Jon M. Sweeney

Image Doubleday, 2012

 

This book tells the history of an unusual event in the thirteenth century when Peter Morrone, a religious hermit and founder of his own order, was chosen to be Pope Celestine V.

Amy Lonetree

University of North Carolina Press, 2012

 

This book examines how the history of Native Americans is told through museum exhibits.  Professor Lonetree looks at the growing voice of American Indians in the creation of exhibitions about their own story and how museums can convey Native culture within the context of Native American experience of genocide, and other unresolved trauma, and bring these momentous issues into exhibit rooms.

Marcus Borg

HarperOne, 2010

Biblical theologian Borg's first novel is about those issues which the contemporary church is wrestling with: the nature of Jesus, acceptance of homosexuality, and the literary origins of the Bible.  He places these issues in the life of Kate, a professor who enjoys her life and work and finds those threatened when faced with responses to her honest answers to these difficult questions.

 

Lisa Genova

Gallery, 2011

The newest novel by the author of the bestseller Still Alice, this story is about a woman in her thirties who experiences a head injury as a result of a car accident.   The consequences and impact on her and her family are told in affecting narrative.

Ann Patchett

Harper, 2011

Patchett's newest novel takes place in Brazil, Amazon country, and the heroine of the story is Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company sent there to find her mentor, Annick Swenson, who is researching a drug with great promise for healing. The mysterious death of her research partner, Anders Eckamn, who was the last to see Swenson is part of the mystery in this acclaimed novel which explores the depths of its characters as much as it does the Amazon jungle.

 

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