And before I read "The Art of Racing in the Rain" -- I had just finished "THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE: A War Story" by Diane Ackerman.
WOW. If you love animals; if you love people; if what happened in Nazi Germany and throughout Europe at the hands of Hitler and his henchmen HORRIFIES you -- READ this book.
It's the ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO pick for 2009, so be prepared before January rolls around -- READ IT NOW, NOW, NOW.
From the author's website:
"The Zookeeper's Wife" is a strange, but historically true story of WWII. It reveals the extraordinary efforts of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers horrified by Nazi racism, who capitalized on the Nazis' obsession with pureblood animals in order to save over 300 doomed people by hiding them in the bombed-out cages at the Warsaw Zoo. A tale of people, animals, and subversive acts of compassion."
Let me know if you pick up and read -- either of my books-of-the-week (TZW or TAofRITR).
Yours in reading as much as we can, until we can't read another word ...