Mark Kaufman

Having read Treasure Island and The Adventures of Robin Hood as a child might explain Mark’s passion for novels with a dose of escapism and suspense. He’s also a fan of irreverent writers like Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore, and Carl Hiassen. All told, Mark’s reading tastes are eclectic: historical fiction, engrossing non-fiction stories that read like novels, biographies about fascinating people, the occasional personal growth selection, and laugh-out-loud stories.

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

"Though this book might be classified as 'rom-com', what appealed to me more were some underlying currents far more serious. The main storyline involves school librarian Samantha "Sam" Casey and her relationship with her school's new headmaster Duncan Carpenter. Sam had a crush on Duncan at the school where they both previously worked, but the Duncan that resurfaces is nothing like the man she once knew. Duncan is now obsessed with school safety, and intends to turn Sam's joyful, offbeat school into a prison. Themes like how we deal with loss, the determination involved in personal transformation, what it takes to be an effective leader, and what makes for a safe school environment kept me engaged throughout the story. An entertaining as well as thought-provoking read!"

Available in paperback on June 16th, this novel is based on the true story of a Dutch woman who single-handedly smuggled hundreds of Jewish children out of Nazi Germany. Though the story centers around two adolescents forced to sever their friendship, the drama comes from "Tante Truus" and her willingness to risk her life in order to save the lifes of others. When someone puts their own comfortable life in jeopardy to help others, you can't help but feel hopeful.

Another riveting story based on the real-life heroism of Nancy Wake, an Australian expat living in Paris who becomes a spy when the Germans invade France. Her remarkable ability to evade capture as she smuggles people and documents to safety forces her to leave her husband and France behind and assume yet another alias. After training with Britain's Special Operations, she is parachuted back into France, where she organizes and commands French Resistance forces. Equal doses of wit, ferocity, bravery and passion make for a terrific read!

When young veteran Cam Harris, rendered paraplegic after serving in Afghanistan, suddenly rises from his wheelchair one hot afternoon in Biloxi, the "miracle" becomes national news. His doctors at the VA are convinced of a scientific explanation, while the Church embraces the miracle. The author does a remarkable job reporting the unfolding of events as a good journalist would, though writes scenes that are laugh-out-loud funny as American culture intersects the collision between faith and reason.

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades--not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? The themes of love, family secrets, politics and pop culture make this a most memorable read.

The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best friend. The story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua/Jesus from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraord

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