In honor of Veteran's Day I've created a list of my Top Ten War Stories. Thanks to Suey for the inspiration! In no particular order:
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Death narrates the story of a young orphaned German girl during WWII. I cried like a baby at the end.
A Very Long Engagment by Sebastien Japrisot. A heartbreaking look at WWI France, and its aftermath. Also a great movie adaptation.
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene. A 12-year-old Jewish girl living in the American South befriends a German POW. One of my favorite young adult books of all time.
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegleman. The groundbreaking graphic novel, one of the best books about WWII I've ever read. Not to be missed.
The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett A great unappreciated book about the very different lives of two Victorian sisters. One of the sisters, Sophia, is trapped in the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. Scary.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows. On the lighter side of WWII fiction, but a great read. I never knew that the British Channel Islands were invaded by the Germans during the war. It's mostly in letters, which I always love, and it's about a book group in wartime!
Stones From the River by Ursula Hegl. And interesting look at WWII, from a German viewpoint. This book had great insight into how the Germans tolerated the rise of Nazism, until it was too late. One of the best of Oprah's books.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Not my favorite Dickens, but still, great writing, and a frightening look at the French Revolution.
So -- which books have I missed? Suggestions from the blogosphere?