Zealot by Reza Aslan

Nonfiction / Ancient History

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazereth by Reza Aslan

A fascinating historical look at the world that would have shaped the man later known simply as Jesus. Since very little is known about the historical Jesus as opposed to the Jesus we learned about in the Gospels, Reza Aslan has provided tremendous insight by painting  a portrait from what we do know about the time and place where Jesus would have lived-- a land ravaged by war and a people looking for salvation and answers. 

Hardcover (New)
2013
296 pages

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Fiction / Thriller Fiction

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes is a recently published psychological thriller by London based Sarah Pinborough involving three characters. David is a psychiatrist who is married to Adele. Louise is David’s part-time secretary who also befriends Adele unbeknownst to David. Events bring these characters into each other’s lives through varying degrees. The reader is taken for a wild journey that culminates in an absolutely unforgettable ending.

Hardcover (New)
2017
320 pages

The Hike by Drew Magary

Fiction / Fantasy Fiction

The Hike by Drew Magary

A postmodern Alice in Wonderland mixed with The Odyssey, yet unlike anything you've ever read; there's a man, a talking crab and a path from which he cannot leave chock full of monsters, nightmares, dreams and surreal twists around every turn. Even when it feels like too much, each chapter feels like a brand new episode and before you know it, you've binge-read through the madness all the way to the profound end and the journey is well worth the ride.

Hardcover (New)
2016
288 pages

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Fiction / Contemporary Fiction

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

This is the story of the relationship between a Nigerian girl named Little Bee, and a British woman as it is forged through an horrific event on an African beach. The challenges of their respective lives are influenced by the compassion found in the human spirit. Little Bee was selected as the common read for incoming freshmen at North Carolina State University last fall.

Hardcover (Used)
2008
271 pages

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Fiction / Historical Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Set during the occupation of France during World War II, a blind French girl and a German boy are connected as one is directed to ferret out the resistance while the other carries out activities against the occupying forces. The name of the game is survival.

Hardcover (New and Used)
2014
531 pages

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Fiction / Historical Fiction

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells the story of slavery in the United States from a different angle – black slave owners and their black slaves. The book is written as a series of stories rather than in a chronological sequence. The stories are told in a non-judgmental voice with the effect of having a much greater impact than a “preachy” narrative.

Trade paperback (Used)
2003
388 pages

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

Fiction / Contemporary Fiction

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

This is a gripping story of ordinary people living in not so ordinary times. Trudi is a dwarf who soon learns that all humans are different in some way – her mother descends into madness, her male friend whose parents pretend he is a girl, as well as the Jewish people hidden in Trudi’s cellar.

Hardcover, Trade paperback (Used)
1994
507 pages (Hardcover), 525 pages (Paperback)

Run With the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams

Fiction / Classic Fiction

Run With the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams

Porter Osborn, Jr. is an adolescent boy who struggles with life during the Depression on a farm in Georgia. He learns the skills necessary for life on the farm as well as social and cultural skills learned at school. However, his family influences him more than any of these other factors. This is a sweet coming of age story where Porter learns to be strong enough to “run with the horseman”.

Trade paperback (Used)
1982
422 pages