People of the Book Read-Alikes

On The Same Page Nov/Dec 2010

People of the Farm If you enjoyed People of the Book, take a chance with these other thrillers that explore spiritual themes:


Physick Book of Deliverance Dance
Katherine Howe
Moving between contemporary times and one of the most disturbing periods in American history—the Salem witch trials, the novel begins with the discovery of an old key along with a fragment of paper bearing only the words Deliverance Dane. Harvard grad student Connie Goodwin learns that Deliverance was a local herbalist and wise woman who became a victim of the witch trials. Finding Deliverance’s “physick book” of recipes becomes a priority for Connie, particularly when she realizes that it may hold the key to curing her new boyfriend of his mysterious ailment.
The 19th Wife
David Ebershoff
It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the U.S.. Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second narrative unfolds—a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. As Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with the modern-day story, readers are pulled deep into the mysteries of love and faith.
S.J. Parris
Blending true events with fiction, this historical thriller delivers a page-turning murder mystery set on the 16th-century Oxford University campus. Giordano Bruno, a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition, is recruited by Q Queen Elizabeth I to find out what he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a beautiful young woman.
A Long, Long Time Ago
Brigid Pasulka
“(This) delightful debut braids together two tales of old and new Poland. The old is the love story of the Pigeon, a young man entranced by village beauty, Anielica. After the war, he and Anielica get engaged and the Pigeon brings his family to Krakow, but the fabled promises of the golden city and the glories of communism prove hollow. The new tale is about their granddaughter, Beata. When tragedy strikes and Beata uncovers family secrets, she brings together the old and new to create her own bright future.” - Publisher’s Weekly.
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