Fictional Accounts of Biblical Times December 2018


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For Such a Time / Kate Breslin

A retelling of the biblical story of Esther set during WWII: Bond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin must save her people, even if she cannot save herself. 

The Secret Chord / Geraldine Brooks

Based on the story of King David, traces his journey from an obscure shepherd to a hero and king before his fall.

Apostle Paul: a novel of the man who brought Christianity to the Western world / James Cannon

A historical novel of St. Paul, the Jewish Roman citizen who transformed the history of the Western world, follows the scholar, adventurer, prosecutor for the Jewish high court, orator, and writer who brought Christianity to a pagan world.

The Lost Years / Mary Higgins Clark

Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments — a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever. Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicions that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in. Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year old Mariah to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death.

The Passion of Mary Magdalen: a novel / Elizabeth Cunningham

The second book in “The Maeve Chronicles” follows Maeve through her time of slavery and her journey with benefactor Joseph of Arimathea to Galilee, where she is reunited with her beloved Esus, now known as Jesus. Cunningham weaves Hebrew scripture, Celtic and Egyptian mythology, and early Christian legend into a nearly seamless whole, creating an unforgettable fifth gospel story in which the women most involved in Jesus’s ministry are given far more representation than found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The Red Tent / Anita Diamant

Based on the Book of Genesis, Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter, shares her perspectives on the origins of many of our modern religious practices and sexual politics, imparting the lessons she has learned from her father’s wives.

Eve: a novel of the first woman / Elissa Elliott

It is the world’s oldest tale: the story of Eve, her husband, Adam, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons. In this luminous debut novel, Elissa Elliott puts a powerful twist on biblical narrative, boldly reimagining Eve’s journey. At once intimate and universal, timely and timeless, this unique work of fiction blends biblical tradition with recorded history and dazzling storytelling. 

Sarah: book one of the Canaan trilogy / Marek Halter

Born into a world of luxury in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur, Sarah flees the arranged marriage planned by her father, a decision that leads to an encounter with Abram, a member of a nomadic tribe of outsiders.

Matthew’s story: from sinner to saint / Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Portrays the story of how Levi the tax collector became Matthew, the apostle of Jesus Christ and one of the great authors of the Gospels. 

Iscariot: a novel / Tosca Lee

In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One — the promised Messiah and future king destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, Judas joins the disciples, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life. But Judas’ vision of a nation free from Roman rule is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself, who will not bow to social or religious convention — who seems in the end to turn against his own people. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda.

The Legend of Sheba: rise of a queen: a novel / Tosca Lee

In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father’s throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world–or of Sheba‘s queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king.

Judas / Amos Oz

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets. At once an exquisite love story and coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title, Judas is Amos Oz’s most powerful novel in decades.

The Young Messiah: a novel / Anne Rice
A novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. 

The Blood Gospel / James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
After a shocking discovery in Masada, Israel, Sergeant Jordan Stone, Father Rhun Korza and Dr. Erin Granger, racing against time to recover a book written by Christ’s own hand, must contend with a force of ancient evil with impossible ambitions and a secret sect within the Vatican called the Sanguines.

The Priest / Francine Rivers

Growing up in the shadow of younger brother Moses, Aaron carves a place for himself in biblical history in helping lead the Israelites to freedom and becoming high priest.

The Book of Heaven: a novel / Patricia Storace

An Eve who does not recognize her own biblical story shares her version of events in the Garden of Eden before imparting the alternate feminist stories of four women, including Abraham’s wife Sarah, a polytheist cook, Job’s wife, and the queen of Sheba.

When Jesus Wept / Bodie and Brock Thoene

Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus’s life and ministry. Lazarus owned a vineyard and devoted his life to caring for its vines and fruit. But he encountered another man —Jesus —whose vineyard was the world, its fruit the eternal souls of men. When Lazarus’s story and the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection touch in When Jesus Wept, we are offered a unique vision into the power and comfort of Christ’s love.

The Christmas Journey / Donna VanLiere

A beautifully illustrated, modern retelling of the Nativity Story.

A Reluctant Queen: the love story of Esther / Joan Wolf

She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history. The beloved story of Esther springs to fresh life in this inspired novel that vibrates with mystery, intrigue and romance.

The Lawgiver / Herman Wouk

Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multi-billionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business.

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Melmoth: a novel / Sarah Perry

Helen, an English translator working in Prague, disregards an obscure local monster legend before a friend’s disappearance reveals that Helen is being watched.

