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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.

"some books are meant / to be read just like this / alone, with the evening, / a bowl of fruit ripening / waiting for the reader / to grow hungry, but / she won't, the book / will devour her, / and it / will soon / become / morning."

You just don't get that same warm and fuzzy feeling when reading to children with an e-reader.

bookshelf painting by Jay Cover. I love this so much.

"Bookshop Window," Bloomsbury Street, photo by Garry Knight, taken with HTC Desire mobile.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Susan Wilkerson #Susan_Wilkerson #Social_History

Babylon Rolling: A Novel by Amanda Boyden (Told in five achingly real voices, Babylon Rolling is the story of one year on Orchid Street, New Orleans, a place where lives clash and collide, and where the humid air is charged with constant wanting. Offering a bold understanding of human nature and the hidden prejudices we harbor, Babylon Rolling is a powerful portrait of racism in America and a city on the edge of transformation.)

Graphic, yes. I'd love a tattoo of someone holding a book over their face with all sorts of things coming out like this. In a frame. Harry Potter's stars, a bird for To Kill A Mockingbird & Jane Eyre, a lamp for Narnia, two stars for The Fault In Our Stars, a ruby slipper for Wizard of Oz & Wicked, an arrow for the Hunger Games, the infinity symbol for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, pretty magical swirls... SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.