The Book Thief, Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the Fall 2012 selection for “One Book, One Chicago”. Narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany, this award-winning novel, chronicles the story of the titular character a girl named Liesel Meminger. Originally intended as a novel for young adults, its selection by the Chicago Public Library has elevated its status– at last in my eyes– as something that can (perhaps ought) to be read by everyone. As art should, the novel raises important questions about how we pursue our lives:

  • What choices do we make about groups we will belong to?
  • What groups do we belong to without choice?
  • What are the consequences of belonging to groups?
  • How do we show courage? Or cowardice?
  • Who has power? How do we come by it?
  • Can words give us power?