Thanks again to my book-a-day calendar, as well as the local county library, this week I’m pleased to recommend:

Black Robe, by Brian Moore—the store of a 17th century Jesuit missionary venturing into deepest, darkest Canada. Made into an equally compelling film, directed by Bruce Beresford.

Always interested in a good mystery. The Mourning Sexton, by Michael Baron, is a “legal thriller…set in the world of Orthodox Judaism.” Described as delving into “themes like sin, redemption and justice…complicated, gripping and intelligent.” Who can resist that?

This one is for my nephew about to start his sophomore year at the Naval Academy—To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, by Arthur Herman. My brother-in-law and his dad might enjoy it as well.

The book I’m actually reading right now was on best-seller lists a few years ago: The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Amy Tan. She has a way of making individual and particular cultural experiences universal.