The Lake on Fire / Rosellen Brown

Fleeing antisemitism in Russia, Chaya and her brilliant brother Asher escape a failing farm in Wisconsin for Chicago, only to discover that the Gilded Age is as empty a facade as the beautiful Columbian Exposition attracting thousands to Lake Michigan’s shore. Chaya’s becomes a deeply conflicted love story and Asher, haunted by his loyalty to the Fair’s abandoned workers, is responsible for an astonishing terrorist act. The abandoned Fair burns to the ground as the city goes on as usual.

Orchid and the Wasp: a novel / Caoilinn Hughes

An iron-willed young woman comes of age while traveling through London, Dublin and New York to secure her dysfunctional family’s future after the departure of her career-oriented father.

Tiffany Blues: a novel / M.J. Rose

A candidate at Tiffany’s Jazz Age artist colony navigates her attraction to her host’s grandson and competes for a gallery spot before an unknown rival exposes her traumatic past.

A Ladder to the Sky: a novel / John Boyne

Enter the disturbing world of high stakes publishing and meet an author so twisted and unscrupulous you will beg for justice. For readers who like an unlikeable character and sardonic tone.

House of Gold / Natasha Solomons

An epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.

French Exit: a tragedy of manners / Patrick deWitt

Bankrupted by her infamous litigator husband’s tabloid death, a scandal-fearing widow flees New York for Paris, where her deadbeat son and she navigate near-comic self-destructive choices.

The Witch Elm / Tana French

Toby leads a charmed life with an idyllic childhood, a good family, a loving girlfriend, and promising prospects. But a vicious attack changes everything. Atmospheric, twisty, and perfect for readers who like Gillian Flynn or Kate Atkinson.

How are you Going to Save Yourself / J.M. Holmes

Four friends come of age in a Rhode Island postindustrial enclave and struggle to liberate themselves from the limitations imposed on African Americans while navigating the dynamics of sex, drugs, class and family.

Bridge of Clay / Markus Zusak.

Upon their father’s return, the five Dunbar boys, who have raised themselves since their mother’s death, begin to learn family secrets, including that of fourth brother Clay, who will build a bridge for complex reasons, including his own redemption.

A River of Stars: a novel / Vanessa Hua

A Chinese woman makes her way to America with her unborn daughter, determined to make a life for them both. For readers who enjoy modern immigration stories like Behold the Dreamers and Little Fires Everywhere.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter: a novel / Kate Morton

The story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations, set in England from the 1860’s until the present day.

Writing and Publishing – Fact and Fiction


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A Second Bite at the Apple / Dana Bate

Sidney Strauss is writing for the local food market’s weekly newsletter when she gets the opportunity at a story that could make her career as a food journalist or permanently end it.

My Paris Dream: an education in style, slang, and seduction in the great city on the Seine / Kate Betts

As a young woman Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own and discovering who she was meant to be in Paris. Upon graduation from Princeton and not without trepidation, she took off, renting a room in the apartment of a young ‘BCBG’ family and throwing herself into Parisian culture, determined to master French slang, style, and savoir-faire, and find a job that would give her a reason to stay. After a series of dues-paying jobs, she began a magnificent apprenticeship at Women’s Wear Daily and was initiated into the high fashion world at a moment that saw the last glory of the old guard and the explosion of a new generation of talent.

Romance is My Day Job: a memoir of finding love at last / Patience Bloom

A romance editor describes her fantasies about love, her dream job in the romance business in spite of her lackluster dating life, and the reconnection with an old friend that helped her find the relationship she had been seeking.

The Race for Paris: a novel / Meg Waite Clayton

Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles—including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can do. Even so, Liv wants more. Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she is determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis. However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.

 

Muse / Jonathan Galassi

The story of an editor caught up in a publishing scandal around the manuscript of a renowned and beautiful female poet.
Big Magic: creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert reveals the inner workings of her own creativity as she shows readers how to use their curiosity to fuel their creativity and adopt the constructive creative tools capable of helping them write a book, address work challenges, achieve a forgotten dream, or complete a work of art.

Publishing: a writer’s memoir / Gail Godwin 

Publishing is a personal story of a writer’s hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul–for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, Godwin met with Knopf scouts who came to campus every spring in search of new talent. Though her five pages of Windy Peaks were turned down and the novel never completed, she would go on to publish two story collections and fourteen novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers. Publishing reflects on the influence of her mother’s writing hopes and accomplishments, and recalls Godwin’s experiences with teachers Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Coover at the Iowa WritersWorkshop; with John Hawkins, her literary agent for five decades; with John Irving and other luminaries; and with her editors and publishers. Recollecting her long and storied career, Godwin maps the publishing industry over the last fifty years, a time of great upheaval and ingenuity. Her eloquent memoir is illuminated by Frances Halsband’s evocative black-and-white line drawings throughout. There have been memoirs about writing and memoirs about being an editor, but there is no other book quite like Publishing for aspiring writers and book lovers everywhere.

