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The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger. Liesel is almost ten when she ends up in Molching with Hans and Rosa Hubermann, her new foster parents. It is 1939. In Nazi Germany. Through their eyes we see Hitler and Nazi Germany; we experience the atrocities and the small kindnesses. Zusak’s story is mostly about everyday things: hunger, pettiness, laughter, hope, cruelty and kindness. Loved it.
The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon; it's already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.
His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman... and other books you need to read in your 20's. This series and many others on the list are AMAZING! Take them to the beach or poolside this summer!