Burned Alive by Souad: A memoir by a young Jordanian woman who was the victim of an "honor crime" describes how she was nearly killed by her own family, her struggle to survive critical burns after being set on fire, and her determination to build a new life for herself.
Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond: After confessing to being a lifelong chocoholic, the aptly named Almond traces the history and bittersweet business practices of the companies producing those addictive candy bars.
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker edited by Robert Mankoff: Showcases the work of hundreds of artists who have contributed to the magazine throughout its 80-year history.
Amateur Marriage(CD and Cassette)
by Anne Tyler: In the heat of World War II, young Michael and Pauline hastily get married. Pauline, impulsive and impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life, while Michael, cautious and judgmental, proceeds deliberately. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Read by Blair Brown.
The Birth of Venus(CD)
by Sarah Dunat: In the late Renaissance Florence, young Alessandra, an unusually educated woman, must choose her own path: a marriage of convenience to her brother's homosexual lover, or a dangerous love affair with the house painter. Read by Kathe Mazur.
The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates: Follows the interconnected and secretive lives of parents and their children when they are challenged by circumstances outside their family, in a tale set against a backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-20th century.
Good Grief by Lolly Winston: Grieving over the death of her husband from cancer, 36-year-old Sophie Stanton finds her personal and professional world in a shambles and, in an attempt to reinvent her life, moves to Ashland, Oregon, where she encounters a troubled 13-year-old girl, a job as the Salad Girl at the local restaurant, and a cute actor. (Also available in Large Print format.)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Dear Mrs. Lindbergh by Kathleen Hughes: In the wake of their parents' carefully orchestrated disappearance, the adult children of Ruth and Henry Gutterson read a series of letters written by their mother and learn how their parents met when their father crashed his airmail plane, how they enjoyed flying together before a series of miscarriages, and how they finally discovered what was missing in their lives.
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer: Traces the events leading to the 1953 coup in Iran and it's consequences, discussing the covert operations under the joint authority of Eisenhower and Churchill involving prime minister Mossadegh and CIA officer Roosevelt.
Best Food Writing 2003 edited by Holly Hughes: The very best writing about food is found in this wonderfully crafted annual collection of culinary essays that includes the work of John Thorne, Amanda Hesser, and Calvin Trillin, among others.
Bleachers(CD and Cassette)
by John Grisham: Neely Crenshaw whose NFL prospects ended abruptly returns home for the first time in years to join a nightly vigil for his former coach Rake. Neely struggles to reconcile his conflicted feelings towards Rake, and to rekindle love in his ex-girlfriend. Fiction.
Blessings(CD and Cassette)
by Anna Quindlen: A baby left at Blessings, a vast estate owned by an ancient matriarch named Lydia Blessing is discovered by Skip Cuddy, the handyman who happens to be an ex-con. He cares secretly for the baby for four months, in the process forming a bond with Mrs. Blessing. Fiction.
About SchmidtJack Nicholson, Kathy Bates
Barton FinkJohn Goodman, John Turturo
An idealistic playwright agrees to write for the movies and is tormented by paralyzing writer's block. (DVD)
Bend it like BeckhamParminder Nagra, Keira Knightley
Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride: In a historical novel based on a real-life massacre at St. Anna di Stazzema, a small village in Tuscany, during World War II, four African-American soldiers from the 92nd Division, a band of partisans, and a young Italian boy come together to experience a miracle.
Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg: Captures the humorous and complex realities of ordinary people living in Elmwood Springs, Missouri, including Neighbor Dorothy, a radio hostess, her son Bobby, the Oatman Family Gospel Singers, and hotshot salesman Hamm Sparks.
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi: It's a love story between two middle-aged people from different cultures. She moves to Venice to marry a man she's only known for a few months. It's well written, insightful and has some great recipes in it. She is a former food writer and chef and they now do gastronomic tours in Tuscany.
Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring The Experts May Be Best For Your Child by Frank Furedi: Hardly a day goes by without parents being warned of a new threat to their children's well being. Everything is dangerous: the crib, the babysitter, the school, the supermarket, and the park. Paranoid Parenting suggests that parental anxieties themselves are the worst influence on children.