I just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak last night. All three of the people I get book recommendations from labeled this book as "life changing" and a "must read." Well, it is.
This is an unusual book with Death as the narrator. The style takes a few pages to get used to, every few pages he inserts a note in bold text, something that is incredibly insightful... inhumanly insightful into the characters or the time period. There are also some picture stories the Jew gives the main character that touch the reader beyond words.
So much was happening in Nazi Germany, and the average German was so ignorant of the whole picture. The main characters in this book are just trying to get by, just trying to love, just trying to live. This is a powerful book that everyone should read!