Monday, December 26, 2016

Two Perfect Books of 2016

I read a fair amount of books this year, and posted a few reviews as well, but in looking over my list, a couple of titles stand out as being particularly wonderful. If you haven't had a chance to read these, I recommend you put aside some time and do so! Life is short. Read a good book.

THE PERFECT HORSE, by Elizabeth Letts, author of the equally wonderful EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION, is the riveting true story of the rescue of Lipizzaner and Arabian horses abducted by the Nazis to become the perfect war horses of the Third Reich. Previous depictions of this story star George Patton as the rescuer, but in actuality, the true heroes were made up of US, Czech, Polish, German, and Austrian men and their families.

PAX, by Sara Pennypacker, is a novel for youngsters that will enthrall all ages. The title refers to the fox’s name, but it’s clear early on that this is a book about war, not peace. Caught in the middle of an apparently never-ending conflict are two souls, the fox and his boy Peter, and an unlikely heroine who sheds light on an otherwise black world. Don’t miss this, or dismiss this book just because it’s designed for younger readers. It will stay with you a long, long time.

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 Happy New Year!