A dangerous search for a dozen eggs

'City of Thieves' by David Benioff
'City of Thieves' by David Benioff
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Every week, The Thread checks in with booksellers around the country about their favorite books of the moment. This week, we spoke to Holly Brooks of Capitol Hill Books in Denver.

The siege of Leningrad is just one of the horrors of World War II — but it was one Holly Brooks had never learned about before.

The Germany army surrounded the Russian city of Leningrad during the war, intent on starving the entire population to death.

The siege lasted over two years, during which more than a million people died. It’s in that starving and desperate city that David Benioff’s novel, “City of Thieves,” takes place.

“A Jewish teenager and a cocky Russian deserter are released from prison [in Leningrad] with the unlikely mission of returning with a dozen eggs to be baked into the wedding cake for the Russian commander’s daughter,” Brooks explained. “As they hike behind enemy lines, you’re made to feel the bitter cold of the Russian winter — and also the warmth of their growing friendship.”

“There is humor and heartbreak. It’s an exceptional and unforgettable book. … This book was recommended to me by a colleague, which is the beauty of a bookstore or a library: you get recommendations for books you would never think of reading.”

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