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The Circle, Dave Eggers, Weebcentral Library. ''The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world--even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge'--' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2019-02-15. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

The Tangled Tree, David Quammen, Multnomah County Library, Hold: 2019-03-16. ''In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field-the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level-is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection-a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen, (3)4z(Bone of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling(3)4y ((BNature), chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them-such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about (3)4z(Bmosaic(3)4y (Bcreatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. (3)4z(BQuammen is no ordinary writer. He is simply astonishing, one of that rare class of writer gifted with verve, ingenuity, humor, guts, and great heart(3)4y ((BElle). Now, in The Tangled Tree, he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life-including where we humans fit upon it. Thanks to new technologies such as CRISPR, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition-through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life's history, and of our own human nature.' -- Publisher annotation.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2019-02-11.

Redeemer: The Life Of Jimmy Carter, Randall Balmer, Clackamas County Library. 'Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics are today seen as inseparable. But when Jimmy Carter, a Democrat and a born-again Christian, won the presidency in 1976, he owed his victory in part to American evangelicals, who responded to his open religiosity and his rejection of the moral bankruptcy of the Nixon Administration. Carter, running as a representative of the New South, articulated a progressive strand of American Christianity that championed liberal ideals, racial equality, and social justice—one that has almost been forgotten since. In Redeemer, acclaimed religious historian Randall Balmer reveals how the rise and fall of Jimmy Carter’s political fortunes mirrored the transformation of American religious politics. From his beginnings as a humble peanut farmer to the galvanizing politician who rode a reenergized religious movement into the White House, Carter’s life and career mark him as the last great figure in America’s long and venerable history of progressive evangelicalism. Although he stumbled early in his career—courting segregationists during his second campaign for Georgia governor—Carter’s run for president marked a return to the progressive principles of his faith and helped reenergize the evangelical movement. Responding to his message of racial justice, women’s rights, and concern for the plight of the poor, evangelicals across the country helped propel Carter to office. Yet four years later, those very same voters abandoned him for Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party. Carter’s defeat signaled the eclipse of progressive evangelicalism and the rise of the Religious Right, which popularized a dramatically different understanding of the faith, one rooted in nationalism, individualism, and free-market capitalism. An illuminating biography of our 39th president, Redeemer presents Jimmy Carter as the last great standard-bearer of an important strand of American Christianity, and ' Hardcover. Read 2019-02-07.

The Equations Of Life, Cockell Charles, LA Public Library. ''Any reader of science fiction or viewer of Star Trek will be awake to the dream that there may be life elsewhere in our universe that isn't like life here on Earth. Maybe, like E.T., it has new letters in its genetic alphabet! Maybe it's made of silicon! Maybe it gets around on wheels! Or maybe it doesn't. In The Equations of Life, biologist Charles Cockell makes the surprising argument that the Universe constrains life, making its evolutionary outcomes quite predictable-in short, if we were to find, on some distant planet, something very much like a lady bug eating something very much like an aphid that had itself just been feeding on the sap of something very much like a flower, we shouldn't at all be surprised. Considering the vast pantheon of creatures that have existed on Earth, from pterodactyls to sloths, it is tempting to think that the possibilities for life are limitless, and that a ladybug is a marvelous oddity. But as Cockell reveals, the forms and shapes of life are guided by a limited sets of rules. There is just a narrow set of mathematical solutions to the challenges of existence. Any natural environment usually has multiple challenges to survival in it, each associated to a physical equation'--' Kindle. Partially-Read 2019-01-16.

Lost In Math, Sabine Hossenfelder, LA Public Library. ''Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these 'too good to not be true' theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth'.' Kindle. Read 2019-01-15.

Dark Matter, Blake Crouch, Multnomah County Library. 'A mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious--and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.' Kindle. Read 2018-12-30.

Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly, Multnomah County Library. 'LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new work of fiction from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly.Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.' Hardcover. Read 2018-12-23.

The English And Their History, Tombs Robert, Weebcentral Library. My initial interest in this book was to read a good summary of the history of the English Civil War, from James I to William and Mary. I found Tombs' account to be brisk, clear and reasonably complete, which propelled me to continue reading. I am particularly enjoying his judicious mix of historiographical review while attempting to pick that elusive clean line in historical narrative. He is a historian who respects the Butterfield approach to history, attempting to interpret historical events in light of their own times and thereby minimizing an overly modern bias. In particular, the approach ideally avoids that cherry-picking that is consciously or unconsciously introduced by the preconceptions of an ideological outlook, and thereby exaggerates the influence of some events while leaving out critical factors. Yet taken too far this approach can reduce history to an overwhelmingly chaotic jumble of fact, so simplifications must still be made to tell a coherent story; even though this ideal cannot be fully attained, the history is improved by the awareness, by the very striving. Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-12-17.

These Truths, Jill Lepore, Multnomah County Library, Hold: 2019-02-03. ''In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. The American experiment rests on three ideas--'these truths,' Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, 'on a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching,' writes Jill Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation's history. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths, or belied them. 'A nation born in contradiction, liberty in a land of slavery, sovereignty in a land of conquest, will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,' Lepore writes, finding meaning in those very contradictions as she weaves American history into a majestic tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish. A spellbinding chronicle filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, These Truths offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation'--' Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-12-14.

Gene Machine, Venki Ramakrishnan, LA Public Library. Ramakrishnan's account of his part in the elucidation of the structure of the ribosome, the cellular protein-making factory, was episodically effective in describing the science and the scientists involved. In this first person and highly personal account, it is clear that the author attempts to mirror for the ribosome what James Watson did for DNA in his celebrated science memoir The Double Helix. Unfortunately, he falls well short of that standard, both in describing the science and the sociological and psychological world of scientists. Kindle. Read 2018-12-12.

The Deep Learning Revolution, Terrence J. Sejnowski, Multnomah County Library, Hold: 2019-01-25. 'How deep learning-from Google Translate to driverless cars to personal cognitive assistants-is changing our lives and transforming every sector of the economy. The deep learning revolution has brought us driverless cars, the greatly improved Google Translate, fluent conversations with Siri and Alexa, and enormous profits from automated trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Deep learning networks can play poker better than professional poker players and defeat a world champion at Go. In this book, Terry Sejnowski explains how deep learning went from being an arcane academic field to a disruptive technology in the information economy. Sejnowski played an important role in the founding of deep learning, as one of a small group of researchers in the 1980s who challenged the prevailing logic-and-symbol based version of AI. The new version of AI Sejnowski and others developed, which became deep learning, is fueled instead by data. Deep networks learn from data in the same way that babies experience the world, starting with fresh eyes and gradually acquiring the skills needed to navigate novel environments. Learning algorithms extract information from raw data; information can be used to create knowledge; knowledge underlies understanding; understanding leads to wisdom. Someday a driverless car will know the road better than you do and drive with more skill; a deep learning network will diagnose your illness; a personal cognitive assistant will augment your puny human brain. It took nature many millions of years to evolve human intelligence; AI is on a trajectory measured in decades. Sejnowski prepares us for a deep learning future.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-12-03. Read a Kindle sample.

War Of The Wolf, Bernard Cornwell, Clackamas County Library, Hold: 2018-12-20. 'Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land. Uhtred – a legendary warrior, admired and sought as an ally, feared as an adversary – finds himself once again torn between his two heritages: fighting on what he considers the wrong side, cursed by misfortune and tragedy and facing one of his most formidable enemies. Only the most astute cunning, the greatest loyalty and the most spectacular courage can save him. For decades, Uhtred has stood at the intersection between Pagan and Christian, between Saxon and Viking, between the old world he was born into and the new world being forged around him. But as the winds of change gather pace, the pressure on Uhtred as father, as politician and as warrior grows as never before.' Hardcover. Read 2018-12-02.

A Crack In Creation, Jennifer Doudna & Samuel Sternberg, Amazon Prime.

The Chinese scientist He Jiankui recently claimed to have opened yet another of Pandora's seemingly endless set of boxes: Germline gene editing. He proudly announced that two babies were recently born whom he had genetically modified to provide resistance to HIV, changing their embryos, their germline, in vitro prior to their implantation in their mother's wombs by employing gene editing techniques based on the new phenomenon CRISPR-Cas9, a recently characterized bacterial immune system.

Jennifer Doudna's book A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution warned against such a premature application of CRISPR-Cas 9 to the human germline. If you are interested in this new technology, its enormous promise and power, and the potential consequences, good and bad, this book is must read. The ability to directly and much more easily modify the genome of any living organism, via somatic or germline modification, has become a reality.

Kindle. Read 2018-11-29.

Killing Floor, Lee Child, LA Public Library. 'Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years.The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure. They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.' Kindle. Read 2018-11-23.

Odessa Stories, Isaac Babel, LA Public Library. ''Everyone makes mistakes, even God.' In the original Odessa Stories collection published in 1931, Babel describes the life of the fictional Jewish mob boss Benya Krik - one of the great anti-heroes of Russian literature - and his gang in the ghetto of Moldavanka, around the time of the October Revolution. Praised by Maxim Gorky and considered one of the great masterpieces of twentieth-century Russian literature, this is the first ever stand-alone collection of all Babel's narratives set in the city, and includes the original stories as well as later tales.' Kindle. Read 2018-11-21.

One Shot, Lee Child, Multnomah County Library. 'Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.…The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best.Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot….' Hardcover. Read 2018-11-19.

Inhabited, Charlie Quimby, LA Public Library. Inhabited, Charlie Quimby's follow-up novel to his excellent Monument Road, focuses on life as a homeless person in a small city in western Colorado. This story is both edifying and compelling because he draws sympathetic and realistic characters, not just of those who migrate uncertainly from one temporary abode to another, but of those inhabitants who try to help the homeless and those who oppose such help, which can even be the same person under differing circumstances. Kindle. Read 2018-11-16.

The Origins Of History, Herbert Butterfield, Weebcentral Library. 'Discusses the origins of history in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China, tracing its development from the Hebrew Scriptures, the concepts of the Greeks and early Christians, to the birth of modern historical criticism' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2018-11-13.

Molly’s Game, Molly Bloom, Amazon Prime. 'In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.' Kindle. Read 2018-11-10.

1066 And All That, W.C. Sellar, R.J. Yeatman, Multnomah County Library. 'A comic satire upon textbook history squeezing in all the history you can remember from the Olden Days and dashing Queen Woadicea to the reigns of the Eggkings (Eggberd, Eggbreth and Eggforth, and their mysterious Eggdeath), from the dreadful story of Stephen and his aunt Matilda to the Magna Charter, from the six burglars of Calais to the disillusion of the monasteries and the life of Broody Mary, from Williamanmary, when England was ruled by an orange, to the Boston Tea-Party and the annoying confusion between Napoleon and Nelson, to the Peace to end all Peace. This light-hearted look at England and history provides a colourful commentary for all those with a curiosity for the past.' Paperback. Read 2018-11-09.

The Whig Interpretation Of History, Herbert Butterfield, Weebcentral Library. 'A classic essay on the distortions of history that occur when historians impose a rigid point of view on the study of the past. It is not as easy to understand the past as many who have written it would have us believe. The historians who look at it from the Protestant, progressive, '19th Century gentleman' viewpoint are defined by Professor Butterfield as 'the Whig historians.' The Whig historian studies the past with reference to the present. He looks for agency in history. And, in his search for origins and causes, he can easily select those facts that give support to his thesis and thus eliminate other facts equally important to the total picture.' Kindle. Read 2018-11-08.

The Big Picture, Sean Carroll, Weebcentral Library. How do we gain knowledge from the world? The physicist Sean Carroll examines the big ideas in science, and to a lesser degree, some outside of science, and probes the structure of the knowledge we have built up in pursuing those ideas. Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-11-07.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion, Amazon Prime. Joan Didion's set of personal essays from the mid-60's, an exercise in the emerging New Journalism and most in the first person, are episodically brilliant, but just as often facile and self-indulgent. Kindle. Read 2018-11-01.

The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's theory of evolution ignited a nation, Fuller Randall, Multnomah County Library. 'In early 1860, a single copy of Charles Darwin’s ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was read and discussed by five important American intellectuals who seized on the book’s assertion of a common ancestry for all creatures as a powerful argument against slavery. THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA offers a fascinating narrative account of these prominent figures as they grappled over the course of that year with Darwin’s dangerous hypotheses. In doing so, it provides new perspectives on America prior to the Civil War, showing how Darwin’s ideas became potent ammunition in the debate over slavery and helped advance the cause of abolition by giving it scientific credibility.' Kindle. Read 2018-10-29.

Great Essays in Science, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. This a a superb collection of science essays, in part because the essays are chosen for their broad range, typically beyond just science and touching literature, poetry, culture, religion, philosophy and other of the intellectual arts. Gardner's knowledge across many disciplines informs his choices, including the brilliantly mocking voice of GK Chesterton, who is unlikely to be found in any other collection dedicated to things scientific. Paperback. Read 2018-10-18. A gift from my Ben and Jenn, Christmas 2013.

Astrophysics For People In A Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Amazon Prime. 'The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.' Kindle. Read 2018-10-15.

I, Alex Cross, James Patterson, Multnomah County Library. Perhaps the biggest surprise on the Great American Read list was one of the many novels by James Patterson, king of airport throwaway fiction: I, Alex Cross. I decided to read this book as a last summer read fling. It was a quick read, despite its 500 page length, chopped up into 100 5 page chapters, each designed to lead you to the next, with mini-cliff-hangers galore. The story was over-the-top suspense detective fare, but not excessively so; the main story was one of caring for an ailing grandmother juxtaposed with searching for a violent killer, with plenty of gore along the way. All in all, one James Patterson novel is was sufficient for me to appreciate the appeal and to tire of the genre. Hardcover. Read 2018-09-21. The Great American Read.

The Future Is History, Masha Gessen, Weebcentral Library. 'Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. ' Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-08-31. A gift from my brother-in-law, Greg, Christmas 2017.

Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente, Clackamas County Library. 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top galactic science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne Valente where sentient races compete for glory in a universe-wide musical contest—where the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.' Hardcover. Read 2018-08-05.

Herzog, Saul Bellow, Clackamas County Library. 'This is the story of Moses Herzog, a great sufferer, joker, mourner, and charmer. Although his life steadily disintegrates around him--he has failed as a writer and teacher, as a father, and has lost the affection of his wife to his best friends--Herzog sees himself as a survivor, both of his private disasters and those of the age. He writes unsent letters to friends and enemies, colleagues and famous people, revealing his wry perception of the world and the innermost secrets of his heart.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2018-06-12.

Everybody's Fool, Richard Russo, Multnomah County Library. 'A best-selling and beloved author, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made Nobody's Fool, his third novel, his first great success. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is now staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he only has a year or two left, and he's busy as hell keeping the news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years... the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends. Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure. Doug Raymer, now Chief of Police and still obsessing over the identity of the man his wife might have been having an affair with before she died in a freak accident. Bath's mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, who also has a pressing wife problems and then there's Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upwards might now come to ruin. Everybody's Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times, and characters who you can't help but love for all their faults. It is classic Russo and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time' Kindle. Read 2018-06-12.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Mark Haddon, Clackamas County Library. This novel provides a fascinating journey through the world of Christopher Boone, a teenager with Asperger's syndrome, who, by telling his own story of his life over an eventful couple of months, provides the reader an immersive experience of what it might feel like to see the world through the startlingly different lens of autism. Kindle. Read 2018-06-08. The Great American Read

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction, Frank Close, Weebcentral Library. 'In Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction, best-selling author Frank Close provides a compelling and lively introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. The book begins with a guide to what matter is made up of and how it evolved, and goes on to describe the fascinating and cutting-edge techniques used to study it. The author discusses particles such as quarks, electrons, and the neutrino, and exotic matter and antimatter. He also investigates the forces of nature, accelerators and detectors, and the intriguing future of particle physics. This book is essential reading for general readers interested in popular science, students of physics, and scientists at all levels.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-06-03.

The Help, Kathryn Stockett, Multnomah County Library. 'In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters-' Kindle. Read 2018-05-28. The Great American Read on PBS.

An Imaginary Tale: The Story of i [the square root of minus one], Paul J. Nahin, Weebcentral Library. Of interest because it provides a decent explanation of complex geometry. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2018-05-15.

Hackers, Steven Levy, Multnomah County Library. 'Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers -- those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers. Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as 'the hacker ethic,' that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-05-13.

QED, Richard Feynman, LA Public Library. 'Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and definitive introduction to QED (namely quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the interactions of light with charged particles. Using everyday language, spatial concepts, visualizations, and his renowned 'Feynman diagrams' instead of advanced mathematics, Feynman clearly and humorously communicates both the substance and spirit of QED to the layperson. A. Zee's new introduction places both Feynman's book and his seminal contribution to QED in historical context and further highlights Feynman's uniquely appealing and illuminating style.' Kindle. Read 2018-05-05.

Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide To Science's Most Puzzling Discovery (Introducing...), J.P. McEvoy, Oscar Zarate, Amazon Prime. 'A step by step tour of a notoriously difficult subject, tackling the puzzle of wave duality and the famous questions raised by Bohr's 'Copenhagen Interpretation'. Scientific discoveries of the earliest 20th century destroyed assumptions about basic physics laws. At subatomic level things work very differently, one particle seems to know what others are doing, limiting how accurately nature can be observed. Yet quantum theory explanations are widely applied and very accurate.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-04-25.

Ordinary Geniuses, Gino Segrè, Clackamas County Library. This is a good but not great biography of two lesser-known 20th century scientists, George Gamow and Max Delbrück, both of whom show up in many historical accounts of the history of molecular biology, hence my interest. I was particularly interested in the author's depiction of Delbrück, a Nobel Prize winner late in his life for work done thirty years prior. Delbrück, who is routinely depicted as a great thought leader and a fiercely intelligent scientist, is elusive in other historical accounts, begging the question: What did he contribute, and why was his input so prized? Hardcover. Read 2018-03-26.

The Little Book Of Common Sense Investing, John C. Bogle, Clackamas County Library. 'Investing is all about common sense. Owning a diversified portfolio of stocks and holding it for the long term is a winner’s game. Trying to beat the stock market is theoretically a zero-sum game (for every winner, there must be a loser), but after the substantial costs of investing are deducted, it becomes a loser’s game. Common sense tells us—and history confirms—that the simplest and most efficient investment strategy is to buy and hold all of the nation’s publicly held businesses at very low cost. The classic index fund that owns this market portfolio is the only investment that guarantees you with your fair share of stock market returns. To learn how to make index investing work for you, there’s no better mentor than legendary mutual fund industry veteran John C. Bogle. Over the course of his long career, Bogle—founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the world’s first index mutual fund—has relied primarily on index investing to help Vanguard’s clients build substantial wealth. Now, with The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, he wants to help you do the same. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Little Book of Common Sense Investing will show you how to incorporate this proven investment strategy into your portfolio. It will also change the very way you think about investing. Successful investing is not easy. (It requires discipline and patience.) But it is simple. For it’s all about common sense. With The Little Book of Common Sense Investing as your guide, you’ll discover how to make investing a winner’s game: Why business reality—dividend yields and earnings growth—is more important than market expectations How to overcome the powerful impact of investment costs, taxes, and inflation How the magic of compounding returns is overwhelmed by the tyranny of compounding costs What expert investors and brilliant academics—from Warren Buffett an' Hardcover. Read 2018-03-21.

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, Multnomah County Library. 'At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.   For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perf' Kindle. Read 2018-03-09. The Great American Read

Maigret Sets A Trap, Georges Simenon, Multnomah County Library. Audio Book. Read 2018-03-07.

Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, LA Public Library. 'Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer) “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.' Kindle. Read 2018-03-05.

Outermost House, Henry Beston, LA Public Library. 'A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing. Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks in his seaside home, but was so possessed by the mysterious beauty of his surroundings that he found he 'could not go.' Instead, he sat down to try and capture in words the wonders of the magical landscape he found himself in thrall to: the migrations of seabirds, the rhythms of the tide, the windblown dunes, and the scatter of stars in the changing summer sky. Beston argued that, 'The world today is sick to its thin blood for the lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot.' Seventy-five years after they were first published, Beston's words are more true than ever.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2018-02-26.

The Beak Of The Finch, Jonathan Weiner, LA Public Library. One of the difficulties in the study of the Theory of Evolution is to find clear evidence of natural selection at work, and to find evidence of the process of the formation of new species. Darwin postulated long periods of time, many thousands of years, which severely handicaps those who employ the modern scientific approach: to look back so long a time is to find only trace evidence, much being either destroyed or simply unrecorded, so to speak. Peter and Rosemary Grant, in their recent studies of the finches of the Galapagos Islands, watched the entire finch population closely for over twenty years, and found measurable evidence of natural selection operating in the finch population, and the populations of other organisms in their ecosystem. The author helps to show that natural selection is demonstrably operating on the scale of seasons, and that it is ubiquitous, no more clearly relevant than in the study of resistance to human biological control efforts for pests and infectious diseases. Kindle. Read 2018-02-19. Recommended by my friend David Wilson.

What Men Live By, Leo Tolstoy, University of Adelaide. Tolstoy remains one of my favorite writers. His War and Peace and Anna Karenina were reading investments that still pay dividends. These four short stories, in particular What Men Live By, represent some aspects of Tolstoy's later turn to a simpler and more universal religious outlook, when he eschewed organized religion, and embraced a code based on Christ's teaching alone, centering on the Golden Rule and the Sermon on the Mount. eBook. Read 2018-02-12. Recommended by my friend David Wilson.

The Hunters: A Novel, James Salter, LA Public Library. Salter, a former fighter pilot, writes directly from experience in this novel of U.S. fighter pilots in the Korean War. He draws an internal picture of the psychology of the single combat warrior, and it feels genuine. His portrayal of heroism in the cloistered world of aerial combat does not always translate into obvious laudable accomplishment. Kindle. Read 2018-02-08.

Mink River , Brian Doyle, Clackamas County Library. The Department of Public Works in the coastal village of Neawanaka on the Mink River, besides performing the ordinary public works of cleaning streets and repairing sidewalks, slowly expands over time to 'preserve history, collect stories, repair marriages, prevent crime, augment economic status, promote chess, manage insect populations, run sports leagues, isn't that a bit much? We even give haircuts.' ( page 15) Worried Man and Cedar are its two aging employees, idealists who doggedly work to carry out their mission statement: 'Brains against Pains.' ( page 45) Hardcover. Read 2018-02-05. Recommended by my friend David Wilson.

Monument Road, Charlie Quimby, Weebcentral Library. It was a pleasure to soak in the deep water that is this novel. Charlie Quimby brought back alive a world I have had only episodic contact with in my life: small towns in the far country, where as a teenager, I spent successive summers, first in a small ranching and farming town in central Oregon, second in an oil and fishing town on the Kenai peninsula in Alaska. It was not as much the characters in this novel, but their sensibility, their rhythms of speech and actions that were recognizable from my past forays beyond the city.

After the pleasure of remembrance past is the pleasure of a deceptively simple love story. It is not one of gushing romance or erotic desires, but one of sharing a full life, of living for the other person, of being deeply grateful that fate brought a companion who could see you for what you are, and who unselfishly did the everyday things that add up to a lifetime of devotion. Kindle. Read 2018-01-14. Recommended highly by my friend David Wilson.

Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks, Weebcentral Library. I read a couple of these short stories, and they were flat and a bit amateurish. Tom Hanks is a brilliant performer, but I think this book doesn't get published, or get 4/5 stars on Amazon, without his deserved fame as an actor. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2018-01-06. A gift from Cindy, Christmas 2016

Perfect Rigor, Masha Gessen, Clackamas County Library. The Poincaré conjecture, one of the great unsolved topological problems, was finally proven at the end of the 20th century by Grigoriy Perelman, a Russian mathematician of genius. Topology might be described as distilled geometry. The historian Masha Gessen, who grew up herself in the Russian mathematical culture, invites us into the Aspergian milieu of world-class geometers to tease out the tale. Hardcover. Read 2018-01-06.

Palace Of Treason, Matthews Jason, Weebcentral Library. 'A novel about star-crossed Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA's Nate Nash in a desperate race to the finish. Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin. As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika's name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence...' Hardcover. Read 2017-12-24. Gift to Cindy from Duane Christmas 2017

Introduction To The Russian Mennonites, Wally Kroeker, Weebcentral Library. Excellent short history of the Dutch Mennonite migrations from Holland to Prussia to Russia to all points on the compass, particularly North America. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2017-12-23.

A History Of Western Morals, Crane Brinton, Internet Archive. 'A History of Western Morals brings together an impressive range of knowledge of Western civilization. From the ancient cultures of the Near East, through the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds, to the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Renaissance, the Age of Reason and the twentieth century, Crane Brinton searches human history for the meaning of ethics. A History of Western Morals raises controversial conclusions about the value of religion in society, the practices of sex, the nature of crime and the possibility of progress.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2017-12-20.

A Short History Of Philosophy, Robert C. Solomon Ph.D., Weebcentral Library. 'Philosophy is a singularly expansive enterprise, a fascinating outgrowth of a human nature that demands we question who and why we are. In A Short History of Philosophy, the most accessible concise portrait of philosophy in seventy years, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins meet the challenge of accurately and engagingly describing it all, revelling in philosophy as 'the art of wonder,' the search for meaning, a gripping, dramatic endeavor. Here is the entire history of philosophy--ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West--described in its historical and cultural context. 'The concepts that lie at the heart of philosophy antedate history by thousands of years,' the authors write in their introduction, noting that the ancient concept of immortality, prehistorical ideas about magic, and the complex set of beliefs implied by the practice of human sacrifice all exhibit philosophic underpinnings. Solomon and Higgins chart the profound development of philosophical thought around the world and through the centuries from the first stirrings of speculation and wonder to the rise of distinct (and often antithetical) philosophical traditions, moral constructs, and religious practices. From the early Greek and Asian philosophers and the mythological traditions that preceded them, to the great Greek, Indic, and Chinese philosophers, to the drama of the great religious philosophies, the authors have spun a marvelous tale that leads to the development and decline of modernity. Along with the major characters, such as Aristotle, Kant, and Confucius, Solomon and Higgins draw engaging portraits of less well-known alchemists, mystics, rebels, eccentrics of all sorts, including figures often ignored in philosophy--figures such as Teresa of Avila, who contributed to the mystical traditions of Catholicism; al-Razi, a contrarian Persian philosopher within the Arabic tradition who described the philosophical life as 'godlike;' and Erasmus, the Dutch philosopher who p' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2017-12-14.

Protestantism And Progress, Ernst Troeltsch, Weebcentral Library. Ernst Troeltsch was a fin de siècle Protestant theologian who wrote Protestantism and Progress: A Historical Study of Protestantism and the Modern World. This work, along with his friend Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, both written just before World War I, are reasoned historical treatments of the influence of Protestantism on the perceived and potential progress of Western society. They provide effective contrast to the often simplistic and one-sided efforts by Protestant Evangelicals to do the same, such as Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live? Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2017-12-13.

Nature and the Greeks, and, Science and humanism, Erwin Schrödinger, Weebcentral Library. Schrodinger was one of the great physicists of the 20th century. His wave equation transformed quantum mechanics. He has proven a thoughtful historian and philosopher of science. Nature and the Greeks offers a historical account of the twentieth-century scientific world picture, tracing modern science back to the earliest stages of Western philosophic thought. Science and Humanism addresses some of the most fundamental questions of the century: what is the value of scientific research? And how do the achievements of modern science affect the relationship between material and spiritual matters? Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-12-13.

Flashman In The Great Game, George MacDonald Fraser, LA Public Library. 'What caused the Indian Mutiny? The greased cartridge, religious fanaticism, political blundering, yes — but one hitherto unsuspected factor is now revealed in the furtive figure which fled across the Indian scene in 1857 with such frantic haste: Flashman. For Flashman, plumbing new depths of anxious knavery in his role as secret agent extraordinary, saw far more of the Great Mutiny than he wanted to. How he survived his adventures and inevitable flights from Thugs and Tsarist agents, Eastern beauties and Cabinet ministers and kept his skin intact is a mystery as remarkable as The Flashman Papers themselves. Ther latest chapter sees him passing through this most harrowing ordeal to his supreme triumph with Courage, Duty and Honour toiling dispiritedly in his wake' Paperback. Read 2017-11-19.

Two Kinds Of Truth, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.' Kindle. Read 2017-11-16.

A New History Of Early Christianity, Charles Freeman, Multnomah County Library. This is a very readable historical treatment of the early gestation of Christianity. The approach is explicitly historical rather than theological, allowing the author to examine the early documents and archeology in light of the culture and politics of the early Christian writers. In particular the diverse perspectives and the many contradictions found in their writings can make more sense when considering wider historical influences, such as the region the writer came from, the language(s) they spoke and didn't speak, whether they were Jewish or Gentile, their position in society, and so on. Kindle. Read 2017-11-09.

Fool, Christopher Moore, LA Public Library. 'Here's the Cliff Notes you wished you'd had for King Lear—the mad royal, his devious daughters, rhyming ghosts and a castle full of hot intrigue—in a cheeky and ribald romp that both channels and chides the Bard and all Fate's bastards. It's 1288, and the king's fool, Pocket, and his dimwit apprentice, Drool, set out to clean up the mess Lear has made of his kingdom, his family and his fortune—only to discover the truth about their own heritage. There's more murder, mayhem, mistaken identities and scene changes than you can remember, but bestselling Moore (You Suck) turns things on their head with an edgy 21st-century perspective that makes the story line as sharp, surly and slick as a game of Grand Theft Auto. Moore confesses he borrows from at least a dozen of the Bard's plays for this buffet of tragedy, comedy and medieval porn action. It's a manic, masterly mix—winning, wild and something today's groundlings will applaud. ' Paperback. Read 2017-11-05. Recommended by my brother Craig and Bob Burns

A Legacy Of Spies, John le Carré, Multnomah County Library. John le Carré surfaces with a retrospective novel that serves as a kind of prequel to one of his first novels, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold. He gives you a first person memoir from Peter Guillam, faithful subordinate of the master spy, George Smiley, giving the sordid background of the disaster that befell Alec Leamas and Elizabeth Gold in Cold War Berlin. The author assumes much: It is better if you are familiar with the author's first novels, and some of the peculiarities of the Cold War. Kindle. Read 2017-10-17.

A.D. 381, Charles Freeman, LA Public Library. 'A provoking and timely examination of one of the most important times in Church history. In AD 381, Theodosius, emperor of the eastern Roman empire, issued a decree in which all his subjects were required to subscribe to a belief in the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This edict defined Christian orthodoxy and brought to an end a lively and wide-ranging debate about the nature of God; all other interpretations were now declared heretical. It was the first time in a thousand years of Greco-Roman civilization free thought was unambiguously suppressed. Yet surprisingly, the popular histories claim that the Christian Church reached a consensus on the Trinity at the Council of Constantinople in AD 381. Why has Theodosius's revolution been airbrushed from the historical record? In this groundbreaking new book, acclaimed historian Charles Freeman shows that the council was in fact a sham, only taking place after Theodosius's decree had become law. The Church was acquiescing in the overwhelming power of the emperor. Freeman argues that Theodosius's edict and the subsequent suppression of paganism not only brought an end to the diversity of religious and philosophical beliefs throughout the empire, but created numerous theological problems for the Church, which have remained unsolved. The year AD 381, as Freeman puts it, was 'a turning point which time forgot.'' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-10-14.

Beloved, Toni Morrison, LA Public Library. 'Proud and beautiful, Sethe escaped from slavery but is haunted by its heritage--from the fires of the flesh to the heartbreaking challenges to the spirit. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest work. Unabridged.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2017-10-13. The Great American Read.

Forward The Foundation, Isaac Asimov, LA Public Library. 'Science fiction-roman.' Hardcover. Read 2017-10-06. The Great American Read.

Eat To Live, Joel Fuhrman, LA Public Library. 'EAT TO LIVE offers a highly effective, scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly. The key to Dr. Joel Fuhrman's revolutionary six-week plan is simple: health = nutrients / calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, you lose weight. The more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-caloric foods.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2017-10-05. Recommended by my friend Cloy.

Golfer's Start-Up, Doug Werner, Multnomah County Library. Golf technique for rank amateurs. ProQuest eBook. Partially-Read 2017-10-04.

Fire In The Lake, Frances FitzGerald, LA Public Library. 'This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGeralds own research and travels, takes us inside Vietnaminto the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals and monks and reveals the country as seen through Vietnamese eyes. With a clarity and authority unrivaled by any book before it or since, Fire in the Lake shows how America utterly and tragically misinterpreted the realities of Vietnam. For Fire in the Lake, Frances FitzGerald received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, an Overseas Press Club award for best interpretation of foreign affairs, an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, a National Institute for Arts and Letters award, the Front Page Award, the Christopher Book Award, the Washington Monthly Political Book Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, and the Bancroft Prize. In the 30 years since its initial publication, Fire in the Lake has achieved the status of a classic. An essential text for students of Asian-American relations. FitzGeralds new writings on Vietnam appear, along with photographs by Mary Cross, in Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth, published by Bulfinch in November 2001.' Paperback. Read 2017-10-02.

Draft No. 4, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2017-10-02. A gift from my Jon and Amanda

Prelude To Foundation, Isaac Asimov, LA Public Library. 'It is the year 12,020 g.e. and the last Galactic Emperor of the Autun dynasty, Cleon 1, sits uneasily on the throne. These are troubled times and Cleon is desperate to find a way to calm them. When young Outworld mathematician Hari Seldon arrives on Trant' Paperback. Read 2017-09-23. The Great American Read.

A Rumor Of War, Philip Caputo, LA Public Library. 'The classic Vietnam memoir, as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago. In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenent Philip J. Caputo landed at Da Nang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home—physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. A Rumor of War is more than one soldier’s story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history and, as Caputo explains, of “the things men do in war and the things war does to men.” “A singular and marvelous work.” —The New York Times   After serving in Vietnam, Philip Caputo worked at the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists covering election fraud. He went on to become a correspondent covering the Middle East and the Soviet Union. Caputo also has written six novels and a second volume of memoir. He divides his time between Connecticut and Arizona. When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war. A platoon commander in the first combat unit sent to fight in Vietnam, Lieutenant Caputo landed at Danang on March 8, 1965, convinced that American forces would win a quick and decisive victory over the Communists. Sixteen months late' Kindle. Re-Read (2) 2017-09-22.

A History of Germany, Bayard Taylor, Weebcentral Library. 'Mr. Taylor was exceptionally Well equipped for writing a popular history of Germany. At the time when he wrote (1873) he had already been many years in Germany occupied in his well known studies of Goethe; he had married a German lady, had traveled widely, and Shared in that German enthusiasm which ac companied the foundation of the German Empire. He made use in his history of the best results of the German historical scholarship of his day. But in the generation which has passed scientific historical research has brought to light a mine of new material; the economic historians have taught us to lay a new emphasis on that side of historical development; and time has brought more just judgments in regard to disputed religious questions. It has been the aim of the editor to preserve as nearly as possible the original text, and yet bring it completely into line with the best modern scholarship. The necessary changes were so numerous and so varied in character that for the sake of smoothness in the narrative it has seemed better to incorporate all changes directly in the text rather than distract the reader's attention with innumerable footnotes. The responsibility for the last chapter rests wholly with the editor; in brief space he has attempted to sum up the leading features in the development of Germany in the last thirty years.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-09-13.

