The Sparrow Book
Score: 4
From 267 Ratings

The Sparrow


  • Author : Mary Doria Russell
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2008-05-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345510884

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The Sparrow Excerpt :

A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. The mission begins in faith, hope, and beauty, but a series of small misunderstandings brings it to a catastrophic end. Praise for The Sparrow “A startling, engrossing, and moral work of fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review “Important novels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them.”—Entertainment Weekly “Powerful . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with grace and intelligence.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Provocative, challenging . . . recalls both Arthur C. Clarke and H. G. Wells, with a dash of Ray Bradbury for good measure.”—The Dallas Morning News “[Mary Doria] Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense.”—USA Today

The Sparrow Book
Score: 4
From 248 Ratings

The Sparrow


  • Author : Mary Doria Russell
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-02-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9781407057026

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The Sparrow Excerpt :

'The Sparrow is one of my favourite science fiction novels and it destroyed me in the best way when I read it. It is so beautifully written and the construction of the narrative is masterful.' Emma Newman, acclaimed author of Planetfall Set in the 21st century - a number of decades from now - The Sparrow is the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and talented linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who - in response to a remarkable radio signal from the depths of space - leads a scientific mission to make first contact with an extraterrestrial culture. In the true tradition of Jesuit adventurers before him, Sandoz and his companions are prepared to endure isolation, suffering - even death - but nothing can prepare them for the civilisation they encounter. Or for the tragic misunderstanding that brings the mission to a devastating end. Once considered a living saint, Sandoz returns alone to Earth horrifically maimed, both physically and spiritually, the mission's sole survivor - only to be blamed for the mission's failure and accused of heinous crimes. Written in clean, effortless prose and peopled with memorable characters who never lose their humanity or humour, The Sparrow is a powerful, haunting fiction - a tragic but ultimately triumphant novel about the nature of faith, of love and what it means to be 'human' and widely considered to be a classic of the genre.

The Sparrow Book
Score: 4
From 248 Ratings

The Sparrow


  • Author : Mary Doria Russell
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Life on other planets
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780552997775

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The Sparrow Excerpt :

The Jesuit scientists went to Rakht to learn, not to proselytize. They went so that they might come to know and love God's other children. They went for the greater glory of God. They meant no harm. This book takes you on a extraordinary journey to a distant planet. (From backcover).

Children of God Book
Score: 4
From 57 Ratings

Children of God


  • Author : Mary Doria Russell
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307414748

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Children of God Excerpt :

In Children of God, Mary Doria Russell further establishes herself as one of the most innovative, entertaining and philosophically provocative novelists writing today. The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the So-ciety of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future. Old friends, new discoveries and difficult questions await Emilio as he struggles for inner peace and understanding in a moral universe whose boundaries now extend beyond the solar system and whose future lies with children born in a faraway place. Strikingly original, richly plotted, replete with memorable characters and filled with humanity and humor, Children of God is an unforgettable and uplifting novel that is a potent successor to The Sparrow and a startlingly imaginative adventure for newcomers to Mary Doria Russell’s special literary magic.

The Sparrow Book

The Sparrow


  • Author : A.F. Moritz
  • Publisher : House of Anansi
  • Release Date : 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781487009755

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The Sparrow Excerpt :

Featuring internationally acclaimed poetry from more than twenty books and chapbooks published over forty-five years, The Sparrow is a career-spanning selection that reveals how A. F. Moritz’s dynamic, ever-exploratory work is also a vast, singular poem. A. F. Moritz has been called “one of the best poets of his generation” by John Hollander and “a true poet” by Harold Bloom, who ranks him alongside Anne Carson. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours throughout North America, including the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Beth Hokin Prize, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. The Sparrow: Selected Poems of A. F. Moritz surveys forty-five years of Moritz’s published poems, from earlier, lesser-known pieces to the widely acclaimed works of the last twenty years. Here are poems of mystery and imagination; of identification with the other; of compassion, judgement, and rage; of love and eroticism; of mature philosophical, sociological, and political analysis; of history and current events; of contemplation of nature; of exaltation and ennui, fullness and emptiness, and the pure succession and splendour of earthly nights and days. The Sparrow is more than a selected poems; it is also a single vast poem, in which the individual pieces can be read as facets of an ever-moving whole. This is the world of A. F. Moritz — a unique combination of lyrical fire and meditative depth, and an imaginative renewal of style and never-ending discovery of form.

