March Staff Reading Recommendations

Welcome TCPL patrons!

We're starting a new monthly section on our website listing Staff Reading Recommendations. Think of this new post as a way for you to see what we're reading and find new titles to add to your reading list. Each month, we'll feature a different staff member and their choices of excellent books to read.

Initiating our new section is me, Kimberly, the Young Adult Librarian here at TCPL. Not surprisingly, reading is one of my favorite things to do and the library keeps me supplied with plenty of wonderful reading options.

My genre of choice is World War II/Holocaust era literature, both fiction and nonfiction. For this month's staff favorites, I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014):

This Pulitzer Prize winning book chronicles the World War II experiences of a young German soldier and a blind French girl. Although over 500 pages, you'll wish this captivating book was longer.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2007):

When I first tried to read this book a few years ago, I absolutely could not get into it. I thought it was weird and confusing. However, coming back to it later, I devoured it and have since enthusiastically recommended it to others. The Book Thief presents the perspective of a German family hiding a young Jewish man in Nazi Germany. Be prepared for a unique textual structure and interesting narration!

Night by Elie Wiesel (1982):

I first read this book in 8th grade and again in my 9th grade English class. I loved it so much that I taught it to all of my classes my first year teaching high school English. Simply put, this is the memoir of a Holocaust survivor who experienced the concentration camps of Germany and Poland when he was a teenager. It's truly a life changing, impactful book.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (2015):

This is the book on my list I read most recently and it has become an instant favorite. The Nightingale chronicles the paths of two French sisters during Nazi occupation of their country and the ways they choose to resist this captivity, both subtly and forthrightly. An utterly astounding book!

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman (2008):

Typically, I don't read much nonfiction. However, The Zookeeper's Wife reads like a novel but is loaded with incredibly interesting information about Poland's role in World War II. It provides an extremely personal account of history and is a definite must-read.

I could've listed so many more outstanding books from this amazing genre for readers of all ages, but limited it to just my top 5. These would be great reads to recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day this spring. For further reading suggestions, please visit a few of the following sites (which feature many books available at TCPL):

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