Introducing Epigenetics: A Graphic Guide, Cath Ennis, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-09-10.

Rum Punch, Elmore Leonard, LA Public Library. 'Ordell 'Whitebread' Robbie makes a fine living selling illegal high-powered weaponry to the wrong people. Jackie Burke couriers Ordell's profits from Freeport to Miami. But the feds are on to Jackie -- and now the aging, but still hot, flight attendant will have to do prison time or play ball, which makes her a prime 'loose end' that Ordell needs to tie up permanently. Jackie, however, has other options. And with the help of Max Cherry -- an honest but disgruntled bail bondsman looking to get out -- she could even end up with a serious nest egg in the process.' Paperback. Read 2017-09-02. My brother Craig, in the interests of giving me something lighter to read on occasion, recommended Elmore Leonard to me.

The Late Show, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood--also known as the Late Show--beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.' Kindle. Read 2017-08-28.

Hoot, Carl Hiaasen, LA Public Library. 'Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.' Paperback. Read 2017-08-15.

Flush, Carl Hiaasen, LA Public Library. 'You know it’s going to be a rough summer when you spend Father’s Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.Noah’s dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can’t prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah’s dad is stuck in the clink.Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much–his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate–but Noah’s got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.From the Hardcover edition.' Paperback. Read 2017-08-15.

Scat, Carl Hiaasen, LA Public Library. 'Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.' Hardcover. Read 2017-08-15.

Chomp, Carl Hiaasen, LA Public Library. 'When the difficult star of the reality television show 'Expedition Survival' disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.' Hardcover. Read 2017-08-15.

Notes Of A Native Son, Baldwin James, Clackamas County Library. 'Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in 'The Harlem Ghetto' to a sobering 'Journey to Atlanta.' This book inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright's work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. ' Kindle. Read 2017-08-12.

The Naturalist, Andrew Mayne, Amazon Prime. The concept of the book was intriguing to me: a scientist applies his skills to solving crimes. This worked quite well in the clever application of some of the science. For example, he locates a body buried in the woods for a year by looking for local species of plants that are growing in the same spot. After a few years, one species of plant will often out-compete other local species, and becomes dominant, so finding a few flowers of multiple species in one spot suggests recently disturbed soil. However, the overall plot went from unlikely to ludicrous. When the scientist figures out something useful in the hunt for murderers, the rural cops are portrayed uniformly as stupid, untrained, clueless, malignant, and so on, routinely reject his information, even after he has actually solved a few crimes. The scientist gets the crap kicked out of him multiple times, like any noir detective, and anonymously locates the bodies of many crime victims, before heroically bringing down a mass murderer on his own, because the police are dolts. What a real disappointment. Kindle. Read 2017-08-11.

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules Of Writing, Elmore Leonard, LA Public Library. ''These are the rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story.'—Elmore Leonard For aspiring writers and lovers of the written word, this concise guide breaks down the writing process with simplicity and clarity. From adjectives and exclamation points to dialect and hoopetedoodle, Elmore Leonard explains what to avoid, what to aspire to, and what to do when it sounds like 'writing' (rewrite). Beautifully designed, filled with free-flowing, elegant illustrations and specially priced, Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing is the perfect writer's—and reader's—gift.' Kindle. Read 2017-08-06.

Beach Lawyer, Avery Duff, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2017-08-05. Free book via Prime membership

Cat Chaser, Elmore Leonard, LA Public Library. Kindle. Read 2017-08-01.

Killshot, Elmore Leonard, Multnomah County Library. 'It's not Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne's fault that they were in the real estate office when a pair of thugs walked in with extortion on their minds. But as far as aging Ojibway Indian hit man Armand Degas is concerned the Colsons are going to have to pay dearly for seeing too much . . . and for the damage Wayne inflicted on Armand and his sicko partner Richie Nix with a tire iron. The cops here in middle-of-nowhere Michigan can't help Carmen and Wayne out, and the best the Feds can offer is the Witness Protection Program. So ultimately it's going to have to come down to one wife, one husband, two killers . . . and one lethal shot.' Paperback. Read 2017-07-13. My brother Craig recommended that I should read Leonard on occasion

The Third Man, Graham Greene, Multnomah County Library. Kindle. Read 2017-07-05.

The Evangelicals: The Struggle To Shape America, Frances FitzGerald, Multnomah County Library. 'This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize­–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.' Kindle. Read 2017-06-21.

Call The Midwife: Farewell To The East End, Jennifer Worth, LA Public Library. Kindle. Read 2017-06-16.

Call The Midwife: Shadows Of The Workhouse, Jennifer Worth, LA Public Library. Kindle. Read 2017-06-07.

Call The Midwife, Jennifer Worth, Multnomah County Library. 'In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.' Kindle. Read 2017-06-01.

The Gene: an intimate history, Mukherjee Siddhartha, LA Public Library. 'Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family - with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness - cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation - from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-05-11.

The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2017-05-09. A gift from my Benn and Jenn. Christmas 2015.

Reality Is Not What It Seems, Carlo Rovelli, Multnomah County Library. 'Making sense of modern physics can be hard, very hard, for the non scientist. For many years I have read many books grappling with the subject, some good and some not so good. Rovelli's book is a game changer The title of my review refers to the shining of light in dark places because that's how I felt when I read it. Concepts and theories that I'd struggled with through many of those previous books suddenly made sense. The descriptions of Quantum theory and Quantum mechanics were wonderful. I experienced at least three genuine aha moments, moments when you close your eye, lay the book on your lap and breathe slowly with the shear joy of understanding.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-04-20.

The Common Sense of Science, J. Bronowski, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-04-17.

The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology, Pier Luigi Luisi, Weebcentral Library. 'The origin of life from inanimate matter has been the focus of much research for decades, both experimentally and philosophically. Luisi takes the reader through the consecutive stages from prebiotic chemistry to synthetic biology, uniquely combining both approaches. This book presents a systematic course discussing the successive stages of self-organisation, emergence, self-replication, autopoiesis, synthetic compartments and construction of cellular models, in order to demonstrate the spontaneous increase in complexity from inanimate matter to the first cellular life forms. ' Kindle. Read 2017-04-16.

I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong, Weebcentral Library. 'For most of human existence, microbes were hidden, visible only through the illnesses they caused. When they finally surfaced in biological studies, they were cast as rogues. Only recently have they immigrated from the neglected fringes of biology to its center. Even today, many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us - the microbiome - are invaluable parts of our lives. I Contain Multitudes lets us peer into that world for the first time, allowing us to see how ubiquitous and vital microbes are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, guide our behavior, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities. While much of the prevailing discussion around the microbiome has focused on its implications for human health, Yong broadens this focus to the entire animal kingdom, giving us a grander view of life.' Hardcover. Read 2017-04-14. Gift from Jon and Amanda

The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance, Anthony Gottlieb, Weebcentral Library. 'Already a classic in its first year of publication, this landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom. The book invites comparison with Bertrand Russell's monumental History of Western Philosophy, 'but Gottlieb's book is less idiosyncratic and based on more recent scholarship' (Colin McGinn, Los Angeles Times). ' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-04-13.

Einstein's Puzzle Book, Tim Dedopulos, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2017-04-11. A gift from Cindy, Christmas 2016

The Ministry of Special Cases, Nathan Englander, Weebcentral Library. In The Ministry of Special Cases Nathan Englander tells a story of the Dirty War of Argentina as if in the guise of Isaac Bashevis Singer. The tale is steeped in irony, told through the eyes of a Jew, Kaddish Pozsnan, even outcast from the Jewish community of Buenos Aires. Paperback. Read 2017-04-10. A gift from Jon and Melinda, and Benn and Jenn. An author recommended by Jenn.

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi, Multnomah County Library. 'For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naïve medical student 'possessed by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life' into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. ' Kindle. Read 2017-04-08.

Jesus: a very short introduction, Richard Bauckham, Weebcentral Library. 'Award-winning religious scholar Richard Bauckham here explores the historical figure of Jesus, evaluating the sources and showing that they provide us with good historical evidence for his life and teaching. To place Jesus in his proper historical context, as a Jew from Galilee in the early first century of our era, Bauckham looks at Jewish religion and society in the land of Israel under Roman rule. He explores Jesus' symbolic practices as well as his teachings, looks at his public career and emphasizes how his actions, such as healing and his association with notorious sinners, were just as important as his words. Bauckham writes that Jesus was devoted to the God of Israel, with a special focus on God's fatherly love and compassion, and like every Jewish teacher he expounded the Torah, but did so in his own distinctive way. After a discussion about the way Jesus understood himself and what finally led to his death on a Roman cross, Bauckham concludes by considering the significance Jesus has come to have for Christian faith worldwide.' Kindle. Read 2017-04-03.

Seven Brief Lessons On Physics, Carlo Rovelli, LA Public Library. 'In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides readers with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This playful, entertaining and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major bestseller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in the strange world Rovelli describes. This is a book about the joy of discovery. It takes readers to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds.' Hardcover. Read 2017-03-26.

Royal Flash, George MacDonald Fraser, Clackamas County Library. 'Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent. In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beauiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era. From London gaming-halls and English hunting-fields to European dungeons and throne-rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while, the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.' Kindle. Read 2017-03-15.

The Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly, Multnomah County Library. 'Haller's first foreclosure client, Lisa Trammel, is fighting hard to keep her home, maybe too hard. The bank has gotten a restraining order to stop Trammel's protests, and she becomes the prime suspect when Mitchell Bondurant, a mortgage banker, is killed with a hammer in his office parking lot. A ton of evidence points to Trammel, but Haller crafts an impressive defense that includes 'the fifth witness' of the title. Connelly has a sure command of the legal and procedural details of criminal court, and even manages to make the arcane, shady world of foreclosure interesting. While the prose may lack some of the poetic nuance of his early novels, the plot is worthy of a master storyteller. ' Kindle. Read 2017-03-14.

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction, Peter Atkins, Weebcentral Library. Peter Atkins, a bona fide chemistry professor, takes a shot at summarizing the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics it for the million. He claims that when he is done explaining, you will understand how all change of any kind occurs, why death itself must come, even how the unfolding of the very thoughts you are employing to read his book is a consequence of the 2nd Law. And if that isn't enough to tease you into reading the book, he quotes C.P. Snow as saying that not knowing the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is the same as not having read Shakespeare; you are culturally backward if you don't take a crack at his book. Unfortunately, he could not resist the formalism of the subject, and produced a mediocre explanation which did not approach the enlightenment he promised. There are better and more succinct explanations elsewhere. Kindle. Read 2017-03-13.

DNA: The Secret Of Life, Andrew Berry, James D. Watson, Weebcentral Library. 'Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just twentyfour, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.Watson’s lively, panoramic narrative begins with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why “like begets like” before skipping ahead to 1866, when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the basic laws of inheritance. But genetics as we recognize it today—with its capacity, both thrilling and sobering, to manipulate the very essence of living things—came into being only with the rise of molecular investigations culminating in the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. In the DNA molecule’s graceful curves was the key to a whole new science.Having shown that the secret of life is chemical, modern genetics has set mankind off on a journey unimaginable just a few decades ago. Watson provides the general reader with clear explanations of molecular processes and emerging technologies. He shows us how DNA continues to alter our understanding of human origins, and of our identities as groups and as individuals. And with the insight of one who has remained close to every advance in research since the double helix, he reveals how genetics has unleashed a wealth of possibilities to alter the human condition—from genetically modified foods to genetically modified babies—and transformed itself from a domain of pure research into one of big business as well. It is a sometimes topsy-turvy world full of great minds and great egos, driven by ambitions to improve the human condition as well as to improve investment portfolios, a world vividly captured in these pages.Facing a future of choices and social and ethical implications of whic' Kindle. Read 2017-03-11.

Religion and the sciences of origins, Kelly James Clark, Weebcentral Library. 'This concise introduction to the treatment of origins, physical and biological, by both science and religion focuses on Christianity and modern Western science (the epicenter of issues in science and religion in the West) with a concluding chapter on Muslim and Jewish Science and Religion. This book also invites the reader into the relevant literature with ample quotations from original texts.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-03-10. Gift from Jon and Amanda

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, Clackamas County Library. 'The 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. Angelou was challenged by her friend, author James Baldwin, and her editor, Robert Loomis, to write an autobiography that was also a piece of literature.' Kindle. Read 2017-03-09.

Six Days Of The Condor, James Grady, LA Public Library. This is the book that was the basis for the excellent Cold War spy movie, Three Days of the Condor. More often, the book is more substantial than a subsequent movie based on the book. In this case, the book is more of a slightly expanded screenplay, with thinly sketched characters, a quickly-moving plot, and clumsy sex scenes. The bones of the film are here, although the changes made for the sake of the movie dramatically improved the story, making the film much superior to this book. Kindle. Read 2017-03-06.

The Gods Of Guilt, Michael Connelly, Multnomah County Library. 'Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.' Kindle. Read 2017-03-05.

The Reversal, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he and LA Detective Harry Bosch set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.' Kindle. Read 2017-03-02.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames, David Sedaris, Weebcentral Library. David Sedaris has mellowed just a bit in this collection of essays, but hasn't lost his acute ability to observe and report his and others foibles. Paperback. Read 2017-01-05. Christmas 2016

Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories, Terrence Holt, Weebcentral Library. Internal Medicine captures the 'stark moments of success and failure, pride and shame, courage and cowardice, self-reflection and obtuse blindness that mark the years of clinical training' (Jerome Groopman, New York Review of Books), portraying not only a doctor’s struggle with sickness and suffering but also the fears and frailties each of us - doctor and patient - bring to the bedside. One of our sons is a physician who completed his residency in internal medicine a few years ago, and I was curious about the kind of experiences he might have shared with other residents. Kindle. Read 2017-01-03.

The Daily Show: An Oral History, Chris Smith, Jon Stewart, Weebcentral Library. ''For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the show's behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie are chronicled by the players themselves.'' Kindle. Partially-Read 2017-01-01. A gift from my Jon and Amanda, Christmas 2017.

The Glass Universe: How The Ladies Of The Harvard Observatory Took The Measure Of The Stars, Dava Sobel, Multnomah County Library. Dava Sobel's account of women's contributions to astronomy, particularly the contributions made by the computers and burgeoning astronomers of the Harvard Observatory from 1850. Kindle. Read 2016-12-27.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Michael Connelly, Multnomah County Library. 'Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?' Hardcover. Read 2016-12-07. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey, Multnomah County Library. 'Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism's genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-12-01.

The Flame Bearer, Bernard Cornwell, Clackamas County Library. 'Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed on a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago - and which his scheming cousin still occupies. New enemies enter into the fight for England's kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south. Britain's precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep him from his birthright. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but he will need all the skills he has learned over a lifetime of war to make his dream come true.' Hardcover. Read 2016-12-01.

The Other Solzhenitsyn, Daniel J. Mahoney, Weebcentral Library. A Solzhenitsyn scholar's making a case for the misunderstood author, who has been treated with relative contempt by Western intellectuals after first embracing him as an anti-Communist when his first works, such as One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich were published in the early 1960's. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-11-28. A gift from my wife Cindy

Social Security For Dummies, Jonathan Peterson, Multnomah County Library. Getting to that age ... Kindle. Read 2016-11-27.

The Russian Question At The End Of The Twentieth Century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Solzhenitsyn's political point of view has been skewed in the West, many making him out to be an Slavophile and hard-core Russian Nationalist. Solzhenitsyn's Russian Question essay shows that his political understanding centered on his experience in the Soviet Union and his desire to see post-Soviet Russia to develop a political system that was better for its people. He was not a Slavophile. He was a Russian nationalist, but this work makes clear that his view of nationalism was a limited and healthy one. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-11-26.

Death's End, Cixin Liu, Multnomah County Library. Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy - part III. Excellent science fiction by a Chinese writer. There are extensive references to physics and astronomy, mixed in with a plot of an alien civilization which has contacted Earth, and seeks to invade and take it over. Its own planet orbits a triple-star system, and the orbit is erratic due to the instability of a triple-star system; hence the reference to the well-known 3-body problem in gravitational physics. An erratic orbit produces wide swings in planetary surface temperature and unpredictable seasons. The backdrop on Earth includes the Great Cultural Revolution, anarchical environmental groups, international 'cooperation for planetary defense, and semi-plausible technology advances, based at least nominally on current or leading-edge physics. Hardcover. Read 2016-11-22.

The Joy of Reading, Charles Van Doren, Weebcentral Library. I have been slowly reading this book by Van Doren, one of the acolytes of Chicago's Mortimer Adler, who along with Robert Hutchins built the Great Books program at the University of Chicago, which some think over-emphasize 'great' literature of the past while replacing needed practical education. The Joy of Reading introduces some of the books on or associated with the Great Books list, and is fascinating reading. Van Doren summarizes each book, describing how to read it to get the most from it. He is clearly enraptured by these books, and his joy is infectious. I have been sampling portions of the books that he has seeded some interest. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-10-11.

The Laws of Medicine, Siddhartha Mukherjee, LA Public Library. Modern medicine began embracing scientific methods during the last couple of centuries, and in the past one hundred years this has produced an explosion of medical technologies that have aided physicians in significantly controlling some diseases and in particular, extending lives. Today in developed countries, many tests are available for diagnosis and many drugs are available for possible treatment. So why can't physicians today just run a comprehensive battery of tests for every sick patient and spit out a clear diagnosis, and with that, a clear prognosis and plan for a cure? Siddhartha Mukherjee proffers an answer via his Laws of Medicine. Kindle. Read 2016-10-10.

Pietr the Latvian, Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-09-15.

The Vital Question, Nick Lane, LA Public Library. The Vital Question is a stimulating set of ideas around an elusive subject: abiogenesis and early evolution. The author offers a well-thought out set of hypotheses regarding the origins of the eukaryotic cell, and he does so through the lens of his discipline: bioenergetics. Kindle. Read 2016-09-07. Gift from Jon and Amanda

Along the Way, Britt Towery, Weebcentral Library. Britt Towery is a very American thinker, who's opinion columns from a West Texas newspaper are collected here. I warmed quickly to his direct and sometimes folksy Texas style. He holds strong opinions on many subjects, but has a particular emphasis regarding the importance of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which safeguards our freedom of speech and religion. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2016-08-10.

The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien, Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-07-13.

Asimov's Guide To The Bible, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. This is an excellent reference for historical, geographical, and biographical aspects of the events described in the Old and New Testaments. Asimov does provide some basic discussion of the Bible's many obscure, mysterious passages, also. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-07-11.

Burnham's Celestial Handbook: Voume I, Andromeda through Cetus, Robert Burnham, Weebcentral Library. This handbook is well-known among star-gazers for its wealth of information on stellar objects observable by the naked eye or a low-magnification telescopes. I re-read the introductory chapters because they provide a succinct but relatively thorough description of the basis for astronomical inferences. Paperback. Partially-Read 2016-07-11. A gift from Scottie, who is an inveterate observer of the night skies.

America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, Jim Wallis, Multnomah County Library. Jim Wallis is a progressive Christian writer, and has held my interest for many years. He is a welcome diversion from the hard-hearted right wing Christian fundamentalists that seem to dominate Republican politics. Here Wallis, a veteran of the Civil Rights movement, examines the problem of racism in America, past and present. In particular, he asks what the appropriate Christian attitudes should be towards racial justice. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-07-04.

Bicycle, DK, Weebcentral Library. A beautiful history of the development of the bicycle, including a history of cycling and of the technological innovations that have produced the modern bicycle. Hardcover. Read 2016-07-03. A gift from my Jon and Amanda.

Relativity Simply Explained, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Martin Gardner is among my favorite writers, in part because he has a facility for explaining mathematics and science. He has done a creditable job here describing Einstein's works, both special and general relativity. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-07-02.

The Carter of 'la Providence', Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-05-11.

Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible, David Plotz, Clackamas County Library. The author, a journalist, reads the entire Bible and records his interpretations and responses to it. He attended Hebrew school, and a Christian high school, so his responses include references to what he was taught about the Bible and compared to what he learned in his adult effort to read through the whole book. His take is irreverent in the sense that he allows no theology to dictate his own responses to what he reads. Kindle. Read 2016-04-29.

Performing in Extreme Environments, Lawrence E. Armstrong, Weebcentral Library. The chapter on Heat and Humidity was the source of interest here, to get a better understanding of strategies for water and electrolyte replacement while exercising, particularly while cycling. Paperback. Partially-Read 2016-04-08. Recommended by my son Jon. This was one of his textbooks for Sports Medicine.

Shut Up, Legs!, Jens Voigt, James D. Startt, Weebcentral Library. Jens Voigt was a wonderful cyclist to watch in the Tour de France. He was an aggressive rider, willing to attack in breakaways with few odds of success, friendly and available before and after a race. His motto, 'Shut Up, Legs!,' can be appreciated by anyone who rides bicycles long distance, or any endurance athlete for that matter: Muscular pain from exertion must be ignored in the pursuit of endurance feats. Hardcover. Read 2016-04-04. A gift from my Jon and Amanda.

The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu, Multnomah County Library. Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy - part II. Excellent science fiction by a Chinese writer. There are extensive references to physics and astronomy, mixed in with a plot of an alien civilization which has contacted Earth, and seeks to invade and take it over. Its own planet orbits a triple-star system, and the orbit is erratic due to the instability of a triple-star system; hence the reference to the well-known 3-body problem in gravitational physics. An erratic orbit produces wide swings in planetary surface temperature and unpredictable seasons. The backdrop on Earth includes the Great Cultural Revolution, anarchical environmental groups, international 'cooperation for planetary defense, and semi-plausible technology advances, based at least nominally on current or leading-edge physics. Kindle. Read 2016-04-03.

Feynman, Jim Ottaviani, Leland Myrick, LA Public Library. 'Richard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker. In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman’s exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death. Anyone who ever wanted to know more about Richard P. Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, the fine art of the bongo drums, the outrageously obscure nation of Tuva, or the development and popularization of the field of physics in the United States need look no further than this rich and joyful work.' Hardcover. Read 2016-03-24.

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Eminent Lives) (rough edge), Matt Ridley, Multnomah County Library. 'Francis Crick, who died at the age of eighty-eight in 2004, will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the great scientists of all time. Between 1953 and 1966 he made and led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life: the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that distinguishes living from non-living things -- the genetic code. His own discoveries -- though he always worked with one other partner and did much of his thinking in conversation -- include not only the double helix but the whole mechanism of protein synthesis, the three-letter nature of the code, and much of the code itself. Matt Ridley's biography traces Crick's life from middle-class mediocrity in the English Midlands, through a lackluster education and six years designing magnetic mines for the Royal Navy, to his leap into biology at the age of thirty-one. While at Cambridge, he suddenly began to display the unique visual imagination and intense tenacity of thought that would allow him to see the solutions to several great scientific conundrums -- and to see them long before most biologists had even conceived of the problems. Having set out to determine what makes living creatures alive and having succeeded, he immigrated at age sixty to California and turned his attention to the second question that had fascinated him since his youth: What makes conscious creatures conscious? Time ran out before he could find the answer.' Hardcover. Read 2016-03-11.

The Grand Banks Cafe, Georges Simenon, LA Public Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Kindle. Read 2016-03-09.

Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud, Peter Watson, Weebcentral Library. 'Peter Watson's hugely ambitious and stimulating history of ideas from deep antiquity to the present day—from the invention of writing, mathematics, science, and philosophy to the rise of such concepts as the law, sacrifice, democracy, and the soul—offers an illuminated path to a greater understanding of our world and ourselves.' Kindle. Read 2016-03-06. A gift from my son Jon, Christmas 2013.

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics, Clifford A. Pickover, Clackamas County Library. 'Math’s infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this follow-up to the best-selling The Science Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic gets a lavishly illustrated spread with stunning color art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientists’ lives, and real-world applications of the theorems.  ' Hardcover. Read 2016-03-04.

A Jewish Journey Into Night, Jim Chapman, Weebcentral Library. I read this because the author is a friend of mine. It was a pleasure reading his thoughts. Kindle. Read 2016-03-01.

Letter to my daughter, Maya Angelou, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-02-28. Recommended by my friend Sue

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Clackamas County Library. Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy - part I. Excellent science fiction by a Chinese writer. There are extensive references to physics and astronomy, mixed in with a plot of an alien civilization which has contacted Earth, and seeks to invade and take it over. Its own planet orbits a triple-star system, and the orbit is erratic due to the instability of a triple-star system; hence the reference to the well-known 3-body problem in gravitational physics. An erratic orbit produces wide swings in planetary surface temperature and unpredictable seasons. The backdrop on Earth includes the Great Cultural Revolution, anarchical environmental groups, international 'cooperation for planetary defense, and semi-plausible technology advances, based at least nominally on current or leading-edge physics. Kindle. Read 2016-02-27.

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, Karen Armstrong, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2016-02-11.

All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, Weebcentral Library. ''From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work'--' Kindle. Read 2016-02-11.

The System Of The World, Neal Stephenson, Clackamas County Library. Neal Stephenson attempts to immerse you in the world he fabulizes from history. The Baroque Cycle is a 17th century English tale peopled with fabulous characters, both fictional and historical. And I mean immerse. To walk with Robert Hooke from say, the Tower of London to St. Paul's Cathedral might take five pages, to include the structure of buildings, plumbing, effects of the Fire, the reason a carter wore a certain hat, etc. My interest was held by the depth of historical focus on ideas, economics, colonialism and government, tempered by an extended treatment of alchemy. At its best, it can feel like you are in the presence of Newton, Leibniz, William of Orange, or Peter the Great. Approaching 3,000 pages, it requires stamina. Kindle. Read 2016-02-06.

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, Sir James George Frazer, Weebcentral Library. 'The work of Sir James G. Frazer (1854-1941) ranged widely across classics, cultural history, folklore and literary criticism as well as anthropology. This is a reprint of his most famous book.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-02-04.

Art: A Crash Course, Julian Freeman, Weebcentral Library. 'Art - A Crash Course is designed for the armchair aficionado with artistic longings, those of us who know what we like but can't put a name on it. It's a briskly written fact-packed history of Western art with all the tedious research done for you, techniques explained in foolproof terms, and a handy timeline. Read this and you will never again confuse your impressionists with your expressionists, your fresco with your mural, or your Millais with your Millet. And you can open your mouth with confidence, as Art a Crash Course contains a unique pronunciation guide.' Hardcover. Read 2016-01-30.

Warriors of the Storm, Bernard Cornwell, Clackamas County Library. 'A fragile peace governs the kingdoms of Wessex, East Anglia, under the rule of the late King Alfred's son, King Edward, and Mercia, under his daughter Aethelflaed. Uhtred, her formidable champion and greatest warrior, controls the northern parts from the strongly fortified city of Chester. The Northmen, allied to the Irish, come in force under the cover of night, up the Mersey, perhaps to attack Chester, perhaps to rage and pillage through Mercia, perhaps to take the troubled kingdom of Northumbria. With his passionate determination, Uhtred will stop at nothing to take back his corner of Northumbria and secure the future of Bebbanburg. But for Aethelflaed and the Mercians, doubt must arise to where his loyalty lies. In the struggle between family and loyalty, between oaths given and political demands, there is no easy solution.' Kindle. Read 2016-01-26.

The Solzhenitsyn Reader, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Awesomey Hardcover. Partially-Read 2016-01-16.

The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital, Samuel Shem Md, Multnomah County Library. 'Now a classic! The hilarious  novel of the healing arts that reveals everything your  doctor never wanted you to know. Six eager interns  -- they saw themselves as modern saviors-to-be.  They came from the top of their medical school class  to the bottom of the hospital staff to serve a  year in the time-honored tradition, racing to answer  the flash of on-duty call lights and nubile  nurses. But only the Fat Man --the Clam, all-knowing  resident -- could sustain them in their struggle to  survive, to stay sane, to love-and even to be  doctors when their harrowing year was done.From the Paperback edition.' Paperback. Read 2016-01-11. Loaned by my physician son, Jon

Bike snob, Eben Weiss, Weebcentral Library. 'Cycling is exploding in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC cycling's most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse. Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners. Throughout, the author lampoons the missteps, pretensions, and absurdities of bike culture while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Bike Snob is an essential volume for anyone who knows, is, or wants to become a cyclist.' Hardcover. Read 2016-01-08.

The givenness of things, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. 'The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture, we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS, Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-01-07.

Confusion, Neal Stephenson, LA Public Library. Neal Stephenson attempts to immerse you in the world he fabulizes from history. The Baroque Cycle is a 17th century English tale peopled with fabulous characters, both fictional and historical. And I mean immerse. To walk with Robert Hooke from say, the Tower of London to St. Paul's Cathedral might take five pages, to include the structure of buildings, plumbing, effects of the Fire, the reason a carter wore a certain hat, etc. My interest was held by the depth of historical focus on ideas, economics, colonialism and government, tempered by an extended treatment of alchemy. At its best, it can feel like you are in the presence of Newton, Leibniz, William of Orange, or Peter the Great. Approaching 3,000 pages, it requires stamina. Paperback. Read 2016-01-07.

The Flight of Peter Fromm, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. 'A young divinity student's search for the meaning of life drives him towards a nervous breakdown' Paperback. Read 2015-12-20.

Apricot jam, and other stories, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Clackamas County Library. Hardcover. Read 2015-12-15.

Inventing Freedom, Daniel Hannan, Multnomah County Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2015-12-14.

In the Woods, Tana French, Clackamas County Library. Rather than mainly a rational whodunit, Tana French's In the Woods is a psychological drama, an intricate set of well-executed character studies embedded in the story of a police investigation into a child murder. Hardcover. Read 2015-12-08.

The Crossing, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.' Kindle. Read 2015-11-16. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

Night Soldiers: A Novel, Alan Furst, Weebcentral Library. 'Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin’s purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934–45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.' Paperback. Read 2015-11-11.

The Emerald Mile, Kevin Fedarko, . The epic story of the fastest boat ride in history, on a hand-built dory named the Emerald Mile, through the heart of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river. My brother Craig is an inveterate river rafter, who invites me along on some of his river adventures with he and his friends. This is a tremendous story of river adventure, and also tells the story of the Grand Canyon well, particularly how the river was 'tamed' by John Wesley Powell, and how it has come to be managed today. We have applied to run the Colorado River throught the Grand Canyon, but it is immensely popular, and alas, we have not won that lottery yet. Paperback. Read 2015-11-11.

Being mortal, Atul Gawande, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2015-11-11.

Napoleon: A Life, Andrew Roberts, LA Public Library. My early view of Napoleon was as a cartoon figure: A megalomaniac who tried to take over the world. I recall looking down at Napoleon's tomb in Paris in the company of my brother Craig, the two of us mocking his immense sarcophagus and elaborate surroundings, wondering aloud why the French would semi-deify such a bloody tyrant. The typical American republican conceits aside, we were woefully uninformed about much of the life of Napoleon. Napoleon, perhaps more than any other European leader, built the foundations of modern Europe. Hardcover. Read 2015-11-11.

The Zone Of Interest, Martin Amis, Clackamas County Library. ''From one of England's most renowned authors, an unforgettable new novel that provides a searing portrait of life-and, shockingly, love-in a concentration camp. Once upon a time there was a king, and the king commissioned his favorite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. It showed you your soul-it showed you who you really were. The wizard couldn't look at it without turning away. The king couldn't look at it. The courtiers couldn't look at it. A chestful of treasure was offered to anyone who could look at it for sixty seconds without turning away. And no one could. The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Can love survive the mirror? Can we even meet each other's eye, after we have seen who we really are? In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Martin Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul'.' Hardcover. Read 2015-10-11.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Randall Herbert Balmer, Clackamas County Library. 'Randall Balmer's Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory is an insightful and engaging journey into the world of conservative Christians in America. Originally published fifteen years ago and the basis for an award-winning PBS documentary, this timely new edition arrives just as recent elections have left an ever-growing number of secular Americans wondering exactly how the other half thinks. From Oregon to Florida, and from Texas to North Dakota, Balmer offers an immensely readable tour of the highways and byways of American evangelicalism. We visit a revival meeting in Florida, an Indian reservation in the Dakotas, a trade show for Christian booksellers, and a fundamentalist Bible camp in the Adirondacks. For this fourth edition, Balmer adds two chapters, one on the phenomenally popular 'Painter of Light,' Thomas Kinkade, and one on Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life. Through the eyes of these and other people Balmer meets on his journeys, we arrive at a more accurate and balanced understanding of an abiding tradition that, as the author argues, is both rich in theological insights and mired in contradictions. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory offers readers a genuine insight into the appeal that the evangelicals movement holds for thousands of Americans.' Paperback. Read 2015-10-11.

Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson, Weebcentral Library. Neal Stephenson attempts to immerse you in the world he fabulizes from history. The Baroque Cycle is a 17th century English tale peopled with fabulous characters, both fictional and historical. And I mean immerse. To walk with Robert Hooke from say, the Tower of London to St. Paul's Cathedral might take five pages, to include the structure of buildings, plumbing, effects of the Fire, the reason a carter wore a certain hat, etc. My interest was held by the depth of historical focus on ideas, economics, colonialism and government, tempered by an extended treatment of alchemy. At its best, it can feel like you are in the presence of Newton, Leibniz, William of Orange, or Peter the Great. Approaching 3,000 pages, it requires stamina. Kindle. Read 2015-09-11.

The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins, LA Public Library. 'In this revised edition of his bestselling book The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins demonstrates how cooperation can evolve even in a basically selfish world.Contains two new chapters and a wealth of remarkable new insights into the biological world.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2015-09-02.

The Martian, Andy Weir, Weebcentral Library. This 21st century Robinson Crusoe tale works because the lone marooned astronaut's effort at survival on Mars is framed around the question: how would a dogged, highly knowledgeable engineer solve the existential crises that cropped up and live yet another day? Paperback. Read 2015-08-11. The Great American Read.

Scientific Genius and Creativity (Readings from Scientific American), Owen Gingerich, Weebcentral Library. 'Readings from Scientific american.' Paperback. Read 2015-07-03.

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Penguin Classics), Joseph Conrad, Weebcentral Library. 'The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for the guilty and innocent alike.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2015-06-12.

The island of knowledge, Gleiser Marcelo, Weebcentral Library. ''Do all questions have answers? How much can we know about the world? Is there such a thing as an ultimate truth? To be human is to want to know, to understand our origins and the meaning of our lives. In The Island of Knowledge, physicist Marcelo Gleiser traces our search for answers to the most fundamental questions of existence, the origin of the universe, the nature of reality, and the limits of knowledge. In so doing, he reaches a provocative conclusion: science, the main tool we use to find answers, is fundamentally limited. As science and its philosophical interpretations advance, we are often faced with the unsettling recognition of how much we don't know. Limits to our knowledge of the world arise both from our tools of exploration and from the nature of physical reality: the speed of light, the uncertainty principle, the second law of thermodynamics, the incompleteness theorem, and our own limitations as an intelligent species. Our view of physical reality depends fundamentally on who we are and on how we interact with the cosmos'--' Kindle. Read 2015-06-11.

