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Authors: Brooke Harless

This month two books that have been wildly popular across the

nation remain on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown.

Author Dan Brown begins his book with a murder but succeeds in

twisting the predictability of common murder mysteries by

reintroducing Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, the protagonist

from his last book. Brown sends Langdon on a race through the

cathedrals and castles of Europe as he follows clues imbedded in

Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings. Brown weaves intellectual depth into

his novel of Da Vinci’s penchant for hiding codes in his paintings

such as The Mona Lisa, The Madonna of Rocks and The Last Supper.

The Last Supper holds the most surprising codes and after reading

The Da Vinci Code, you will never see these famous paintings the

same way. Brown is a crafty writer and tactfully laces his novel

with witticism and suspense.

Recommendation: This book is highly recommended as it is not

only entertaining but also teaches religious and historical

facts.

“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom

From the author of the number one New York Times bestseller,

“Tuesdays with Morrie,” comes a new novel that inventively explores

the afterlife. The main character, Eddie is a war veteran who is

unhappy with his life fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As

the park progresses technologically over the years, Eddie becomes

more and more pessimistic in his old age because his life is filled

with monotonous routine. Eddie dies on his 83rd birthday trying to

save a girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife and

finds that there is nothing of the lush Eden he expected but a

place where his mortal life is explained by five people who were in

it. Among these people were loved ones and distant strangers, yet

each of them had changed Eddie’s life forever. They succeed in

illuminating the unseen connections of his earthly life and author

Albom succeeds in presenting a fresh and inspirational look at the

age-old motif of the afterlife. Recommendation: This book is

recommended as a feel good book to read and pass on to your parents

or grandparents as it will inspire thoughtful discussion.

New York Times Bestesellers

1. THE LAST JUROR, by John Grisham

2. THE DA VINCI CODE, by Dan Brown

3. THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, by Mitch Albom

4. ANGELS & DEMONS, by Dan Brown

5. AIN’T SHE SWEET? by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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