nine years old when she is taken to live with the Hubermanns, a foster family, on Himmel Street in Molching, Germany, in the late 1930s. She arrives with few possessions, but among them is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, a book that she stole from her brother’s burial place. During the years that Liesel lives with the Hubermanns, Hitler becomes more powerful, life on Himmel Street becomes more fearful, and Liesel becomes a full fledged book thief. She rescues books from Nazi book-burnings and steals from the library of the mayor. Liesel is illiterate when she steals her first book, but Hans Hubermann uses her prized books to teach her to read. This is a story of courage, friendship, love, survival, death, and grief. This is Liesel’s life on Himmel Street, told from Death’s point of view.
And Steve says no one will have heard of Rules of the Bone, but he really enjoyed it. From Goodreads.com:
Written in the tradition of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye, Banks' astonishing new novel tells the story of a homeless youth living on the edge of society—a lost boy who maps the cruel world that surrounds him with motherwit, humor, and appalling honesty.