The Messenger, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Recovering from a showdown with a master terrorist in Jerusalem, art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon is enlisted by a ruthless papal secretary to assist in the investigation of a murdered Swiss guard whose killer may be targeting the pope. By the author of Prince of Fire.' Hardcover. Read 2015-05-25.

Trent, John W. Malley, Weebcentral Library. Trent: What Happened at the Council, is a well-researched and well-told history of the Council of Trent, the mid-sixteenth-century Counter-Reformation centerpiece which produced the Catholic Church's response to the Protestant Reformation. This acount is carefully grounded in the complex politics of its times, placing the history of the Council in the balance- of-power tug-of-war, not just between reform movements within and without (Protestants) the Church, but among the nascent Ottoman Empire, the English Reformation, the Holy Roman Empire, the Papal States and the French monarchy. Hardcover. Read 2015-05-13. A birthday gift from Thomas and Bonnie.

Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, LA Public Library. In Joseph Conrad's classic novella, Heart of Darkness, the sailor Marlow serves as the author's version of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, compelled to tell his story of conscience to whatever audience he finds. The story he tells is indeed dark, and indeed about the heart, albeit mostly the lack thereof. Conrad takes apart the European colonial enterprise, particularly the carving-up of Africa in the nineteenth century, and strips bare all of the tales of adventure from those times and places, along with the high-flown language of imperialism which was used to mask the utter barbarity of the undertaking. Hardcover. Read 2015-05-03. Thanks to my brother Craig and my friend Tim, who were recently telling me how much they admired Joseph Conrad’s writing. Also part of the Great American Read.

The Secret Servant, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'In Amsterdam, a terrorism analyst named Ephraim Rosner lies dead, brutally murdered by a Muslim immigrant. The Amsterdam police believe the killer is a deranged extremist, but others know better. Just twenty-four hours before, Rosner had requested an urgent meeting with Israeli intelligence. Now it is Gabriel Allon's job to find out what Rosner knew, and when he does, it confirms his worst fears: a major terrorist operation is in the works. But not even Allon could have predicted what it is. In London, a young woman vanishes. She is the daughter of the American ambassador-and goddaughter of the president of the United States-and the kidnappers' demands are at once horrifically clear and clearly impossible to meet. ' Hardcover. Read 2015-01-20.

The Empty Throne, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'In the year 911, the forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but instability and the threat of Viking raids still hang heavy over Britain's kingdoms. For Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians, is dying, leaving no heir and the stage is set for rivals to fight for the throne. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Mercia's greatest warrior, has always supported Athelflaed to be Mercia's next ruler, but will the aristocracy ever accept a woman as their leader? The Saxons desperately need strong leadership, but instead they are fighting each other to fill an empty throne. They threaten to undo the unity and strength that underlies Englaland.' Hardcover. Read 2015-01-03.

Redeployment, Phil Klay, LA Public Library. 'National Book Award Finalist New York Times Best Seller Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In 'Redeployment', a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people 'who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died.' In 'After Action Report', a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic 'Money as a Weapons System', a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.' Kindle. Read 2014-12-11.

The American Heritage New History of World War II, Ambrose, E. Stephen, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2014-12-11. A gift from Richard Ducharme

Echo Park, Michael Connelly, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. Fearing the worst, the case was elevated by LAPD commanders from the missing persons squad to the Homicide Division, where Harry Bosch was assigned the case. But the 22-year-old woman never turned up - dead or alive - and it was a case Bosch couldn't crack. Thirteen years later Bosch is in the Open-Unsolved Unit when he gets a call from the DA's office. A man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean in regard to several other murders in a deal to avoid the death penalty. One of those murders, he says, is the killing of Marie Gesto. Bosch struggles as he realizes that he and his partner missed a clue back in 1993 that could have led them to the killer, and prevented 9 other subsequent murders.' Kindle. Read 2014-12-06. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Burning Room, Michael Connelly, Weebcentral Library. 'In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. ' Kindle. Read 2014-12-06. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

Was America Founded As A Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction, John Fea, Weebcentral Library. 'Fea offers an even-handed primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend. He approaches the title's question from a historical perspective, helping readers see past the emotional rhetoric of today to the recorded facts of our past. Readers on both sides of the issues will appreciate that this book occupies a middle ground, noting the good points and the less-nuanced arguments of both sides and leading us always back to the primary sources that our shared American history comprises.' Kindle. Read 2014-11-07.

Getting schooled, Garret Keizer, Weebcentral Library. ''Perhaps no profession is so constantly discussed, regulated, and maligned by non-practitioners as teaching. The voices of the teachers themselves are conspicuously missing. Defying this trend, teacher and writer Garret Keizer takes us to school-- literally-- in this account of his return to the same rural Vermont high school where he taught fourteen years ago. Much has changed since then-- a former student is his principal, standardized testing is the reigning god, and smoking in the boys' room has been supplanted by texting in the boys' room. More familiar are the effects of poverty, the exuberance of youth, and the staggering workload that technology has done as much to increase as to lighten. Telling the story of Keizer's year in the classroom, Getting Schooled takes us everywhere a teacher might go: from field trips to school plays to town meetings, from a kid's eureka moment to a parent's dark night of the soul. At once fiercely critical and deeply contemplative, Keizer exposes the obstacles that teachers face daily-- and along the way takes aim at some cherished cant: that public education is doomed, that the heroic teacher is the cure for all that ails education, that educational reform can serve as a cheap substitute for societal reformation. Angry, humorous, and always hopeful, Getting Schooled is as good an argument as we are likely to hear for a substantive reassessment of our schools and those who struggle in them'--' Kindle. Read 2014-10-17. A birthday gift from my Benn and Jenn.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories, Flannery O'Connor, Weebcentral Library. Within Flannery O'Conner's short story collection, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories, a good man is not just difficult to find, but impossibly so. Thank God I am not Flannery O'Connor. I would not trade her ability to tell a story, and she was uncommonly good in some ways, for her brutal and dismissive view of the world. Harshness, of circumstance and character, formed her viewpoint; what is also redeeming found little place in her stories. It appears in O'Connor one can only find redemption outside of humanity, and that is dispensed grudgingly, with the great violence of the Old Testament God. Kindle. Read 2014-09-30. A gift from my brother-in-law, Scottie.

The River Caught Sunlight, Katie Andraski, Weebcentral Library. Fictionalized account of working with Francis Schaeffer to help publish his books. Kindle. Read 2014-09-24. A birthday gift from my Benn and Jenn.

Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder, Weebcentral Library. 'Americans call the Second World War “The Good War.” But before it even began, America’s wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war’s end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-09-24.

City of Thieves: A Novel, David Benioff, Weebcentral Library. This is a fast-paced novel of war-time friendship and adventure against the brutal backdrop of Leningrad under siege by the Germans during the Great Patriotic War. The novel succeeds in fleshing out the terrible conditions and inverted values in the besieged city while describing the kind of mind-set that helps someone to stay alive in such a hopeless situation. Paperback. Read 2014-09-21. A birthday gift from Thomas and Bonnie.

The Futurological Congress (From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy), Stanislaw Lem, Michael Kandel, LA Public Library. 'Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress. Caught up in local revolution, Tichy is shot and so critically wounded that he is flashfrozen to await a future cure. Translated by Michael Kandel.' Hardcover. Read 2014-09-18.

Technics And Civilization, Lewis Mumford, Langdon Winner, University of Colorado. I read only the oft-quoted essay: 'The monastery and the clock' from Mumford's discussion of the history of technology. Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-09-14.

The Constitution Of The United States Of America, United States, Weebcentral Library. In one good hour the U.S. Constitution can be read from front to back. It is written in relatively clear language and still has the capacity to surprise. Hardcover. Read 2014-09-13.

The Sot-weed Factor, John Barth, LA Public Library. The Sot-Weed Factor is a satirical tour-de-force with so much going on that I could hardly follow it all. The style is bawdy, witty, and often funny, a full-fledged imitation of a 17th century novel, complete with the full English vocabulary of the times, which by itself is a welcome challenge to parse. It has been described as a picaresque novel, and the main character is Eben Cooke, an over-educated and under-employed poet and virgin, a Candide-like character constantly bewildered by the world, swept along by events, too curious to make a decision about anything. Hardcover. Read 2014-09-13. Highly recommended by my brother Craig; immediately after his recommendation I went directly to the library and started reading this book.

The Woods, Harlan Coben, LA Public Library. 'Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again. For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six- year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor?s family are threatened. Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer twenty years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.' Hardcover. Read 2014-09-11.

When I Was a Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. Every few odd years Marilynne Robinson has produced a book of essays, notably Absence of Mind and The Death of Adam. The latest arrival is When I was a Child I Read Books: Essays. The best of Robinson shines in these latest essays: In them she lays out her vision of the American Dream, celebrating the strengths of the American way of life, marked by its liberality (individual freedom), sense of community, and generosity, each informed by a non-sectarian respect for the soul. Kindle. Read 2014-09-03.

Before the beginning, Martin J. Rees, Weebcentral Library. This book is much better than average in both describing current cosmology and particularly in carefully differentiating between the evidence for current theories and the more speculative aspects of particularly early cosmology. Most books in this genre fall too easily into the overly authoritative pose, as if it is all but figured out; this author is much more respectful of his subject and his audience. Paperback. Read 2014-08-20.

Year zero, Ian Buruma, LA Public Library. 'In 1945, one world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale, great cities around the world lay in ruins, and the ground was laid for more horror to come. In YEAR ZERO, an examination of the postwar years is intertwined with author Ian Buruma's father's attempted reentry into “normalcy” after his experience as a prisoner of war.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-08-20.

The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Representing the system's most unsavory characters in his work as a criminal defense lawyer, jaded attorney Mickey Haller takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by sinister events that suggest the workings of a particularly evil perpetrator.' Paperback. Read 2014-08-14.

What Paul Meant, Garry Wills, LA Public Library. In What Paul Meant, Garry Wills translates the authentic Pauline letters himself, and combines a careful translation of the koiné Greek with modern scholarship to suggest that Paul, who is the modern intellectual's favorite whipping boy as the man who distorted Jesus' message, is in fact a faithful interpreter of the Jesus of the Gospels. Hardcover. Read 2014-08-10.

The Global Public Square, Os Guinness, Weebcentral Library. Os Guiness' The Global Public Square oscillates between a Utopian call for a universal human rights and a sectarian application of those rights, as if the author was of two minds, wrestling with the views of Roger Williams and James Dobson. Kindle. Read 2014-08-07.

The Black Box, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue Bosch searches for the 'black box.' the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-19. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Drop, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD. Impossibly, DNA from a 22-year-old rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist, Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-18. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

Nine Dragons, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Harry Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation - not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li's life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, and the case takes him to Nine Dragons in Hong Kong as the triad makes things very personal.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-14. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

Francis Schaeffer & the Shaping of Evangelical America, Barry Hankins, LA Public Library. This is an even-handed biography of Francis Schaeffer by a fellow Evangelical which breaks Schaeffer's life into three major segments: Early and uncompromising fundamentalist, then gentle missionary to the young European intellectual, and finally leader of the politicization of Evangelical Christians and their problematic embrace of the modern U.S. Republican party. Hardcover. Read 2014-07-11.

The Overlook, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Near Mulholland Drive, Dr. Stanley Kent is found shot twice in the back of the head. New to the coveted Homicide Special Squad, he discovers that Kent had access to dangerous radioactive substances. Bosch is soon in conflict with not only his superiors but the FBI, which thinks the case is too important for just a cop. Complicating his job even more is the presence of Agent Rachel Walling, his onetime lover.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-10. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

A Little History of the World, E.H. Gombrich, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and 'Eine kurze Weltgeschichte fur junge Leser 'was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in seventeen languages across the world.Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. 'A Little History of the World 'presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected.In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.' Kindle. Read 2014-07-08. A gift from Ben and Jenn and Cindy, Christmas 2013.

Hitler's uranium club, Jeremy Bernstein, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2014-07-03.

The Church of the Comic Spirit, Paul Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2014-06-24. A gift from my brother-in-law, Scot, Christmas 2013.

Trunk Music, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. ' B-movie producer Tony Aliso is found stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls Royce, in what looks like a mob hit. Detective Harry Bosch, just back from an 'involuntary stress leave,' is not so sure. And when he finds the money trail, he follows it ... all the way to Vegas. where his one-time lover, Eleanor Wish now works as a pro poker player and is somehow connected to the world of Tony Aliso.' Kindle. Read 2014-06-15. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Origins of Modern Science, Herbert Butterfield, Weebcentral Library. Herbert Butterfield, in his book The Origins of Modern Science, tells the story of the development of modern science by focusing on the ideational changes in what is now referred to as science from the late Middle Ages until the advent of the French Revolution, with primary emphasis on the development of the modern understanding of motion. This is a brilliant choice, as it was the development of a robust physical and mathematical model of motion that allowed Newton to unite terrestrial and astronomical physics into a universal set of physical laws describing mechanics. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2014-06-03.

Isaac Newton, James Gleick, LA Public Library. ''In this biography, James Gleick moves between a comprehensive historical portrait and a dramatic focus on Newton's significant letters and unpublished notebooks to illuminate the real importance of his work in physics, in optics, and in calculus. He makes us see the old intuitive, alchemical universe out of which Newton's mathematics first arose and shows us how Newton's ideas have altered all forms of understanding from history to philosophy. And he gives us an account of the conflicting impulses that pulled at this man's heart: his quiet longings, his rage, his secrecy, the extraordinary subtleties of personality that were mirrored in the invisible forces he first identified as the building blocks of science. More than biography, more than history, more than science, Isaac Newton tells us how, through the mind of one man, we have come to know our place in the cosmos.'--BOOK JACKET.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-25.

The Closers, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch ends a three-year retirement and rejoins theL.A. Police Department, where he is assigned to the new Open-Unsolved Unit. and assigned the 17-year-old abduction and slaying of a mixed-race teenager.Rebecca Verloren, 16, was discovered missing from her Chatsworth home on a July morning in 1988. Her corpse and the gun that ended her life were later found on a hill behind the house. An autopsy revealed that she'd recently undergone an abortion. Of the two original investigators on the case, one has since committed suicide, and Bosch suspects that the other - now a police commander - is helping to keep the lid tight on the case.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-21. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien, LA Public Library. O'Brien's Vietnam combat experience and facility as a writer helped to illuminate the pervasive fear he and other combat veterans experienced, and the resulting distortions it had on their behavior. I found it difficult and compelling reading. It is a set of related vignettes, short-story-like, that explore the short bursts of violence and the long periods between fighting that weighed upon the soldiers of this combat infantry platoon. The loss of a comrade produced deep and long-lasting emotional effects for these men, including fantasies inspired by perhaps mis-placed guilt: 'If I only had done this, my comrade would still be alive.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-20. A gift from Jon and Melinda, Christmas 2013. Melinda recently recommended this novel by O'Brien, as part of a conversation about what books were being read recently in high school.

Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'The death of a journalist leads Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn. Hes playing by Moscow rules now. This is not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys. A Moscow where power resides once more behind the walls of the Kremlin and where critics of the ruling class are ruthlessly silenced. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United States. One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire, however, is a more lucrative and deadly business: Kharkov is an arms dealerand he is about to deliver Russias most sophisticated weapons to al- Qaeda.' Hardcover. Read 2014-05-16.

Lost Light, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch returns to the LAPD, and begins to re-investigate the 4-year old murder of a film production assistant which occured during a movie set robbery. The LAPD, now operating under post 9/11 rules, think the stolen money was used to finance a terrorist training camp. Thoughts of the original murder victim were lost in the federal zeal, and when Bosch decides to re-investigate, he quickly falls fouls of both his old colleagues and the FBI.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-15. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Narrows, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'FBI agent Rachel Walling picks up the trail anew on the Poet, a serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call too, from an old friend whose husband has recently died. The death appeared natural, but this mans ties to the hunt for the Poet make Harry dig deep.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-12. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

City of Bones, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills - and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. For Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart--or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns.' Kindle. Read 2014-05-03. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

A Darkness More Than Night, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Terrence McCaleb, the retired FBI agent who starred in the bestseller Blood Work, is asked by the LAPD to help them investigate a series of murders that have them baffled. They are the kind of ritualized killings that McCaleb specialized in solving with the FBI, and he is reluctantly drawn from his peaceful new life back into the horror and excitement of tracking down a homicidal maniac. More horrifying still, the suspect who seems to fit the profile that McCaleb develops is someone he has known and worked with in the past: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.' Kindle. Read 2014-04-29. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Concrete Blonde, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosch thought he'd stopped the serial killer known as the Dollmaker. Now the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for shooting the wrong man - an accusation that rings true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.' Kindle. Read 2014-04-19. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Black Ice, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.' Kindle. Read 2014-04-18. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

What Is Life?, Erwin Schrödinger, Weebcentral Library. I recently re-read portions Erwin Schroedinger's amazing little book What is Life?, which was a post-war stimulus for a number of physicists to switch from physics to biology and look hard for a physical understanding of living organisms. Kindle. Re-Read (2) 2014-04-17.

The Piano Tuner: A Novel, Daniel Mason, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design. From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches its protagonist into a world of seductive loveliness and nightmarish intrigue. And as he follows Drake’s journey, Mason dazzles readers with his erudition, moves them with his vibrantly rendered characters, and enmeshes them in the unbreakable spell of his storytelling.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2014-04-15. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

The Pagan Lord, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'At the onset of the tenth century, Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg. Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.' Hardcover. Read 2014-04-06. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

The Big Nowhere, James Ellroy, LA Public Library. I decided to read one of James Ellroy's gritty L.A. noir detective novels. His Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential were both made into films, the latter a very good one. Unfortunately, The Big Nowhere turned out to be not just gritty, but pornographically cruel and soulless. Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-03-26.

Angels Flight, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'Harry Bosche takes on the case of an activist attorney who is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive.' Kindle. Read 2014-03-21. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Last Coyote, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'LAPD detective Harry Bosch is down on his luck - his house is condemned in the aftermath of the earthquake, his girlfriend has left him, and he has been suspended for attacking his superior officer. To occupy time he examines the old case files covering a murder which took place on October 28th 1961. The victim was Marjorie Phillips Lowe - his mother...The case forces Bosch to confront the demons of the past, and as he digs deeper into the case, he discovers a trail of cover-ups that lead to the high-ups in the Hollywood Hills...' Kindle. Read 2014-03-18. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

Discoveries And Opinions Of Galileo, Stillman Drake, Galileo Galilei, Weebcentral Library. 'Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career and the subjects of four of his most important writings. Drake's introductory essay place them in their biographical and historical context.' Paperback. Read 2014-03-14.

Black Echo, The, Michael Connelly, Weebcentral Library. 'For Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal ... because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam 'tunnel rat' who had fought side by side with him. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer.' Kindle. Read 2014-03-09. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

Guide to the World's Religions: New Edition of a Classic Work, David G. Bradley, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2014-02-23. Gift from my daughter-in-law, Jenn.

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Weebcentral Library. Douglas Hofstadter took over Martin Gardner's Scientific American column Mathematical Games for a couple of years, and wrote some fine essays in his own column, Metamagical Themas, an anagram of Gardner's column. His best were on the subject of self-referential sentences, and his explanation of the mis-application of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle to things other than the microcosm is the best I have read, including the most succinct description of the application of wave mechanics beyond atoms. His breakdown of molecular genetics in terms of basic information theory is excellent, even though he does not answer his own question as to whether the genetic code is arbitrary or not. Paperback. Read 2014-02-22. Gift from my daughter-in-law, Jenn.

The Highest Tide, Jim Lynch, LA Public Library. ''A poignant coming-of-age story and an enchanting primer on the life aquatic.The Highest Tideis as crisp and clean as a cool dip into the water, and just about as refreshing.Entertainment Weekly One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon shadowed by people curious as to whether this speed-reading, Rachel Carson obsessed teenager is just an observant boy or an unlikely prophet. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him. As the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up. A national bestseller and a Book Sense pick in hardcover' Paperback. Read 2014-02-13. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

How Should We Then Live?, Francis A. Schaeffer, Weebcentral Library. I first read parts of this book in 1976, when Francis Schaeffer was a humble missionary to the intellectually curious, and not active in politics, or so it seemed. Several recent histories have described Schaeffer as a primary actor in the post-Roe-v-Wade shift of U.S. Evangelical Christians into high gear politically, who married themselves to the Republican party to return a morally corrupted secular society to the absolute moral certainty of Christian culture. This prompted me to re-read this book, to answer the question: What did Schaeffer have to say that influenced so many Evangelicals to become more politically active? Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2014-02-12.

How Now Shall We Live?, Charles Colson, Weebcentral Library. By the time Charles Colson got out of prison in the mid-70's, having been convicted for acts of political skullduggery during the Watergate scandal, he had converted to Evangelical Christianity. How Now Shall We Live was his best-seller, an homage to Francis Schaeffer's view of Western history. Schaeffer was a presuppositional millennialist who in the 1970's left the quiet life of a Christian intellectual to help lead the evangelicals to the heights of political activism we see today in the U.S. Hardcover. Read 2014-02-09.

Undiluted hocus-pocus, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Martin Gardner is one of my favorite authors, so when I heard that his autobiography had been recently been published, posthumously, I was interested. For a Gardner fan it is a delight; his plain-spoken mid-West style is well in evidence. Gardner was indefatigably curious, and this book gives some idea of the life he lived while pursuing so many ideas. Gardner met and befriended some of the great intellects of his time; the book is sometimes a bit tedious in its name-dropping, while giving evidence of the joy Gardner felt spending time in the company of brilliant minds. Gardner explores some of his favorite subjects beyond detailing what was by all appearances a full intellectual life. A gift from my wife Cindy, Christmas, 2013. Kindle. Read 2014-02-06.

Main Currents of Western Thought: Readings in Western Europe Intellectual History from the Middle Ages to the Present, Fourth Edition, Baumer, Weebcentral Library. A course of study regarding Western Civilization is often accompanied by a book such as this, a collection of excerpts from historical influential thinkers. This is the best I have come across, with strong short summaries of many of the excerpts, and excellent multi-page summaries of specific eras. Paperback. Partially-Read 2014-02-04. A gift from my wife, Cindy, for Christmas 2012.

Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right & Wrong, Steve Wilkens, Weebcentral Library. Even-handed overview of major systems of ethics, which points out the strengths and weaknesses of each. Useful book, as it makes the point that there are no completely consistent systems of ethics, and to reach a mature ethical philosophy requires acknowledgement of the truth of human limits in their ability to define an absolute point of view. Paperback. Read 2014-02-04. A gift from my buddy Tim.

The Ascent Of Man, J. Bronowski, Weebcentral Library. Bronowski's take on the history of science is informed by his knowledge of the arts. This is a humanistic history of man's construction of himself through invention and adaptation. Hardcover. Read 2014-01-31.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2014-01-22. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

Selected Tales, Nikolai Leskov, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2014-01-18. A gift from Melinda Miles, Christmas 2013.

The orchardist, Amanda Coplin, Weebcentral Library. This is a well-structured novel of grief and solitude and of the damage of indifferent manipulation and violence, balanced against the friendship and care that can heal. The author depicts the inner life of people who are mostly isolated, via the point of view of an orchardist, as lonely, sometimes peaceful, and sometimes self-delusional or unaware. Paperback. Read 2014-01-15. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel, Jacob Bronowski, Bruce Mazlish, Weebcentral Library. 'The history of science has been successfully integrated with other intellectual and political developments in the 'Western tradition, ' instead of being cut off as a recondite specialty untouched by the humanists. The method used by Brunswick and Mazlish is to select twenty-five or more key persons or events and to weave the whole chronicle of Western thought from Leonardo to Heel (inclusive) around them. Their work is therefore less abstract than some histories of thought of a similar compass, since it does not hesitate to deal with specific persons and even political events: intellectual history is not reduced to themes and elements. The individual chapters, since they are really examples, present the newest learned evidence with some detail and even indicate the scholarly controversies that are involved. References to the learned literature in these essays are invariably apt...' Hardcover. Read 2014-01-15.

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, Weebcentral Library. 'Welcome to the world of America's foremost humourist David Sedaris, where learning French, like life, is littered with idiosyncratic delights . . .'The Italian was attempting to answer the teacher's latest question when the Moroccan student interrupted, shouting, 'Excuse me, but what's an Easter?' The teacher called upon the rest of us to explain. 'It is a party for the little boy of God who call his self Jesus.' 'He die one day and then he go above my head to live with your father.' 'He weared of himself the long hair and after he died, the first day he come back here for to say hello to the peoples.' 'He nice, the Jesus.''' Paperback. Read 2014-01-01. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks, Weebcentral Library. Geraldine Brook's historical novel, People of the Book, tells the fascinating and uplifting story of how people of different faiths created and protected a Jewish book of worship known as the Sarajevo Haggadah for over five hundred years, a period marked by much religious conflict. Hardcover. Read 2013-12-29. A gift from my parents and my sister Ruth, Christmas 2013.

In Search Of The Double Helix: Quantum Physics And Life, John Gribbin, Weebcentral Library. Superb quantum chemical history of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Gribbin provides one of the best layman's introduction to the modern approach to chemical bonding, based on Pauling's application of quantum mechanics to chemistry. He provides a consistent and lucid conceptual description of the major types of chemical bonding: Ionic, covelant, hydrogen and van der Waal's. He then applies them to the molecules of life, culminating in a history of the discovery of the DNA structure. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2013-12-22.

The Path to the Double Helix: The Discovery of DNA, Robert Olby, Weebcentral Library. 'Perceptive study of the evolution of ideas leading to understanding of genetic 'secret of life.' Work of Watson, Crick, others.' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2013-12-18.

League of Denial, Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN. There is new understanding that concussive injuries from football can cause life-long brain-damage, and can seriously shorten and distort the lives of those whose brains have been damaged in such fashion. The new book League of Denial, which addresses these problems primarily at the NFL level, points out that everyone ‘knew that football was violent and dangerous, that one hit could break your neck or even kill you. No, what the researchers were saying was that the essence of football - the unavoidable head banging that occurs on every play, like a woodpecker jackhammering at a tree - can unleash a cascading series of neurological events that in the end strangles your brain, leaving you unrecognizable.’ ‘The devastating symptoms produced by chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, a neuro-degenerative disease that had been detected in the brains of many deceased football players: depression, dementia, even suicide.’ Excerpted in the ESPN magazine. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2013-12-09.

The Eighth Day of Creation, Horace Freeland Judson, Weebcentral Library. Judson's history of molecular biology is the best single work available of the early successes in the field. Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 2013-12-06.

Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson, LA Public Library. 'In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars.For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate. Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny.John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage and madness; for others it offers and opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. And for the genetic 'alchemists, ' Mars presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life...and death.The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planets surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces--for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope and ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in human evolution and creating a world in its entirety. Red Mars shows us a future, with both glory and tarnish, that awes with complexity and inspires with vision.' Kindle. Read 2013-12-06.

Azincourt, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. Cornwell's historical fiction on the subject of the Hundred Year's War, specifically an account of the battle between the English and the French in Normandy at Azincourt, as the village of Agincourt was known at the time of the battle, where Henry V led the English to an improbable victory over a vastly superior French force. Cornwell does an excellent job of fleshing out the antecedents and then the terrible clash between French cavalry and the English longbow, a weapon that helped them to win a number of other battles during their ascendant phase of the Hundred Year's War. Kindle. Read 2013-11-27.

A History of Warfare, John Keegan, Weebcentral Library. 'The acclaimed author of The Face of Battle examines centures of conflict in a variety of diverse societies and cultures. 'Keegan is at once the most readable and the most original of living military historians . . . A History of Warfare is perhaps the most remarkable study of warfare that has yet been written.'--The New York Times Book Review.' Paperback. Read 2013-11-19.

The Enlightenment, Anthony Pagden, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2013-11-15. A gift from my son Jon, on the occasion of Father's Day 2013.

In The First Circle, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. This is one of my all-time favorite novels, and only recently has this new English translation become available. It is more than a new translation, actually; the version that reached the West and was the source of all English translations heretofore was a version bowdlerized by the author himself while trying to get the book past Soviet censors during the all-too-brief literary thaw in the 1960's when Ivan Denisovich was published inside the Soviet Union. This is the full work as the author intended it, with more chapters, a slightly different plot. The biggest difference I see between the versions is the amount of time devoted to the character Josef Stalin (no slip here; Stalin is a fully fleshed out character in this version, and sharply drawn), and Innokenty Volodin. It was a real pleasure reading the extended version, and this novel remains one of my favorites. Hardcover. Read 2013-11-11. A gift from my Cindy, Christmas 2012.

A Christian Manifesto, Francis A. Schaeffer, LA Public Library. 'In this explosive book, Francis Schaeffer shows why morality and freedom have crumbled in our society. He calls for a massive movement-in government, law, and all of life-to reestablish our Judeo-Christian foundation and turn the tide of moral decadence and loss of freedom.A Christian Manifestois literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning to biblical Truth and by allowing Christ to be Lord in all of life.'Schaeffer was right. Today, we need leaders who can show us how to operatehellip; in a way that does not neglect or enshrine politics. We need to discern which behaviors by Christians are helpfulhellip; and which are not.' -Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief,Worldmagazine'When I went to L'Abri many years ago as an agnostic, it was the first time I encountered Christians who engaged with the cultural and intellectual world. A leader distinguished by his integrity and authenticity, Francis Schaeffer shows how the richness of biblical truth illuminates the course of history as well as our individual lives.' -Nancy Pearcey, author,Total Truth'I can think of no one who has had more impact on evangelical theology and social policy in the last three decades than Francis Schaeffer. Dr. Schaeffer had enormous influence on a whole generation of baby-boomer evangelicals, calling us to engagement with society and inspiring us to be the salt and light that Jesus commanded. The culmination of Schaeffer's call for the church to be the church wereHow Should We Then Live?andA Christian Manifesto. We all owe Dr. Schaeffer an incalculable debt.' -Dr. Richard Land, president, the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission'Go to any evangelical Christian gatheringhellip; and ask twenty people the simple question: 'What single person has most affected your thinking and your worldview?' If Francis Schaeffer doesn't lead the list of answers, and probably by a significant margin, I'd ask for a recount.' -Joel Belz, founder and CEO, G' Paperback. Partially-Read 2013-11-05.

Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Ricky Jay, Weebcentral Library. 'Ricky Jay is one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists. He is also a most unusual and talented scholar, specializing in the bizarre, exotic, and fantastic side of the human species. The youngest magician to have appeared on television, Jay has become well known for his astonishing stage show as well as for his cameos in such movies as Glengarry Glen Ross and, most recently, Boogie Nights.Jay's unparalleled collection of books, posters, photographs, programs, broadsides, and, most important, data about unjustifiably forgotten entertainers all over the world made this unique book possible. An investigation into the inspired world of sideshows, circuses, and singularly talented performers, Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women is history of the most unusual -- and irresistible -- sort.' Paperback. Read 2013-10-28.

A Brief History Of Time, Stephen W. Hawking, Weebcentral Library. A Brief History of Time is the single best popularized science book I have read to date on the subject of modern physics. It has been held that kind of regard since it has been published in 1988, but I resisted reading it, because I had formed the opinion that quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity, and their application to cosmology, was simply too difficult to convey to the non-practitioner. Hawking does a superb job for most of the book in conceptualizing these theories, his departure point classical physics. His pithy description of the major points of development of classical physics is masterful, and his treatment of QM, the general theory and modern cosmology is accessible. As he is winding down with a description of unified theories it finally becomes a bit of a slog, but all in all, a tremendous achievement. Paperback. Read 2013-10-05.

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, Brenda Maddox, Weebcentral Library. Rosalind Franklin was one of the primary actors in the search for the structure of the DNA molecule.

In 1968 James Watson published The Double Helix, his personal account of the elucidation of the structure of DNA, in which he de-emphasized Rosalind Franklin's critical contributions during the period of discovery, while drawing a negative portrait of her.  Franklin did not receive the Nobel Prize for this discovery, but Watson and Crick did. Why not? Rank villainy?

Brenda Maddox does a superb job of sorting out Franklin's complex story.

Paperback. Read 2013-09-28.

The One World Schoolhouse, Salman Khan, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2013-09-05. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, Weebcentral Library. Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is an important and tightly argued treatise on the mass incarceration of black and brown people in the United States since the acceleration of the War on Drugs in the mid-1980's. Most of the incarcerations have been for low level possession, and have disproportionately affected minorities: According to federal figures, blacks and whites use drugs at a roughly equal rate in percentage terms, yet black men 12 times likelier to be jailed for drugs than white ones. Hardcover. Read 2013-09-01.

Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut, Weebcentral Library. 'Kurt Vonnegut's first full-length work in seven years--now in trade paperback! There's been a timequake. And everyone must relive the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001. The trick is, everything has to be done 'exactly' as it was the first time. Why? You'll have to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.' Kindle. Read 2013-08-25.

The annotated and illustrated double helix, James D. Watson, Weebcentral Library. 'On the fiftieth anniversary of Watson and Crick receiving the Nobel Prize, a freshly annotated and illustrated edition of The Double Helix provides new insights into the personal relationships among James Watson, Frances Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and a scientific revolution. In his 1968 memoir, The Double Helix, James Watson offered a thrilling drama of the race among scientists to identify the structure of DNA. Professors Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski have built upon this narrative; juxtaposing Watsons' racy account with the commentary of other protagonists offering an enhanced perspective of the now legendary story. They have mined many sources: including a trove of newly discovered correspondence belonging to Francis Crick mislaid some fifty years earlier; excerpts from the papers of Maurice Wilkins, Linus Pauling, and Rosalind Franklin; and a chapter that had been dropped from the original. After half a century, the implications of the double helix keep rippling outward; the tools of molecular biology have forever transformed the life sciences. The New Annotated and Illustrated Edition of The Double Helix adds a richness to the account of the momentous events that led the charge. The Double Helix is the best book I know about a scientific discovery. This new edition suffuses the whole with social history, fascinating documentation, photography, and cunning background research. The early fifties, the beginning of the modern age of molecular biology, spring to life. Ian McEwan, author of Atonement --' Hardcover. Read 2013-08-23. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

The second creation, Robert P. Crease, Charles C. Mann, Weebcentral Library. This is a history of the development of the Standard Model of particle physics, circa 1986. It is well regarded by physicists for its sociological treatment, as well as its attempt to record the false starts and uncertainty that accompany leading edge science; certainly the personalities and their various collaborations and squabbles are vividly rendered. As to the science, it is particularly good in providing a pithy description of how a unified theory of electromagnetic, strong and weak forces gives rise to our description of the early events of the Big Bang theory. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2013-08-22.

