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Many a River

July 16, 2012

Author:  Elmer Kelton

Title: Many a River

Genre:  Western

Publication Date:  2008

Number of Pages:  335

Geographical Setting:  Texas and New Mexico

Time Period:  Civil War era

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary:  The story of the Barfield brothers, who are small children traveling west when Comanche Indians attack their family and kill their parents.  Todd is taken by the Indians and sold, while Jeffrey manages to hide and is eventually picked up by some traveling militiamen and given a home.  The book follows the lives of each boy through adolescence as they get caught up in the drama of the Civil War in the Southwest.

Subject Headings:  Civil War period, Brothers, Indians of North America, Comanche Indians, Comanche Indians- Captivities, Mexico, Confederate States of America, The Civil War, Coming-of-Age Stories, Western Stories

Appeal:  Densely written, detailed characterization, multiple points of view, complex story line, episodic, gentle, detailed setting, historical details, candid, simple, clean, stirring

3 terms that best describe this book: Densely written, Solid historical details, Multiple points of view

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

 Manifest Destinies:  America’s Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War– Steven Woodworth

A history of the 1840s, Manifest Destinies discusses how the acquisition of western territories forced the nation to come to grips with the approaching Civil War.

Rebel Private:  Front and Rear:  Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier– William A Fletcher

This surviving journal of a Confederate footsoldier details what life was really life in the trenches of the Civil War.  This memoir is a true-life version of Todd and Jeffrey’s time with the soldiers during the Civil War.

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History– S.C. Gwynne

This book is the story of the Comanche Indians, and their battle with the American settlers for control of the West.  Would be a good choice for readers interested in the tribe that attacked the Barfields and kidnapped Todd.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Telegraph Days– Larry McMurtry

The story of two siblings orphaned by their father’s suicide who must move from their prosperous ranch to the nearby town and start new lives.  Telegraph Days is another descriptive Western story about siblings starting over after tragedy.

Runaways– Andrew Fenady

Fleeing the devastation of the Civil War, Shad Parker shuts himself away on his farm in Texas. The arrival of three orphans during Christmas week of 1867 gives him something to live for.  This inspiring novel features the same type of happy ending for young orphans in the West.

The Shadow of a Noose– Ralph Compton

Young twins Jed and Tim Strange set out to find their sister, who left home to avenge their father’s murder over a year ago. But when they’re accused of a murder they didn’t commit, they must go on the run to find the true killers.  This is another descriptive, atmospheric Western tale like Many a River.

Name:  Becky Ozinga

The Next Always

April 4, 2012

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 352

Geographical Setting: Boonsboro, Maryland

Time Period: Present

Series (If applicable): Book One of The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy

Plot Summary: Clare is a war widow who has returned to her hometown with her three young sons.  Beckett Montgomery and his brothers are remodeling the Inn BoonsBoro, which happens to be across the street from Clare’s bookshop.  Beckett’s unrequited love for his best friend’s widow may finally have a chance now that Clare’s moved back to their quaint hometown. The author’s richly detailed descriptions of the small town and the remodeling project with a touch of the supernatural nicely frame the budding romance between Clare and Beckett .

Subject Headings: Small towns; Historic buildings – conservation and restoration; Second chances; Architects; Infatuation; Hotels; Single mothers; Widows; Booksellers; Homecomings; Small town life; First loves; Men/women relations.

Appeal: easy, engrossing, descriptive, richly detailed, strong sense of place, leisurely-paced, relaxed, unhurried, atmospheric, comfortable, heartwarming, hopeful, lighthearted, magical, optimistic, romantic, engaging, familiar, realistic, recognizable, series (characters), strong secondary characters, sympathetic, contemporary, detailed setting, small-town, accessible, colloquial, conversational, simple, unembellished, details of small town, details of restoration of old building.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: comfortable; heartwarming; richly detailed.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Under the Tuscan Sun  by Frances Mayes.  Under the Tuscan Sun and The Next Always both evoke strong sense of place using lush descriptions of the small towns where the story takes place and rich details of renovating once magnificent buildings (Mayes a countryside villa and Roberts an Inn).  Both also follow a love story that is framed by the restoration process.

The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran.  Doran amusingly recounts his relocation from LA where he was a TV producer to a tiny Tuscan town where he and his wife embark upon remodeling a 300 year old farmhouse. Doran’s optimism and witty commentary lead up to a happy-ever-after that The Next Always readers will appreciate.

