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Cindy Wesley, Wells, Minn. Last year's favorite: "Skeletons at the Feast," by Chris Bohjalian. Set during World War II, it tells of an American P.O.W., a German Jew and an aristocratic Prussian family and their trek across Germany. What I wish everyone would read: "The Weight of All Things," by Sandra Benitez. This story conveys how it is the common people who bear the brunt in a war zone.

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