The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)

The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1) Description:

In humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight person scientific expedition of its own What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question what it means to be human br br

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

Children of God (The Sparrow, #2)

Children of God (The Sparrow, #2) Description:

Mary Doria Russell s debut novel i The Sparrow i took us on a journey to a distant planet and into the center of the human soul A critically acclaimed bestseller i The Sparrow i was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly s Ten Best Books of the Year a finalist for the Book of the Month Club s First Fiction Prize and the winner of the James M Tiptree Memorial Award Now in Children of God Russell further establishes herself as one of the most innovative entertaining and philosophically provocative novelists writing today br br The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri Despite his objections and fear he cannot escape his past or the future br br Old friends new discoveries and difficult questions await Emilio as he struggles for inner peace and understanding in a moral

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

A Thread of Grace

A Thread of Grace Description:

Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of i The Sparrow i and i Children of God i br br It is September and fourteen year old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy where they hope to be safe at last now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful as it becomes overnight an open battleground among the Nazis the Allies resistance fighters Jews in hiding and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive br br Mary Doria Russell sets her first historical novel against this dramatic background tracing the lives of a handful of fascinating characters Through them she tells the little known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty three thousand Jews during the war s final phase br br The result of five years of meticulous research i A Thread of Grace i is an ambitious engrossing novel of ideas history and marvelous characters that will please Russell s many fans and earn her even more

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

Doc

Doc Description:

Born to the life of a Southern gentleman Dr John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health Soon with few job prospects Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner M ria Katarina Harony a high strung classically educated Hungarian whore In search of high stakes poker the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins before the gunfight at the O K Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Dreamers of the Day

Dreamers of the Day Description:

I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling even to me Nevertheless I am sure of this much My little story has become your history You won t really understand your times until you understand mine So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin the charmingly diffident narrator of i Dreamers of the Day i And what is Miss Shanklin s little story Nothing less than the creation of the modern Middle East at the Cairo Peace Conference where Winston Churchill T E Lawrence and Lady Gertrude Bell met to decide the fate of the Arab world and of our own br A forty year old schoolteacher from Ohio Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes Agnes enters into the company of the historic luminaries who will in the space of a few days at a hotel in Cairo invent the nations of Iraq Syria Lebanon Israel and Jordan As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation building she is drawn more and more deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening br With graceful and effortless prose Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long rich history of the Middle East through a story that brilliantly elucidates today s headlines i Dreamers of the Day i is a memorable and passionate novel

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Epitaph

Epitaph Description:

Mary Doria Russell the bestselling award winning author of The Sparrow makes her Ecco debut with Epitaph an American Iliad this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone Arizona and to the gunfight at the O K Corral br br A deeply divided nation Vicious politics A shamelessly partisan media A president loathed by half the populace Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands br br That was America in br br All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October th when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone Arizona It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt br br Wyatt Earp was the last man standing the only one unscathed The lies began before the smoke cleared but the gunfight at the O K Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West br br Epitaph tells Wyatt s real story unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under years of mythology misrepresentation and sheer indifference to fact Epic and intimate this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal seconds in Tombstone At its heart is the woman behind the myth Josephine Sarah Marcus who loved Wyatt Earp for forty nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

The Sparrow

The Sparrow Description:

The Sparrow Study Guide by BookRags com consists of approx pages of summaries and analysis on The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

Ballantine Reader's Circle Reader

Ballantine Reader's Circle Reader Description:

Fiction excerpts from eighteen acclaimed authors whose works appeared as Ballantine Reader s Circle titles in with a personal introduction to each author from their editor on what delights them about their authors fiction br The all true travels and adventures of Lidie Newton Jane Smiley br The mirror Lynn Freed br Children of God Mary Doria Russell br Saints and villains Denise Giardina br A patchwork planet Anne Tyler br The umbrella country Bino A Realuyo br A widow for one year John Irving br The hunger moon Suzanne Matson br In dark water Mermer Blakeslee br Black glass short fictions Karen Joy Fowler br What we keep Elizabeth Berg br Gone for good Mark Childress br The edge of heaven Marita Golden br Hanna s daughters Marianne Fredriksson br By the light of my father s smile Alice Walker br Final vinyl days stories Jill McCorkle br Mistler s exit Louis Begley br Cruel as the grave Sharon Kay Penman

Rating: 3.76 out of 5