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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400032808
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Published: Anchor Books - June 8th, 2004

This is an unbelievable, investigative book by one of the best.  John Krakauer takes us once again to the extreme--this time we are witness to the religious extremism practiced in the isolated communities of the Mormon Fundamentalists. This book brought chills down my spine!!

I could not put it down. Can a society like this actually exist in our country! Why does the United States allow them to govern under their own rules of law. Their belief in the right to have multiple wives is so extreme that they will kill and die to uphold it. Amazing and scary. I highly recommend!


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The Comfort of Strangers (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679749844
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Published: Anchor Books - November 1st, 1994

In this, his second novel, Ian McEwen grabs his readers and pulls them head first into this gripping and seductive story. Set in an unnamed city (likely, Venice), he introduces us to Colin and Mary, an unmarried couple who are on holiday. Non-communication has made their days long and mundane, until one night, while walking through the city, they meet Robert and then the next day his wife, Caroline. As he takes us deeper into the story, it becomes evident that things aren’t as Colin and Mary first thought. What happens when you get drawn into the “comfort of strangers”? To find out, you MUST read this. Although somewhat disturbing, the prose is beautifully poetic and hypnotic. And, although short, should not be read quickly. Savor his writing!