AOL Recommends: What to Read This Weekend

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Alfred A. Knopf

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

If you're planning on taking the family to see "The Book Thief" in theaters over the holidays, we highly recommend you read the book that inspired the movie as well. Perfect for teenagers and adults alike, "The Book Thief" follows the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster child living in Nazi Germany in 1939. Liesel arrives to a foster family with her first stolen book -- but without the ability to read it. With her foster father's help, she discovers the power of reading and the strength of books. Liesel continues to steal books from the Nazis, sharing them with neighbors and with a Jewish man that lives in the family's basement. While "The Book Thief" is technically a young adult novel, even grownups will find the book mesmerizing. Released Sept. 11, 2007.



Harper

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
The author behind the best-selling novel "State of Wonder" has a new book that blends memoir and fiction. "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage" tells the tale of how Patchett became a writer, starting with her childhood and detailing everything from her parent's divorce to a beloved dog to an unforgettable meal in Paris. Released Nov. 5, 2013.



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Want Not by Jonathan Miles

Jonathan Miles' second novel portrays three families in the New York City area: a young couple living off the grid, a lonely professor dealing with a divorce, and a widow trying to cope with her husband's death in the 9/11 attacks. The novel starts on Thanksgiving Day and shows the three families in different states of despair, until eventually their lives all collide. With a comedic eye, Miles captures what it means to live in excess and how more doesn't make you happier. Released Nov. 5, 2013.

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