My Boyfriend’s Back: True Stories of Rediscovering Love with a Long-Lost Sweetheart by Donna Hanover.  Beckett’s love for Clare has been unrequited since high school, but he gets a second chance with her in The Next Always.  Like the title suggests, My Boyfriend’s Back explores true stories of first loves rekindled later on in life. Both books will leave readers feeling hopeful about loves from the past.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The Wedding Dress by Virginia Ellis. This light, heart-warming historical fiction by Ellis (who typically authors romance novels) centers around a Civil War widow and her sisters as they try to find hope in a bleak post-war life by sewing a wedding dress for the youngest sister.  Like The Next Always, The Wedding Dress offers hope, love, a happy ending, and even a ghostly twist.

The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods.  This is the heartwarming first book of in the contemporary romance series, Chesapeake Shores.  Like the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, Chesapeake Shores is about second chances and men/women relations and gives readers a strong sense of place.

Virgin River by Robyn Carr.  Virgin River is a leisurely-paced contemporary romance about a widow looking to start over in a small town.  A strong sense of place and a heartwarming story will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Next Always.

Name: Ally C.

Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye

March 21, 2012

Author: Victoria Laurie

Title: Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publication Date: 2004

Number of Pages: 304

Geographical Setting: Detroit, Michigan

Time Period: Present Day

Plot Summary: Abby Cooper, a woman with amazing psychic and intuitive abilities, finds herself in the middle of a police investigation after one of her clients is murdered. Abby has a deep dislike of law enforcement after a fellow psychic was arrested years ago, and finding herself forced to work with the handsome officer Dutch proves to be nearly as hard of a challenge as catching the killer. Abby realizes she must use her talent and wit to find the killer before he finds her, no matter her personal feelings for the officer at her side.

Subject Headings:

Paranormal phenomena
Murder investigation
Women psychics

Appeal: Witty, richly detailed, conversational, fast-paced, upbeat, familiar, realistic, series characters, sympathetic, gentle, contemporary, urban, simple, unembellished,

3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe the Book: conversational, richly-detailed, realistic

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Psychic: My Life in Two Worlds by Sylvia Browne

One of the leading psychics in the world, Sylvia Browne discusses her journey to realizing her potential as a psychic and balancing her life in our world with that of the dead.

Discover Your Psychic Type: Developing and Using Your Natural Intuition by Sherrie Dillard

This is the go-to handbook for anyone who wishes to learn more not only about the types of intuition but also to find out what type of psychic you are and how to hone your talents.

History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives and State Troopers by Allan T. Duffin.

This book discusses the history of women in the police force and how they broke down the  gender barrier in order to do the work they loved. Includes dozens of interviews with women of all ages and types of police work describing how they made their way up through the force.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

The Trouble with Magic (Bewitching Series #1) by Madelyn Alt

Cozy mystery/romance series concerning a 30 year old woman who must partner with her friends’ Wicca group in order to solve a mystery and clear their friend of murder charges. Fast-paced, conversational, witty and the first book of series.

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is literally a woman without a soul and finds herself stuck in a whirlwind of paranormal occurrences after she accidentally kills a vampire. Fast-paced, witty, intelligent,  literary and romantic.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

The series that brought paranormal mystery/romance to the forefront. Sookie is a small-town mind reader whose life turns upside down when she meets Bill Compton, the new vampire in town. Fast-paced, imaginative, upbeat, contemporary and conversational.

Name: Courtney Rose

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

August 17, 2011

Title:  The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author: Mitch Albom

Genre: Inspirational, Fiction

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 198

Geographical Setting: Heaven, Amusement Park

Time Period: Current day

Format:  Hardcover

Plot Summary:  This is the story of Eddie. He is a maintenance man at the Ruby Point Amusement Park and he is about to die. We learn of Eddie’s death and are told about the life he had and the people who were in it. Along the way, we start to understand that Eddie feels his life was lacking and not meaningful. The last section of the story takes place in Heaven where Eddie meets five people who he touched during his life. He then learns of how important he was throughout his life even if it wasn’t readily apparent to him. This short parable like story will have you feeling uplifted and that you have a purpose by the end.

Subject Headings:  Spirituality, Death, Inspirational

Appeal:  Easy, Heartwarming, Hopeful, Optimistic, Thoughtful, Introspective, Inspiring, Gentle, Timeless, Accessible, Breezy, Simple

3 Terms That Best Describe This Book: Hopeful, Heartwarming, Inspiring

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Voices of Many Waters: Irrefutable Evidence of Life After Death by Alan Youngblood-A factual study of the possibility of a life after death. This is a readable book where you can explore this topic further.

Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes With an Engineer by Steve Alcorn-Get  a basic knowledge of theme parks and the maintenance issues that Eddie dealt with during his life.

Learning to Love Yourself: Finding Your Self-Worth by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruise-a place to gain insight into how people get over feeling like Eddie did all his life. Start now before you are in Heaven.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

  Life’s Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Story by Brendon Burchard-Another inspirational tale that is set in an amusement park. An uplifting story that will appeal to readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Name:  Mary Othic

A Lesson Before Dying

August 17, 2011

Author:  Gaines, Ernest J.

Title:  A Lesson Before Dying

Genre:  African American Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages:  256

Geographical Setting:  Bayonne, LA

Time Period:  late 1940s, post-World War II

Series:  N/A

Plot SummaryA Lesson Before Dying is the story of Jefferson, a young black man in rural Louisiana in the 1940s sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit.  In his closing statement, Jefferson’s defense lawyer argues that Jefferson is as ignorant and stupid as animal, no better than a mere hog, incapable of planning such a crime, but the all-white jury finds him guilty.  From that point on, Jefferson only thinks of himself as a hog.   Miss Emma, Jefferson’s grandmother, persuades Grant Wiggins, the local schoolteacher to speak to Jefferson to help raise him up to believe in himself again as a man, so that he may die with dignity.  The story is told in first person by Wiggins, the black boy who was able to leave the plantation to pursue a better life, but is back as the schoolteacher, burned out now by the futility of teaching poor blacks in the rural South.  Full of self-doubts, Wiggins doesn’t feel he is up to the task, but during their meetings in prison, he discovers as much about himself as Jefferson, and both men re-examine what it means to be a human being, and the strength of the human spirit.  A Lesson Before Dying is a realistic and insightful look at life in the rural South in the 1940s, and the racial prejudice that was an accepted part of everyday life. The characters are believable and very human.   In simple but powerful prose, Gaines lets the realities of the story speak for themselves almost as if this were a nonfiction peace of work.

Subject Headings: Rural Poor, African American Death Row Prisoners, African American Men, African American Teachers, Injustice, Manhood, Race Relations, The South

Appeal: moving, character driven, eloquent, emotional, detailed, ennobling, heartbreaking, powerful, classic, realistic, touching, thought provoking, simple, deep, honest, unflinching

3 terms that best describe this book: simple, honest, eloquent

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: A Saint on Death Row:  The Story of Dominique Green by Thomas Cahill is an eerily similar story of a black man on Death Row accused of shooting a white man during a robbery.   Jackie Robinson:  A Biography by Arold Rampersad is the story of the first black Major League baseball player.  Brainwashed:  Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell deals with the disturbing question of why so many blacks still think and act like slaves.

3 Revelant Fiction Works and Authors:  As I Lay Dying by William Falkner has the similar bleak setting of life in the rural South, as well as the same poignant feel .  To Kill a Mockingbird has a similar plot, setting, and sense of hopelessness of a black man falsely accused and judged by whites.  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck has the same simple prose and similar theme of rural poverty and injustice.

Chris M.

Heaven Is For Real

August 17, 2011

Author:  Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Title:  Heaven Is For Real

Genre:  Spirituality and Religion; Non-Fiction; Inspirational

Publication Date:  Nov. 2010

Number of Pages:  150

Geographical Setting:  Imperial, Nebraska

Time Period:  2004

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary:  When Colton Burpo was four years old, he underwent surgery to fix a ruptured appendix that had been leaking poison into his small body for five days.  Months after surviving this life-threatening illness, he started to slowly reveal to his parents that he went to Heaven while he was being operated on in the innocent, honest way that only small children can.  By sharing accurate details of people he had never known on Earth but had met in Heaven and describing impossible details of Heaven, Jesus, and God that scripture passages seem to support, his pastor father Todd and his mother Sonja began to believe he had to be telling the truth.  This compelling, inspirational story will make any reader rethink what they previously thought and believed about God and Heaven.

Subject Headings:  Burpo, Colton, 1999- ; Four-year-old boys – Nebraska – Biography; Heaven (Christianity); Near-death experience – Religious aspects – Christianity; Christian life – Nebraska; Eschatology, Christian

Appeal:  Compelling, steady, gentle, heartwarming, moving, unpretentious, insightful, inspirational, thought-provoking, small-town, accessible, conversational, simple

3 terms that best describe this book:  Compelling, inspirational, accessible

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

–       Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry – This is also a story from the spirituality and religion genre with a similar inspirational tone.