The Way of All Fish: a novel / Martha Grimes

Cindy Sella struggles with writer’s block and a lawsuit by her unscrupulous former agent, L. Bass Hess, who is targeted by bumbling hitmen Candy and Karl’s zany efforts to drive him out of New York City.

The Last Magazine: a novel / Michael Hastings

A posthumous debut novel, wry, wise, and outrageous, from award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, based on his experiences working for a National news magazine in the mid-2000s.

Paris in Love: a memoir / Eloisa James

James chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world–Paris–all the while inviting her reader into the life of her most enchanting family.

Paris: a love story: a memoir / Kati Marton

In this remarkably honest memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss.


The Accidental Life: an editor’s notes on writing and writers / Terry McDonell

The editor, journalist, and publishing entrepreneur traces his storied career, sharing insights into his tenures with “Rolling Stone” and “Sports Illustrated,” as well as his literary encounters with such personalities as Hunter S. Thompson, Jimmy Buffett, and Steve Jobs.

The Story: a reporter’s journey / Judith Miller

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author of Germs describes her youth and career, sharing insight into the controversial reporting style that has rendered her the longest jailed correspondent for protecting her sources.

The Travelers: a novel / Chris Pavone

When a woman with whom he has shared a harmless flirtation shows up at his hotel door with a gun, travel writer and food expert Will Rhodes discovers the real reason his job occasionally requires him to assume different names and deliver mysterious parcels.

These Girls: a novel / Sarah Pekkanen

Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance. Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It’s a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated. Her roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee’s weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills—despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she’s heading for real danger. Then there’s Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby—or why she left everything she once loved behind.

Daemon Voices: on stories and storytelling / by Philip Pullman

The author of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy shares insights into the art of writing while exploring how education, religion, and science, as well as his favorite classics, helped shaped his literary life.

The Imperfectionists: a novel / Tom Rachman

An “imperfect” crew of reporters and editors working for an international English language newspaper stumble toward an uncertain future as the era of print news gives way to the Internet age. The story is set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome.

Three-Martini Lunch / Suzanne Rindell

In 1958, Greenwich Village buzzes with beatniks, jazz clubs, and new ideas–the ideal spot for three ambitious young people to meet. Cliff Nelson, the son of a successful book editor, is convinced he’s the next Kerouac, if only his father would notice. Eden Katz dreams of being an editor but is shocked when she encounters roadblocks to that ambition. And Miles Tillman, a talented black writer from Harlem, seeks to learn the truth about his father’s past, finding love in the process. Though different from one another, all three share a common goal: to succeed in the competitive and uncompromising world of book publishing. As they reach for what they want, they come to understand what they must sacrifice, conceal, and betray to achieve their goals.

 

Manderley Forever: a biography of Daphne du Maurier / Tatiana de Rosnay

As a thirteen-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier’s fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply, following Du Maurier from a shy seven-year-old, a rebellious sixteen-year-old, a twenty-something newlywed, and finally a cantankerous old woman. 

The Knockoff: a novel / Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

The story of Imogen Tate, editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twenty-something former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine to an app. When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine.

Where the Past Begins: a writer’s memoir / Amy Tan

From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

The Hating Game / Sally Thorne

For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it’s hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers, including the staring game, the mirror game, and the HR game, each played with the intensity of the Hunger Games. Their mutual antipathy grows when a new executive position opens at Bexley-Gamin, and both their bosses put their names up for the promotion. Then, the high-stakes games begin! After another 60-hour work week, Lucy logs off her computer and hops on the elevator to head home, as does Joshua. When Joshua hits the emergency button and stops the ride, Lucy is certain her nemesis is going to kill her. Instead, he plants a kiss on her, and Lucy begins to wonder if she really does hate Joshua after all, or if this is yet another game.

If Looks Could Kill / Kate White

Meet Bailey Weggins, the thirty-something, single-again true crime writer for a leading Manhattan woman’s magazine. Smart and savvy, she’s got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story-especially if it’s murder. Bailey’s in bed with her commitment-challenged lover K.C. when she gets a frantic call from her high-maintenance boss at Gloss magazine. Grabbing coffee and a cab outside her Greenwich Village apartment-the consolation prize in her divorce settlement-Bailey reluctantly heads uptown. At Cat Jones’s Upper East Side town house, she finds something that seriously clashes with the chic décor: the dead body of the family’s line-in nanny.

Sailor and Fiddler: reflections of a 100-year-old author / Herman Wouk

The literary master reflects on his life and times from the unique vantage point of one hundred years of age, covering such topics as his work on Fred Allen’s radio shows, his World War II military service, and the inspirations behind his written works.