Bill's Recommendations

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743291484
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 9th, 2008

I expected this to be a humorous send-up
of extreme fundamentalist biblical doctrines, but it is actually a
thoughtful demonstration of the value of religious life. The secular
Jacobs follows to the letter biblical laws that often lead to hilarious
results: he eats a locust, stones an adulterer (with a pebble), and
generally tests the patience of his bemused wife. To his surprise, what
starts out as a lark for the skeptical Jacobs becomes a profound,
life-changing experience that opens the reader's eyes to new spiritual

Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition Cover Image
By Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Fanny Bandelier (Translated by), Harold Augenbraun (Editor), Ilan Stavans (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780142437070
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 25th, 2002

Don't let the boring title (an inaccurate translation) fool you: this is one of the most gripping true-adventure tales you;ll ever read. Cabeza de Vaca was one of only four survivors of a 300-member Spanish expedition to Florida in 1527. For the next 8 years he wandered 3000 miles to the Pacific Mexican coast, experiencing first-hand an untrammeled pre-European America. He describes vividly his transformation from virtual slave to revered spiritual healer devotedly followed by hundreds of natives. This is truly an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind mini-epic.