–       Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experience by Jeffrey Long, M.D. – This compilation of research and experiences from the Near Death Experience Research Foundation could be an interesting choice for readers that want to learn about more near-death experiences and other evidence of an after-life.  Similar to Heaven is for Real, this book is also in the spirituality and religion genre.

–       90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life by Don Piper – This story is also in the spirituality and religion genre with an inspirational tone and conversational writing style.  It’s another account of a person’s experience in Heaven while they were pronounced dead after a car accident but miraculously came back to life.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

–       The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – This title has a similarly inspirational tone.

–       The Noticer: Sometimes All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective by Andy Andrews – This book has a similarly inspirational and moving tone and is set in a small town.

–       The Locket by Richard Paul Evans – This book has a similarly inspirational and heartwarming tone.

Name: Julie

The Senator’s Wife

August 3, 2011

Author:  Sue Miller

Title:  The Senator’s Wife

Genre: Women’s Lives & Relationships, Domestic Fiction

Publication Date:  2008

Number of Pages:  305

Geographical Setting:  New England

Time Period:  1994

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary:  This novel follows the lives of two women who are neighbors in a duplex home.  Meri is 37 and has just moved with her new husband from the Midwest to a small, New England college town.  Delia has lived there for almost thirty years, living separately from her Senator husband; the two have remained married throughout his long political career and numerous extramarital affairs.  Meri and Delia come to know each other well over the course of a year as the two struggle to cope with what life has in store for them.  The narrative alternates between their two perspectives and readers occasionally get a look back at Delia’s earlier life.  The story concludes with a look at their lives in 2007, 13 years after a devastating event shatters Delia and Meri’s friendship.

Subject Headings:  Politics, marriage, women – friendship, men/women relations, extramarital relations

Appeal:  Relaxed pace, moving, dramatic, character-driven, flawed, multiple points of view, compelling, domestic, layered, small-town, sophisticated, simple

3 terms that best describe this book:  Relaxed pace, flawed, domestic

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

–       The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House by John F. Harris – The story is told in the early nineties so Bill Clinton is mentioned several times throughout the book.  Readers may be interested to read more about Bill Clinton and his time in office.

–       My Life by Bill Clinton – Readers may also be interested in reading Bill Clinton’s autobiographical work to learn more about him.

–       The Senator: My Ten Years with Ted Kennedy by Richard E. Burke – Anyone interested in reading about a real senator may want to try this book about Ted Kennedy, written by one his personal assistant of ten years.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

–       Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks – Like The Senator’s Wife, Save Haven also focuses on women’s lives and relationships and has a similarly relaxed pace and compelling story.

–       The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg – This is another character-driven story by another big-name author like Sue Miller.  Both novels feature characters that come from a dysfunctional family, as Meri did in The Senator’s Wife.

–       American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – This is also a story of a politician’s wife with a similarly character-driven storyline that deals with conflict in marriage and men/women relations.

Name:  Julie F.

Magic Hour

August 3, 2011

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

Author: Hannah, Kristin

Title: Magic Hour

Genre: Women’s Lives and Relationships

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 391

Geographical Setting: Olympia National Forest, Rain Valley Washington

Time Period: Present Day

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Julia Caites is a world famous child psychiatrist, reeling from claims of incompetence after one of her patients murders fellow students. Ellie Barton is Julia’s older sister and the Chief of Police in their sleepy little hometown of Rain Valley Washington. The sisters have an estranged relationship and neither has been lucky in love. One day, a little girl is discovered, filthy, starving, naked and cradling a wolf pup in downtown Rain Valley. She cannot speak and it appears that she cannot understand human communication. Ellie decides to call in her sister for help. With the assistance of a handsome male doctor with a mysterious past and a huge cast of small town regulars, Julia and Ellie must provide support and love to the little girl, whom they decide to call Alice. A heartwarming, page turner about the bonds of sisterly love and human relationships.

Subject Headings: Child psychologists-fiction; Northwest, Pacific-fiction; Psychological fiction

Appeal: Heartwarming, fast-paced, engrossing, hopeful, moving, sympathetic, domestic, resolved ending, family-centered, small-town, simple, homespun, reflective

3 terms that best describe this book: Heartwarming, moving, hopeful

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: Lierow, Diane Dani’s Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love (tells the story of a feral child’s recovery, similar to Alice’s story); Dietrich, William The Final Forest: the Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest (geography of the land, ecology of the region); Brinker, Nancy Promise Me: How A Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer (examines another relationship between sisters)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors: Smith, Haywood Ladies of the Lake (four sisters relationships); Thayer, Nancy Beachcombers (heartwarming story of three sisters); Hornug, Eva Dog Boy (tale of a feral child raised by a dog pack)

