Little Bee ~ by Chris Cleave, 2008
"A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London."
Original Sinners: Why Genesis Still Matters ~ by John R. Coats, 2009
"The relationships of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah, and Joseph and his brothers take on contemporary relevance as these characters find themselves confronted with extraordinary situations and circumstances that they’d neither asked for nor had anything to say about. Using stories from his life as well as the lives of people he’s known, Coats creates a rubric you can use to examine your own life and to discover aspects of yourself in the characters whose lives unfold in these primordial stories. How has Eve’s story shaped yours? Is your life reflected in Jacob’s evolution to wisdom? In Joseph’s youthful arrogance?"