LitStaff Pick: The Books That Turn Us Into a Sobbing Mess

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Markus Zusak

Sometimes you know how a story is going to end before you even pick it up. Sure, there may be some smiles or tender moments  scattered among the pages, but you know there will be tears before it’s over. Case in point: any book ever written about the Holocaust. Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief delivers on that unspoken promise.

The Book Thief is a heart-wrenching tale about a young girl in Nazi Germany, a foster child who has lost everything, only to cling to the one thing she can: books, and the stealing of books. The story is touching, and characters’ grip is strong–strong enough to tear the heart right out of you.
And while we know that the Holocaust meant death for millions, reading the events as narrated by Death makes the story particularly poignant. We are shown an unexpected tenderness, as even Death cries that day. What is more touching than a story that can touch Death itself?

I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried … and then I passed The Book Thief to everyone in my family, so they could cry with me.

-Elisha Dew

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2 thoughts on “LitStaff Pick: The Books That Turn Us Into a Sobbing Mess

  1. Sharon, Under Heaven, yes, absolutely. I seriously considered that for my choice, as well as the follow up, River of Stars. Beautiful, achingly gorgeous stories, both.

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