Reader recommendation: The Sparrow Save for later Saved Monitor readers share their favorite book picks. By Mark Freeburg, Downers Grove, IL August 3, 2010 Save for later Saved About video ads View Caption of I've been reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I picked it up after some strong buzz from friends. It's been excellent. A one of a kind novel. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?