Relativity: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...), Bruce Bassett, Clackamas County Library. This book summarizes Einstein's special and general theory of relativity using cartoon drawings to illustrate every concept. It does not shy away from physical formulae, neither does it provide in depth discussion of same. My own physics background included the special theory of relativity, and so the explanations were familiar ones, and just OK. I never attempted the general theory, as the mathematics and the physics were too daunting, but was familiar with the consequences, history and major tests of the general theory, which this book covered. Overall, the subject is simply too dense for anyone not on the proper physical and mathematical footing, but the book does a decent job of explaining some of the concepts of Riemannian geometry, the curvature of space, the important observations, basic conondrums and current models of modern astrophysics, the successful applications of the general theory in addressing some of those, and where the general theory either falls short or is as yet untestable. It is OK as a 50,000 foot view of, for a non-physicist, an otherwise unapproachable subject. Paperback. Read 2013-08-12.

The Brass Verdict: A Novel, Michael Connelly, LA Public Library. 'When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Mickey Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait.' Hardcover. Read 2013-08-05. Recommended by my brother-in-law, Greg, who lived in West L.A. for many years.

The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson, LA Public Library. 'A thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London-and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world. From the dynamic thinker routinely compared to Malcolm Gladwell, E. O. Wilson, and James Gleick, The Ghost Mapis a riveting page-turner with a real-life historical hero that brilliantly illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of viruses, rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry. These are topics that have long obsessed Steven Johnson, and The Ghost Mapis a true triumph of the kind of multidisciplinary thinking for which he's become famous-a book that, like the work of Jared Diamond, presents both vivid history and a powerful and provocative explanation of what it means for the world we live in. The Ghost Maptakes place in the summer of 1854. A devastating cholera outbreak seizes London just as it is emerging as a modern city: more than 2 million people packed into a ten-mile circumference, a hub of travel and commerce, teeming with people from all over the world, continually pushing the limits of infrastructure that's outdated as soon as it's updated. Dr. John Snow-whose ideas about contagion had been dismissed by the scientific community-is spurred to intense action when the people in his neighborhood begin dying. With enthralling suspense, Johnson chronicles Snow's day-by-day efforts, as he risks his own life to prove how the epidemic is being spread. When he creates the map that traces the pattern of outbreak back to its source, Dr. Snow didn't just solve the most pressing medical riddle of his time. He ultimately established a precedent for the way modern city-dwellers, city planners, physicians, and public officials think about the spread of disease and the development of the modern urban environment. The Ghost Mapis an endlessly compelling and utterly gripping account of that London summer of 1854, from the microb' Audio Book. Read 2013-07-29. Recommended by my sister-in-law Bonnie.

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, Weebcentral Library. 'A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis's books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together. A revised and amplified edition, with a new introduction, of the three books Broadcast Talks, Christian Behaviour and Beyond Personality.' Kindle. Read 2013-07-04.

Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan, LA Public Library. A mostly excellent collection of essays, that are, at their best, a capable blend of the personal and the arcane, studded with knowing cultural observations and wit. Sullivan has his own distinct style, but a couple of his essays are somewhat reminiscent of the best of Tom Wolfe's New Journalism. Most of the essays revolve around his fascination with his Southern heritage, with enough remove perhaps engendered by his growing up in Indiana to cleanse his writing of the nostalgic, mournful, forgetful and defensive tone that can come from native Southern writers. Hardcover. Read 2013-06-15.

Martin Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis, Weebcentral Library. A novel reputed to describe the world of science practitioners with acuity, it is considered an early and rare novelistic attempt at describing the motivations and considerations of a professional scientist, overlaying the usual research goals with the more ordinary maneuverings of ambition and career, or, to extend the point, a more sociological treatment of scientific research. I found this description of the novel to be accurate, but found the Arrowsmith character less interesting than I had hoped. Paperback. Read 2013-06-01.

Why Evolution Is True, Jerry A. Coyne, Weebcentral Library. This book has been hailed by some as a clear-eyed exposition of modern evolutionary biology. I found it strong on the science, and disappointingly weak on the intellectual discipline. Paperback. Partially-Read 2013-05-15.

Prince of Fire, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Gabriel Allon faces his most determined enemy-and greatest challenge-in the stunning novel from the world-class practitioner of spy fiction.' Paperback. Read 2013-05-12.

Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, LA Public Library. Historical fiction following the life of Thomas Cromwell, the most able of Henry VIII's counselors. Part II. Hardcover. Read 2013-04-28.

Notes On The State Of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, UVa. Jefferson's only book, an answer to French inquiries regarding Virginia while our allies during the Revolutionary War. Reluctantly published by Jefferson first in France. While showing the amazing range of Jefferson, it also reveals both his conscience and lack thereof. Jefferson knew his standing in France amongst the intellectuals was precarious due to his slave ownership, and in these Notes he provided both a stiff condemnation of slavery (not because it was cruel or unfair or against his otherwise heartfelt Enlightenment principles, but because it caused painful pangs of conscience for sensitive slaveowners like himself), and reasons for why he did not divest himself of slaves, the basis for which was unadulterated racism: Blacks were difficult to free because they were not citizen material (too stupid, too ugly, too dangerous because they might take revenge for their ill-treatment, too hard to remove them from America where they could not be allowed to remain, etc.) All in all, much more revealing than Jefferson intended, and never intended for an American audience. eBook. Read 2013-04-02.

Michel De Montaigne: The Complete Essays, Michel De Montaigne, Project Gutenberg. in 1572 Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and thinking. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'assays', inspired by ideas he found in the books of his library and his own experience. He discussed subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. But, above all, Montaigne studied himself as a way of drawing out his own inner nature and that of men and women generally. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature, and provide an engaging insight into a wise Renaissance mind, which continue to give pleasure and enlightenment to modern readers. I read selected essays in support of my reading of Bakewell's ambitious overview and history of the Essais. eBook. Partially-Read 2013-04-01.

How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, Sarah Bakewell, Weebcentral Library. Excellent book, which I had hoped would give me a good introduction and some understanding of the historical impact of the Essais, and which provided just such. Kindle. Read 2013-04-01. A gift from my son, Jon, on the occasion of Father's Day.

Iron Curtain, Anne Applebaum, Weebcentral Library. 'In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Gulag,' acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.' Hardcover. Read 2013-03-19. A gift from Benn and Jenn.

Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, William Manchester, Paul Reid, Weebcentral Library. I have been waiting for fifteen or more years, along with many others, for the last volume of Manchester's Churchill biography; the first two were excellent, particularly the first. Manchester became ill, and never finished it, but passed it on to Paul Reid, who did finish the third and final volume. Very good effort, but one cannot but wonder how much better it would have been had Manchester completed it himself. Hardcover. Read 2013-03-02. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

Wars of the Roses, Elizabeth Hallam, Weebcentral Library. Re-read portions recently, particularly the early and late eras that comprised the War of the Roses. This book is well-written, and includes not only some description of the dynastic conflict but of the general history of the time, and important events and works of literature and art. Hardcover. Read 2013-02-22.

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, LA Public Library. Historical fiction following the life of Thomas Cromwell, the most able of Henry VIII's counselors. Part I. Hardcover. Read 2013-02-15.

White Noise (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century), Don DeLillo, LA Public Library. 'From a National Book Award-winning author comes this postmodern masterpiece. After a deadly toxic accident and his wife's addiction to an experimental drug, a man is forced to question everything about his life.' Paperback. Read 2013-01-29. Recommended by my daughter-in-law, Jenn.

A Death in Vienna, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'During the later stages of WWII, Sturmbannfuehrer Erich Radek's job was to erase all evidence of the Holocaust. Radek, now known as Ludwig Vogel, is chairman of the Danube Valley Trade and Investment Corporation and lives quietly in Vienna. A bombing at the Austrian Wartime Claims and Inquiries office leaves chief investigator Eli Lavon near death. Undercover Mossad agent Gabriel Allon, protagonist of the two previous novels, is ordered by Israeli spymaster Ari Shamron to ferret out the perpetrator. Allon is reluctant-he's working as an art restorer on one of Bellini's great altarpieces in Venice-but Eli is an old friend from the secret service, and duty calls.' Paperback. Read 2013-01-07.

Complicity In The Holocaust, Robert P. Ericksen, . Kindle. Partially-Read 2012-12-14.

Demonizing The Jews, Christopher J. Probst, . Hardcover. Partially-Read 2012-12-05.

The Beautiful and the Damned, Siddhartha Deb, Weebcentral Library. ''A personal, narrative work of journalism and cultural analysis, The beautiful and the damned examines India's many contradictions through five individual perspectives.'--Publisher's description.' Hardcover. Read 2012-12-01. A gift from my brother-in-laws, Scot and Greg.

Story: Substance, Structure, Style And The Principles Of Screenwriting, Robert McKee, Weebcentral Library. Found it very slow going, with way too much pre-amble. Probably good if you are an actual screenwriter, looking for additional practical approaches to the craft. Kindle. Partially-Read 2012-11-29. Recommended by Matt Merkovich. 'If there is one book to be read about screenwriting, this is it.'

Napoleon Dynamite: Final Shooting Script, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Weebcentral Library. 'A true twenty-first-century hero, Napoleon Dynamite is awesome at drawing ligers, hunting wolverines, and playing tetherball. He also has some sweet dance moves. His friends have some pretty good skills too -- Pedro has a Huffy Sledgehammer and a mustache, and Deb makes the best boondoggle key chains in town. Sure, Uncle Rico tries to ruin Napoleon's life and makes him look like a freakin' idiot, but even if Napoleon's just had the worst day of his life, tomorrow he can get up and do whatever he feels like he wants to do. Gosh!' Paperback. Read 2012-11-16.

The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era, Thomas Schatz, LA Public Library. 'At a time when the studio is making a stunning comeback, film historian Thomas Schatz provides an indispensable account of Hollywood's tradional blend of business and art. This book lays to rest the persistent myth that businesspeople and producers stifle artistic talent and reveals instead the genius of a system of collaboration and conflict. Working from industry documents, Schatz traces the development of house styles, the rise and fall of careers, and the making-and unmaking-of movies, from Frankenstein to Spellbound to Grand Hotel. Richly illustrated and highly readable, The Genius of the System gives the definitive view of the workings of the Old Hollywood and the foundations of the New.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2012-11-13. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

Infected Christianity, Alan T. Davies, LA Public Library. 'Focusing on five modern 'Christs,' Alan Davies examines how the Christian church has succumbed to the infection of racist ideas. Using an analysis of the writings of representative philosophic and religious figures, Davies shows that the myths of race and nation, innocent in themselves, have evolved into 'sacred' myths and histories which not only infected Christianity but, in the case of Germany and South Africa, served to legitimize ruling racist elites. He traces the course of racism to its roots in the religious, cultural, and intellectual history of western civilization and to its culmination in the formation of the Aryan myth - the great race myth of white Europeans - in the nineteenth century. As Germany played a pivotal role in recent developments of racism, Davies discusses the Germanic Christ first and most extensively. He analyzes French Roman-Catholic racism, particularly its role in the Third Republic, through discussion of the 'Latin' Christ. His study of the Anglo-Saxon Christ covers both English and American expressions of racism and their links to imperialism. This is followed by a discussion of Afrikaner racism, and an exploration of black nationalism in the United States and its advocacy of a black Christ. Davies concludes with a discussion of the theological problems arising from the five racial Christs surveyed and the dilemmas posed by the attempt to cast a universal religion in a particular cultural mould.' Kindle. Partially-Read 2012-11-05.

Solo Faces: A Novel, James Salter, LA Public Library. Reputed to be the best novel about rock climbing; I would agree with that assessment, for the most part. The ending is on the weak side, but the body of the story is taut, well-informed about the world of rock climbing, and tells a believable tale about the driven and obsessive behavior of elite climbers. Paperback. Read 2012-11-04.

The Princess Bride (Ballantine Reader's Circle), William Goldman, LA Public Library. The movie was much better (a rare event). Within the fairy tale told in the film is interspersed the thoughts and maneuverings of a screenwriter, which are maybe interesting to other screenwriters . . . Hardcover. Read 2012-11-01.

Juno: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Scripts), Diablo Cody, Weebcentral Library. 'Presents a script of the film, along with photographs, complete cast and crew credits (p. 105-109), and a foreword by the director.' Paperback. Read 2012-10-15.

Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York, Adam Gopnik, LA Public Library. 'Following the best-selling Paris to the Moon, the continuation of the Gopniks’ adventures against the panorama of a different though no less storied city as they attempt to make a new home for themselves.Autumn 2000: After five years in Paris, Adam Gopnik moves his family back to a New York that seems, at first, safer and shinier than ever. Here in the wondrously strange “neighborhood” of Manhattan we observe the triumphs and travails of father, mother, son, and daughter; and of the teachers, coaches, therapists, adversaries, and friends who round out the extended urban family. From Bluie, a goldfish fated to meet a Hitchcockian end, to Charlie Ravioli, an imaginary playmate who, being a New Yorker, is too busy to play, the Gopniks’ new home is under the spell of the sort of characters only the city’s unique civilization of childhood could produce.Not long after their return, the fabric of living will be rent by the events of 9/11, but like a magic garment will reweave itself, reviving normalcy in a world where Jewish jokes mingle with debates about the problem of consciousness, the price of real estate, and the meaning of modern art. Along the way, the impermanence and transcendence of life will be embodied in the person of a beloved teacher and coach who, even facing death, radiates a distinctively local light. Written with Gopnik’s signature mix of mind and heart, elegant and exultantly alert to the minute miracles that bring a place to life, Through the Children’s Gate is a chronicle, by turns tender and hilarious, of a family taking root in the unlikeliest patch of earth.' Hardcover. Read 2012-10-14.

Slinging Mud, Rosemarie Ostler, LA Public Library. 'Two Centuries of Scandalous Rumors, Over-the-Top Insults, and Low-Down Slurs. We bemoan the loss of civility in public discourse these days, but mudslinging is an American tradition as old as the republic. Not everyone admired the Father of Our Country. President Washington's enemies called him a cheapskate, a hyena, a horse beater, a spoiled child, and a tyrannical monster, among other epithets. 'You are utterly incapable to steer the political ship,' wrote one outraged critic. And so it has gone ever since. From the King Mob label denigrating Andrew Jackson to the wingnut and latte liberal tags of the past few years, every era has its share of politically motivated insults. Slinging Mud gathers memorable words and expressions from two centuries' worth of going negative.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2012-10-10.

Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman, Weebcentral Library. 'William Goldman'sAdventures in the Screen Tradewas a classic for moviephiles, revealing all the secrets behind the business of the big screen. Now, screenwriter extraordinaire Goldman returns to give us the latest lowdown on Hollywood moviemaking. He dishes the dirt, adventure by adventure, from his most recent films -- the successesandthe failures --  with inside anecdotes from such star-studded sets asThe Princess Bride, Misery, andAbsulote Power. We find out what it's like to work with Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Richard Donner, Rob Reiner, Clint Eastwood, and all the rest of Hollywood's major power players. But this is much more than just a tourist's guide to the backlot. Goldman conducts a virtual writer's clinic: he tells us exactly what works on film and why, dissecting classic moments in great screenplays ranging from the crop-dusting scene inNorth by Northwestto the zipper scene inThere's Something about Mary. He gives us insider tips on everything from good storytelling to effective pitch-making, and he shows us where his ideas come from and what he does with them when they get there. Finally, he brings together some of today's top screenwriters to analyze, doctor, or destroy a screenplay he created just for this book. Enlightening as well as entertaining,Which Lie Did I Tell?is certain to follow its predeccesor as the definitive guide to the real workings behind the glitzy facade of contemporary Hollywood. 'Bill Goldman has proven, once again, that he is the most observant, knowledgeable and intuitive screenwriter in the business today.' -- Joe Roth, Producer and former Chairman, Walt Disney Studios 'Almost as great as an evening with the irrepressible, brilliant, sometimes infuriating, always original -- one and only Bill.' -- Joel Schumacher, Director' Paperback. Read 2012-10-01. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

Walk The Talk, John Gaskin, Weebcentral Library. eBook. Read 2012-09-25.

Unpopular Essays, Bertrand Russell, Weebcentral Library. 'In this volume of essays Russell is concerned to combat, in one way or another, the growth of dogmatism, whether of the Left or of the Right, which has hitherto characterised our tragic century.' Kindle. Read 2012-09-20.

Why Vietnam matters, Rufus Phillips, Weebcentral Library. 'Rufus Phillips gives an extraordinary inside history of the most critical years of American involvement in Vietnam. Describing what went right and then wrong, he argues that the U.S. missed an opportunity to help the South Vietnamese develop a political cause as compelling as that of the Communists by following a big war strategy based on World War II perceptions.' Hardcover. Read 2012-09-09.

The movie business book, Jason E. Squire, Weebcentral Library. 'Drawing from a variety of experts in an industry that has seen major technological advances since the second edition, The Movie Business Book, Third Edition, offers the most comprehensive, authoritative overview of this fascinating, global business. A must-read for industry newcomers, film students and movie buffs, this new edition features key movers and shakers, such as Tom Rothman, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Michael Grillo, head of Feature Film Production at DreamWorks SKG; Sydney Pollack; Mel Brooks; and many others. A definitive sourcebook, it covers nuts-and-bolts details about financing, revenue streams, marketing, DVDs, globalization, the Internet and new technologies. All of this -- and more -- is detailed in this new edition of the classic Movie Business Book.' Paperback. Read 2012-08-22.

From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film, Dov Simens S-S, Weebcentral Library. 'From screenwriting & budgeting to marketing, Simens provides encyclopedic, precise, & creative instruction for putting your vision up on the screen.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2012-08-15.

Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson, Weebcentral Library. This is a long historical novel that dares to write with some depth around the subjects of cryptoanalysis, mathematics, computers, and operating systems. It is full of insights about the technology, about those who live that technology, and about the cultures they inhabit. Kindle. Read 2012-08-03. A gift from my brother-in-law, Greg.

Heritage, Abba Solomon Eban, Weebcentral Library. 'From the birth of Jewish history to the rebirth of the State of Israel, the author, the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and the U.N., traces four thousand years of Jewish experience' Hardcover. Read 2012-07-26.

The Confessor, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Art restorer Gabriel Allon is trying to put his secret service past behind him. But when his friend Benjamin Stern is murdered in Munich, he's called into action once more. Police in Germany are certain that Stern, a professor well known for his work on the Holocaust, was killed by right-wing extremists. But Allon is far from convinced. Not least because all trace of the new book Stern was researching has now mysteriously disappeared . . . Meanwhile, in Rome, the new Pope paces around his garden, thinking about the perilous plan he's about to set in motion. If successful, he will revolutionize the Church. If not, he could very well destroy it . . . In the dramatic weeks to come, the journeys of these two men will intersect. Long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds will come to light, and both their lives will be changed for ever . . .' Paperback. Read 2012-07-26.

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, Osterwalder Alexander, Pigneur Yves, Weebcentral Library. 'Business Model Generation is a practical, inspiring handbook for anyone striving to improve a business model or craft a new one. 1) Change the way you think about business models Business Model Generation will teach you powerful and practical innovation techniques used today by leading companies worldwide. You will learn how to systematically understand, design, and implement a new business model or analyze and renovate an old one. 2) Co-created by 470 strategy practitioners Business Model Generation practices what it preaches. Co-authored by 470 Business Model Canvas practitioners from 45 countries, the book was financed and produced independently of the traditional publishing industry. It features a tightly-integrated, visual, lie-flat design that enables immediate hands-on use. 3) Designed for doers Business Model Generation is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new, innovative models of value creation: executives, consultants, entrepreneurs and leaders of all organizations.' Hardcover. Read 2012-07-21. Recommended by my nephew Jean-Michel.

Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect, Bill Maher, LA Public Library. 'WITH BILL MAHER, ITS NEVER POLITICS AS USUAL! Conservatives know what they want and they never forget it. Except for the time Reagan went to the Vietnam Memorial and shouted, Gorbachev, tear down this wall! Heidi Fleiss and Dr. Kevorkian [are] two visionaries of American social life, the queen and king of coming and going. The Packwood diaries must be pretty racy, because most of the people who read them apparently cannot wait to get to the bottom of the next page. Which, of course, was Packwoods problem, too. 'Politically Incorrect is almost single-handedly reviving political satire. . . . [It] has pulled off the rare trick of being irreverent without being irrelevant.' The New York Times 'A funny collection of jibes, jokes and tidbits from his hilarious late-night show.' Playboy' Paperback. Read 2012-07-04.

Annotated Ancient Mariner: The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the classic poems of the romantic period of English literature has been annotated in a new edition. Coleridge's masterpiece has much to recommend it to a modern audience because of its central theme of the importance of 'all things both great and small.'' Kindle. Re-Read (2) 2012-07-03.

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories, Nathan Englander, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the most stunning literary debuts of our time, these energized, irreverent, and deliciously inventive stories introduce an astonishing new talent. In the collection's hilarious title story, a Hasidic man gets a special dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute. 'The Wig' takes an aging wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. In 'The Tumblers,' Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for the death camps and, in a deft, imaginative twist, turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm's way. For the Relief of Unbearable Urgesis a work of startling authority and imagination--a book that is as wondrous and joyful as it is wrenchingly sad. It hearalds the arrival of a remarkable new storyteller.' Kindle. Read 2012-07-02. A loan from my daughter-in-law, Jenn. Nathan Englander was one of her professors at Columbia.

Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore, LA Public Library. 'The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work 'reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams' (Philadelphia Inquirer). Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe 'Maggie,' Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.' Paperback. Read 2012-06-29. Recommended by my brother Craig.

Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson, Paul Finkelman, Weebcentral Library. Compact and well-reasoned monograph on Slavery and its primal influence on the formation of the United States and its Constitution, slavery's heavy hand in the early shaping of its laws and customs, and clear-headed analysis of slave-owning founding fathers, particularly Jefferson. Compares and contrasts Jefferson's speech vs. his actions (lack thereof) as regards slavery without the usual hagiographic blithering about Jefferson being a man limited by his times, made particularly obvious by the actions of men of his time and place, in positions just like him, who did free their slaves, etc. Google Play. Read 2012-06-24.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, Sean Carroll, Weebcentral Library. Sean Carroll's overview of the new science of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'Evo Devo.', Endless Forms Most Beautiful, demonstrates new ways of testing Haeckel's old and discarded idea that 'ontogony begets phylogeny'. Evo Devo is bearing serious fruit; it would appear that a small number of genetic changes can produce very large, and species specific, changes, particularly those mutations occurring during an organism’s development or to the gene regulatory mechanisms of that organism; this is strong new support for the theory of evolution. Kindle. Read 2012-06-18. A gift from my son Jon.

Bad Religion, Ross Douthat, Weebcentral Library.

Since all other than orthodox is heretical by definition, it is thereby 'Bad Religion.' Ross, a practicing Catholic, argues that Christianity is a highly paradoxical religion whose orthodox views provide a necessary and hard won narrative: The one true synthesis of those paradoxical elements. The argument is not very compelling to me, particularly as it opens with the usual demagogic description of American society as corrupted, in decline both institutionally and morally, etc., only to be corrected by embracing his religion. (Yawn ... why is it that this theme has been sounded since, I don't know, the dawn of history?)

But the book is nonetheless valuable for its summary of those Christian paradoxes, as well as a survey of various Christian trends like Evangelical fundamentalism, prosperity gospel, liberation theology, revival of Gnosticism, etc., all of which he labels as heresies, and finally an 80 year history of the intersection of politics and Christianity in America.

Kindle. Read 2012-06-06. A gift from Jon and Melinda.

The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science, R. Douglas Fields Ph.D., Weebcentral Library. 'Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a very important part of this vital organ has been overlooked in most books -- until now. The Other Brain is the story of glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain. Long neglected as little more than cerebral packing material ('glia' means glue), glia are sparking a revolution in brain science.Glia are completely different from neurons, the brain cells that we are familiar with. Scientists are discovering that glia have their own communication network, which operates in parallel to the more familiar communication among neurons. Glia provide the insulation for the neurons, and glia even regulate the flow of information between neurons.But it is the potential breakthroughs for medical science that are the most exciting frontier in glia research today. Diseases such as brain cancer and multiple sclerosis are caused by diseased glia. Glia are now believed to play an important role in such psychiatric illnesses as schizophrenia and depression, and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. They are linked to infectious diseases such as HIV and prion disease (mad cow disease, for example) and to chronic pain. Scientists have discovered that glia repair the brain and spinal cord after injury and stroke. The more we learn about these cells that make up the 'other' brain, the more important they seem to be.Written by a neuroscientist who is a leader in the research to reveal the secrets of these brain cells, The Other Brain offers a firsthand account of science in action. It takes us into the laboratories where important discoveries are being made, and it explains how scientists are learning that glial cells come in different types, with different capabilities. It tells the story of glia research from its origins to the most recent discoveries and gives readers a much more complete understanding of how the brain works and where the next breakthroughs in brain scienc' Kindle. Read 2012-05-14. A gift from my son Jon. Recommended by my friend Ralph.

The Autobiography of Mark Twain (Perennial Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. ''Mark Twain's autobiography is a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Adams.... It has the marks of greatness in it--style, scope, imagination, laughter, tragedy.'--From the Introduction by Charles NeiderMark Twain was a figure larger than fife: massive in talent, eruptive in temperament, unpredictable in his actions. He crafted stories of heroism, adventure, tragedy, and comedy that reflected the changing America of the time, and he tells his own story--which includes sixteen pages of photos--with the same flair he brought to his fiction. Writing this autobiography on his deathbed, Twain vowed to he 'free and frank and unembarrassed' in the recounting of his life and his experiences.Twain was more than a match for the expanding America of riverboats, gold rushes, and the vast westward movement, which provided the material for his novels and which served to inspire this beloved and uniquely American autobiography.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2012-05-01. A gift from my wife Cindy.

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories, Yiyun Li, Weebcentral Library. 'Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States. In this rich, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate. From the bustling heart of Beijing, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers reveals worlds both foreign and familiar, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose.“Immortality,” winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for new writers, tells the story of a young man who bears a striking resemblance to a dictator and so finds a calling to immortality. In “The Princess of Nebraska,” a man and a woman who were both in love with a young actor in China meet again in America and try to reconcile the lost love with their new lives. “After a Life” illuminates the vagaries of marriage, parenthood, and gender, unfolding the story of a couple who keep a daughter hidden from the world. And in “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” in which a man visits America for the first time to see his recently divorced daughter, only to discover that all is not as it seems, Li boldly explores the effects of communism on language, faith, and an entire people, underlining transformation in its many meanings and incarnations.These and other daring stories form a mesmerizing tapestry of revelatory fiction by an unforgettable writer.From the Hardcover edition.' Paperback. Read 2012-04-25.

Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman, LA Public Library. Paperback. Read 2012-04-17. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed cross the road?, Brian D. McLaren, Weebcentral Library. Thoughtful and candid discussion of Christianity's violence, hostility, imperial roots, and drift away from the primary ethics of Christ, by a Christian pastor. McLaren provides a pragmatic approach for Christians to move towards multi-faith acceptance and a return to the heart of Christs's message: Love for one another trumps all. McLaren provides a welcome contrast to men like Francis Schaeffer, Os Guinness, or Ross Douthat, whose books I have also read recently, and who are so certain that their faith traditions are the only ones. Kindle. Read 2012-04-09. A gift from Jon and Melinda.

The Nothing that Is, Robert Kaplan, Weebcentral Library. 'Diddly squat is as close to squat as makes no nevermind.' This is a superb and far-ranging essay on the apparently mundane zero. While it might be expected to be predominantly mathematical, it is much more, an erudite and masterly exposition that touches many disciplines without slighting its mathematical roots. It has an exponential arc. Paperback. Read 2012-03-24. A gift from my wife Cindy.

Death of Kings, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'As the ninth century wanes, King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.The Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred's dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.' Hardcover. Read 2012-03-16. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right, Atul Gawande, Weebcentral Library. 'The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklistWe live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds. An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right. Atul Gawande is the author of Better and Complications. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts. Taxe' Hardcover. Read 2012-03-12. A gift from my buddy Tim.

The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'By now, Alfred the Great is old and feeble, unwilling and unable to repel the Danish invaders. He relies on trusty pagan warlord Uhtred, but Uhtred's temper and an unexpected violent act force Uhtred to break his oath of loyalty to Alfred and flee north with his men, intending to reclaim his ancestral home. En route, they face marauding Danish armies, betrayal, battles for a pirate treasure, and the curse of a vicious Danish witch, only to eventually be manipulated back into fighting for Alfred. ' Hardcover. Read 2012-03-11. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

American Sphinx, Joseph J. Ellis, Weebcentral Library. Joseph Ellis provides us with an ambitious analysis of the compartmentalized mind of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was extraordinarily adept at saying and writing, apparently believing, and doing things that were paradoxical and often diametrically opposed to each other. Ellis suggests that this helps to explain his enduring following by just about every political persuasion in the United States, and even abroad: Anyone can find in Jefferson something that supports one's ideology, especially if they studiously ignore, in perfect Jeffersonian fashion, the things Jefferson said or did that would negate their ideology. Paperback. Read 2012-03-03. A gift from my wife Cindy.

Sword Song, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs: a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have arrived to occupy the decayed Roman city of London. Their dream is to conquer Wessex, and to do it they need Uhtred's help. Alfred has other ideas. He wants Uhtred to expel the Viking raiders from London. Uhtred must weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles. ' Hardcover. Read 2012-03-01. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

Hen's Teeth And Horse's Toes, Stephen Jay Gould, LA Public Library. I read Gould's essay Nonmoral Nature in this collection to see his response to the religious moral arguments against natural selection. Ever since the publication of the Darwin's Origin of the Species arguments have been made about the inherent cruelty of the natural selection model, not just by Christians who argued against the theory of evolution, but also by scientists as early as Darwin himself. This idea became particularly problematic when religious opponents made various claims about the immorality of the biological evolution, arising from the general understanding that cruelty when applied to humans by humans is immoral or evil. These claims have been extended over time to suggest that evolution is a manifestation of secular humanism, which is an ethical doctrine, therefore the teaching of evolution must include the teaching of Creationism in biology classes to address the underlying implied ethical and moral claims of Darwinism and to compare the moral alternatives provided by religion. Gould's response in Nonmoral Nature pointed out that the application of morality to the blind processes of nature is bound to disappoint, as again, life just happens, whether modeled by the concept of natural selection or conceived as God's Creation, or both. Most living organisms consume other living organisms, and even some of those which don't, like fungi, rely on the byproducts of dead organisms for their own survival. Some do it in very cruel ways indeed, if one were to apply human ethical standards to their behavior; but of course one cannot do such a thing. Ironically, going down the path of condemning the cruelty of natural selection as a way of condemning the model of evolution brings one quickly full circle to the question of why the Creator would have made Nature so cruel. On a related note, Gould further suggested that this inappropriate mapping of morality onto natural behavior also helped to give rise to the misguided eugenics movement and various aspects of Social Darwinism. Paperback. Partially-Read 2012-03-01.

The Pale Horseman, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'The last unvanquished piece of England, Wessex is eyed hungrily by the fearsome Viking conquerors. A dispossessed young nobleman, Uhtred is tied to the imperiled land by birth and marriage but was raised by the Danish invaders - and he questions where his allegiance must lie. But blood is his destiny, and when the overwhelming Viking horde attacks out of a wintry darkness, Uhtred must put aside all hatred and distrust and stand beside his embattled country's staunch defender - the fugitive King Alfred.' Hardcover. Read 2012-02-22. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut, Weebcentral Library. Had some great Vonnegutian bursts of imagination. Highly uneven dystopic novel, but readable. Paperback. Read 2012-02-22. Recommended by my friend Ralph Wiser.

Apostles of Disunion, Charles B. Dew, Weebcentral Library. It has always been for me somewhat of a puzzle as to why many in the South up to today insist on the idea that slavery was not a primary cause of our Civil War, but that states rights, economic warfare, etc. or anything but slavery were the deep and the proximate cause of that war. Charles Dew, born and raised in the South, writes this monograph on that very subject. He comes at the subject by researching the various documents created and speeches made by the politicians and government officials of Southern states prior to the start of the Civil War for the purpose of justifying, insisting upon, and finally enacting the secession of the various states from the Union. Paperback. Read 2012-02-16.

Lords of the North, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'The year is 878, and as Lords of the North begins, the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister, who was taken prisoner by Kjartan the Cruel, a Danish lord who lurks in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines, where fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes have formed a desperate alliance to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of England, as the English and Danes fight against each other, but also find common cause and create a common language.' Hardcover. Read 2012-02-15. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

the English Assassin, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore a painting owned by a reclusive millionaire banker, art expert and sometime Israeli agent Gabriel Allon discovers his would-be employer murdered and finds himself back in the espionage game, tangling with a rogue assassin he had trained. Reprint..' Paperback. Read 2012-02-14.

The Subject Steve, Sam Lipsyte, Weebcentral Library. Is the Subject Steve dying? Aren't we all dying? Is the Subject Steve actually Steve? Hardcover. Read 2012-02-12. A gift from my Ben and Jenn.

The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell, LA Public Library. 'In the middle years of the ninth-century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fate of all England - and the course of history - depended upon one man, one king. From New York Times bestselling storyteller Bernard Cornwell comes a rousing epic adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty, love, and battle as seen through the eyes of a young warrior who straddled two worlds.' Hardcover. Read 2012-02-05. Recommended by my brother Craig, who also loves historical fiction that is reasonably rooted in history.

The Swerve, Stephen Greenblatt, Weebcentral Library. Stephen Greenblatt's book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern is an excellent tale of the influence of Epicurus on the modern way of thinking. Epicurus spoke of change in terms of a 'swerve'; the author's allusion to a swerve otherwise is to the narrow and chance survival during the Renaissance of Lucretius' poem De Rerum Natura, a rumination and celebration of all things Epicurean, and whose influence in subsequent Western thought represents a giant swerve in cosmology, religion and natural philosophy away from Plato and Aristotle and towards Epicurus. Hardcover. Read 2011-12-29.

Eve's Diary, Complete, Mark Twain, Project Gutenberg. eBook. Read 2011-12-09.

Three Cups of Deceit, Jon Krakauer, Weebcentral Library. ' Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, is a man who has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all that he appears to be.  Based on wide-ranging interviews with former employees, board members, and others who have intimate knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, Three Cups of Deceit uncovers multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson’s public image. Was his crusade really inspired by a desire to repay the kindness of villagers who nursed him back to health when he became lost on his descent down K2? Was he abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban? Has his charity built all of the schools that he has claimed? This book is a passionately argued plea for the truth, and a tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong. 100% of Jon Krakauer’s proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the “Stop Girl Trafficking” project at the American Himalayan Foundation (' Kindle. Read 2011-12-01.

Molecular Cell Biology, Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Paul Matsudaira, Chris A. Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Matthew P. Scott, Lawrence Zipursky, James Darnell, Weebcentral Library. 'Molecular Cell Biology stands out from its peers in this course in that it provides a clear introduction to the techniques and experiments of scientists past and present, not just an “encyclopedia” of information.  This experimental emphasis, together with a solid pedagogical framework in the chapters, provides the clearest, most cutting-edge text available.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2011-11-30.