Song of the Sparrow Book
Score: 4
From 29 Ratings

Song of the Sparrow


  • Author : Lisa Sandell
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2017-06-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545361064

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Song of the Sparrow Excerpt :

This eloquent and gripping addition to the Camelot canon -- written in beautiful verse -- has received glowing, starred reviews and early awards buzz! Since the days of King Arthur, there have been poems and paintings created in her name. She is Elaine of Ascolat, the Lady of Shalott, and now there is a book all her own. The year is 490 A.D. and 16-year-old Elaine has a temperament to match her fiery red hair. Living on a military base with her father, brothers, and the rest of Arthur's army, Elaine pines for the handsome Lancelot, and longs for a female friend. But when the cruel, beautiful Gwynivere arrives, Elaine is confronted with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry. Can Elaine find the strength to survive the birth of a kingdom?

Catch the Sparrow Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Catch the Sparrow


  • Author : Rachel Rear
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2022-02-01
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635577242

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Catch the Sparrow Excerpt :

The gripping story of a young woman's murder, unsolved for over two decades, brilliantly investigated and reconstructed by her stepsister. Growing up, Rachel Rear knew the story of Stephanie Kupchynsky's disappearance. The beautiful violinist and teacher had fled an abusive relationship on Martha's Vineyard and made a new start for herself near Rochester, NY. She was at the height of her life-in a relationship with a man she hoped to marry and close to her students and her family. And then, one morning, she was gone. Around Rochester-a region which has spawned such serial killers as Arthur Shawcross and the “Double Initial” killer-Stephanie's disappearance was just a familiar sort of news item. But Rachel had more reason than most to be haunted by this particular story of a missing woman: Rachel's mother had married Stephanie's father after the crime, and Rachel grew up in the shadow of her stepsister's legacy. In Catch the Sparrow, Rachel Rear writes a compulsively readable and unerringly poignant reconstruction of the case's dark and serpentine path across more than two decades. Obsessively cataloging the crime and its costs, drawing intimately closer to the details than any journalist could, she reveals how a dysfunctional justice system laid the groundwork for Stephanie's murder and stymied the investigation for more than twenty years, and what those hard years meant for the lives of Stephanie's family and loved ones. Startling, unputdownable, and deeply moving, Catch the Sparrow is a retelling of a crime like no other.

The Wren and the Sparrow Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Wren and the Sparrow


  • Author : J. Patrick Lewis
  • Publisher : Kar-Ben Publishing ™
  • Release Date : 2015-01-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781512496642

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The Wren and the Sparrow Excerpt :

An old man, known as the Wren, plays his hurdy-gurdy, and with the help of his student, the Sparrow, brings hope and inspiration to the people of a small Polish town. A beautifully illustrated Holocaust fable by US Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis.

When the Sparrow Falls Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

When the Sparrow Falls


  • Author : Neil Sharpson
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Release Date : 2021-06-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250784223

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When the Sparrow Falls Excerpt :

Life in the Caspian Republic has taught Agent Nikolai South two rules. Trust No One. And work just hard enough not to make enemies. Here, in the last sanctuary for the dying embers of the human race in a world run by artificial intelligence, if you stray from the path—your life is forfeit. But when a Party propagandist is killed—and is discovered as a “machine”—he’s given a new mission: chaperone the widow, Lily, who has arrived to claim her husband’s remains. But when South sees that she, the first “machine” ever allowed into the country, bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, he’s thrown into a maelstrom of betrayal, murder, and conspiracy that may bring down the Republic for good. WHEN THE SPARROW FALLS illuminates authoritarianism, complicity, and identity in the digital age, in a page turning, darkly-funny, frightening and touching story that recalls Philip K. Dick, John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut in equal measure. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Sparrow Sisters Book
Score: 3.5
From 19 Ratings

The Sparrow Sisters


  • Author : Ellen Herrick
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062386359

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The Sparrow Sisters Excerpt :

