Long has my motto been, "It's better to burn out than rust away." And when I read a book like Mara's Stories: Glimmers in the Darkness, I know I am right.
Here is the remarkable Gary D. Schmidt, although there is no D. on the cover, serving all of us, by sharing tales from the Jewish tradition as if they were told from a concentration camp prisoner to those around her, in the evenings, after another day of hell has passed.
These are beautiful and horrifying and hopeful and heart-breaking. And the author talks about their origin at the end of the book, which makes it all even more powerful. Once again, a must-read for all.
And as a librarian, I need to make sure that as many people as possible have the experience of hearing stories such as these.