Best novels, literature & "best sellers" books.
Back When We Were Grownups
by Anne Tyler.
"Once upon a time, there was a woman who
discovered that she had turned into the wrong person." So
irresistible novel about Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother,
who wonders if she is an impostor in her
than simply fascinating, this is a concept to which many midlife women can
Who Moved My Cheese? : An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Spencer Johnson. Who Moved My Cheese? is
a parable that takes place in a maze. Sniff and Scurry are non-analytical
and nonjudgmental mice who just want cheese and
will do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw
are mouse-size humans who have an entirely different relationship with
cheese; their lives and belief systems are built
around it. The moral of the story? A good
read and valuable lesson!
War Letters : Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars
by Andrew Carroll Offering unprecedented insight into the Civil War,
World Wars I and II, Vietnam, Korea, the Cold War, the Persian Gulf, and
even the fighting in Somalia and the Balkans. Featured here are dramatic
accounts of combat written immediately after the most ferocious battles
American troops have ever faced; poignant expressions of love by homesick
husbands and sweethearts; humorous anecdotes and gripes about insufferable
conditions; thoughtful reflections on the nature of warfare; and perhaps
most devastating, a startling number of last letters, heartfelt messages
penned just hours before the sender was killed. War Letters is a
testament to the heroic contributions and astonishing literary voices of
common soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors, as well as war nurses,
journalists, spies, and chaplains.
A Painted House
by John Grisham Here there are hardscrabble farmers (instead of
lawyers), dirt-poor itinerant workers, and a seven-year-old prescient boy
who grows up fast in a story rich in conflict and incident. It is
September 1952 in rural Arkansas when young narrator Luke Chandler notes
that "the hill people and the Mexicans arrived on the same day". Prose clean
and strong, writing elevated to the level of art, and an expression of a
time and place that mark this novel as a classic.
Robert B. Parker A novel of the Old West. "He already had a history by the time
he first saw her . . . he was already a figure of the dime novels, and he already
half-believed in the myth of the gunman that he was creating, even as it created
him." Robert B. Parker, undisputed dean of American crime fiction, has long
been credited with single handedly resuscitating the private-eye genre. Now he gives
his fans the book he always longed to write-a brilliant and evocative novel set against
the hardscrabble frontier life of the West, featuring Wyatt Earp. New June 2001
The Fourth Hand
by John Irving The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question:
"How can anyone identify a dream of the future?" The answer: "Destiny
is not imaginable, except in dreams or to those in love." The Fourth
Hand is characteristic of John Irving's seamless storytelling and further
explores some of the author's recurring themes-loss, grief, love as
redemption. But this novel also breaks new ground; it offers a penetrating
look at the power of second chances and the will to change.
Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
by Hampton Sides A tense,
powerful, grand account of one of the most daring exploits of World War II. At once
a gripping depiction of men at war and a compelling story of redemption, Ghost Soldiers
joins such landmark books as Flags of Our Fathers, The Greatest Generation, The Rape of Nanking, and D-Day in preserving the legacy of World War II for future generations.
Hampton Sides's vivid minute-by-minute narration of the raid and his chronicle of the
prisoners' wrenching experiences are masterful.
Dance upon the Air
Roberts First in the bewitching new Three Sisters Island trilogy. Escaping to
Three Sisters Island to put her life together after an abusive marriage, Nell Channing
gradually begins to think that she has finally found a place where she can create a new
life. But her husband isn't about to let her go, and when he finally finds her, it takes
all her new-found strength and a little help from her "sisters" to deal with his
violence. A magnetic hero, a heroine who finds herself, and some memorable secondary
characters weave a mesmerizing tale of witchcraft and magic that launches Robert's latest
trilogy in fine style. One of the best and most consistent writers
in the genre.
by Jim Crace
National Book Critics Circle "best book of 2000/fiction". A haunting new
novel about love, death, and the afterlife, from the author of Quarantine. Baritone Bay,
mid-afternoon. A couple, naked, married almost thirty years, are lying murdered in the
dunes. A Kirkus reviewer says, "A most unexpectedly romantic story and an exceptional
feat, to so commingle the mundane and the sublime, that one is left awestruck and
dazzled." Brilliant, astonishing, magnificent, say others!
Newjack : Guarding Sing Sing
Ted Conover National Book Critics
Circle "best book of 2000/non-fiction". Ted Conover, the intrepid author
of Coyotes, about the world of illegal Mexican immigrants, spent a year as a prison guard
at Sing Sing. Newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in American
journalism: a book that casts new and unexpected light on this nation's prison crisis and
sets a new standard for courageous, in-depth reporting.
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Probably García Márquez finest and
most famous work. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall,
birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history
of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, alive with unforgettable men
and women, and with a truth and understanding that strike the soul. One Hundred Years of
Solitude is a masterpiece of the art of fiction.
James Lee Burke Following his acclaimed bestseller Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke
returns with a triumphant tour de force. Set in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, home to
celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life, as well as to xenophobes
dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia, Burke's novel features Billy
Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky
Country for some fishing and ends up helping out an old friend in trouble. In
Bitterroot, with its rugged and vivid setting, its intricate plot, and a set of
remarkable, unforgettable characters, and crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac
tone that have inspired many critics to compare him to William Faulkner, James Lee Burke
has written a thriller destined to surpass the success of his previous novels.