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
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.
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.
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.
by Ann Patchett: Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice-president, a lavish party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. A band of terrorists breaks in during the performance of Roxanne, opera's most revered soprano. What begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Fiction.
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.