In history we were going over WWII, and what happened in the Holocaust, and I remembered I had read Number the Stars, which takes place in Denmark I believe. I have also read The Diary of Anne Frank. I know I have read another, but I can not remember what it is. Does anyone know of other books that are about the same sort of thing? I think they are very interesting.
There are countless non-fiction narratives of the Holocaust, just search on Amazon. But I'll suggest two seminal works: One incredibly popular book is Night, by Elie Wiesel. Another huge one is Mila 18 by Leon Uris. Try those two out if you're interested.
So, I was just perusing the old posts and I see this one is like...two years old. But hey, just thought I'd throw my 2 cents out there. I've read several fictional books that center around wwII, children's books and adults as well...I've read Number the Stars and Diary of Anne Frank. A couple other good novels are Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli, and Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which takes place mostly in America during WWII, but offers an interesting perspective.
I loved Wonder Boys! I also really enjoyed the Mysteries of Pittsburg, although I think I was particularly disappointed by the ending of that one. Don't remember why anymore--it's been at least 4 years since I read it.
I agree with you on his recent work. My boss has loaned me the Final Solution, and I'm having a hard time with it. I feel like I should enjoy it--it's Chabon, for one thing, and Sherlock Holmes for another...how could I not... but, no go. It's sitting on my bed.
I also noticed that Chabon has a piece running in the New York Times magazine, but I missed the first chapter, so haven't been following it, but what little I have seen of it by skimming hasn't enticed me.
I Am Fifteen and I Don't Want to Die by Christine Arnothy
I got this book as a gift when I was younger, and it's a very real, very shocking story of a girl who is 15 years old during World War II. I do not remember which country she is in, but her city is occupied and being bombed. She hides in a basement with some other people and they try to get by. It's not as 'pretty' of a book as number the stars. There is a lot of hunger, death and desperation, and you kind of sit there for a bit afterwards just digesting the whole thing. I would not recommend it to anyone much younger then 15, by the way; it's not quite 'G' rated.