loved all of these!!!!
Rise and Shine, by Anna Quindlen
The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russ
Still Here, Ram Dass
here's what Marcus Zusak says about writing the Book Thief, set in Nazi Germany, winner of many awards:
At that point, I started writing and I didn’t stop. In the end, The Book Thief took me three years to write. If nothing else, I know it’s a far different book from anything I’ve done before, which is what made it so challenging. I was also finally satisfied that there was a good sense of imagination in it. In three years, I must have failed over a thousand times, but each failure brought me closer to what I needed to write, and for that, I’m grateful.