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2005

Year 2005 Top Movie Picks

The Aviator

(Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alan Alda)

Martin Scorsese directed this fast-moving, epic-scale biography documenting the life and loves one of the most colorful Americans of the 20th century, Howard Hughes. (DVD and Videocassette)

Batman Begins

(Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson)

The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. (DVD and Videocassette)

Year 2005 Top Audiobook Picks

1776 by David McCullough

(CD and Cassette)

In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence when the whole American cause was riding on their success. Read by the author.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

(CD)

Utilizing diversified case studies, Gladwell reveals that what we think as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how decision-making is based on the few particular details that we focus. Read by the author.

Year 2005 Top Nonfiction Picks

Woman in the Mirror by Richard Avedon: An unparalleled portrait of women brings together 125 tritone photographs, taken over a tumultuous half century of changing social institutions and values, cultural ideals, popular styles, and high fashion, accompanied by an incisive essay on the life and work of the great photographer.

I'm Not the New Me by Wendy McClure: A humorous but poignant chronicle of the American weight-loss culture draws on the author's online sites Pound and Candyboots to describe her battle with self-esteem and weight, from dealing with a family legacy of fat and drastic surgery, developing self-confidence, to struggling to understand oneself both after the weight loss and if you gain it back.

Year 2005 Top Fiction Picks

Bachelor Boys by Kate Saunders: Saunders (The Marrying Game) humorously captures the love affair between the boisterous British Darling family and their lifelong girl-next-door, Cassie; but her beloved Phoebe Darling is dying and comes to Cassie with one last request: Will Cassie help find wives for her sons, two gorgeous, sexy, but wildly impractical bachelors still living in their mother's basement flat?