what are you reading this summer? What books have changed you?
Today in the Bishkek U.C.A. office there was an animated conversation among staff about some of our favourite novels. Books are sometimes portals to other worlds and they can be a way that we gain empathy for characters in other times, cultures or even fantastical places.
Here are two recent books that I loved:
“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well…
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