Divine Comedies

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

By Julian Barnes

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An eccentiric, playfully skewed, surprisingly comprehensive chronicle of life on Planet Earth. A novel whose threads of coincidence and hidden connection are woven into a narrative tapestry brilliant with wit, intelligence, and emotion.
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God on a Harley

By Joan Brady

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At thirty-seven, Christine Moore had a world-class case of burnout: frustrating career, a few dead-end romances, and a less-than-perfect figure. Little did she know her life was about to change completely when God (?) (on a Harley) arrives. Need a lift?

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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes

By Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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In the battle between Good and Evil, an angel and a demon set out to thwart their respective bosses’ plans to reach Armageddon. Also available on audio.

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Humans

By Donald E. Westlake

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Disillusioned with His own creation, God has decided to wipe humanity out for good, but the rag-tag collection of human misfits His chief angel has selected to trigger the Apocalypse will endanger this divine plan.

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Job, a Comedy of Justice

By Robert A. Heinlein

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"After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn't the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near. Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, and, while he was at it, save the rest of the world ...."
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Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

By Christopher Moore

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"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.
"Ever since the day when he came upon six-year-old Joshua of Nazareth resurrecting lizards in the village square, Levi bar Alphaeus, called 'Biff,' had the distinction of being the Messiah's best bud. That's why the angel Raziel has resurrected Biff from the dust of Jerusalem and brought him to America to write a new gospel, one that tells the real, untold story. Meanwhile, Raziel will order pizza, watch the WWF on TV, and aspire to become Spider-Man."
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On the Road With the Archangel

By Frederick Buechner

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"Inspired by events in the apocryphal Book of Tobit, from the second century B.C., this is the magical tale of two families brought together, as no mere coincidence, by the devilishly clever archangel Raphael. One is the family of Tobit, a virtuous man who can no longer support his wife and son because of Raguel, the quiet, devoted father of Sarah whose pact with the demon Asmodeus has left her life in tragic shambles. Assuming human form, Raphael appears before Tabias, Tobit's devoted son, to help him retrieve his father's fortune hidden in a faraway city. Together, they embark on a miraculous journey in search of the answers to both families' prayers--a journey that is made challenging and delightful by Rapheal's artful efficiency."
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Rapture

By David Sosnowski

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A virus is stalking America, but instead of killing the sufferers, it makes them sprout wings. Thus, a new race is born--as is a new form of racism--Angelism.

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The Abbess of Crewe

By Muriel Spark

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"An elegant fable about intrigue, corruption, and electronic surveillance, 'The Abbess of Crewe' (1974) is set in an English Benedictine convent. Steely and silky Abbess Alexandra has bugged the convent, and rigged her election. But the cat gets out of the bag, and--plunged into scandal--the serene Abbess faces a Vatican inquiry."
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The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue

By Geoffrey Chaucer

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In the late 1300s, people traveling together on a holy pilgrimage prove to be more sinners than saints as they share their stories every evening. Translations to modern English are available, but they miss the flavor of the original. This edition is well-reviewed and does include notes.

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