If you missed our Thursday afternoon gathering this week, we finished up discussing The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet and started reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .” begins this novel that is set during World War II in Germany. The narrator, Death, follows the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–-books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever they are to be found. This is great book with vivid description and lots to discuss. Stop into the Library and pick up your own paper-back copy and join the discussion! Markus Zusak discusses The Book Thief…
And on a completely separate note, a recent New York Times article highlights Kelly Clarkson’s relationship to music, her critics, fans, and the music industry. And even if you’re not a fan of this power-pop American Idol alum, Kelly Clarkson seems to be transforming the way that female pop-artists can live outside of the paparazzi glam and embrace their body image, identity, sexuality, and so forth in positive and healthy ways.
Ann Powers, the NPR Music critic, said, “Here is someone who was manufactured by the music industry, by ‘American Idol,’ and it’s ironic that she has emerged as one of our most authentic artists.”
Check out this New York Times article to read more about Kelly’s latest album, “Stronger” and the ways that she has developed a persona of defiance, independence, of seasoned experience.