My friend Kelsey gifted this book to me for my last birthday.  It was a page-turning, midnight-oil kind of read.  The story of a young girl orphaned in Nazi Germany and taken in by a foster family.  Her soft-hearted foster father teaches her to read with the first book she stole, the grave-digger’s hand guide she nabbed from the snowy ground where her brother was buried.

Narrated by Death, the story of the Book Thief as she lives through four years of the war, is filled with impossibly delightful metaphors, tenderness and irreverence.  The book left me with a revelation of humanity that, as Death experiences himself, is haunting.