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									Mary Doria RussellMary Doria Russell
A paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics, Mary Doria Russell did field work in Australia and Croatia and spent four years writing computer manuals before kicking off her writing career with her acclaimed debut novel, The Sparrow. Her latest novel -- the first in seven years -- is A Thread of Grace, is set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II.

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Fact File

Mary Doria Russell
Current Home:
Cleveland, Ohio
Date of Birth:
August 19, 1950
Place of Birth:
Elmhurst, Illinois
B.A., The University of Illinois; M.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., The University of Michigan
The John W. Campbell Award, 1998; The Cleveland Arts Council Prize for Literature 1998; The American Library Association’s Reader’s Choice Award 1998

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Russell's New Novel

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								A Thread of Grace, Author: 
								Mary Doria Russell.

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A Thread of Grace
by Mary Doria Russell
In Russell's new novel, fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum and her father, along with thousands of Jewish refugees, scramble over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes an open battleground for the Nazis, the Allies, Resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.

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								The Sparrow, Author: 
								Mary Doria Russell.
*  The Sparrow (1996)
*  Children of God (1998)
*  A Thread of Grace (2005)

Good to Know

"It’s thrilling to be part of the creative process, and good readers can be better than another writer for diagnosis and even prescription," Russell explained in our exclusive interview. "I rely heavily on a team of friends who can criticize my work without breaking my heart or discouraging me. They get a lot of the credit for the success my novels have had."

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								T. E. Lawrence.

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
by T. E. Lawrence
Russell told us that this chronicle by the famous "Lawrence of Arabia" "taught me that how you write is as important as what you have to tell about. Choice of word, rhythm, detail, editing and overall structure make Seven Pillars literature, not just a military history or personal memoir," she explains.

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								The Jane Austen Book Club, Author: 
								Karen Joy Fowler.

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The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler
"I lean toward the kind of exquisite and hilarious observation of contemporary society that Karen Joy Fowler provides in The Jane Austen Book Club, or in her earlier World War II home front novel The Sweetheart Season," Russell reveals in our interview. Read on to find out more about her all-time favorite books, including:

*Left Hand of Darkness  by Ursula K. Le Guin
*Vamped  by David Sosnowski
*Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels  by Katherine Anne Porter
*A Canticle for Leibowitz  by Walter M. Miller
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