The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview, Iris Fry, Weebcentral Library. ''Essential reading for people in disciplines ranging from philosophy to biology. It is simply the best general book that I know on the question of the origin of life.' --Michael Ruse, author of Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? 'Fry has fashioned a masterful account of the history, philosophy, and science of the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Her story weaves profound Western ideas of who we are and where we came from, from Aristotle to Gould, from Kant to NASA.' --Woodruff Sullivan, University of Washington 'A rich source for the specialist and thought-provoking reading for the lay person.' Gunter Wachtershauser, University of Regensburg, Germany How did life emerge on Earth? Is there life on other worlds? These questions, until recently confined to the pages of speculative essays and tabloid headlines, are now the subject of legitimate scientific research. This book presents a unique perspective--a combined historical, scientific, and philosophical anaylsis, which does justice to the complex nature of the subject. The book's first part offers an overview of the main ideas on the origin of life as they developed from antiquity until the twentieth century. The second, more detailed part of the book examines contemporary theories and major debates within the origin-of-life scientific community. Topics inclue: - Aristotle and the Greek atomists' conceptions of the organism - Alexander Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane's 1920s breakthrough papers - Possible life on Mars? - The search for extraterrestrial intelligence - Recent discoveries of extrasolar planets Iris Fry teaches at the Cohn Institute for the History of Philosophy of Science andIdeas, Tel Aviv University, and in the department of humanities and arts at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Her book The Origin of Life: Mystery or Scientific Problem? was published in Israel in 1997.' Paperback. Read 2011-11-15.

Love of Life, Jack London, Project Gutenberg. eBook. Read 2011-11-02.

Complications, Atul Gawande, Weebcentral Library. 'In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. 'Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science' is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human. Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made. In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur, why good surgeons go bad. He shows what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause; a young woman with nausea that won't go away; a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job. Gawande also ponders the human factor that makes saving lives possible. At once tough-minded and humane, 'Complications' is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor.' Paperback. Read 2011-10-04.

The Kill Artist, Daniel Silva, LA Public Library. 'Former Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon is drawn back into the game to take on a cunning terrorist on one last killing spree, a Palestinian zealot who played a dark part in Gabriel's past. And what begins as a manhunt turns into a globe-spanning duel fueled by both political intrigue and deep personal passions...' Paperback. Read 2011-09-02.

The Hamlet, William Faulkner, Weebcentral Library. I asked my brother Craig to recommend a good introduction to Faulkner, and he suggested I start with one of the Snopes family sagas. I have avoided Faulkner since a small introduction to his writing in high school, but became curious recently: Faulkner is often described as one of America's great writers, so there must be something to that. Alas, I struggled once again difficult to stay awake reading his dense, overly florid prose, particularly as the writing is describing Southern culture. I find that when reading Southern writing I still favor Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and other more direct expositors. Kindle. Partially-Read 2011-08-13. A gift from Melinda Miles.

Spandau: The Secret Diaries, Albert Speer, Weebcentral Library. Albert Speer, Hitler's personal architect and Reich Armaments Minister, kept a diary while he was in Spandau prison following his conviction at the post-war Nuremburg trials. These diaries provide a fascinating, hooded glimpse of the 'smartest man' in the Nazi leadership. At least, smart enough to evade the death penalty at the Nuremberg Trials. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2011-07-22.

San Fernando Valley, Marc Wanamaker, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-07-07. A gift from my wife Cindy.

New York Times book of science questions and answers, C. Claiborne Ray, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2011-07-02.

The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand, Weebcentral Library. 'The Metaphysical Club is a compelling vital account of how the cluster of ideas that came to be called pragmatism was forged from the searing experiences of its progenitors' lives.' Paperback. Read 2011-06-28.

The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James, Project Gutenberg. 'American pastoral counseling movement, and beyond its role in spawning the psychology of religion, it remains a book that empowers individuals and inspires readers with erudition, insight, and kindness. No discussion of current religion - from the fundamentalist revival to the New Age movement - is complete without an appreciation of this groundbreaking work.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2011-06-08.

Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches, Lynda Obst, Weebcentral Library. ''Never go to a meeting without a strategy.' 'Ride the horse in the direction it's going.' These are just two of the gems unearthed from the trenches of Hollywood by Lynda Obst, one of the most successful producers in the movie business today. In 'Hello, He Lied, ' Obst offers real, practical advice to would-be professionals in any field: 'Thou shalt not cry at work, ' 'thou shalt not appear tough, ' 'thou shalt return all thy phone calls, ' and more. She takes us inside high-pressure meetings with David Geffen, onto the set of 'Sleepless in Seattle, ' and into the heated negotiations for 'The Hot Zone' and reveals what she's learned in more than twenty years in the business: how to swim with the sharks--and not get eaten.Lynda Obst is the head of Lynda Obst Productions. She has produced some of today's biggest movies, including 'The Fisher King, Sleepless in Seattle, One Fine Day, ' and 'Contact.' She lives in Los Angeles and Texas.'Smart, amusing...knowing report on how real people work together in the hurly-burly world of movie making.'--David McClintick, author of Indecent Exposure, in the 'New York Times Book Review' 'Engaging, ironic, clever, and insightful...the most useful insider's how-to to the movie business since 'Adventures in the Screen Trade.' ' '--Los Angeles Times' 'Lynda's business dicta can apply to almost any career....One of the most intelligent and thoughtful works I have ever read about making movies and living to tell the tale. A truly brilliant, inspiring effort.'--Liz Smith, 'New York Post' 'A must-read for any working woman looking to get ahead....An entertaining, extremely pragmatic book on how to succeed in anycompetitive field.' '--Glamour' 'The brainiest insider's view of movie making in recent memory....AZen-centered bull's-eye.' '--Hollywood Reporter'' Paperback. Read 2011-05-11.

From Harvard to Hell And Back, Eric H. Sigward, Weebcentral Library. A book by one of several seminary interns from Peninsula Bible Church all of whom lived in my parent's house on and off during the mid-70's. Of all of the interns, I only met one, and it was not Eric, but the stories I heard about Eric made him the only interesting one (unless you count the notorious Bryan Fischer, but that kind of 'interest' I can do without), stories like: Eric, out of the blue, asked another intern, Tina, to marry him (they had no romantic relationship), and when she emphatically replied, 'No,' he responded, 'Well, how about tennis?' So when I ran across this book, I was able to determine it was the same Eric Sigward, and decided to read it. The book is an autobiographical account of a young phenom who attended Horace Mann, Harvard, where he rowed on the crew and joined the Porcellian Club, Cambridge, Stanford, and several divinity schools. Crazy book, of hubris and wild youth, drugs, sex, the occult, and finally Jesus. Paperback. Read 2011-05-05.

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, Weebcentral Library. 'There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focusses on intelligence and ambition. In OUTLIERS Malcolm Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking ‘around’ them – at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. The story of success is more complex – and a lot more interesting – than it initially appears. OUTLIERS explains what the Beatles and Bill Gates have in common, the extraordinary success of Asians at math, the hidden advantages of star athletes, why all top New York Lawyers have the same résumé, and the reason you’ve never heard of the world’s smartest man – all in terms of generation, family, culture, and class. It matters what year you were born if you want to be a Silicon Valley billionaire, Gladwell argues, and it matters where you were born if you want to be a successful pilot. The lives of outliers – those people whose achievements fall outside normal experience – follow a peculiar and unexpected logic, and in making that logic plain Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential. In THE TIPPING POINT Malcolm Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In BLINK he changed the way we think about thinking. OUTLIERS will transform the way we understand success. (-book jacket)' Hardcover. Read 2011-05-01.

Absence of Mind, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. In her collection of essays entitled Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of Self, Marilynne Robinson sails the still uncharted territory of consciousness, or perhaps, the territory of charting consciousness. She fires an immediate broadside in her very first sentence: 'These essays examine one side in the venerable controversy called the conflict between science and religion, in order to question the legitimacy of the claim its exponents make to speak with the authority of science and in order to raise questions about the quality of thought that lies behind it.' The 'absence of mind' the title appears at least a double entendre: The removal of the mystery of the mind by sloppy, imprecise parascience (a word Robinson uses more in the sense of scientism) and a poke at those who would arrogantly misuse the authority of science as being absent of mind. Hardcover. Read 2011-04-14.

Thomas Jefferson, R.B. Bernstein, Multnomah County Library. 'Thomas Jefferson designed his own tombstone, describing himself simply as 'Author of the Declaration of Independence and of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.' It is in this simple epitaph that R.B. Bernstein finds the key to this enigmatic Founder--not as a great political figure, but as leader of 'a revolution of ideas that would make the world over again.' In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American--the first concise life in six decades. Bernstein deftly synthesizes the massive scholarship on his subject into a swift, insightful, evenhanded account. Here are all of Jefferson's triumphs, contradictions, and failings, from his luxurious (and debt-burdened) life as a Virginia gentleman to his passionate belief in democracy, from his tortured defense of slavery to his relationship with Sally Hemings. Jefferson was indeed multifaceted--an architect, inventor, writer, diplomat, propagandist, planter, party leader--and Bernstein explores all these roles even as he illuminates Jefferson's central place in the American enlightenment, that 'revolution of ideas' that did so much to create the nation we know today. Together with the less well-remembered points in Jefferson's thinking--the nature of the Union, his vision of who was entitled to citizenship, his dread of debt (both personal and national)--they form the heart of this lively biography. In this marvel of compression and comprehension, we see Jefferson more clearly than in the massive studies of earlier generations. More important, we see, in Jefferson's visionary ideas, the birth of the nation's grand sense of purpose.' Paperback. Read 2011-04-12.

Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. 'For thousands of years, women have asked themselves: What is the deal with guys, anyway? What are they thinking? The answer, of course, is: virtually nothing. But that has not stopped Dave Barry from writing an entire book about them, dealing frankly and semi-thoroughly with such important guy issues as:- Scratching- Why the average guy can remember who won the 1960 World Series but    not necessarily the names of all his children- Why guys cannot simultaneously think and look at breasts- Secret guy orgasm-delaying techniques, including the Margaret Thatcher    Method- Why guys prefer to believe that there is no such thing as a 'prostate'' Paperback. Read 2011-04-08.

The Diary Of Adam And Eve, Mark Twain, John Updike, Weebcentral Library. 'Written in diary form, The Diary of Adam and Eve is an ingenious, witty, and ultimately delightful retelling of the dawn of human creation with many a grain of truth for today's gender disputes. Master storyteller Mark Twain hilariously recreates the very first days, portraying Adam as something of a recluse, and a man who is ill prepared for the arrival of Eve, a talkative, emotional, and highly charged female. Yet in time, and after many moments of conflict, they begin to learn to live together and come to realize that men and women can, in fact, exist in harmony.' Paperback. Read 2011-04-01.

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries) (Great Discoveries), Barbara Goldsmith, Weebcentral Library. 'Draws on diaries, letters, and family interviews to discuss the lesser-known achievements and scientific insights of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and producer of radium, documenting how she was compromised by the prejudices of a male-dominated society in spite of her accomplishments. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.' Paperback. Read 2011-03-29.

Endgame, Frank Brady, Weebcentral Library. 'Endgameis acclaimed biographer Frank Bradyrs's decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent-and confoundingdescent-of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was only 10 and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effects of fame. Drawing from Fischer family archives, recently released FBI files, and Bobbyrs's own emails, this account is unique in that it limns Fischerrs'sentirelife-an odyssey that took the Brooklyn-raised chess champion from an impoverished childhood to the covers ofTime, LifeandNewsweekto recognition as 'the most famous man in the world' to notorious recluse. At first all one noticed was how gifted Fischer was. Possessing a 181 I.Q. and remarkable powers of concentration, Bobby memorizedhundreds of chess books in several languages, and he was only 13 when he became the youngest chess master in U.S. history. But his strange behavior started early. In 1972, at the historic Cold War showdown in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he faced Soviet champion Boris Spassky, Fischer made headlines with hundreds of petty demands that nearly ended the competition. It was merely a prelude to what was to come. Arriving back in the United States to a herors's welcome, Bobby was mobbed wherever he went-a figure as exotic and improbable as any American pop culture had yet produced. No player of a mere 'board game' had ever ascended to such heights. Commercial sponsorship offers poured in, ultimately topping $10 million-but Bobby demurred. Instead, he began tithing his limited money to an apocalyptic religion and devouring anti-Semitic literature. After years of poverty and a stint living on Los Angelesrs' Skid Row, Bobby remerged in 1992 to play Spassky in a multi-million dollar rematch-but the experience onlydeepeneda paranoia that had formed years earlier when he came to believe that the Soviets wanted him ' Hardcover. Read 2011-03-21.

Divided by Faith, Benjamin J. Kaplan, Weebcentral Library. The ensuing religious fragmentation of Western Christendom following the advent of the Reformation created fissures in the fabric of European society so large that, after a century of warfare, borne by the exhaustion of bitter hatred and its accompanying destructiveness, the only option left for a more peaceful existence was the grudging co-existence of groups with religious differences. This is an account of the aftermath of the European Wars of Religion, and the rise of religious tolerance in Europe after the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation hell-on-earth, described so because all Western Christendom stood ex-communicated and bound to perdition, at least according to one or another of the warring Christian sects, Protestant and Catholic. Hardcover. Read 2011-03-21.

The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine, Weebcentral Library. Thomas Paine was perhaps the most persuasive of those proponents of revolution in the American Colonies of Great Britain, and well after his influential pamphlet Common Sense he continued to write about 'revolting' things (tongue well in cheek) in the following period of the French Revolution. His pamphlet Age of Reason is a fiercely argued defense of freedom of religion, an argument against organized religion and an argument for deism, written between 1794 and 1797 from Revolutionary France. Paperback. Read 2011-02-19.

Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. 'If you love to laugh, if you love your country, if you are unaware that 'the Sixth Amendment states that if you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a trial before a jury of people too stupid to get out of jury duty,' Dave Barry Slept Here is the book for you. Every single momentous event and crucial movement is covered, including:The Birthing Contractions of a Nation Kicking Some British Butt The Forging of a Large, Wasteful Bureaucracy The Civil War: A Nation Pokes Itself in the Eyeball The Fifties: Peace, Prosperity, Brain Death The Reagan-Bush Years: Napping Toward Glory And much more!' Paperback. Read 2011-02-11.

I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. Dave Barry never disappoints; his comic perspective is a joy. Here Dave takes on, or perhaps eschews his middle-agedness. Hardcover. Read 2011-01-28.

Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time, Peter Galison, Weebcentral Library. 'A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps is 'part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernity....In Galison's telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and others....Galison has unearthed fascinating material' (New York Times).Clocks and trains, telegraphs and colonial conquest: the challenges of the late nineteenth century were an indispensable real-world background to the enormous theoretical breakthrough of relativity. And two giants at the foundations of modern science were converging, step-by-step, on the answer: Albert Einstein, an young, obscure German physicist experimenting with measuring time using telegraph networks and with the coordination of clocks at train stations; and the renowned mathematician Henri Poincaré, president of the French Bureau of Longitude, mapping time coordinates across continents. Each found that to understand the newly global world, he had to determine whether there existed a pure time in which simultaneity was absolute or whether time was relative.Esteemed historian of science Peter Galison has culled new information from rarely seen photographs, forgotten patents, and unexplored archives to tell the fascinating story of two scientists whose concrete, professional preoccupations engaged them in a silent race toward a theory that would conquer the empire of time.' Paperback. Read 2011-01-14.

Sister Wendy in Conversation with Bill Moyers, Bill D. Moyers, Sister Wendy Beckett, Weebcentral Library. 'In this rare interview with one of America's best-known television commentators, Bill Moyers, Sister Wendy shares her views on looking at art, living in seclusion, and falling into the role of television star. The companion book features additional dialogue of their three-hour conversation not shown on the video.' Paperback. Read 2010-12-29.

Maus: A Survivor's Tale. II: And Here My Troubles Begin, Art Spiegelman, Weebcentral Library. If you were looking for just one book that would give you some sense of the personal impact of the Holocaust on its victims, survivors and their families, this is it. Spiegelman's cartoon version of his father's life before, during and after the Holocaust, of which he was a survivor, provides a more direct, complete and highly visual means of telling the story. Maus draws you close, and with each panel, you feel the emotional impact of this terribly difficult and sad world. Paperback. Read 2010-12-14. Recommended by my brother Peter.

Maus: A Survivor's Tale. I: My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman, Weebcentral Library. If you were looking for just one book that would give you some sense of the personal impact of the Holocaust on its victims, survivors and their families, this is it. Spiegelman's cartoon version of his father's life before, during and after the Holocaust, of which he was a survivor, provides a more direct, complete and highly visual means of telling the story. Maus draws you close, and with each panel, you feel the emotional impact of this terribly difficult and sad world. Hardcover. Read 2010-12-14. Recommended by my brother Peter.

Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, Weebcentral Library. Steve Jobs recent demise brought out many encomiums having at least one thing in common: An agreement that he was a genius. Jobs' genius (a notoriously fickle word) would appear to be in the realm of practical design. His early Apple computer was easier to use and more accessible to its consumers than those of his early competitors, and that was true of most of the subsequent devices produced by Apple on his watch, including the Macintosh windowing and mouse-driven operating system, the seductively simple iPod, the iPhone marriage of mobile phones with a personal digital assistant and its deft employment of touch screen technology, and the iPad tablet offshoot. Hardcover. Read 2010-12-03.

The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers [7th Edition], Robert L. Heilbroner, Weebcentral Library. 'The Worldly Philosophers is a bestselling classic that not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideas -- namely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.In a bold new concluding chapter entitled 'The End of the Worldly Philosophy?' Heilbroner reminds us that the word 'end' refers to both the purpose and limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that today's increasingly 'scientific' economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future.' Paperback. Read 2010-11-29. Inherited from my father-in-law Burt.

The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria, Weebcentral Library. 'One of our most distinguished thinkers argues that the 'rise of the rest' is the great story of our time. 'This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.' So begins Fareed Zakaria's important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-sellingThe Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the 'rise of the rest'-the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others-as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.' Hardcover. Read 2010-11-25.

The Great Terror: A Reassessment, Robert Conquest, Weebcentral Library. Thorough history of the Great Terror of the Soviet Union. Read the sections emphasizing kulakization, anti-Semitism, intellectual suppression, and the disastrous weakening of the Soviet military in the run-up to WWII. Paperback. Partially-Read 2010-11-07.

The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce, Project Gutenberg. Ambrose Bierce is one of America's most celebrated cynics, along with Mark Twain and H. L. Mencken, and others too various to mention. His Devil's Dictionary provides ample dollops of irony, much of it directed seemingly at others while instead pointing directly at one's self. eBook. Re-Read (2) 2010-10-04.

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Weebcentral Library. 'On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in 'Seabiscuit'. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, 'Unbroken' is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. About the Author____________________ Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the critically acclaimed ''Seabiscuit: An American Legend'', which spent 42 weeks at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, in hardcover and paperback. ''Seabiscuit'' was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, won the Book Sense No' Hardcover. Read 2010-10-01. A gift from my son Benn.

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine, Robert Conquest, Weebcentral Library. Definitive account of the policies and consequences of kulakization and collectivization in the Soviet Union in the 1930's, which resulted in mass terror, murder, and starvation. Russian Mennonites were among the victims of these policies. Paperback. Partially-Read 2010-09-30.

Bel Canto (P.S.), Ann Patchett, Weebcentral Library. 'Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening -- until a band of gunwielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.' Paperback. Read 2010-09-26. Recommended by my brother Peter.

Angler, Barton Gellman, Weebcentral Library. Bart Gellman's book Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency is a competent and sometimes surprising look at Dick Cheney's vice-presidency. The most surprising revelation? Cheney's fall from W.'s grace. Hardcover. Read 2010-09-25.

Paris To The Moon, Adam Gopnik, Weebcentral Library. 'Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés, breathtaking façades around every corner--in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans. In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. Gopnik is a longtime New Yorker writer, and the magazine has sent its writers to Paris for decades--but his was above all a personal pilgrimage to the place that had for so long been the undisputed capital of everything cultural and beautiful. It was also the opportunity to raise a child who would know what it was to romp in the Luxembourg Gardens, to enjoy a croque monsieur in a Left Bank café--a child (and perhaps a father, too) who would have a grasp of that Parisian sense of style we Americans find so elusive. So, in the grand tradition of the American abroad, Gopnik walked the paths of the Tuileries, enjoyed philosophical discussions at his local bistro, wrote as violet twilight fell on the arrondissements. Of course, as readers of Gopnik's beloved and award-winning 'Paris Journals' in The New Yorker know, there was also the matter of raising a child and carrying on with day-to-day, not-so-fabled life. Evenings with French intellectuals preceded middle-of-the-night baby feedings; afternoons were filled with trips to the Musée d'Orsay and pinball games; weekday leftovers were eaten while three-star chefs debated a 'culinary crisis.'As Gopnik describes in this funny and tender book, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys--both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived. With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at' Paperback. Read 2010-08-16.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson, Weebcentral Library. 'The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).' Paperback. Read 2010-07-21. Recommended by my sister-in-law Bonnie.

What Jesus Meant, Garry Wills, LA Public Library. Garry Wills, who is a believing Catholic, attempts to extricate the Jesus of the New Testament from the 1,700 year edifice of organized Christianity by doing his own translation of the koiné, or marketplace Greek ,in which the New Testament was originally written. Paperback. Read 2010-07-13.

American ground, unbuilding the World Trade Center, William Langewiesche, Weebcentral Library. 'Selected as one of the best books of 2002 by The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times Within days after September 11, 2001, William Langewiesche had secured unique, unrestricted, round-the-clock access to the World Trade Center site. American Ground is a tour of this intense, ephemeral world and those who improvised the recovery effort day by day, and in the process reinvented themselves, discovering unknown strengths and weaknesses. In all of its aspects--emotionalism, impulsiveness, opportunism, territoriality, resourcefulness, and fundamental, cacophonous democracy--Langewiesche reveals the unbuilding to be uniquely American and oddly inspiring, a portrait of resilience and ingenuity in the face of disaster.' Paperback. Read 2010-07-03.

Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern, Weebcentral Library. Pungent humor is the outward appeal of this loving and candid portrait of Dad; that it is often poignant and contains a surprising amount of insight is the hidden delight. Hardcover. Read 2010-07-01.

1776, David McCullough, Weebcentral Library. 'In this masterful book, David 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, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper. Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. It is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the King's men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. At the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at first, knew no more of war than what they had read in books -- Nathanael Greene, a Quaker who was made a general at thirty-three, and Henry Knox, a twenty-five-year-old bookseller who had the preposterous idea of hauling the guns of Fort Ticonderoga overland to Boston in the dead of winter. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost -- Washington, who had never before led an army in battle. Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.' Paperback. Read 2010-06-25.

Come Let Us Stand United, Vernon Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. 'History of the Corn Bible Academy.' Paperback. Read 2010-06-19.

Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend, Gary L. Roberts, Weebcentral Library. Robert's book Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend is a solid effort to document the life of one of the main participants of the shootout at the OK Corral, and provides a dramatic rendering of that famous event. I found it a nice diversion. Hardcover. Read 2010-06-19. A gift from my son Benn.

Relentless Pursuit, Donna Foote, Weebcentral Library. Donna Foote's book Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America describes the controversial teacher program, following five of its young college graduates who immediately out of college and just after a short training stint, are teaching for the first time, and in failing inner city schools. Hardcover. Read 2010-05-14.

Flash for Freedom!, George MacDonald Fraser, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2010-04-23. Recommended by my brother Craig.

Lost Christianities : the Battle for Scripture And the Faiths We Never Knew, Bart D. Ehrman, Weebcentral Library. 'The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human. In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten. All of these groups insisted that they upheld the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, and they all possessed writings that bore out their claims, books reputedly produced by Jesus's own followers. Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much about the ways in which history gets written by the winners. Ehrman's discussion ranges from considerations of various 'lost scriptures'--including forged gospels supposedly written by Simon Peter, Jesus's closest disciple, and Judas Thomas, Jesus's alleged twin brother--to the disparate beliefs of such groups as the Jewish-Christian Ebionites, the anti-Jewish Marcionites, and various 'Gnostic' sects. Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between 'proto-orthodox Christians'--those who eventually compiled the canonical books of the New Testament and standardized Christian belief--and the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame. Scrupulously researched and lucidly written, Lost Christianities is an eye-opening account of politics, power, and the clash of ideas among Christians in the decades before one group came to see its views prevail.' Paperback. Read 2010-04-15.

The Counter-Creationism Handbook, Mark Isaak, Weebcentral Library. Excellent. Use as a reference to research Creationist and Intelligent Design claims regarding the Theory of Evolution. Well-organized, complete, and carefully argued. The source of all assertions are fully documented. The entire book has been published on an open website here. Paperback. Partially-Read 2010-04-13.

From Babel To Dragomans: Interpreting The Middle East, Bernard Lewis, Weebcentral Library. 'Bernard Lewis is recognized around the globe as one of the leading authorities on Islam. Hailed as 'the world's foremost Islamic scholar' (Wall Street Journal), as 'a towering figure among experts on the culture and religion of the Muslim world' (Baltimore Sun), and as 'the doyen of Middle Eastern studies' (New York Times), Lewis is nothing less than a national treasure, a trusted voice that politicians, journalists, historians, and the general public have all turned to for insight into the Middle East. Now, this revered authority has brought together writings and lectures that he has written over four decades, featuring his reflections on Middle Eastern history and foreign affairs, the Iranian Revolution, the state of Israel, the writing of history, and much more. The essays cover such urgent and compelling topics as 'What Saddam Wrought,' 'Deconstructing Osama and His Evil Appeal,' 'The Middle East, Westernized Despite Itself,' 'The Enemies of God,' and 'Can Islam be Secularized?' The collection ranges from two English originals of articles published before only in foreign languages, to previously unpublished writings, to his highly regarded essays from publications such as Foreign Affairs and The New York Review of Books. With more than fifty pieces in all, plus a new introduction to the book by Lewis, this is a valuable collection for everyone interested in the Middle East. Here then is a rich repository of wisdom on one of the key areas of the modern world--a wealth of profound reflections on Middle Eastern history, culture, politics, and current events.' Hardcover. Read 2010-04-11.

Master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek, Weebcentral Library. ''Master of the Mountain,' Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book--based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers--opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world.'--' Kindle. Read 2010-04-02. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

Up In Honey's Room, Elmore Leonard, Weebcentral Library. 'The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. They even share the same birthday. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring that sends U.S. war production data to Germany and gives shelter to escaped German prisoners of war. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand—it's time to get a divorce. Along comes Carl Webster, the hot kid of the Marshals Service. He's looking for Jurgen Schrenk, a former Afrika Korps officer who escaped from a POW camp in Oklahoma. Carl's pretty sure Walter's involved with keeping Schrenk hidden, so Carl gets to know Honey, hoping she'll take him to Walter. Carl then meets Vera Mezwa, the nifty Ukrainian head of the spy ring who's better looking than Mata Hari, and her tricky lover Bohdan with the Buster Brown haircut and a sly way of killing. Honey's a free spirit; she likes the hot kid marshal and doesn't much care that he's married. But all Carl wants is to get Jurgen Schrenk without getting shot. And then there's Otto—the Waffen-SS major who runs away with a nice Jewish girl. It's Elmore Leonard's world—gritty, funny, and full of surprises.' Hardcover. Read 2010-04-01.

Windows 7: The Missing Manual, David Pogue, Weebcentral Library. 'In early reviews, geeks raved about Windows 7. But if you're an ordinary mortal, learning what this new system is all about will be challenging. Fear not: David Pogue's Windows 7: The Missing Manual comes to the rescue. Like its predecessors, this book illuminates its subject with reader-friendly insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners as well as veteran PC users. Windows 7 fixes many of Vista's most painful shortcomings. It's speedier, has fewer intrusive and nagging screens, and is more compatible with peripherals. Plus, Windows 7 introduces a slew of new features, including better organization tools, easier WiFi connections and home networking setup, and even touchscreen computing for those lucky enough to own the latest hardware. With this book, you'll learn how to:Navigate the desktop, including the fast and powerful search function Take advantage of Window's apps and gadgets, and tap into 40 free programs Breeze the Web with Internet Explorer 8, and learn the email, chat, and videoconferencing programs Record TV and radio, display photos, play music, and record any of these to DVD using the Media Center Use your printer, fax, laptop, tablet PC, or smartphone with Windows 7 Beef up your system and back up your files Collaborate and share documents and other files by setting up a workgroup network' Kindle. Read 2010-03-11.

The Blue Mountains of China, Rudy Wiebe, Weebcentral Library. The Blue Mountains of China is compelling and candid historical novel that tells the story of a set of Mennonite immigrations from the Ukraine SSR to Siberia, Canada, Paraguay, and briefly, China. The novel begins with a series of loosely connected chapters which move forward in time, and focus on individual and interior responses to the privations endured by Mennonites, who either are being forced from their land or are seeking that next elusive place on earth where Mennonites can be Mennonites. Paperback. Read 2010-03-04.

Empire Falls, Richard Russo, Weebcentral Library. 'With Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America’s most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.' Paperback. Read 2010-02-19.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson, Weebcentral Library. 'Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.' Kindle. Read 2010-02-17.

Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis, Weebcentral Library. 'In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison–confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers–re-examined here as Founding Brothers–combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes–Hamilton and Burr’s deadly duel, Washington’s precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams’ administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin’s attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison’s attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams’ famous correspondence–Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation’s history.' Paperback. Read 2010-01-22.

Your Brain on Music: The Science of A Human Obsession, Daniel J. Levitin, Weebcentral Library. 'A fascinating exploration of the relationship between music and the mindand the role of melodies in shaping our lives Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your lifeeven if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself, This Is Your Brain on Music unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including: Are our musical preferences shaped in utero? Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music? What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brains response to music? Is musical pleasure different from other kinds of pleasure? This Is Your Brain on Music explores cultures in which singing is considered an essential human function, patients who have a rare disorder that prevents them from making sense of music, and scientists studying why two people may not have the same definition of pitch. At every turn, this provocative work unlocks deep secrets about how nature and nurture forge a uniquely human obsession. BACKCOVER: I know Dan to have a deep musical knowledge and strong intellect combined with a warm spirit and a big heart. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music . . . He is a fine writer and has the ability to make difficult concepts very clear. STEVIE WONDER' Hardcover. Read 2010-01-18.

The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose, Multnomah County Library. I picked this book up on whim, to fill the hours of a long plane ride, mostly because of my admiration of the The Band of Brothers HBO series. I had read that the new HBO Spielberg-Hanks production The Pacific was also excellent, but I do not have access to HBO and was waiting for the series to be published in blue-ray.  So I thought, the book The Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, upon which the HBO series was based, was very good, so why not just read The Pacific in anticipation of that TV series? Hardcover. Read 2010-01-12.

The Death of Adam, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. Marilynne Robinson's The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought could just as well have been entitled 'Modern Jeremiad', as its tone is often bleak, accusatory, and angry, sure that the world, and America in particular, has taken a set of massively wrong turns in terms of both its thinking and its behavior. This is a book that marks modern thought as empty of spiritual meaning, and continually contrasts secular (mostly failed) ideas and behaviors with Christianity's spirituality and ability to offer meaning and moral structure in a modern human's life. The essays are wildly uneven, and the variation in quality is quite wide; most are readable, but several are nigh on unreadable. If you were to read this book from back to front, you would, roughly speaking, be reading from the best essays to the worst. Paperback. Read 2009-12-28.

Easy Company Soldier, Don Malarkey, Bob Welch, Weebcentral Library. 'Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper, and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Camp Toccoa in Georgia and was one of the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings. He went to England in 1943 to provide cover on the ground for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord. In the darkness of D-day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and within days was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for twenty-three days in Normandy, nearly eighty in Holland, thirty-nine in Bastogne, and nearly thirty more in and near Haugenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men. ' Hardcover. Read 2009-11-18.

The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, Ilan Stavans, Weebcentral Library. Many great modern Jewish writers are collected here. One especially thought-provoking story wasThe Conversion of the Jews, by Philip Roth, whose main character Oscar simultaneously pleads with and admonishes us: 'You shouldn't hit about God.' Hardcover. Read 2009-11-05.

Algebra and Elementary Functions, H.S. Bear, Weebcentral Library. It may seem odd to include a textbook on a favorites list, but this relatively small pre-calculus text has remained my source for understanding or reviewing algebra and trigonometry. It is a little light on derivation, but makes concepts clear with judicious examples, and contains all of the main mathematical concepts needed to support a jaunt into mathematical analysis. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2009-10-26.

A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, Weebcentral Library. Bryson has produced a brilliant exposition on fundamental science that is highly accessible and engrossing for any good reader. The author covers many topics of physics and astrophysics, including the origins of the universe, nuclear physics, and the origins and geological development of the earth. Paperback. Read 2009-10-12. Recommended by my brother Peter.

Get Shorty, Elmore Leonard, Multnomah County Library. 'Mob-connected loanshark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grind—plus his 'friends' have a bad habit of dying there. So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood, Chili figures he might like to stay. This town with its dreammakers, glitter, hucksters, and liars—plus gorgeous, partially clad would -be starlets everywhere you look—seems ideal for an enterprising criminal with a taste for the cinematic. Besides, Chili's got an idea for a killer movie—thought it could very possibly kill him to get it made.' Paperback. Read 2009-10-07.

Negro president, Garry Wills, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2009-10-04.

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind, Weebcentral Library. 'Just as Watergate was the defining political story of its time, so Enron is the biggest business story of our time. And just as All the Presidents Men was the one Watergate book that gave readers the full story, with all the drama and nuance, The Smartest Guys in the Room is the one book you have to read to understand this amazing business saga. And the critics agree: This book is right up there with Den of Thieves and Barbarians at the Gate. . . . Those who want to learn what happened here, you dont have to read anything but this. James Cramer, CNBC The best book about the Enron debacle to date. . . . Based on hundreds of interviews and fresh details, McLean and Elkind masterfully weave together the many strands of the Enron story. They shine in their characterizations of Enrons often incompetent executives. Wendy Zellner, BusinessWeek News junkies and mystery lovers who enjoy financial scandals will devour this multilayered book. . . . The Smartest Guys in the Room will rival other models of the genre, including James Stewarts Den of Thieves. . . . The authors write with power and finesse. Their prose is effortless, like a sprinter floating down the track. . . . The character sketches of former chairman Kenneth Lay, former CEO Jeff Skilling and ex-chief financial officer Andrew Fastow are masterful. Edward Iwata, USA Today Powerful and shocking. . . . succeed[s] in opening a disturbing window into both the company and the era . . . filled with fascinating characters and anecdotes. Jonathan A. Knee, The New York Times Book Review The Smartest Guys in the Room is utterly professional, readable andeven though you know whats cominghighly entertaining. Daniel Gross, The Washington Post Meticulously reported and compelling . . . a cautionary tale about highfliers who werent as clever as they thought. David Koeppel, Entertainment Weekly' Paperback. Read 2009-10-04.

