You know him best as the irascible Dr. Gregory House on House M.D. While Hugh Laurie often plays the piano on the show, the release of his blues album, Let Them Talk, is an unexpected pleasure! Then, while “Death” might seem to be an odd choice for a narrator, The Book Thief is a Holocaust story about a girl and the books that become her treasures.
Let Them Talk by Hugh Laurie
“With Let Them Talk, he pays tribute to the music he loves, putting his own spin on an album’s worth of old blues songs and, from the sound of it, he had a great time doing so. Making this record may have been one of those bucket-list things he never thought he would get to do. But here he is doing it, and doing it very well.” – Mindy Peterman
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“The book thief of the title is a schoolgirl named Liesel Meminger, and the meaning of her stealing is not left unexplained. She has been robbed of a brother, who dies at the start of the book. Her mother disappears, and then Liesel is left in foster care. A great deal has been taken away from her. She steals books to settle the score.”
- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“…it’s the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, “The Book Thief” offers us a believable, hard-won hope.” – John Green, The New York Times
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