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People of the Book


As meticulously researched as all of Brooks' previous work, People of the Book is a gripping and moving novel about war, art, love and survival. ... Show synopsis

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  • Great Read!!! Feb 13, 2014
    by Lasca A

    I couldn't wait to turn the page. It is a well written, wonderful journey. I also recommend other words by this author, Geraldine Brooks and her husband, Tony Horwitz.

  • Worth Reading Apr 26, 2012
    by Jane T

    The history is well-researched and excellent. The romantic aspects of the plot a bit sappy. Brooks' background as a journalist usually stands her in good stead. Liked other books of hers better. My book group read it and were pretty well in accord about this book.

  • Fantastic Historical Fiction Sep 7, 2011
    by Laurie D

    This book is about the people, who possibly illuminated, wrote and protected the Sarajevo Haggadah, through its history. Believed to have been written it 15th century Spain, it now resides in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

    The story starts with a rare book expert Hanna, who is hired to analyze and catalog the manuscript, she finds within the binding several artifacts, an insect wing, wine stains, salt and a white hair. From there the book goes back in time to how each of these items may have come to end up in the book. The chapters alternate between present day (1996) to the years that these items may have come to be. A very rich and vivid history of the religions of these times Jewish, Islamic & Christian, how at times they existed in harmony and others at in total war.

  • Transport yourself across 500 years Dec 16, 2010
    by Robert M

    A wonderful journey from the perspective of many voices A great read.

  • loved reading a fresh idea Aug 8, 2010
    by jaine R

    i really enjoyed this book. frequently we read the same stories over and over again. this was a historical fiction presented in a new way and what might have been. the story was well crafted and hard to put down

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