“A haunting, magical, modern-day fairytale. A feast for the senses.” —Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of First Frost With echoes of the alchemy of Practical Magic, the lushness of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and the darkly joyful wickedness of the Witches of Eastwick, Ellen Herrick’s debut novel spins an enchanting love story about a place where magic whispers just beneath the surface and almost anything is possible, if you aren’t afraid to listen. The Sparrow Sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Sorrel, Nettie and Patience are as colorful as the beach plums on the dunes and as mysterious as the fog that rolls into town at dusk. Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience Sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens. The plants and flowers, fruit trees and high hedges begin to wither and die, and the entire town begins to fail; fishermen return to the harbor empty-handed, and blight descends on the old elms that line the lanes. It seems as if Patience and her town are lost until the women of Granite Point band together to save the Sparrow. As they gather, drawing strength from each other, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point? The Sparrow Sisters is a beautiful, haunting, and thoroughly mesmerizing novel that will capture your imagination.

Sparrow Girl Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Sparrow Girl


  • Author : Sara Pennypacker
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2016-08-04
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9781368004381

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Sparrow Girl Excerpt :

Ming-Li looked up and tried to imagine the sky silent, empty of birds. It was a terrible thought. Her country's leader had called sparrows the enemy of the farmers--they were eating too much grain, he said. He announced a great "Sparrow War" to banish them from China, but Ming-Li did not want to chase the birds away. As the people of her village gathered with firecrackers and gongs to scatter the sparrows, Ming-Li held her ears and watched in dismay. The birds were falling from the trees, frightened to death! Ming-Li knew she had to do something -- even if she couldn't stop the noise. Quietly, she vowed to save as many sparrows as she could, one by one...

Sparrow Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Sparrow


  • Author : Sarah Moon
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2017-10-10
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781338032598

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Sparrow Excerpt :

The story of a sensitive, gifted African American girl who tells us with mordant humor what it feels like to spend every day wishing so hard that you could fly away from it all

The Sparrow s Song Book

The Sparrow s Song


  • Author : Nathaleen Cobb
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2008-12-30
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 59
  • ISBN 10 : 9781465330161

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The Sparrow s Song Excerpt :

The Sparrows Song was compiled from words I have found meaningful over the years and they have provided comfort in what otherwise could have been a dismal past. I started gathering these at an early age and continued searching for deeper meaning until the present time. It is my desire that others may be encouraged to use reading and writing as a diversionary art to aid the formation of peace in sharing love.

The Sparrow s Spirit  HB  Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Sparrow s Spirit HB


  • Author : Bill Welker
  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-04-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN 10 : 9781480968295

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The Sparrow s Spirit HB Excerpt :

The Sparrow’s Spirit (HB)By: Bill Welker The Sparrow’s Spirit is an inspirational tale of triumph over self-destruction and adversity. Bill Welker vividly describes his lifelong battle to conquer the ultimate opponent – himself.-Rob Koll, NCAA National Champion, Head Wrestling Coach at Cornell University Dr. Bill Welker’s road to adulthood was filled with many trial-and-error experiences in which he usually took the wrong path. He grew up under the dominion of a loving mother and an austere father.As an adolescent, Welker’s life revolved around the sport of wrestling – and nothing else. Studying in high school was an unwanted necessity to stay eligible. But the desire to continue on the mats in college decreased until the fire to compete burned out. Welker began to make very poor choices which resulted in his removal from the wrestling team and almost led to his expulsion from school. Welker felt totally alone as his life began to collapse around him. There was nowhere to turn; he couldn’t go home a failure. He was absorbed by self-doubt, uselessness, and fell into a deep depression. Welker had lost all hope until he began to change priorities and found someone who believed in him. Still, the struggle wasn’t over, but the struggle is the glory.

Red Sparrow Book
Score: 4
From 21 Ratings

Red Sparrow


  • Author : Jason Matthews
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471112614

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Red Sparrow Excerpt :

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons. Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, the country she loved, as the twists and turns of a betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended? 'A great and dangerous spy-game is being played today between Russian intelligence and the CIA. Very few people know about it, including many of our politicians in Washington. But Jason Matthews does, and his thrilling Red Sparrow takes us deep inside this treacherous world. He's an insider's insider. He knows the secrets. And he is also a masterful story-teller. I loved this book and could not put it down. Neither will you' Vince Flynn 'Not since the good old days of the Cold War has a classic spy thriller like Red Sparrow come along. Jason Matthews is not making it up; he has lived this life and this story, and it shows on every page. High-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger, sex, double agents and double crosses. What more can any reader want?' Nelson DeMille