Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mailbox Mondays

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I received the following two books:

After Cambridge scholar Nathan Tobin discovers and translates an ancient Aramaic letter, he finds himself thrown into an agonizing struggle against powerful forces committed to discrediting him and destroying the letter . “The Alexandria letter” discloses surprising revelations about the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist, and even more surprising insights into the machinations of Paul of Tarsus, which together reveal a dramatically different picture of early events in the development of Christianity.

But as Nathan races to verify the authenticity of the letter, he faces rejection by his fellow scholars and sinister opposition from the Vatican, that aims to stop him at any cost. The Alexandria letter represents the most important work Nathan has ever done, but it may also be his last.


"I need you to understand how ordinary it all was. . . ."

In the turbulent southern summer of 1963, Millwood's white population steers clear of "Shake Rag," the black section of town. Young Florence Forrest is one of the few who crosses the line. The daughter of a burial insurance salesman with dark secrets and the town's "cake lady," whose backcountry bootleg runs lead further and further away from a brutal marriage, Florence attaches herself to her grandparents' longtime maid, Zenie Johnson. Named for Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, Zenie treats the unwanted girl as just another chore, while telling her stories of the legendary queen's courage and cunning.

The more time Florence spends in Shake Rag, the more she recognizes how completely race divides her town, and her story, far from ordinary, bears witness to the truth and brutality of her times—a truth brought to a shattering conclusion when Zenie's vibrant college-student niece, Eva Greene, arrives that fateful Mississippi summer.

16 comments:

Louise said...

Queen of Palmyra sounds like a very interesting read. I have an interest in both Palmyra and Mississippi summers, so this may just be the book for me :-)

Staci said...

They both look great but I'm especially drawn to Queen of Palmyra!

bermudaonion said...

Those both sound good! I hope you enjoy them.

Diane said...

These sound excellent. I am looking forward to both of them! Here is my mailbox:

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Serena said...

The alexandria letter sounds good....happy reading.

Alayne said...

Ooh The Alexandria Letter definitely sounds like something I would enjoy. Happy reading and thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.

Lady Q said...

These both look good! Enjoy! Here's my Mailbox.

Nicola said...

The Queen of Palmyra sounds good!

Bookventures said...

I entered a contest to win Queen of Palmyra. I hope i win. It sounds really interesting. Let me know when you review this one. Happy reading!!!!

fredamans said...

Happy reading!

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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Queen of Palmyra is on my wish list. I love Southern fiction.

Snowbell said...

Queen of Palmyra sounds interesting. Happy reading!

DCMetroreader said...

I think both of your books sound interesting, but especially the Queen book. Happy reading!

Alyce said...

I love the cover and the title of The Queen of Palmyra.

Teddy Rose said...

I hope you enjoy them both!

Vasilly said...

Both books sound really good. Happy reading!