Flashman at the Charge, George MacDonald Fraser, Weebcentral Library. 'Very entertaining, tongue in cheek but accurate historical fiction, centered around the all-time bounder, Harry Flashman. ' Paperback. Read 2009-09-18. Recommended by my brother Craig.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson, LA Public Library. 'Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age - and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it - assists Blomkvist with the investigation of a family matter for the wealthy Vangers. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism - and an unexpected connection between themselves.' Kindle. Read 2009-09-01.

A Place of Greater Safety: A Novel, Hilary Mantel, Weebcentral Library.

Today we stormed the Bastille; I got there late; I heard it was bloody. Then I went home and had an argument with my mistress about the laundry. And she spends too much time gossiping with the concierge. Hmmm, what's that I smell for dinner?'

Such parody is a little harsh, but it serves to underline the overall pedestrian nature of this novel; the rich subject deserved much better. That subject is a tale of the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of its three major characters: Camille Desmoulins, Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre, two of whom were members of the decidely unsafe Committee for Public Safety, all three of whom were consumed via the guillotine in the most unsafe year of 1794.

Paperback. Read 2009-08-11.

The Flashman, George MacDonald Fraser, Weebcentral Library. Very entertaining, tongue in cheek but accurate historical fiction, centered around the all-time bounder, Harry Flashman. Paperback. Read 2009-07-18. Recommended by my brother Craig.

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, Francis S. Collins, Weebcentral Library. 'Does science necessarily undermine faith in God? Or could it actually support faith? Beyond the flashpoint debates over the teaching of evolution, or stem-cell research, most of us struggle with contradictions concerning life's ultimate question. We know that accidents happen, but we believe we are on earth for a reason. Until now, most scientists have argued that science and faith occupy distinct arenas. Francis Collins, a former atheist as a science student who converted to faith as he became a doctor, is about to change that.Collins's faith in God has been confirmed and enhanced by the revolutionary discoveries in biology that he has helped to oversee. He has absorbed the arguments for atheism of many scientists and pundits, and he can refute them. Darwinian evolution occurs, yet, as he explains, it cannot fully explain human nature -- evolution can and must be directed by God. He offers an inspiring tour of the human genome to show the miraculous nature of God's instruction book. Sure to be compared with C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, this is a stunning document, whether you are a believer, a seeker, or an atheist.' Hardcover. Read 2009-06-28.

Lies My Teacher Told Me, Dr. James W. Loewen, Weebcentral Library. 'Winner of the 1996 American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship Americans have lost touch with their history, and in this thought-provoking book, Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying twelve leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past. In ten powerful chapters, Loewen reveals that: The United States dropped three times as many tons of explosives in Vietman as it dropped in all theaters of World War II, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki Ponce de Leon went to Florida mainly to capture Native Americans as slaves for Hispaniola, not to find the mythical fountain of youth Woodrow Wilson, known as a progressive leader, was in fact a white supremacist who personally vetoed a clause on racial equality in the Covenant of the League of Nations The first colony to legalize slavery was not Virginia but Massachusetts From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.' Kindle. Read 2009-06-26. Recommended by my brother Craig.

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Weebcentral Library. '[This book is] a simple story of a 'strong man' whose life is dominated by fear and anger ... Uniquely ... African, at the same time it reveals [the author's] ... awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.-Back cover.' Paperback. Read 2009-06-17. The Great American Read.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn : A Century in His Life, D.M. Thomas, Weebcentral Library. 'D. M. Thomas paints a deeply affecting portrait of the intricate relationship between Solzhenitsyn's life and his art, always framing this biography in the context of the historical times. Indeed, Thomas tells not only the harrowing and sorrowful tale of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's life but also the painful story of Russia itself, a country perpetually at war with itself and its own diverse people. Beginning with the years of Revolution and Civil War, Solzhenitsyn's dramatic life embodies the cruelty, passion, and chaos that have characterized Russian history over the last century. Thomas's account covers extensively all the major periods of the Russian author's remarkable life, from childhood to his years in the Stalinist labor camps, his battle against censorship and his expulsion from the U.S.S.R. in 1974, and his Vermont period and return to a Russia that has shed its Communist cloak but not its dark interior.' Hardcover. Read 2009-06-12.

Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest , Rudy Wiebe, Celia Wiebe Library. Paperback. Read 2009-04-04.

The Meaning of it All, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. 'This wonderful book, based on a previously unpublished three-part public lecture, shows us another side of Richard P. Feynman, as he expounds on the world around us.' Paperback. Read 2009-03-16.

The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin: A Novel, Richard Lourie, Multnomah County Library. 'In a spellbinding novel that combines the suspense of a thriller and the accuracy of a work of history, the psychology of a monster is fully revealed, every atom of his madness explored, every twist of his homicidal logic followed to its logical conclusion. 'Leon Trotsky is trying to kill me,' thinks Joseph Stalin. It's a paranoid lie, but all too real to Stalin. Trotsky, in exile in Mexico City, is writing a biography of Stalin that may offer proof of a secret crime that could force Stalin from power. What will Trotsky disclose before the long hand of Stalin reaches him and eliminates the threat? The prospect leads Stalin to reflect on his own life—the sly and domineering schoolboy battling a sadistic father . . . a youthful poet, thief, and seminarian who questions morality, evil, and the existence of God until he finds answers that free him to a life of power and slaughter. Stalin takes us deeper and deeper into his life and into the labyrinth of his psyche until we are finally alone with him. The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin is a mesmerizing journey to the very heart of evil.' Paperback. Read 2009-03-13.

Europe Central, William T. Vollmann, Weebcentral Library. William Vollman's Europe Central is a layered novel that provides various perspectives of World War II through the thoughts and activities of selected historical actors from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, including Käthe Kollwitz, Kurt Gerstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, General Paulus and General Vlasov, among others. Each character carries their particular tragedy forward within the context of the times and the two totalitarian regimes. Paperback. Read 2009-03-02.

Molotschna Historical Atlas, Helmut Huebert, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2009-02-22.

Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow, Weebcentral Library. 'Ron Chernow, the renowned author of Titan whom the New York Times has called as elegant an architect of monumental histories as weve seen in decades, vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamiltons turbulent lifehis exotic, brutal upbringing; his titanic feuds with celebrated rivals; his pivotal role in defining the shape of the federal government and the American economy; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. Drawing upon extensive, unparalleled research including nearly fifty previously undiscovered essays highlighting Hamiltons fiery journalism as well as his revealing missives to colleagues and friendsthis biography of the extraordinarily gifted founding father who galvanized, inspired, and scandalized the newborn nation is the work by which all others will be measured.' Paperback. Read 2009-01-26.

Schaum's Outline of Geometry, Barnett Rich, Weebcentral Library. 'Three million high school students and 172, 000 college students enroll in geometry classes every year. Schaum's Outline of Geometry, Third Edition, is fully updated to reflect the many changes in geometry curriculum, including new terminology and notation and a new chapter on how to use the graphing calculator.' Paperback. Read 2008-11-05.

Life Stories: Profiles From The New Yorker (Modern Library Paperbacks), David Remnick, Weebcentral Library. 'One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the Profile. Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of the twenties and thirties, such as Henry Luce and Isadora Duncan, and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Richard Pryor, this collection of New Yorker Profiles presents readers with a portrait gallery of some of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century. These Profiles are literary-journalistic investigations into character and accomplishment, motive and madness, beauty and ugliness, and are unrivalled in their range, their variety of style, and their embrace of humanity.' Paperback. Read 2008-11-05.

Constantine's Sword, James Carroll, LA Public Library. 'The novelist and cultural critic James Carroll maps the two-thousand-year course of the Church’s battle against Judaism and faces the crisis of faith it has sparked in his own life as a Catholic.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2008-11-04.

Double Whammy, Carl Hiaasen, Weebcentral Library. 'R. J. Decker, star tenant of the local trailer park and neophyte private eye, is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman's scam that's anything but sportsmanlike, there's a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida-and a lot that's rotten in the murky waters of big-stakes, large-mouth bass tournaments. Here Decker will team up with a half-blind, half-mad hermit with an appetite for road kill; dare to kiss his ex-wife while's she's in bed with her new husband; and face deadly TV evangelists, dangerously seductive women, and a pistol-toting redneck with a pit bull on his arm. And here his own life becomes part of the stakes. For while the 'double whammy' is the lure, first prize is for the most ingenious murder.' Paperback. Read 2008-09-22. Recommended by my Brother Craig. He continues to guide me to the lighter side of reading, thank goodness, knowing my proclivity to ponderous books.

Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2007 Development (Sams), Alison Balter, Weebcentral Library. 'Microsoft Office 2007 is a major upgrade from the last version of Office; Access will also be greatly revised. Alison Balter is the name that Access developers will trust to guide them through Access 2007's new features. She has the rare ability to take complex topics and explain them clearly, as shown by the success of her ten previous books on Access. Balter is known for providing real-world solutions to specific Access development problems. She also is known for her ability to back up her practical examples with just enough underlying theory to give the reader a good overall understanding of Access. In short, this book will provide beginning and intermediate Access developers with everything that they need to know to design and build Access 2007 applications. It should also appeal to DBAs and power users who want or need to get started building custom Access apps. This latest book in her Mastering Access series will not disappoint her many fans who anxiously await each new version, and should win her new fans as well. Introduction Part I The Basics of Access Development 1 Access as a Development Tool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Databases and Tables . . . . . . . 75 3 Relationships: Your Key to Data Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 4 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Query Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 5 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Forms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 6 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 7 What Are Macros, and When Do You Need Them? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315 8 VBA: An Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .' Paperback. Read 2008-09-12.

If You Can't Say Something Nice, Calvin Trillin, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2008-08-22.

The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century, Peter Watson, Weebcentral Library. 'From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the twentieth century, and the men and women who created it.' Paperback. Read 2008-08-21.

Empires Of Sand, David Ball, Weebcentral Library. 'An epic novel of adventure in the grandest tradition of historical fiction, Empires of Sand takes us on a thrilling, unforgettable journey. As civilizations collide around two men, a battle begins: for survival, for love, and for a destiny written in a desert's shifting sands.The year is 1870. Paris is under siege, and two boys, best friends and cousins, are swept from their life of privilege. A brutal killing forces Michel deVries — called Moussa — to flee to his mother's homeland in North Africa. A family disgrace forces Paul deVries to seek redemption in the French military. Ten years will pass before they come face-to-face again. Now Moussa has become a desert warrior and a beautiful woman's forbidden lover, while Paul leads an ill-fated French force into the Sahara. Against a breathtaking landscape of blazing sands and ancient mysteries, these two men face a struggle that will shatter lives across two continents — and force them to choose between separate dreams and shared blood....' Paperback. Read 2008-08-10.

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins, Weebcentral Library. ''It is no accident that we see green almost wherever we look. It is no accident that we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life; no accident that we are surrounded by millions of other species, eating, growing, rotting, swimming, walking, flying, burrowing, stalking, chasing, fleeing, outpacing, outwitting . We are surrounded by endless forms, most beautiful and most wonderful, and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random natural selection - the only game in town, the greatest show on Earth.' Charles Darwin's masterpiece On the Origin of Species shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. In The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. In this brilliant tour de force he pulls together the incontrovertible evidence that underpins it. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection around us in birds and insects; the 'time clocks' of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution. The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the truth of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and' Hardcover. Read 2008-07-03.

A Peace To End All Peace: The Fall Of The Ottoman Empire And The Creation Of The Modern Middle East, David Fromkin, Weebcentral Library. 'The critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling account of how the modern Middle East came into being after World War I, and why it is in upheaval todayIn our time the Middle East has proven a battleground of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and dynasties. All of these conflicts, including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis that have flared yet again, come down, in a sense, to the extent to which the Middle East will continue to live with its political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed upon the region by the Allies after the First World War.In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies came to remake the geography and politics of the Middle East, drawing lines on an empty map that eventually became the new countries of Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all-even an alliance between Arab nationalism and Zionism-seemed possible he raises questions about what might have been done differently, and answers questions about why things were done as they were. The current battle for a Palestinian homeland has its roots in these events of 85 years ago. The critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling account of how the modern Middle East came into being after World War I, and why it is in upheaval todayIn our time the Middle East has proven a battleground of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and dynasties. All of these conflicts, including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis that have flared yet again, come down, in a sense, to the extent to which the Middle East will continue to live with its political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed upon the region by the Allies after the First World War.In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies came to remake the geography and politics of the Middle East, drawing lines on an empty map that eventually became the new countries of Ir' Paperback. Read 2008-07-01.

The Rider, Tim Krabbe, Weebcentral Library. 'A literary sports classic, finally available in the U.S. Originally published in Holland in 1978, 'The Rider' became an instant cult classic, selling over 100,000 copies. Brilliantly conceived and written at a break-neck pace, it is a loving, imaginative, and, above all, passionate tribute to the art of bicycle road racing. Not a dry history of the sport, 'The Rider' is beloved as a bicycle odyssey, a literary masterpiece that describes in painstaking detail one 150-kilometer race in a mere 150 pages. 'The Rider' is the ultimate book for bike lovers as well as the arm-chair sports enthusiast.' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2008-06-17.

The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson, LA Public Library. 'Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus and fierce heart of the story. Mikael Blomkvist - crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium - has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered. But perhaps more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander. Now, as Blomkvist - alone in his belief in her innocence - plunges into his own investigation of the slayings, Salander is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.' Kindle. Read 2008-06-08.

The Truth of Science: Physical Theories and Reality, Roger G. Newton, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2008-05-05.

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq , George Packer, Weebcentral Library. 'Named one of the Best Books of 2005 byThe New York Times,The Washington Post Book World,The Boston Globe,The Chicago Tribune,TheSan Francisco Chronicle Book Review,The Los Angeles Times Book Review,The New York Times Book Review,USA Today,Time, andNew Yorkmagazine. nbsp; nbsp;The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraqrecounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerrilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration’s war policy and led America to the Assassins’ Gate—the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. nbsp; The Assassins’ Gatealso describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier ’s family, and the political culture of a country too bitterly polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking. George Packer’s best-selling first-person narrative combines the scope of an epic history with the depth and intimacy of a novel, creating a masterful account of America’s most controversial foreign venture since Vietnam.' Paperback. Read 2008-04-30.

Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino, Weebcentral Library. 'Enchanting stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures. Naturally, we were all there, - old Qfwfq said, - where else could we have been? Nobody knew then that there could be space. Or time either: what use did we have for time, packed in there like sardines? Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book' Paperback. Partially-Read 2008-04-18.

An Introduction to Mennonite History: A Popular History of the Anabaptists and the Mennonites, Cornelius J. Dyck, Weebcentral Library. 'A unique resource for a generation, the preeminent textbook in its field. Cornelius J. Dyck interacts with the many changes in Anabaptist/Mennonite experience and historical understandings in this revised and updated edition.This is a history of Mennonites from the 16th century to the present. Though simply written, it reflects fine scholarship and deep Christian concern.' Paperback. Read 2008-04-18.

Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally, Weebcentral Library. 'In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser and heavy drinker who enjoyed the good life, yet to them he became a saviour. Thomas Keneally's novel recreates the story of Oskar Schindler, an Aryan who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, who continually defied and outwitted the SS, and who was transformed by the war into an angel of mercy. It is an unforgettable tale, all the more extraordinary for being true.' Paperback. Read 2008-04-04.

Starting a Yahoo! Business For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance)), Rob Snell, Weebcentral Library. 'Turn browsers into buyers, boost traffic, and more Build your store from scratch, or make the one you have more profitable His online business has been paying his mortgage for years. Now Rob Snell is sharing his Yahoo! Store secrets for planning, building, and managing an online store that delivers the goods! Here's how to profit from keywords, handle credit-card payments, find out what's hot in other stores, maximize your marketing efforts, and much more. Discover how to Use the Yahoo! Store Editor and Manager Plan effective store navigation Use better images to sell more products Build successful advertising strategies Generate more traffic from search engines' Paperback. Read 2008-03-25.

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Harold Bloom, Weebcentral Library. This is a great companion book for the appreciation of Shakespeare. I have been fortunate enough to see about half of Shakespeare's plays in my life, and fell into the habit of reading his plays before going to see it, because some of the wordplay I would otherwise have missed or misunderstood or not understood at all without a 'preview' to bring understanding to each scene, and a familiarization with not only the specific Elizabethan English, but the sometimes bewildering uses to which Shakespeare puts language. Of late, I have also added the habit of reading Harold Bloom's take on the same play, as he in particular focuses on Shakespeare's great skill in creating characters, and helps illuminate the characters of each individual play, highlighting the memorable speeches, and preparing me for a more rapt night at the theater. It is for me a reference book, in the sense that I will unlikely see all of Shakespeare's plays, and so will unlikely read all of Bloom's book. Paperback. Partially-Read 2007-12-01.

Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before, Alastair Fothergill, Weebcentral Library. 'A visual odyssey that will change the way we see our planet, this remarkable book, companion to the acclaimed Discovery Channel/ BBC series, is an enduring and awe-inspiring record of one of the most ambitious natural history projects ever undertaken. Using the latest aerial surveillance, state-of-the-art cameras, and high definition technology, the creators of Planet Earth have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs of wondrous natural landscapes from around the globe, including incredible footage of the rarely spotted, almost mythical creatures that live in these habitats. Many of the images reveal inaccessible places that few have seen and record animal behavior that has never been filmed or photographed before. With the help of this highly advanced technology and the world's premier wildlife photographers, the book takes us on a spectacular journey from the world's greatest rivers and impressive gorges, to its mightiest mountains, hidden caves and caverns, and vast deserts. Planet Earth captures breathtaking sequences of predators and their prey, lush vistas of forests viewed from the tops of towering trees, the oceans and their mysterious creatures viewed from beneath the surface, and much more--in a magnificent adventure that brings unknown wonders of the natural world into our living rooms. Copub: BBC Worldwide Americas' Hardcover. Read 2007-11-04.

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, Weebcentral Library. A great and rambling adventure, still readable even though written in 1844. Paperback. Read 2007-10-11. The Great American Read.

Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, Richard Rhodes, Weebcentral Library. 'From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb: the story of the entire postwar superpower arms race, climaxing during the Reagan-Gorbachev decade when the United States and the Soviet Union came within scant hours of nuclear war—and then nearly agreed to abolish nuclear weapons.In a narrative that reads like a thriller, Rhodes reveals how the Reagan administration’s unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s led ailing Soviet leader Yuri Andropov to conclude that Reagan must be preparing for a nuclear war. In the fall of 1983, when NATO staged a larger than usual series of field exercises that included, uniquely, a practice run-up to a nuclear attack, the Soviet military came very close to launching a defensive first strike on Europe and North America. With Soviet aircraft loaded with nuclear bombs warming up on East German runways, U.S. intelligence organizations finally realized the danger. Then Reagan, out of deep conviction, launched the arms-reduction campaign of his second presidential term and set the stage for his famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the breakthroughs that followed.Rhodes reveals the early influence of neoconservatives and right-wing figures such as Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz. We see how Perle in particular sabotaged the Reykjavik meeting by convincing Reagan that mutual nuclear disarmament meant giving up his cherished dream of strategic defense (the Star Wars system). Rhodes’s detailed exploration of these and other events constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives, demonstrating that the manipulation of government and public opinion with fake intelligence and threat inflation that the administration of George W. Bush has used to justify the current “war on terror” and the disastrous invasion of Iraq were developed and applied in the Reagan era and even before.Drawing on personal interviews with both S' Hardcover. Read 2007-09-26.

Othello (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'Folger Shakespeare Library The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies Each edition includes: • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play • Scene-by-scene plot summaries • A key to famous lines and phrases • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. Folger Shakespeare Library The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies Each edition includes: • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play • Scene-by-scene plot summaries • A key to famous lines and phrases • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.' Paperback. Read 2007-08-12.

We Are Not Afraid, Homer Hickam, Weebcentral Library. 'Today, fear affects even the strongest of us. Sometimes it's immediate, caused by a sense of imminent danger-the kind we felt after terrorists destroyed the magnificent World Trade Center, tore a giant wound in the Pentagon and killed thousands of people. But sometimes fear becomes a normal way of life.In his best-selling memoir October Sky (aka Rocket Boys), Hickam introduced us to the rugged town of his youth, Coalwood, West Virginia, and the people who took on the hazardous and often brutal enterprise of coal mining. To survive and prosper, these people relied on an approach to living that would get them through hard times with an almost unnatural resilience. Over a lifetime, they learned to take on these attitudes: We are proud of who we are. We stand up for what we believe. We keep our families together. We trust in God but rely on ourselves. These attitudes are summed up in the Coalwood Assumption: WE ARE NOT AFRAID Through poignant memories of his youth, best selling author Homer Hickam helps lead you beyond fear to find the courage and strength to live more happily and look toward to future with optimism.' Paperback. Read 2007-08-01.

Roadside Geology of Oregon (Roadside Geology Series), David D. Alt, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2007-07-24.

Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris, Weebcentral Library. 'From the second-century celestial models of Ptolemy to modern-day research institutes and quantum theory, this classic book offers a breathtaking tour of astronomy and the brilliant, eccentric personalities who have shaped it. From the first time mankind had an inkling of the vast space that surrounds us, those who study the universe have had to struggle against political and religious preconceptions. They have included some of the most charismatic, courageous, and idiosyncratic thinkers of all time. In Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris uses his unique blend of rigorous research and captivating narrative skill to draw us into the lives and minds of these extraordinary figures, creating a landmark work of scientific history.' Paperback. Read 2007-06-02.

Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam, Weebcentral Library. 'The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true.With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph—at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining.Now with 8 pages of photographs.A number-one New York Times bestseller in mass market, brought to the screen in the acclaimed film October Sky, Homer Hickam's memoir, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, comes to trade paperback with an all-new photo insert.One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of growing up and getting out. With the grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true.A story of romance and loss and a keen portrait of life at an extraordinary point in American history, Rocket Boys is a chronicle of triumph.' Paperback. Read 2007-05-24.

Bushwhacked, Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose, Weebcentral Library. 'A simultaneously rollicking and sobering indictment of the policies of President George W. Bush, Bushwhacked chronicles the destructive impact of the Bush administration on the very people who put him in the White House in the first place. Here are the ties that connected Bush to Enron, yes, but here, too, is the story of the woman who walks six miles to the unemployment office daily, wondering what happened to the economic security Bush promised. Here are reports on failed nation-building missions in Kabul and Baghdad. Here, too, the story of a rancher who has fallen prey to a Bush-Cheney interior department that is perhaps a wee bit too cozy with the oil industry. Bushwhacked is highly original and entirely thought-provoking—essential reading for anyone living in George W. Bush's America.' Paperback. Read 2007-05-17.

Democracy In America, Alexis De Tocqueville, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, made a nine-month journey throughout America. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the life and institutions of the evolving nation. Tocqueville looked to the flourishing democratic system in America as a possible model for post-revolutionary France, believing that the egalitarian ideals it enshrined reflected the spirit of the age and even divine will. His insightful work has become one of the most influential political texts ever written on America and an indispensable authority on democracy. This new edition is the only one that contains all Tocqueville's writings on America, including the rarely-translated Two Weeks in the Wilderness, an account of Tocqueville's travels in Michigan among the Iroquois, and Excursion to Lake Oneida.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2007-05-07.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré, Weebcentral Library. 'The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between 'what is right and what is easy,' and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise. ' Hardcover. Read 2007-04-14. Thanks, Cindy, for your enthusiasm about Harry Potter; I followed your lead. And thanks, too, to the Great American Read.

Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber, Steve Roper, Weebcentral Library. 'Climber and author Steve Roper spent most of 10 years living in the Yosemite Valley with its intriguing inhabitants. Camp 4 is his take on the era's top climbers and the influences behind their achievements. The text is full of stories both hilarious and revealing and looks at the most significant climbs, and the most riveting controversies of a legendary era.' Paperback. Read 2007-04-04.

The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman, Multnomah County Library. ''The World Is Flat' is Thomas L. Friedman’s account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before - creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman’s travels around the world and across the American heartland - from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt. In 'The World Is Flat', Friedman at once shows 'how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive' (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, 'The World Is Flat' is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.' Hardcover. Read 2007-03-03.

Prufrock And Other Observations, Professor T.S. Eliot, Weebcentral Library. eBook. Re-Read (2) 2006-12-29.

Collapse, Jared Diamond, Weebcentral Library. 'In his runaway bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond brilliantly examined the circumstances that allowed Western civilizations to dominate much of the world. Now he probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Using a vast historical and geographical perspective ranging from Easter Island and the Maya to Viking Greenland and modern Montana, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of environmental catastropheone whose warning signs can be seen in our modern world and that we ignore at our peril. Blending the most recent scientific advances into a narrative that is impossible to put down, Collapse exposes the deepest mysteries of the past even as it offers hope for the future. Diamonds most influential gift may be his ability to write about geopolitical and environmental systems in ways that dont just educate and provoke, but entertain. The Seattle Times Extremely persuasive . . . replete with fascinating stories, a treasure trove of historical anecdotes [and] haunting statistics. The Boston Globe Extraordinary in erudition and originality, compelling in [its] ability to relate the digitized pandemonium of the present to the hushed agrarian sunrises of the far past. The New York Times Book Review' Paperback. Read 2006-11-07.

On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, 'we have no theory.' Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all. Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.' Hardcover. Read 2006-09-14.

The New York Times Guide To Essential Knowledge, New York Times editors, Weebcentral Library. 'The new standard in reference from the nation's leasing newspaper:A thorough, authoritative, easy-to-use guide offering deeper coverage on a broad range of essential subjects.Whether you are researching the history of the world, interested in learning more about an obscure medical procedure, exploring environmental trends, studying a great work of literature, looking for tips on how to improve your crossword puzzle skills, or just trying to gain a deeper understanding of the latest current events, this book is for you. An indispensable resource for every home, office, dorm room, and library, The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge includes insightful sidebars by Times writers, and covers major categories including art, astronomy, business, sports, history, medicine, philosophy, photography, biology, film, and much more!Years in the making, this one volume is designed to offer more information than any other book on the most popular subjects as well as providing easy-to-access data vital for everyday living. It is the only comprehensive reference book to include authoritative, engaging in-depth essays from experts in almost every field of endeavor, with innovative cross-referencing to allow for to even greater understanding.Featuring:- Biographical dictionary of nearly one thousand of the most important people of every field- Writers Guide to grammar, usage and style - The United States Constitution - The most complete sports section of any one-volume reference book- A thirty-thousand-word history of the world - Crossword dictionary' Hardcover. Partially-Read 2006-09-03.

Doubt, John Patrick Shanley, Multnomah County Library. ''A superb new drama written by John Patrick Shanley. It is an inspired study in moral uncertainty with the compellingly certain structure of an old-fashioned detective drama. Even as 'Doubt holds your conscious attention as an intelligently measured debate play, it sends off stealth charges that go deeper emotionally. One of the year's ten best.'-Ben Brantley, 'The New York Times '#1 show of the year. How splendid it feels to be trusted with such passionate, exquisite ambiguity unlike anything we have seen from this prolific playwright so far. Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely. 'Doubt is a lean, potent drama. . . passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.'-Linda Winer, 'Newsday Chosen as the best play of the year by over 10 newspapers and magazines, 'Doubt is set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, where a strong-minded woman wrestles with conscience and uncertainty as she is faced with concerns about one of her male colleagues. This new play by John Patrick Shanley-the Bronx-born-and-bred playwright and Academy Award-winning author of 'Moonstruck-dramatizes issues straight from today's headlines, within a world recreated with knowing detail and a judicious eye. After a stunning, sold-out production at Manhattan Theatre Club, the play has transferred to Broadway. John Patrick Shanley is the author of numerous plays, including 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, 'Dirty Story, 'Four Dogs and a Bone, 'Psychopathia Sexualis, 'Sailor's Song, 'Savage in Limbo and 'Where's My Money?. He has written extensively for TV and film, and his credits include the teleplay for 'Live from Baghdad andscreenplays for 'Congo; 'Alive; 'Five Corners; 'Joe Vs. the Volcano, which he also directed; and 'Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for original screenplay.' Paperback. Read 2006-09-02.

Plato And A Platypus Walk Into A Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein, Weebcentral Library. 'Here's a lively, not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts, and thinkers. It's Philosophy 101 for everyone who knows not to take all this heavy stuff too seriously. Some of the Big Ideas are existentialism (what do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?), philosophy of language (how to express what it's like being stranded on a desert island with Halle Berry), feminist philosophy (why, in the end, a man is always a man), and much more. Finally--it all makes sense!--From publisher description.' Hardcover. Read 2006-07-17.

A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D, Simon Schama, Weebcentral Library. 'In this magnificent work, one of the most celebrated historians of our day brings the early history of Britain dramatically to life with a wealth of stories and vivid, colorful detail, reanimating familiar figures and events and drawing them skillfully into a powerful and compelling narrative. This first in Schama's two-part epic history is timed to coincide with the History Channel's broadcast of the first seven episodes of 'The History of Britain' in October 2000.' Hardcover. Read 2006-06-06.

MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero, Stanley Weintraub, Weebcentral Library. 'A devastating critique of a general whose pride, egomania, and insubordination nearly led America into World War III is based on eye-opening research by an eminent biographer, military historian and veteran of the Korean War. of photos.' Paperback. Read 2006-05-12.

In Suspect Terrain, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. 'From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana’s drifted diamonds and goldIn Suspect Terrainis a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others—a biography; a set piece about a fragment of Appalachian landscape in illuminating counterpoint to the human history there; a modern collision of ideas about the origins of the mountain range; and, in contrast, a century-old collision of ideas about the existence of the Ice Age. The central figure is Anita Harris, an internationally celebrated geologist who went into her profession to get out of a Brooklyn ghetto. The unifying theme is plate tectonics—here concentrating on the acceptance that all aspects of the theory do not universally enjoy. As such,In Suspect Terrainis a report from the rough spots at the front edge of a science.' Paperback. Read 2006-05-07.

Gardner's Whys & Wherefores, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. 'Gardner expresses strong opinions about the 'anthropic principle', computer games capable of discovering scientific laws, and whether physicists are really on the verge of discovering Everything. An intellectual tour de force and a must for Gardner fans.' Paperback. Read 2006-05-01.

Biggest Brother: The Life Of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Led The Band of Brothers, Larry Alexander, Weebcentral Library. 'They were Easy Company, 101st Army Airborne-the World War II fighting unit legendary for their bravery against nearly insurmountable odds and their loyalty to one another in the face of death. Every soldier in this band of brothers looked to one man for leadership: Major Dick Winters. This is the riveting story of an ordinary man who became an extraordinary hero. After he enlisted in the army's arduous new Airborne division, Winters's natural combat leadership helped him climb the ranks, but he was never far from his men. Decades later, Stephen E. Ambrose's Band of Brothersmade him world-famous. Full of never-before-published photographs, interviews, and Winters's candid insights, Biggest Brotheris the story of a man who became a soldier, a leader, and a living testament to the valor of the human spirit.' Paperback. Read 2006-04-04.

Gulag, Anne Applebaum, Weebcentral Library. 'The Gulag—the vast array of Soviet concentration camps—was a system of repression and punishment whose rationalized evil and institutionalized inhumanity were rivaled only by the Holocaust.The Gulag entered the world’s historical consciousness in 1972, with the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s epic oral history of the Soviet camps, The Gulag Archipelago. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, dozens of memoirs and new studies covering aspects of that system have been published in Russia and the West. Using these new resources as well as her own original historical research, Anne Applebaum has now undertaken, for the first time, a fully documented history of the Soviet camp system, from its origins in the Russian Revolution to its collapse in the era of glasnost. It is an epic feat of investigation and moral reckoning that places the Gulag where it belongs: at the center of our understanding of the troubled history of the twentieth century.Anne Applebaum first lays out the chronological history of the camps and the logic behind their creation, enlargement, and maintenance. The Gulag was first put in place in 1918 after the Russian Revolution. In 1929, Stalin personally decided to expand the camp system, both to use forced labor to accelerate Soviet industrialization and to exploit the natural resources of the country’s barely habitable far northern regions. By the end of the 1930s, labor camps could be found in all twelve of the Soviet Union’s time zones. The system continued to expand throughout the war years, reaching its height only in the early 1950s. From 1929 until the death of Stalin in 1953, some 18 million people passed through this massive system. Of these 18 million, it is estimated that 4.5 million never returned.But the Gulag was not just an economic institution. It also became, over time, a country within a country, almost a separate civilization, with its own laws, customs, literature, folklore, slang, and mo' Hardcover. Read 2006-03-02.

The Constant Gardener, John le Carré, Multnomah County Library. 'Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carre's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carre portrays, in 'The Constant Gardener,' the dark side of unbridled capitalism. His eighteenth novel is also the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates. Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, discovers his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love. 'The Constant Gardener' is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.' Paperback. Read 2006-02-20.

Alsos, Samuel Abraham Goudsmit, Multnomah County Library. 'Alsos was a scientific intelligence mission launched by the Allies in the autumn of 1943 to determine the progress of German research on the atom bomb. With the suspense of a thriller, Goudsmit recounts the circumstances leading up to the mission, the methods its participants used to do their scientific sleuthing, and the reaction of the German scientists on the day the atom bomb fell on Hiroshima. With a new introduction by David Cassidy About the Author: Samuel Goudsmit was born in The Netherlands and in 1925 he and fellow student George Uhlenbeck discovered electron spin. In 1927 he emigrated to the U.S., working at the University of Michigan and later at MIT until being detailed to the War Department to participate in the Alsos Mission. He served as a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1954 to 1970 and was the founder of Physical Review Letters.' Hardcover. Read 2005-10-03.

The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World, James Shreeve, Weebcentral Library. 'The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science—the race to map the human genome.On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life—seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government’s Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich. Calling his company Celera (from the Latin for “speed”), he assembled a small group of scientists in an empty building in Rockville, Maryland, and set to work.At the same time, the leaders of the government program, under the direction of Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, began to mobilize an unexpectedly unified effort to beat Venter to the prize—knowledge that had the potential to revolutionize medicine and society. The stage was set for one of the most thrilling—and important—dramas in the history of science. The Genome War is the definitive account of that drama—the race for the greatest prize biology has had to offer, told by a writer with exclusive access to Venter’s operation from start to finish. It is also the story of how one man’s ambition created a scientific Camelot where, for a moment, it seemed that the competing interests of pure science and commercial profit might be gloriously reconciled—and the national repercussions that resulted when that dream went awry.From the Hardcover edition.' Paperback. Read 2005-09-03.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book), Jon Stewart, Weebcentral Library. 'American democracy is the world's most beloved form of government, which is why so many other nations are eager for it to be imposed on them. But just what exactly is it? Jon Stewart and his fellow patriots from the Emmy-winning The Daily Show finally deliver the answer. They offer their insights into a unique system of government, dissecting its institutions, explaining its history and processes, and exploring the reasons why concepts like 'One man, one vote', 'Government by the people', and 'Every vote counts' have become such popular urban myths. Includes such favourites as Ancient Rome: The First Republicans; The Founding Fathers: Young, Gifted and White; The President: King of Democracy; The Supreme Court: 18 Legs, Four Tits, One Mission; Running for Office: What Are You Thinking?; The Media: Can It Be Stopped?; The Future of Democracy: The Constitutional Robocracy and You!' Hardcover. Read 2005-07-07.

Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil, Ron Rosenbaum, Weebcentral Library. 'When Hitler's war ended in 1945, the war over Hitler--who he really was, what gave birth to his unique evil--had just begun. Hitler did not escape the bunker in Berlin but, half a century later, he has managed to escape explanation in ways both frightening and profound. Explaining Hitler is an extraordinary quest, an expedition into the war zone of Hitler theories. This is a passionate, enthralling book that illuminates what Hitler explainers tell us about Hitler, about the explainers, and about ourselves.' Paperback. Read 2005-07-01.

Excel Hacks, David Hawley, Raina Hawley, Weebcentral Library. 'If you think that getting creative with Excel means the underhanded tweaking of numbers, think again. 'Excel Hacks' shows even the most experienced users how to do things with Excel they might never have thought of doing--and lets them have a little fun while they're at it. Microsoft Excel is not just the dominant spreadsheet in the world; it's also one of the most popular applications ever created. Its success lies not only in its power and flexibility, but also in its streamlined, familiar interface that casually conceals its considerable capabilities. You don't need to know everything that Excel can do in order to use it effectively, but if you're like the millions of Excel power users looking to improve productivity, then 'Excel Hacks' will show you a wide variety of Excel tasks you can put to use, most of which are off the beaten path. With this book, Excel power users can bring a hacker's creative approach to both common and uncommon Excel topics--'hackers' in this sense being those who like to tinker with technology to improve it. The '100 Industrial Strength Tips and Tools' in 'Excel Hacks' include little known 'backdoor' adjustments for everything from reducing workbook and worksheet frustration to hacking built-in features such as pivot tables, charts, formulas and functions, and even the macro language. This resourceful roll-up-your-sleeves guide is for intermediate to advanced Excel users eager to explore new ways to make Excel do things--from data analysis to worksheet management to import/export--that you never thought possible. 'Excel Hacks' will help you increase productivity with Excel and give you hours of 'hacking' enjoyment along the way.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2005-06-03.

Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time, David Edmonds, Weebcentral Library. 'An account of the 1972 chess match between Soviet chess champion Boris Spassky and American challenger Bobby Fischer offers insight into the personalities of the contenders and draws on previously unpublished records to identify the roles of Henry Kissinger, the KGB, and other forces in the match.' Hardcover. Read 2005-05-25.

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet . . . as with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.' Paperback. Read 2005-05-22. Thanks, Cindy, for your enthusiasm about Harry Potter; I followed your lead. And thanks, too, to the Great American Read.

The Honourable Schoolboy, John le Carré, Multnomah County Library. 'John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him -- and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.In this classic masterwork, le Carré expands upon his extraordinary vision of a secret world as George Smiley goes on the attack.In the wake of a demoralizing infiltration by a Soviet double agent, Smiley has been made ringmaster of the Circus (aka the British Secret Service). Determined to restore the organization's health and reputation, and bent on revenge, Smiley thrusts his own handpicked operative into action. Jerry Westerby, 'The Honourable Schoolboy,' is dispatched to the Far East. A burial ground of French, British, and American colonial cultures, the region is a fabled testing ground of patriotic allegiances?and a new showdown is about to begin.' Paperback. Read 2005-05-17.

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher, Richard Feynman, Multnomah County Library. 'Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher is a publishing first. This set couples a book containing the six easiest chapters from Richard P. Feynman’s landmark work, Lectures on Physics—specifically designed for the general, non-scientist reader—with the actual recordings of the late, great physicist delivering the lectures on which the chapters are based. Nobel Laureate Feynman gave these lectures just once, to a group of Caltech undergraduates in 1961 and 1962, and these newly released recordings allow you to experience one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest minds—as if you were right there in the classroom.' Paperback. Read 2005-05-01.

Naked, David Sedaris, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 2005-04-03.

Why Not Me ?, Al Franken, Weebcentral Library. 'The dramatic rise and dizzying fall of Al Franken, the first Jewish president of the United States. From the first days of the Franken campaign as the candidate pledges 'to walk the state of New Hampshire, diagonally and then from side to side' as Al, aided by his covering sex addict and alcoholic deputy campaign manager, stuns the pundits by defeating Al Gore for the democratic nomination, then is swept into office carrying all fifty states. But from that moment of triumph it's downhill all the way . . .' Paperback. Read 2005-04-02.

It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins, Weebcentral Library. 'This is the story of Lance Armstrong, the world-famous cyclist, and his fight against cancer.The #1 New York Times bestseller with legs as strong as its author's. Lance Armstrong is one of the most talked about- and inspirational-sports figures of all time. He was Sports Illustrated 's 2002 Sportsman of the Year-and now, after his record-shattering string of Tour de France victories, some are proclaiming him the greatest athlete of all time. This is the book in which he shares his journey through triumph, tragedy, transformation, and transcendence. It is the story of a world-famous cyclist and his fight against cancer.' Paperback. Read 2005-03-02.

Band of Brothers, Stephen E. Ambrose, Weebcentral Library. 'On the bloody battlefields of World War II Europe, Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, got the toughest missions. As good a rifle company as any in the world, Easy was always in the thick of the fight -- from parachuting into France under a hellish crossfire early D-Day morning, to the final capture of Hitler's supposedly impregnable Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. New York Times bestselling author Stephen E. Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died for their country, and for one another -- taking 150 percent casualties and earning Purple Hearts as combat pay. Drawing on interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Ambrose chronicles the gripping true stories of these American heroes.' Paperback. Read 2005-01-12.

A River Runs Through It And Other Stories, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition, Norman Maclean, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the classic American stories of the 20th century is now printed in a 25th anniversary edition with a Foreword by Annie Proulx. 10 halftones.' Paperback. Read 2005-01-06.

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans And the Holocaust, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Weebcentral Library. 'This groundbreaking international bestseller lays to rest many myths about the Holocaust: that Germans were ignorant of the mass destruction of Jews, that the killers were all SS men, and that those who slaughtered Jews did so reluctantly. Hitler's Willing Executioners provides conclusive evidence that the extermination of European Jewry engaged the energies and enthusiasm of tens of thousands of ordinary Germans. Goldhagen reconstructs the climate of 'eliminationist anti-Semitism' that made Hitler's pursuit of his genocidal goals possible and the radical persecution of the Jews during the 1930s popular. Drawing on a wealth of unused archival materials, principally the testimony of the killers themselves, Goldhagen takes us into the killing fields where Germans voluntarily hunted Jews like animals, tortured them wantonly, and then posed cheerfully for snapshots with their victims. From mobile killing units, to the camps, to the death marches, Goldhagen shows how ordinary Germans, nurtured in a society where Jews were seen as unalterable evil and dangerous, willingly followed their beliefs to their logical conclusion.'Hitler's Willing Executioner's is an original, indeed brilliant contribution to the...literature on the Holocaust.'--New York Review of Books'The most important book ever published about the Holocaust...Eloquently written, meticulously documented, impassioned...A model of moral and scholarly integrity.'--Philadelphia Inquirer' Paperback. Read 2004-11-14.

La Belle France, Alistair Horne, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-08-21.

Tour de France/Tour de Force: A Visual History of the Worlds Greatest Bicycle Race, James D. Startt, Weebcentral Library. 'For three weeks each July, millions of fans from around the world descend upon the French countryside to cheer on the 'forcats de la route, ' or slaves of the road--the riders competing in the Tour de France. The event has captivated people for nearly a century who gather to witness the strength of the human spirit in its struggle to endure and overcome incredible obstacles to rise to the ranks of heroism. Covering over 2000 miles in 21 days, the cyclists make a grand circuit of the country, crossing over both the Alps and the Pyrenees mountains before racing to the finish line along the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Now almost one hundred years old, the legendary bicycle race has a rich and colorful past. 'Tour de France/Tour de Force' offers a one-of-a-kind look back at the Tour s history and its heroes. Arranged chronologically and illustrated with hundreds of wonderfully evocative photographs dating back to the Tour s beginning in 1903, it documents the great victories and the harrowing disasters, the glory and the agony of this amazing competition. From the astounding stories of early cyclists who looped around France on rudimentary two-wheelers to contemporary chapters emphasizing the tactics and winning moves employed in recent races, the drama of the Tour comes to life in these pages. Featuring race results from 1903 all the way through to 1999, plus an introduction by three-time Tour winner Greg Lemond, and special sections on the evolution of the Tour de France bike and the controversial issue of performance-enhancing drugs, 'Tour de France/Tour de Force' is the consummate guide to this truly extraordinary event in the world of sport.' Hardcover. Read 2004-07-23.

Snow, Orhan Pamuk, Weebcentral Library. 'Dread, yearning, identity, intrigue, the lethal chemistry between secular doubt and Islamic fanaticism–these are the elements that Orhan Pamuk anneals in this masterful, disquieting novel. An exiled poet named Ka returns to Turkey and travels to the forlorn city of Kars. His ostensible purpose is to report on a wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head-scarves. But Ka is also drawn by his memories of the radiant Ipek, now recently divorced. Amid blanketing snowfall and universal suspicion, Ka finds himself pursued by figures ranging from Ipek’s ex-husband to a charismatic terrorist. A lost gift returns with ecstatic suddenness. A theatrical evening climaxes in a massacre. And finding god may be the prelude to losing everything else. Touching, slyly comic, and humming with cerebral suspense, Snow is of immense relevance to our present moment.' Paperback. Read 2004-07-03.

Reflections of a physicist, P.W. Bridgman, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2004-07-02.

Skeptics and True Believers, Chet Raymo, Weebcentral Library. 'Years ago, noted science teacher and writer Chet Raymo embarked upon his own quest to reconcile the miracle stories he learned as a child with the science he learned as an adult. Skeptics and True Believersis the culmination of that search—a passionate, ever-inquisitive statement that science and religion can mutually reinforce the way we experience the world.Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He illustrates his argument with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the red knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. 'Miracles are explainable,' Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, 'it is the explanations that are miraculous.'For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncompromising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.' Hardcover. Read 2004-05-30.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell, Weebcentral Library. 'The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.' Paperback. Read 2004-05-05.

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, Weebcentral Library. 'An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies.' Paperback. Read 2004-05-01.

Three Cups Of Tea, Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Weebcentral Library. 'One man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia: in 1993 Greg Mortenson was an American mountain-climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of a Pakistani village, he promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time--Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban. In a region where Americans are often feared and hated, he has survived kidnapping, death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself--at last count, his Central Asia Institute had built fifty-five schools.--From publisher description.' Paperback. Read 2004-04-18.

John Adams, David McCullough, Weebcentral Library. 'In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as 'out of his senses'; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.This is history on a grand scale -- a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.' Paperback. Read 2004-04-18.

Absolute Friends, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. 'This epic tale of loyalty and betrayal spans the lives of two friends from the riot-torn West Berlin of the 1960s to the grimy looking-glass of Cold War Europe to the present day of terrorism and new alliances. This is the novel le Carr fans have been waiting for, a brilliant, ferocious, heartbreaking work for the ages.' Paperback. Read 2004-04-01.

Unto death, Amos Oz, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2004-02-19.

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'Harry is in his fifth year at Hogwarts as the adventures continue. There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a defense against the dark arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the ordinary wizarding level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of he-who-must-not-be-named-a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop. As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice. His fate depends on them all. The book that took the world by storm. In his fifth year at Hogwart's, Harry faces challenges at every turn, from the dark threat of he-who-must-not-be-named and the unreliability of the government of the magical world to the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Along the way he learns about the strength of his friends, the fierceness of his enemies, and the meaning of sacrifice.' Paperback. Read 2003-11-12.

Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel, Weebcentral Library. 'While Galileo Galilei was under house arrest, accused of heresy for his claim that the earth revolved around the sun, his daughter Virginia, a cloistered nun, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength through the difficult years of his trial and persecution. Winner of the Christopher Award and named a Notable Book of the Year by the 'New York Times'. Illustrations.' Paperback. Read 2003-08-15.

Fingerprint of God: Recent Scientific Discoveries Reveal the Unmistakable Identity of the Creator, Hugh Ross, Weebcentral Library. 'Dr. Hugh Ross, astromomer, tells the fascinating story of how the latest research into origins not only has sealed the case for divine creation, but has revealed the identity of the Creator Himself.' Paperback. Read 2003-08-09.

Nicholas and Alexandra, Robert K. Massie, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Told with scrupulous historical accuracy and stunning narrative power, 'Nicholas and Alexandra' is a masterpiece of the biographer's art. The bestseller is now released in a trade paperback edition with a new Introduction by its Pulitzer Prize-winning author.' Paperback. Read 2003-08-08.

Flags Of Our Fathers, James Bradley, Ron Powers, Multnomah County Library. 'In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima—and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag.Now the son of one of the flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever.To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of Easy Company. Following these men's paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island—an island riddled with Japanese tunnels and 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man.But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo—three were killed during the battle—were proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradley's father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: 'The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didn't come back.'Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of war and its aftermath as well as Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen ins' Paperback. Read 2003-06-01.

The Merely Personal: Observations on Science and Scientists, Jeremy Bernstein, Weebcentral Library. 'From Newton to computer chess, engaging inquiries from and award-winning science writer.' Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 2003-05-23.

Dark Sun: The Making Of The Hydrogen Bomb, Richard Rhodes, Weebcentral Library. 'Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War. Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses how and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.' Paperback. Read 2003-04-12.

Straight Man: A Novel, Richard Russo, Multnomah County Library. 'In this uproarious new novel, Richard Russo performs his characteristic high-wire walk between hilarity and heartbreak.  Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt.  Devereaux's reluctance is partly rooted in his character--he is a born anarchist-- and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans.  In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.  All this while coming to terms with his philandering father, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions.  in short, Straight Man is classic Russo--side-splitting and true-to-life, witty, compassionate, and impossible to put down.' Paperback. Read 2003-04-02.

The Motley Fool Investment Guide: How The Fool Beats Wall Street's Wise Men And How You Can Too (Motley Fool), David Gardner, Weebcentral Library. 'For Making Sense of Investing Today...the Fully Revised and Expanded Edition of the Bestselling The Motley Fool Investment GuideToday, with the Internet, anyone can be an informed investor. Once you learn to tune out the hype and focus on meaningful factors, you can beat the Street. The Motley Fool Investment Guide, completely revised and updated with clear and witty explanations, deciphers all the new information -- from evaluating individual stocks to creating a diverse investment portfolio.David and Tom Gardner have investing ideas for you -- no matter how much time or money you have. This new edition of The Motley Fool Investment Guide is built for today's investor, sophisticate and novice alike, with updated information on: Finding high-growth stocks that will beat the market over the long term Identifying volatile young companies that traditional valuation measures may miss Using and the Internet to locate great sources of useful information' Paperback. Read 2003-04-01.

Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand, Weebcentral Library. 'Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon. Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.From the Hardcover edition.' Paperback. Read 2003-02-01.

Our Town: A Play in Three Acts (Perennial Classics), Thornton Wilder, Multnomah County Library. 'A handsome Perennial Classics edition of America's favourite play, Our Town, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. First produced and published in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners has become an American classic and is Thornton Wider's most renowned and most frequently performed play. This Perennial Classics edition includes a foreword by Donald Margulies and contains an afterword with documentary material edited by Tappan Wilder.' Paperback. Read 2002-12-01.

The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, David Berlinski, Weebcentral Library. 'Simply put, an algorithm is a set of instructions-it's the code that makes computers run. A basic idea that proved elusive for hundreds of years and bent the minds of the greatest thinkers in the world, the algorithm is what made the modern world possible. Without the algorithm, there would have been no computer, no Internet, no virtual reality, no e-mail, or any other technological advance that we rely on every day.In The Advent of the Algorithm, David Berlinski combines science, history, and math to explain and explore the intriguing story of how the algorithm was finally discovered by a succession of mathematicians and logicians, and how this paved the way for the digital age. Beginning with Leibniz and culminating in the middle of the twentieth century with the groundbreaking work of Gdel and Turing, The Advent of the Algorithm is an epic tale told with clarity and imaginative brilliance.' Paperback. Read 2002-11-01.

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, H.W. Brands, Weebcentral Library. 'The first major biography of Benjamin Franklin in more than sixty years, The First American is history on a grand scale -- a work of meticulous scholarship and a thoroughly engaging portrait of the foremost American of his day. Diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, wit, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America's first Renaissance man. The eighteenth-century genius comes to life in this masterwork by acclaimed historian H. W. Brands, whose access to previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources makes this the definitive biography. A much-needed reminder of Franklin's greatness and humanity, The First American provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure, the countless arenas in which the protean Franklin left his legacy, and a pivotal era in American life.' Paperback. Read 2002-09-22.

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing, Jason Kelly, Weebcentral Library. 'Solid investment know-how is not just for savvy Wall Streeters. The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing provides novice investors with all the information they need to make smart stock choices. Author Jason Kelly deciphers seemingly complicated lingo on stock markets with his easy, conversational style and shows beginners how to tackle stocks with confidence. The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing combines friendly guidance and sound financial expertise, giving readers a solid foundation on which to build a profitable portfolio.?Includes important tips from Wall Street masters Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and others.?Fun visual format will appeal to the Gen-X audience of the bestselling Get a Financial Life.?The natural sequel to the author's very successful Neatest Little Guide to Mutual Fund Investing, already in its third printing months after publication.?Jason Kelly is a regular correspondent for CNNfn's 'It's Only Money,' and has been featured in Kiplinger's, Mutual Fund Magazine , and Entrepreneur.' Paperback. Read 2002-07-01.

Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks, Weebcentral Library. 'From Oliver Sacks, distinguished neurologist and master storyteller, comes a magical account of childhood, told with the charm and power of his celebrated case histories. In Uncle Tungsten Sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime England. He tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry; There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy’s adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind.' Paperback. Read 2002-06-12.

Astronomy Today (4th Edition), Eric Chaisson, Weebcentral Library. 'Chaisson/McMillan's writing style and pedagogically driven art program are recognized as being scientifically accurate yet accessible to non-science majors. The integrated media program contains the market's only E-book. It provides readers with innovative and interactive tools to learn and test their understanding of astronomy concepts. Topics covered include Astronomy and the Universe, Our Planetay System, Stars and Stellar Evolution, Galaxies and Cosmology, and more. For one or two-semester introductory astronomy course.' Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 2002-06-03.

Proof: A Play, David Auburn, Multnomah County Library. ''One of the most acclaimed plays of recent seasons, Proof explores the unknowability of love as much as it does the mysteries of mathematics.'.' Paperback. Read 2002-05-30.

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Weebcentral Library. 'The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.' Paperback. Read 2002-04-24.

Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists and Iconoclasts--The Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution, Steve Lohr, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2002-04-04.

The Gardens of Light (Emerging Voices - New International Fiction), Amin Maalouf, Weebcentral Library. 'This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink's Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world's contemporary literature in translation or original English.' Paperback. Read 2002-04-01.

Rosalind Franklin and DNA, Anne Sayre, Multnomah County Library. This is a good biography of the experimental physicist Rosalind Franklin by her friend Anne Sayre, but the subsequent book by Brenda Maddox, The Dark Lady of DNA is much better. Sayre had real difficulty separating her feelings about her friend from a more careful assessment of Franklin's role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. Hardcover. Read 2002-03-29.

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises, Joseph Cummins, Weebcentral Library. 'Today's political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie.Anything for a Voteis an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections from George Washington to G. W. Bush. Highlights include:1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women's clothing: 'He is laced up in corsets!' 1912: Theodore Roosevelt is shot in the chest while preparing to give a campaign speech, then proceeds to deliver it anyway: 'I don t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose!' 1960: President Harry Truman advises voters that 'if you vote for Richard Nixon, you might go to hell!'Arriving a full year before the 2008 presidential election,Anything for a Voteis a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, that lessons can be learned from the past (though they usually aren't), and that our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all political campaigning.' Paperback. Read 2002-03-22.

Toujours Provence, Peter Mayle, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 2002-03-02.

Secret Knowledge, David Hockney, Weebcentral Library. 'Hockney challenges the way we see art today in what may become the art book sensation of the decade. In 'Secret Knowledge, ' hundreds of paintings are reproduced to show how artists would have used the technology available to them in rendering their subjects. 400 color illustrations.' Hardcover. Read 2001-12-28.

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Robert K. Massie, Weebcentral Library. ''MASTERFUL.' --The Washington Post Book World 'RIVETING . . . UNFOLDS LIKE A DETECTIVE STORY.' --Los Angeles Times Book Review In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than sixty years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs: The Final Chapter provides answers, describing in suspenseful detail the dramatic efforts in post-Communist Russia to discover the truth. This unique story, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie, presents a colorful panorama of contemporary characters, illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans, including Drs. William Maples and Michael Baden--fiercely antagonistic forensic experts whose findings, along with those of DNA scientists from Russia, America, and Great Britain, all contributed to solving one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century. 'AN ADMIRABLE SCIENTIFIC THRILLER.' --The New York Times Book Review 'COMPELLING . . . A FASCINATING ACCOUNT.' --Chicago Tribune 'A MASTERPIECE OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING.' --San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle From the Trade Paperback edition.' Paperback. Read 2001-11-01.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.' Hardcover. Read 2001-09-24. The Great American Read.

Demon Box, Ken Kesey, Multnomah County Library. 'In this collection of short stories, Ken Kesey challenges public and private demons with a wrestler's brave and deceptive embrace, making it clear that the energy of madness must live on.' Paperback. Read 2001-08-19.

Heirs of General Practice, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. 'Heirs of General Practice is a frieze of glimpses of young doctors with patients of every age—about a dozen physicians in all, who belong to the new medical specialty called family practice. They are people who have addressed themselves to a need for a unifying generalism in a world that has become greatly subdivided by specialization, physicians who work with the “unquantifiable idea that a doctor who treats your grandmother, your father, your niece, and your daughter will be more adroit in treating you.”These young men and women are seen in their examining rooms in various rural communities in Maine, but Maine is only the example. Their medical objectives, their successes, the professional obstacles they do and do not overcome are representative of any place family practitioners are working. While essential medical background is provided, McPhee’s masterful approach to a trend significant to all of us is replete with affecting, and often amusing, stories about both doctors and their charges. Heirs of General Practice is a frieze of glimpses of young doctors with patients of every age—about a dozen physicians in all, who belong to the new medical specialty called family practice. They are people who have addressed themselves to a need for a unifying generalism in a world that has become greatly subdivided by specialization, physicians who work with the “unquantifiable idea that a doctor who treats your grandmother, your father, your niece, and your daughter will be more adroit in treating you.”These young men and women are seen in their examining rooms in various rural communities in Maine, but Maine is only the example. Their medical objectives, their successes, the professional obstacles they do and do not overcome are representative of any place family practitioners are working. While essential medical background is provided, McPhee’s masterful approach to a trend significant to all of us is replete with affecting,' Paperback. Read 2001-06-06.

Gertrude and Claudius, John Updike, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2001-04-04.

Sister Wendy's Story of Painting (Enhanced and Expanded Edition), Sister Wendy Beckett, Weebcentral Library. 'Published in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art, an expanded edition of this richly illustrated survey chronicles the history of eight hundred years of Western art, from the Byzantine era to post-modernism, highlighting styles, techniques, media, artists, and themes, and featuring more than 450 masterpieces, as well as oversized details from key paintings. 35,000 first printing.' Hardcover. Read 2001-03-12.

A Brief History of Science, Gribbin John, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2001-03-12.

East of the Mountains, David Guterson, Multnomah County Library. 'From the author of Snow Falling on Cedars comes this bestselling novel about a dying man’s final journey through a landscape that has always sustained him and provided him with hope and challenges.When he discovers that he has terminal cancer, retired heart surgeon Ben Givens refuses to simply sit back and wait. Instead he takes his two beloved dogs and goes on a last hunt, determined to end his life on his own terms. But as the people he meets and the memories over which he lingers remind him of the mystery of life’s endurance, his trek into the American West becomes much more than a final journey.' Paperback. Read 2001-03-06.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Tony Judt, Weebcentral Library. 'Named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review Almost a decade in the making , this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the worlds most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and sixty years of political and cultural changeall in one integrated, enthralling narrative. Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, Postwar is a rare joy. * A Time and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year * Maps, photos, and cartoons throughout' Paperback. Read 2001-03-01.

Confessions Of Saint Augustine, Saint Augustine, R.S. Pine-Coffin, Project Gutenberg. 'Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature. Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century A.D. and during his first years as a bishop, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life. Books I-IV are concerned with infancy and learning to talk, schooldays, sexual desire and adolescent rebellion, intense friendships and intellectual exploration. Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind: Virgil and Cicero, Neoplatonism and the Bible. This volume, which aims to be usable by students who are new to Augustine, alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine's brilliant and varied Latin, and explains his theological and philosophical questioning of what God is and what it is to be human. The edition is intended for use by students and scholars of Latin literature, theology and Church history.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2001-02-12.

The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley, Weebcentral Library. 'By looking at human history from its very beginning, the author argues disasters, downturns and setbacks are just part of a millenia-long cycle of increasing prosperity that will continue through the 21st century and beyond. By the author of Genome. 100,000 first printing.' Hardcover. Read 2000-11-12.

52 Pick Up, Elmore Leonard, Multnomah County Library. 'Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell is a self-made man, happily married for over twenty-two years and a pillar of the community. But then he slips - he meets a young 'model' and begins an affair. One night he arrives at his girlfriend's apartment and finds more than he bargained for. Two masked men have caught his misdemeanours on camera and now they want a cool hundred grand. But they've picked the wrong man, because Harry Mitchell doesn't get mad - he gets even.' Paperback. Read 2000-11-10.

A Good Walk Spoiled, John Feinstein, Multnomah County Library. 'A behind-the-scenes study of men's professional golf follows a turbulent year on the PGA tour, sharing portraits of superstars and rising players, the pressures of a high-profile sport, and dramatic tournament moments. By the author of A Season on the Brink. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.' Hardcover. Read 2000-10-03.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.' Paperback. Read 2000-08-14. Thanks, Cindy, for your enthusiasm about Harry Potter; I followed your lead. And thanks, too, to the Great American Read.

Matisse, Henri Matisse, Weebcentral Library. 'More than one hundred color plates, accompanied by reactions and comments from critics and contemporaries, record the career of the Henri Matisse, French sculptor, cut-out artist, and painter of exotic, brightly colored nudes.' Kindle. Read 2000-07-23.

A History Of Knowledge, Charles Van Doren, Weebcentral Library. 'A one-voume reference to the history of ideas that is a compendium of everything that humankind has thought, invented, created, considered, and perfected from the beginning of civilization into the twenty-first century. Massive in its scope, and yet totally accessible, A HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE covers not only all the great theories and discoveries of the human race, but also explores the social conditions, political climates, and individual men and women of genius that brought ideas to fruition throughout history.'Crystal clear and concise...Explains how humankind got to know what it knows.'Clifton FadimanSelected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2000-07-14.

Geological field guide, Kilauea Volcano, Richard W. Hazlett, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2000-07-12.

A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle, Weebcentral Library. 'They had been there often as tourists. They had cherished the dream of someday living all year under the Provencal sun. And suddenly it happened. Here is the month-by-month account of the charms and frustrations that Peter Mayle and his wife -- and their two large dogs -- experience their first year in the remote country of the Luberon restoring a two-centuries-old stone farmhouse that they bought on sight. From coping in January with the first mistral, which comes howling down from the Rhone Valley and wreaks havoc with the pipes, to dealing as the months go by with the disarming promises and procrastination of the local masons and plumbers, Peter Mayle delights us with his strategies for survival. He relishes the growing camaraderie with his country neighbors -- despite the rich, soupy, often impenetrable patois that threatens to separate them. He makes friends with boar hunters and truffle hunters, a man who eats foxes, and another who bites dentists; he discovers the secrets of handicapping racing goats and of disarming vipers. And he comes to dread the onslaught of tourists who disrupt his tranquillity. In this often hilarious, seductive book Peter Mayle manages to transport us info all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life and lets us live vicariously in a tempo governed by seasons, not by days. George Lang, who was smitten, suggests: 'Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence.'' Paperback. Read 2000-07-01.

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (The Best American Series), John Updike, Katrina Kenison, Weebcentral Library. 'Since the series' inception in 1915, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers, showcased the most compelling stories of each year, and confirmed for all time the significance of the short story in our national literature. Now THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY brings together the best -- fifty-six extraordinary stories that represent a century's worth of unsurpassed achievements in this quintessentially American literary genre. This expanded edition includes a new story from The Best American Short Stories 1999 to round out the century, as well as an index including every story published in the series. Of all the writers whose work has appeared in the series, only John Updike has been represented in each of the last five decades, from his first appearance, in 1959, to his most recent, in 1998. Updike worked with coeditor Katrina Kenison to choose the finest stories from the years since 1915. The result is 'extraordinary . . . A one-volume literary history of this country's immeasurable pains and near-infinite hopes' (Boston Globe).' Paperback. Read 2000-06-12.

Nobody's Fool, Richard Russo, Multnomah County Library. 'In his slyly funny and moving new novel, the author of The Risk Pool follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town--and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Jessica Tandy. Author reading tour.' Paperback. Read 2000-06-01.

How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill, Weebcentral Library. 'The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe. Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become 'the isle of saints and scholars' -- and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians. In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization -- copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost -- they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task. As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated. In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, How The Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage. But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization.' Paperback. Read 2000-05-15.

Pieces of the Frame, John McPhee, Multnomah County Library. 'Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the backwoods roads of Georgia, to the high altitude of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico; from the social decay of Atlantic City, to Scotland, where a pilgrimage for art’s sake leads to a surprising encounter with history on a hilltop with a view of a fifth of the entire country. McPhee’s writing is more than informative; these are stories, artful and full of character, that make compelling reading. They play with and against one another, so that Pieces of the Frame is distinguished as much by its unity as by its variety. Subjects familiar to McPhee’s readers—sports, Scotland, conservation—are treated here with intimacy and a sense of the writer at work. Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the backwoods roads of Georgia, to the high altitude of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico; from the social decay of Atlantic City, to Scotland, where a pilgrimage for art’s sake leads to a surprising encounter with history on a hilltop with a view of a fifth of the entire country. McPhee’s writing is more than informative; these are stories, artful and full of character, that make compelling reading. They play with and against one another, so that Pieces of the Frame is distinguished as much by its unity as by its variety. Subjects familiar to McPhee’s readers—sports, Scotland, conservation—are treated here with intimacy and a sense of the writer at work.' Paperback. Read 2000-05-05.

The Stranger Beside Me (Revised And Updated): 20th Anniversary, Ann Rule, Multnomah County Library. 'Ann Rule was a writer working on the biggest story of her life--tracking down a brutal serial killer. Little did she know that her good friend, Ted Bundy, was the savage slayer she was hunting. This 20th anniversary edition features eight pages of new photos and an update by the author.W. Norton.' Paperback. Read 2000-05-03.

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (P.S.), Matt Ridley, Weebcentral Library. 'The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean? Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life. Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. From Huntington's disease to cancer, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome. It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind.' Paperback. Read 2000-05-03.

Recombinant DNA, James D. Watson, Gilman Michael, Jan Witkowski, Mark Zoller, Weebcentral Library. 'An overview of recombitant DNA techniques and surveys advances in recombinant molecular genetics, experimental methods and their results.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2000-05-02.

The Night Is Large: Collected Essays, 1938-1995, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. Martin Gardner was a serious thinker and polymath, most famous for his mathematical puzzles and his Annotated Alice, and less well known for his excellent essays and expositions on science, mathematics, philosophy and even poetry. This collection of 47 broad-ranging essays spans physical science, mathematics, social science, the arts, philosophy and religion, and pseudo-science; all of these were written over a period of 57 years. Gardner was a clear writer, a fair one, and deeply curious about the world. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 2000-05-01.

Uncommon Carriers, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. 'What John McPhee's books all have in common is that they are about real people in real places. Here, at his adventurous best, he is out and about with people who work in freight transportation.  Over the past eight years, John McPhee has spent considerable time in the company of people who work in freight transportation. Uncommon Carriers is his sketchbook of them and of his journeys with them. He rides from Atlanta to Tacoma alongside Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of a sixty-five-foot,eighteen-wheel chemical tanker carrying hazmats. McPhee attends ship-handling school on a pond in the foothills of the French Alps, where, for a tuition of $15,000 a week, skippers of the largest ocean ships refine their capabilities in twenty-foot scale models. He goes up the “tight-assed” Illinois River on a“towboat” pushing a triple string of barges, the overall vessel being “a good deal longer than the Titanic.” And he travels by canoe up the canal-and-lock commercial waterways traveled by Henry David Thoreau and his brother, John,in a homemade skiff in 1839.Uncommon Carriers is classic work by McPhee, in prose distinguished, as always, by its author’s warm humor, keen insight, and rich sense of human character.' Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 2000-04-04.

Handcarved Coffins, Truman Capote, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 2000-04-04.

Small Death In Lisbon, Robert Wilson, Multnomah County Library. 'Forced into the SS in 1941, a Berlin factory owner is sent to infiltrate the mountains where a battle rages over an element vital to Hitler's blitzkrieg. Fifty years later, the investigation of a murder of a teenage girl in Lisbon takes Inspector Z Coelho back across a bloody swath of history to the scene of an older crime buried among the bones of a fascist past--and to a chilling motive buried even deeper. Winner of the Golden Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel.' Paperback. Read 2000-03-13.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.' Hardcover. Read 1999-12-11. Thanks, Cindy, for your enthusiasm about Harry Potter; I followed your lead. And thanks, too, to the Great American Read.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, Jon Krakauer, Weebcentral Library. 'A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that 'suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.' He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  'I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day,' writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. 'What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decis' Paperback. Read 1999-10-10.

Inward Bound: Of Matter And Forces In The Physical World, Abraham Pais, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-09-30.

Alan Turing: The Enigma, Andrew Hodges, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-09-17.

Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), Thomas Pynchon, Weebcentral Library. 'Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity’s Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce’s Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.' Paperback. Read 1999-08-01.

France in Modern Times: (Fifth Edition), Gordon Wright, Weebcentral Library. 'This text charts the political history of France from the 18th century to the present, interspersing narrative with chapters on society, the economy, culture and historiography.  This edition reflects recent research on the French Revolution, taking into account the scholarship of the 'New Revisionist' school.  It incorporates recent events in France, including an assessment of post-Socialist politics and examines the challenges facing France as a member of the European Union.' Paperback. Read 1999-07-22.

Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1997, Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies. Now, the beloved American epic returns, reissued by Grove Press to coincide with the publication of Frazier’s eagerly-anticipated second novel, Thirteen Moons. Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father’s derelict farm and learning to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.' Paperback. Read 1999-07-14.