Meg Cichantk

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

April 13, 2011

Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Title: The Night Bookmobile

Genre: Graphic Novel

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 40 pages

Geographical Setting: Chicago, Illinois

Time Period: 1980-2004

Plot Summary: After a fight with her then-boyfriend, Lexi walks the streets of Chicago (specifically Ravenswood Avenue and Belle Plaine) trying to cool down.  Suddenly, she sees a battered Winnebago playing a Bob Marley tune she knows.  She approaches and finds that this is a Bookmobile.  But, this is not any bookmobile; it’s one that is full of every single thing that Lexi has read in her entire life.  It’s run by a man named Robert, a gentleman who serves her tea and doesn’t bother her as she uses the library for its entire hour of operation (from dusk until dawn).  The bookmobile doesn’t show up with any regular schedule; it shows up at different places in different times over the years.  Lexi is the only one who can see it.  She obsessively waits for the moments when she can interact with the bookmobile again.  She reads and reads in order to get back to it.  Lexi, through all of this reading, rediscovers her love for books and literacy and becomes a librarian. As time goes on, Alexandra decides she wants to work on the bookmobile…even after learning the high cost that comes with the job.

Subject Headings: Bookmobile, Books, Collecting, Chicago, Graphic Novel, Art

Appeal: Intimate, Accessible, Candid, Dramatic, Simple, Unembellished, Eccentric Characters, Accurate Setting, Thought-Provoking, Spare Linguistically, Steady, Surprising, Melancholy

3 terms that best describe this book: Artful (both in storytelling and illustration), Evolutionary, Emotional

3 Relevant Fiction Works:

Insomnia by M. K. Perker: A graphic novel that chronicles the misgivings of a rare book expert.

The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett: Features a bookmobile in a more amusing light.

Filthy Rich by Brian Azzarello: A graphic novel that, though it’s on a different topic, reflects Bookmobile’s melancholy tone.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works:

Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir by Lauren Slater: A woman who has a complex obsession takes readers into her mind to explore a constantly restless conciousness.

Ex libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman: This collection of essays discusses the central importance of books and reading in someone’s life.

The New Woman as Librarian: The Career of Adelaide Hasse by Clare Beck: This is the story of what one controversial woman suffered through in order to achieve her career goal of becoming a librarian.

The Alchemist

June 23, 2010

Author: Paolo Coelho

Title: The Alchemist

Genre: Inspirational

Publication Date: 1988

Number of Pages: 173

Geographical Setting: Spain, Tangier, Sahara Desert, Egypt

Time Period: Past

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:

An introspective young shepherd is trying to sell the wool of his sheep to earn money and impress a girl, but his Personal Legend had other ideas.  When he reaches town, he seeks the help of a gypsy woman who tells him that he will find his treasure at the pyramids.  He tries to dismiss the nonsense, however, when he encounters a man who tells him the same story and knows of his past, they young boy decides to set out on a journey to the pyramids.  Throughout his journey the young boy comes to realizations about his life and learns how to communicate with the world and own heart.  This short novel merges simplicity and profundity magnificently and will appeal to readers who enjoy metaphysical stories and philosophical plotlines.

Subject Headings:

Personal Journey

Journey

Alchemy

Metaphysical

Inspirational

Religion

Travel

Dreams

Appeal: Introspective, Character-Center, Simple, Austere, Compassionate, Contemplative, Heartwarming, Magical, Unpretentious, Thoughtful, Compelling, Deliberate

3 terms that best describe this book: Introspective, Character-Centered, Simple

Similar author and works (why are they similar?):

Fiction

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Readers may appreciate the romantic appeal and a story told in a similar style.  Readers might be able to connect to this story because it is from a writer outside the United States.

Replay by Ken Grimwood

This title will gain interest with readers who are interested in life cycles and the permanence of the future.

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

A personal journey for a boy who thinks he has it all, soon find out that the way he is living will lead him to sure unhappiness.

Non-Fiction

The Dream Weaver: One Boy’s Journey Through the Landscape of Reality by Jack Bowen

Will appeal to readers who enjoy the philosophical tone, and deeper meaning in The Alchemist.

Finding God in the Questions: A Personal Journey by Timothy G. Johnson

The religious appeal will carry readers through this title if they are looking for deeper meaning and a higher power.

Headwraps: A Global Journey by Georgia Scott

This multi-cultural exploration ties in the larger scope of humanity with coincidence and serendipity.