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by Thomas Cahill
A look at the cultures, people, languages, and events that shaped the world around Jesus. While not comprehensive, Cahill's mostly-secular work is both engaging and accessible.
Recommended by Joseph

by Mark Oliver Everett
Unlike most celebrity lives, Everett's pain seems thrust upon him by fate and is not the result of rock n' roll excess. That fact alone makes his resilience and his life story a triumph.
Recommended by Joseph

by W. Paul Reeve & Michael Scott Van Wagenen
Have you ever wanted to know more about the intersection between Mormonism and the supernatural? Where did these stories originate? Why do they perpetuate?
Recommended by Joseph

by David Quammen
Be prepared to go on an Indiana Jones-worthy adventure to all corners of the globe, from Gabon on the trail of the origins of AIDS, to southern China and Singapore to discover just how scary SARS really was (hint: really scary).
Recommended by Kara

by Edward Dolnick
This great book is the wild and almost unbelievable story of how the modern age was born in seventeenth century Europe.
Recommended by Joseph

by D. Michael Quinn
One of those books that I wish I had read years ago. I learned something new on every page. It should be read by anyone interested in the the Mormon Church and its doctrines, both believers and otherwise. Absolutely fascinating and essential.
Recommended by Joseph

by Jones, Dan
This exciting and bestselling book recounts the 250-year history of medieval England's dysfunctional ruling family. Knights and ladies, loyalty and treachery, war and peace, the pen and the sword - it's all here in vibrant detail.
Recommended by Joseph

by Nielson, Stephanie
A true story of a woman who survived a tragic plane crash where 80% of her body was burned. Even though her life has become painful and difficult, Stephanie relays hope, strength, and reminds us that miracles happen.
Recommended by Laura

by Cowen, Painton
An amazing book that surveys medieval glass from all around England. The full color images are spectacular and really give you a sense of the different styles in creation and restoration across English counties and through the centuries.
Recommended by Joseph

by Chung, Vinh
A truly miraculous story about a Vietnam refugee family's perilous journey to freedom as they face sickness, death, encounter pirates on the open sea, and the people who sacrificed to rescue them.
Recommended by Marie

by Beam, Alex
An admirable history of the events that led Smith, campaigning for the American presidency and known privately as "Prophet, Priest, and King of the World," to be gunned down with his brother in an obscure Illinois village jail in the summer of 1844.
Recommended by Joseph

by Stephen Frater
A really interesting unknown story of WWII with a surprise ending!
Recommended by Barbara

by Virgil, translated by Robert Fitzgerald
Written around 25 BC, this is the epic tale of the founding of the Roman empire. In beautifully descriptive language, Virgil tells the story of Aeneas, a refugee from the fall of Troy, who famously follows his fate ordained by the gods.
Recommended by Joseph

by Helen Thayer
In 1988, at the age of 50, Helen Thayer became the first woman in the world to travel on foot to the magnetic North Pole. Her only companion was Charlie, her loyal husky, who was integral to her survival.
Recommended by Melanie

by Brent Weaver
Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Diagnosed with a rare bone cancer at the age of 27, Weaver shares the insights he gained into this universal question as he talks about the physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles he endured.
Recommended by Debbie

by Larry Barkdull
Barkdull's message is one of hope as he discusses the strength of God's love for His children and of the Savior's redeeming power.
Recommended by Angie

by Walter Schröder
What is interesting about the book is that it isn't an everyday WWII memoir, but a great description of life during the Nazi era and early Cold War years.
Recommended by Barbara

by David Roberts
Roberts takes us along Ruess' journeys, eventually becoming part of the continuing search for what happened to the young explorer.
Recommended by Joseph

by Moises Kaufman & the Tectonic Theater Project
In 1998, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in Wyoming because of his sexual orientation. In this unique examination of events, the author and his theater group present a play written from oral interviews of Laramie residents.
Recommended by Joseph

by Ann Linnea
The author's grueling, 65-day journey by kayak around Lake Superior was a spiritual quest, a search for meaning in her life. This account is both an engrossing adventure and a story of awakening and inspiration.
Recommended by Melanie

by Rebecca Skloot
When one of Henrietta Lacks' doctors was able to keep her cancer cells (now known as HeLa cells) alive and growing indefinitely in the laboratory, it was one of the most important discoveries of modern oncology. But who was this woman?
Recommended by Joseph