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
“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