Fall of the Phantom Lord, Andrew Todhunter, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1989, while attempting a new route on a difficult overhanging rock face, climber Dan Osman fell. Again and again, protected by the rope, he fell. He decided then that it would not be in climbing but in falling that he would embrace his fear--bathe in it, as he says, and move beyond it. A captivating exploration of the daredevil world of rock climbing, as well as a thoughtful meditation on the role of risk and fear in the author's own life. In the tradition of the wildly popular man-versus-nature genre that has launched several bestsellers, Andrew Todhunter follows the lives of world-class climber Dan Osman and his coterie of friends as he explores the extremes of risk on the unyielding surface of the rock. Climbing sheer rock faces of hundreds or thousands of feet is more a religion than a sport, demanding dedication, patience, mental and physical strength, grace, and a kind of obsession with detail that is crucial just to survive. Its artists are modern-day ascetics who often sacrifice nine-to-five jobs, material goods, and the safety of everyday life to pit themselves and their moral resoluteness against an utterly unforgiving opponent. In the course of the two years chronicled in Fall of the Phantom Lord, the author also undertakes a journey of his own as he begins to weigh the relative value of extreme sports and the risk of sudden death. By the end of the book, as he ponders joining Osman on a dangerous fall from a high bridge to feel what Osman experiences, Todhunter comes to a new understanding of risk taking and the role it has in his life, and in the lives of these climbers. Beautifully written, Fall of the Phantom Lord offers a fascinating look at a world few people know. It will surely take its place alongside Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm as a classic of adventure literature.' Paperback. Read 1999-07-09.

Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing It in the Sandwich Islands, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-07-03.

A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz, Weebcentral Library. 'Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this bestselling and critically acclaimed new work by 'one of Israel's most gifted and prolific authors' (Helen Epstein, The Forward) is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother's suicide when he was twelve years old. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and its community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.' Kindle. Read 1999-06-23.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré, Weebcentral Library. 'The Dursleys were so mean that hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone--or something--starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself?' Hardcover. Read 1999-06-15. Thanks, Cindy, for your enthusiasm about Harry Potter; I followed your lead. And thanks, too, to the Great American Read.

Cosmos, Carl Sagan, Robert Aulicino, Multnomah County Library. 'This visually stunning book with over 250 full-color illustrations, many of them never before published, is based on Carl Sagan’s thirteen-part television series. Told with Sagan’s remarkable ability to make scientific ideas both comprehensible and exciting, Cosmos is about science in its broadest human context, how science and civilization grew up together. The book also explores spacecraft missions of discovery of the nearby planets, the research in the Library of ancient Alexandria, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the origin of life, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies and the origins of matter, suns and worlds. Sagan retraces the fifteen billion years of cos-mic evolution that have transformed matter into life and consciousness, enabling the Cosmos to wonder about itself. He considers the latest findings on life elsewhere and how we might communicate with the beings of other worlds. Cosmos is the story of our long journey of discovery and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science, including Democritus, Hypatia, Kepler, Newton, Huy-gens, Champollion, Lowell and Humason. Sagan looks at our planet from an extra-terrestrial vantage point and sees a blue jewel-like world, inhabited by a lifeform that is just beginning to discover its own unity and to ven-ture into the vast ocean of space.' Paperback. Read 1999-06-04.

Betrayers of the truth, Broad William, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1999-05-04.

The Making Of The Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes, Weebcentral Library. 'Here for the first time, in rich, human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan.Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly -- or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers -- Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and yon Neumann -- stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step by step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man's most awesome discovery and invention. The Making of the Atomic Bomb has been compared in its sweep and importance to William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It is at once a narrative tour de force and a document as powerful as its subject.' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1999-05-03.

THE MAN WHO LOVED ONLY NUMBERS: THE STORY OF PAUL ERDOS AND THE SEARCH FOR MATHEMATICAL TRUTH, Paul Hoffman, Weebcentral Library. 'Based on a National Magazine Award-winning article, this masterful biography of Hungarian-born Paul Erdos is both a vivid portrait of an eccentric genius. A man who possessed unimaginable powers of thought yet was unable to perform the simplest daily tasks, Erdos dedicated his life to the pursuit of mathematical truth. Here, award-winning science writer Paul Hoffman follows the career and achievements of this philosopher-scientist whose way of life was as inconceivable as the theorems he devised, yet whose accomplishments continue to enrich and inform the world.' Paperback. Read 1999-05-01.

The data model resource book, Silverston Len, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-11-25.

Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1998-10-07.

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer, Weebcentral Library. 'In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life.  Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless.  Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris.  He is said  to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different' Paperback. Read 1998-09-09.

High: Stories Of Survival From Everest And K2 (Adrenaline), Clint, Matt Dickinson, Jim Haberl, Chris Bonington, Walter Bonatti, Charles Clarke, Alan Burgess, Jim Palmer, Maria Coffey, Charles S. Houston, Robert H. Bates, Galen Rowell, Rick Ridgeway, Jon Krakau, Weebcentral Library. 'In this pioneering anthology, Clint Willis presents 75 years of great writing -- from Neil O'Dell to Jon Krakauer -- on the fabled peaks. Here are stories of two British expeditions to Everest in the 1920s; a piece on the 1939 K2 attempt that claimed four climbers' lives; a firsthand account by the Sherpa who reached the summit of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary; the story of the first successful American assault on K2 in 1978; a British photographer's view of the calamitous 1996 storm on Everest; and many more -- a cornucopia of mountaineering thrills for adventurous readers.' Paperback. Read 1998-08-23.

Before Their Time: A Memoir, Robert Kotlowitz, Weebcentral Library. 'in this memoir of his experiences as a teenage infantryman in the US Third Army during World War II, Kotlowitz brings to life the harrowing story of the massacre of his platoon in northeastern France, in which he--by playing dead--was the only one to survive. 208 pp. 15,000 print. From the Hardcover edition.' Paperback. Read 1998-08-03.

Death of a Salesman (Heinemann Plays), Arthur Miller, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1998-07-20.

Turner, John Walker, Weebcentral Library. 'James Mallord William Turner has been termed England's greatest painters. In a career that spanned the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth, he painted landscapes - luminous, mystic visions of nature - that forecast some of the most avant-garde of twentieth-century panting, frequently leaping beyond the Impressionists. The treatment of light in Turner's work, seen especially in the lemons, golds and rusts of his sunrises and sunsets or in the blues of his seas and mountains, has captivated generations of art lovers.

This volume's forty-four colorplates and fifty black-and-while reproductions present a selection of the most significant and appealing oil paintings, watercolors, engravings, and drawings of Turner's lifework. The scenes range from England's seacoast, lake country, abbeys, and castles, to the Egypt of Biblical times and visions from Homers's Odyssey, and to the canals and piazzas of Venice, the peaks of the French and Swiss Alps, and fishing boats along the Dutch coast.

' Hardcover. Read 1998-07-12.

Ever since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould, Weebcentral Library. 'Stephen Jay Gould reexamines Darwin's theory in light of the findings of modern evolutionary biology and shows the ways in which biological theories have been concocted to justify social ills' Hardcover. Read 1998-07-12.

To the Best of My Ability, James M. McPherson, David Rubel, Society of American Historians, Weebcentral Library. 'A compelling, richly illustrated look at the forty-three men who have served as President of the United States describes the campaigns, elections, administration, events, and legacy of each of America's leaders, from Washington to Bush, accompanied by thoroughly annotated period photographs and artwork. Original.' Paperback. Read 1998-07-04.

The Feynman Lectures On Physics, Volume III: Quantum Mechanics, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Feyman's lectures on physics are the first place I go to when reviewing fundamental physics; they are typically clear and accessible. The mathematics are at the level of basic calculus for the most part, which is also welcome; even one long rusty on the specifics of calculus can still remember the basics and particularly appreciate the expressive power of Newton's employment of Occam's Razor in the form of mathematical tools used to describe the change inherent in dynamical physical models. Paperback. Partially-Read 1998-07-02. A Christmas gift from my wife, Cindy.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume II: Mainly Electromagnetism and Matter, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Feyman's lectures on physics are the first place I go to when reviewing fundamental physics; they are typically clear and accessible. The mathematics are at the level of basic calculus for the most part, which is also welcome; even one long rusty on the specifics of calculus can still remember the basics and particularly appreciate the expressive power of Newton's employment of Occam's Razor in the form of mathematical tools used to describe the change inherent in dynamical physical models. Paperback. Partially-Read 1998-07-02. A Christmas gift from my wife, Cindy.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume I: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. Feyman's lectures on physics are the first place I go to when reviewing fundamental physics; they are typically clear and accessible. The mathematics are at the level of basic calculus for the most part, which is also welcome; even one long rusty on the specifics of calculus can still remember the basics and particularly appreciate the expressive power of Newton's employment of Occam's Razor in the form of mathematical tools used to describe the change inherent in dynamical physical models. This volume contains Newtonian dynamics, mechanics, gravitation; special theory of relativity; optics; theromdynamics; waves; sound. Paperback. Partially-Read 1998-07-02. A Christmas gift from my wife, Cindy.

The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. 'Tom Wolfe’s modern American satire tells the story of Sherman McCoy, a Wall Street “Master of the Universe” who has it all — a Park Avenue apartment, a job that brings wealth, power and prestige, a beautiful wife, an even more beautiful mistress. Suddenly, one wrong turn makes it all go wrong, and Sherman spirals downward in a sudden fall from grace that sucks him into the ravenous heart of a New York City gone mad during the go-go, racially turbulent, socially hilarious 1980s.' Paperback. Read 1998-07-02.

Longitude, Dava Sobel, Weebcentral Library. I originally read this, mostly on a transcontinental plane trip, just prior to visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, to answer the question: Why does an accurate clock allow you to reckon longitude at sea? I recently re-read it to absorb the role Galileo played in the the use of the periods of Jovian moons as another method to determine longitude for the purposes of navigation. Kindle. Re-Read (2) 1998-06-19.

Citizens, Simon Schama, LuAnn Walther, Weebcentral Library. 'Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology--a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. 200 illustrations.' Paperback. Read 1998-04-04.

Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom, Weebcentral Library. ''Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - MItch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live. 'Tuesdays with Morrie' is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.' Paperback. Read 1998-04-02.

August 1914: The Red Wheel / Knot I, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'August 1914 transports us to the battlefield at Tannenberg in the early months of World War I. Each command of the generals brings the hapless Russian army closer to humiliating defeat by the Germans, a critical loss that hastens the Bolshevik Revolution. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn depicts a turning point in Russian history with brilliant clarity. He offers unforgettable portraits of Nicholas II and Lenin, and shows us the individual characters--army colonels and peasant soldiers, politicians and bourgeois wives--whose quotidian actions are gathered into the inexorable movement of history. Annotation. In his monumental narrative of the outbreak of the First World War and the ill-fated Russian offensive into East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn has written a dramatically new interpretation of Russian history. The assassination of tsarist prime minister Pyotr Stolypin, a crucial event in the years leading up to the Revolution of 1917, is reconstructed from the alienating viewpoints of historical witnesses. The sole voice of reason among the advisers to Tsar Nikolai II, Stolypin died at the hands of the anarchist Mordko Bogrov, and with him perished Russia's last hope for reform. ' Paperback. Read 1998-03-21.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, Weebcentral Library. 'Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.' Paperback. Read 1998-03-18. Thanks, Cindy, for your enthusiasm about Harry Potter; I followed your lead. And thanks, too, to the Great American Read.

Streets Of Laredo : A Novel, Larry McMurtry, Weebcentral Library. 'The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West into a hellhole known as Crow Town and, finally, into the vast, relentless plains of the Texas frontier.' Paperback. Read 1997-11-02.

Sackett's Land: The Sacketts (Sacketts, No 1), Louis L'Amour, Multnomah County Library. 'red fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunities of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.' Paperback. Read 1997-11-02.

Flint, Louis L'Amour, Weebcentral Library. 'He left the West at the age of seventeen, leaving behind a rootless past and a bloody trail of violence. In the East he became one of the wealthiest financiers in America—and one of the most feared and hated.Now, suffering from incurable cancer, he has come back to New Mexico to die alone. But when an all-out range war erupts, Flint chooses to help Nancy Kerrigan, a local rancher. A cold-eyed speculator is setting up the land swindle of a lifetime, and Buckdun, a notorious assassin, is there to back his play.Flint alone can help Nancy save her ranch…with his cash, his connections—and his gun. He still has his legendary will to fight. All he needs is time, and that’s fast running out….' Paperback. Read 1997-09-03.

Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry, Weebcentral Library. 'Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. His other works include two collections of essays, three memoirs, and more than thirty screenplays, including the coauthorship of Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Academy Award. He lives in Archer City, Texas.' Paperback. Read 1997-08-12. The Great American Read.

Borges: Collected Fictions, Jorge Luis Borges, Weebcentral Library. 'In honor of the centenary of the birth of Borges, this collection of his fiction has been gathered into a single volume. 'An unparalleled treasury of marvels.'--'Chicago Tribune.'' Paperback. Read 1997-08-02.

Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations, Al Franken, Weebcentral Library. 'Al Franken shakes bodyblows at his favourite targets, the rantings of right wing politicians and the media hacks who support them, starting with his favourite, 300lbs (and growing) Rush Limbaugh. Described by The Washington Times as a master of political humour, Franken's unique brand of rip-roaring invective is now delighting fans on this side of the pond.' Hardcover. Read 1997-07-08.

Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940, William Manchester, Weebcentral Library. 'The long-awaited second volume of the best Churchill biography reveals the true portrait of this ambitious world leader. Discussion centers on the alarm he sounded about the terrible plot being hatched inside Hitler's deranged mind. Two 8-page photos inserts.' Paperback. Read 1997-07-02.

Plainsong, Kent Haruf, Weebcentral Library. ''Ambitious, but never seeming so, Kent Haruf reveals a whole community as he interweaves the stories of a pregnant high school girl, a lonely teacher, a pair of boys abandoned by their mother, and a couple of crusty bachelor farmers. From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace--a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in a choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport, and lift the reader off the ground.'-FROM THE CITATION FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD' Paperback. Read 1997-06-21.

The Tailor of Panama, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. 'Bestselling author John le Carre--creator of the highly acclaimed George Smiley novels--has once again effortlessly expanded the borders of the spy novel to bring readers an exuberant, tense, heartbreaking, and provoking entertainment straight out of the pages of tomorrow's history.' Hardcover. Read 1997-06-06.

A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. 'The setting is Atlanta, Georgia — a racially mixed, late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 29,000 acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife, and a half-empty office complex with a staggering load of debt.Meanwhile, Conrad Hensley, idealistic young father of two, is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oakland and finds himself spiraling into the lower depths of the American legal system.And back in Atlanta, when star Georgia Tech running back Fareek “the Canon” Fanon, a homegrown product of the city’s slums, is accused of date-raping the daughter of a pillar of the white establishment, upscale black lawyer Roger White II is asked to represent Fanon and help keep the city’s delicate racial balance from blowing sky-high.Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real estate syndicates — Wolfe shows us contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most admired novelist. Charlie Croker’s deliverance from his tribulations provides an unforgettable denouement to the most widely awaited, hilarious and telling novel America has seen in ages — Tom Wolfe’s most outstanding achievement to date.' Paperback. Read 1997-04-02.

The Trial of Socrates, I.F. Stone, Weebcentral Library. 'In unraveling the long-hidden issues of the most famous free speech case of all time, noted author I.F. Stone ranges far and wide over Roman as well as Greek history to present an engaging and rewarding introduction to classical antiquity and its relevance to society today. The New York Times called this national best-seller an 'intellectual thriller.'' Paperback. Read 1997-01-23.

Distant Mirror, Barbara W. Tuchman, Weebcentral Library. ''Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . A great book, in a great historical tradition.' CommentaryThe 14th century gives us back two contradictory images: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dark time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world plunged into a chaos of war, fear and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived.' Paperback. Read 1996-08-22.

Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman, Weebcentral Library. 'Suppressed by the KGB, Life and Fate is a rich and vivid account of what the Second World War meant to the Soviet Union. On its completion in 1960,Life and Fatewas suppressed by the KGB. Twenty years later, the novel was smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm. At the centre of this epic novel looms the battle of Stalingrad. Within a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war, Grossman's characters must work out their destinies. Chief among these are the members of the Shaposhnikov family Lyudmila, a mother destroyed by grief for her dead son; Viktor, her scientist-husband who falls victim to anti-semitism; and Yevgenia, forced to choose between her love for the courageous tank-commander Novikov and her duty to her former husband.Life and Fateis one of the great Russian novels of the 20th century, and the richest and most vivid account there is of what the Second World War meant to the Soviet Union.' Paperback. Read 1996-08-12.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales, Oliver Sacks, Weebcentral Library. 'In his most extraordinary book, 'one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century' (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: 'the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject.'' Paperback. Read 1996-08-03.

Goldbug Variations, Powers, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1996-07-15.

Wonderful Life, Stephen Jay Gould, Weebcentral Library. 'High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived--a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of history.' Paperback. Read 1996-07-07.

Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins, Charles Lindbergh, Weebcentral Library. 'From his early career as a fighter pilot and experimental test pilot through his NASA training and the Gemini 10 spacewalk. to commanding the Apollo 11 module that made possible mankinds historic first lunar steps. Michael Collins has been a pioneering aviator and astronaut. He is also-as this memoir amply demonstrates-a gifted writer. Carrying the Firw provides a revealing insider’s view of the NASA space pro-gram. Collins takes the reader behind the scenes. into the space capsule cockpit into the vastness of space. and into the hearts and souls of the men and women involved in Americas most daring program. NeiI Armstrong. John Glenn, Frank Borman. and Buzz Aldrin come vividly to life in these pages. Carrying the Fire is a brilliant firsthand account of an American triumph by a true American hero.' Paperback. Read 1996-07-02.

The Tao of Objects: A Beginner's Guide to Object-Oriented Programming, Gary Entsminger, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1996-06-28.

Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. 'So Samuel Langhorne Clemens made his excuse for late copy to the Sacramento Union, the newspaper that was underwriting his 1866 trip. If the young reporter's excuse makes perfect sense to you, join the thousands of Island lovers who have delighted in Twain's efforts when he finally did put pen to paper.' Paperback. Read 1996-04-15.

The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn, School books. 'Thomas S. Kuhn's classic book is now available with a new index. 'A landmark in intellectual history which has attracted attention far beyond its own immediate field. . . . It is written with a combination of depth and clarity that make it an almost unbroken series of aphorisms. . . . Kuhn does not permit truth to be a criterion of scientific theories, he would presumably not claim his own theory to be true. But if causing a revolution is the hallmark of a superior paradigm, [this book] has been a resounding success.' Nicholas Wade, Science 'Perhaps the best explanation of [the] process of discovery.' William Erwin Thompson,New York Times Book Review 'Occasionally there emerges a book which has an influence far beyond its originally intended audience. . . . Thomas Kuhn'sThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions. . . has clearly emerged as just such a work.' Ron Johnston,Times Higher Education Supplement 'Among the most influential academic books in this century.' Choice One of 'The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War,'Times Literary Supplement Thomas S. Kuhn was the Laurence Rockefeller Professor Emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books includeThe Essential Tension; Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912;andThe Copernican Revolution.' Paperback. Read 1996-04-12.

For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies, Pauline Kael, Weebcentral Library. 'A collection of film reviews, most of them originally published in the 'New Yorker,' selected from the author's previous collections, covers movies from 'Hud' to 'Dances with Wolves'' Paperback. Read 1996-04-01.

Degas, Sandra Orienti, Weebcentral Library. The life and work of the artist Edgar Degas with 80 colour plate illustrations. Kindle. Read 1995-11-03.

Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson, Weebcentral Library. 'Winner of the PEN/Faulkner AwardAmerican Booksellers Association Book of the Year AwardSan Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.  But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.  In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched.  Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense-- one that leaves us shaken and changed.'Haunting.... A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper.'--Los Angeles Times'Compelling...heartstopping. Finely wrought, flawlessly written.'--The New York Times Book Review' Paperback. Read 1995-09-02.

The Story of Civilization Vol 7: The Age of Reason Begins, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1995-06-15.

The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History, Stephen Jay Gould, Weebcentral Library. 'With sales of well over one million copies in North America alone, the commercial success of Gould's books now matches their critical acclaim. Reissued in a larger format, with a handsome new cover, The Panda's Thumb will introduce a new generation of readers to this unique writer, who has taken the art of the scientific essay to new heights. Illustrations.' Paperback. Read 1995-06-06.

One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko, Mike Royko, Weebcentral Library. 'With the incisive pen of a newspaperman and the compassionate soul of a poet, Mike Royko was a Chicago institution who became, in Jimmy Breslin's words, 'the best journalist of his time.' Culled from 7500 columns and spanning four decades, from his early days to his last dispatch, the writings in this collection reflect a radically changing America as seen by a man whose keen sense of justice and humor never faltered. Faithful readers will find their old favorites and develop new ones, while the uninitiated have the enviable good fortune of experiencing this true American voice for the first time.'A treasure trove lies between these covers. Royko was in a class by himself. He was a true original.'—Ann Landers'The joy of One More Time is Royko in his own words.'—Mary Eileen O'Connell, New York Times Book Review'Reading a collection of Royko's columns is even more of a pleasure than encountering them one by one, and that is a large remark for he rarely wrote a piece that failed to wake you up with his hard-earned moral wit. Three cheers for Royko!'—Norman Mailer'Powerful, punchy, amazingly contemporary.'—Neil A. Grauer, Cleveland Plain Dealer'This crackling collection of his own favorite columns as well as those beloved by his fans reminds us just how much we miss the gruff, compassionate voice of Mike Royko.'—Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News'A marvelous road map through four decades of America.'—Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune Books'Royko was an expert at finding universal truths in parochial situations, as well as in the larger issues—war and peace, justice and injustice, wealth and poverty—he examined. Think of One More Time as one man's pungent commentary on life in these United States over the last few decades.'—Booklist'Royko was one of the most respected and admired people in the business, by readers and colleagues alike. . . . Savor [his sketches] while you can.'—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Bo' Paperback. Read 1995-06-04.

An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks, Weebcentral Library. 'The author profiles seven neurological patients, including a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome and an artist whose color sense is destroyed in an accident but finds new creative power in black and white.' Paperback. Read 1995-06-03.

Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, William Manchester, Weebcentral Library. 'Describes the early life and political career of the British prime minister.' Paperback. Read 1995-05-01.

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, Jeffrey Kluger, James Lovell, Weebcentral Library. 'Astronaut Lovell chronicles his harrowing, nearly fatal, failed mission to the moon, describing his crew's ingenuity in returning safely to Earth. The untold story of the American moon shot that almost ended in a fatal catastrophe, told by the flight's commander, offers a thrilling chronicle of courage, heroism, and adventure.' Hardcover. Read 1995-04-05.

Forever Flowing (European Classics), Vasily Grossman, Weebcentral Library. 'The novel tells the story of Ivan Grigoryevich, who has returned to Russia after thirty years in the Gulag. After short and unsatisfying visits to familiar places and persons in Moscow and Leningrad, the hero settles in a southern provincial town where he briefly establishes a new life with a war widow. Ivan Grigoryevich eventually returns to his boyhood home on the Black Sea, where he is finally able to come to terms with the inhumanity of the new Russian regime.' Paperback. Read 1995-03-05.

The Story of Civilization Vol 11: The Age of Napoleon, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1995-01-11.

The Story of Civilization Vol 8: The Age of Louis XIV, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1994-12-01.

The First World War, John Keegan, Weebcentral Library. 'The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times--modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society--and in so doing shattered the faith in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment. With The First World War, John Keegan, one of our most eminent military historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write the definitive account of the Great War for our generation.Probing the mystery of how a civilization at the height of its achievement could have propelled itself into such a ruinous conflict, Keegan takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations among Europe's crowned heads (all of them related to one another by blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the crisis. He reveals how, by an astonishing failure of diplomacy and communication, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf an entire continent.But the heart of Keegan's superb narrative is, of course, his analysis of the military conflict. With unequalled authority and insight, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names have become legend--Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli among them--and sheds new light on the strategies and tactics employed, particularly the contributions of geography and technology. No less central to Keegan's account is the human aspect. He acquaints us with the thoughts of the intriguing personalities who oversaw the tragically unnecessary catastrophe--from heads of state like Russia's hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to renowned warmakers such as Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. But Keegan reserves his most affecting personal sympathy for those whose individual efforts history has not recorded--'the anonymous millions, indistinguisha' Paperback. Read 1994-09-04.

Simenon Omnibus: No. 12 (Penguin crime fiction), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1994-05-22.

Mexico, James A. Mitchner, Celia Wiebe Library. ''Astounding...Fast-moving, Intriguing...James Michener is back in huge, familiar form with MEXICO.'LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWSHere is the story of an American journalist who travels to Mexico to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, but who is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his Mexican ancestors. From the brutality and brilliance of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to the modern-day Mexicans battling through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution, James Michener weaves it all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved, bestselling novels.A MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB' Paperback. Read 1994-05-14.

Enter Jeeves: 15 Early Stories (Hilarious Stories), P.G. Wodehouse, Weebcentral Library. 'Splendid collection features Bertie Wooster, the deliciously dim aristocrat, and Jeeves, his brainy manservant. Included are the first 8 Jeeves stories as well as the complete Reggie Pepper (Bertie's prototype) series. 'Extricating Young Gussie,' 'The Aunt and the Sluggard,' 'Leave It to Jeeves,' 'Absent Treatment,' 'Rallying Round Clarence,' 10 more tales.' Paperback. Read 1994-05-08.

A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1994-05-03.

Einstein:: The Life and Times, Ronald W. Clark, Weebcentral Library. 'Ronald W. Clark's definitive biography of Einstein, the Promethean figure of our age, goes behind the phenomenal intellect to reveal the human side of the legendary absent-minded professor who confidently claimed that space and time were not what they seemed. Here is the classic portrait of the scientist and the man: the boy growing up in the Swiss Alps, the young man caught in an unhappy first marriage, the passionate pacifist who agonized over making The Bomb, the indifferent Zionist asked to head the Israeli state, the physicist who believed in God.' Paperback. Read 1994-04-04.

Impressionism, The Editors of Realites, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1993-09-02.

The Ivankiad, Vladimir Voinovich, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. Read 1993-07-05.

Gates, Manes, Stephen, Paul Andrews, Weebcentral Library. 'The inside story of Microsoft's founder describes how a computer nerd and Harvard dropout built his fledgling software company into a worldwide leader and became the most powerful man in the computer industry. National ad/promo. Tour.' Hardcover. Read 1993-06-10.

I, Claudius, Robert Graves, Weebcentral Library. 'Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A masterpiece.' Paperback. Read 1993-05-09.

All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren, Joseph Blotner, Weebcentral Library. 'A dynamic backwoods lawyer batters his way into the governor's mansion, where he uses his unprincipled charm to become a brutal dictator.' Paperback. Read 1993-05-05.

In a Free State: A Novel, V.S. Naipaul, Weebcentral Library. 'No writer has rendered our boundariless, post-colonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face. A perfect case in point is this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, accompanied by four supporting narratives. In the beginning it is just a car trip through Africa. Two English people--Bobby, a civil servant with a guilty appetite for African boys, and Linda, a supercilious “compound wife” [117]-- are driving back to their enclave after a stay in the capital [111]. But in between lies the landscape of an unnamed country whose squalor and ethnic bloodletting suggest Idi Amin’s Uganda. [111-12, 120, 130-1, 150, 178, 220-40] And the farther Naipaul’s protagonists travel into it, the more they find themselves crossing the line that separates privileged outsiders from horrified victims. Alongside this Conradian tour de force are four incisive portraits of men seeking liberation far from home. By turns funny and terrifying, sorrowful and unsparing, In A Free State is Naipaul at his best.' Paperback. Read 1993-04-08.

The Night Manager, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. 'In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Panama. His quarry is the worst man in the world.' Hardcover. Read 1993-04-07.

The Making of a Surgeon, Dr. William A. Nolen, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1993-03-15.

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, James Gleick, Weebcentral Library. 'From the author of the national bestseller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that 'not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science' (The New York Times). 16 pages of photos.' Paperback. Read 1993-02-04.

The Story of Civilization Vol 10: Rousseau And Revolution, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1992-11-12.

Darwin On Trial, Phillip E. Johnson, Multnomah County Library. The lawyer Philip E. Johnson is proof that a the best education the world can afford, at Harvard and the University of Chicago, does not guarantee a mind open to the possibilities of the world. He is a reminder that attorneys are trained to advocate, to win arguments, not to search restlessly for the best understanding. Johnson, who became an educator himself, a law professor in the rarified air of Berkeley, decided in the long twilight of his life, with no background in science, to apply his skill at argumentation to defeat atheistic science so that America can return to being the frankly Christian country that it once was. To that end, he helped to form the Intelligent Design movement and its Discovery Institute, in particular, its Center for Science and Culture. His book Darwin on Trial is to be read to gain a perspective on creationist thinking and argumentation. Kindle. Read 1992-10-10.

The Mauritius Command, Patrick O'Brian, Weebcentral Library. 'During the Napoleonic wars, British naval captain Jack Aubrey, charged with capturing the French islands of Reunion and Mauritius, must first cope with his fellow commanders' Paperback. Read 1992-10-01.

The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions), Robert Frost, School books. 'Originally published in 1916 under the title Mountain Interval, this volume contains many of Frost's finest and most moving poems. In addition to the title poem: 'An Old Man's Winter Night,' 'In the Home Stretch,' 'Meeting and Passing,' 'Putting in the Seed,' 'A Time to Talk,' many more. All complete and unabridged.' Paperback. Read 1992-09-09.

The Tragedy of King Richard III (Oxford World's Classics), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'Richard III is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays on the stage and has been adapted successfully for film. This new and innovative edition recognizes the play's pre-eminence as a performance work: a perspective that informs every aspect of the editing. Challenging traditional practice, the text is based on the 1597 Quarto which, brings us closest to the play as it would have been staged in Shakespeare's theater. The introduction, which is illustrated, explores the long performance history from Shakespeare's time to the present. The commentary gives detailed explanation of matters of language, staging, text, and historical and cultural contexts, providing coverage that is both carefully balanced and alert to nuance of meaning. Documentation of the extensive textual variants is organized for maximum clarity: the readings of the Folio and the Quarto are presented in separate sections, and more specific information is given at the back of the book. Appendices also include selected passages from the main source and a special index of actors and other theatrical personnel.' Paperback. Read 1992-09-01.

O Pioneers! (Vintage Classics), Willa Cather, Weebcentral Library. 'One of America’s greatest women writers, Willa Cather established her talent and her reputation with this extraordinary novel—the first of her books set on the Nebraska frontier. A tale of the prairie land encountered by America’s Swedish, Czech, Bohemian, and French immigrants, as well as a story of how the land challenged them, changed them, and, in some cases, defeated them, Cather’s novel is a uniquely American epic. Alexandra Bergson, a young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father’s farm and must transform it from raw prairie into a prosperous enterprise, is the first of Cather’s great heroines—all of them women of strong will and an even stronger desire to overcome adversity and succeed. But the wild land itself is an equally important character in Cather’s books, and her descriptions of it are so evocative, lush, and moving that they provoked writer Rebecca West to say of her: “The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world almost as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.”Willa Cather, perhaps more than any other American writer, was able to re-create the real drama of the pioneers, capturing for later generations a time, a place, and a spirit that has become part of our national heritage.From the Paperback edition.' Paperback. Read 1992-08-02.

Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, Multnomah County Library. 'A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.' Paperback. Read 1992-07-12. The Great American Read.

The Crofter and the Laird, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1992-07-07.

Master And Commander, Patrick O'Brian, Weebcentral Library. 'This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultless rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.' Paperback. Read 1992-06-07. Recommended by my brother Craig.

Trinity, Leon Uris, Weebcentral Library. 'From the acclaimed author who enthralled the world with Exodus, Battle Cry, QB VII, Topaz, and other beloved classics of twentieth-century fiction comes a sweeping and powerful epic adventure that captures the 'terrible beauty' of Ireland during its long and bloody struggle for freedom. It is the electrifying story of an idealistic young Catholic rebel and the valiant and beautiful Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join his cause. It is a tale of love and danger, of triumph at an unthinkable cost -- a magnificent portrait of a people divided by class, faith, and prejudice -- an unforgettable saga of the fires that devastated a majestic land . . . and the unquenchable flames that burn in the human heart.' Paperback. Read 1992-06-04.

Kolyma Tales (Twentieth-Century Classics), Varlam Shalamov, Weebcentral Library. 'It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the north-eastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, their hopes and plans extending no further than a few hours.' Paperback. Read 1992-06-03.

The Control of Nature, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. 'The Control of Nature is John McPhee's bestselling account of places where people are locked in combat with nature. Taking us deep into these contested territories, McPhee details the strageties and tactics through which people attempt to control nature. Most striking is his depiction of the main contestants: nature in complex and awesome guises, and those attempting to wrest control from her - stubborn, sometimes foolhardy, more often ingenious, and always arresting characters.' Paperback. Read 1992-05-05.

Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics), Robert Graves, Weebcentral Library. 'in 1929 Robert Graves went to live abroad permanently, vowing 'never to make England my home again'. This is his superb account of his life up until that 'bitter leave-taking': from his childhood and desperately unhappy school days at Charterhouse, to his time serving as a young officer in the First World War that was to haunt him throughout his life. it also contains memorable encounters with fellow writers and poets, including Siegfried Sassoon and Thomas Hardy, and covers his increasingly uhappy marriage to Nancy Nicholson.Goodbye to All That, with its vivid, harrowing descriptions of the Western Front, is a classic war document, and also has immense value as one of the most candid self-portraits of an artist ever written.' Paperback. Read 1992-05-05.

Rain and Other South Sea Stories, W. Somerset Maugham, Multnomah County Library. 'This collection features one of Maugham's most famous tales, 'Rain,' concerning the clash between a missionary and a prostitute. It also includes 'Macintosh,' a psychological study of the competition between two officials; 'The Fall of Edward Barnard,' a tale of social rebellion that foreshadows The Razor's Edge; 'The Pool,' and other compelling stories of life in the tropics.' Hardcover. Read 1992-04-12.

Hotel, Arthur Hailey, Celia Wiebe Library. 'This repackaged 52-week 'New York Times' bestseller includes a new Foreword by the author. The fascinating world of the famous St. Gregory luxury hotel in New Orleans becomes the stage for the private and public dramas of five strangers who spend five days there in the heat of the Louisiana summer.' Paperback. Read 1991-09-03.

The Madman of Bergerac, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1991-08-22.

Andersonville (Plume), MacKinlay Kantor, Weebcentral Library. 'Acclaimed as the greatest novel ever written about the War Between the States, this searing Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures all the glory and shame of America's most tragic conflict in the vivid, crowded world of Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades. Based on the author's extensive research and nearly twenty-five years in the making, MacKinlay Kantor's bestselling masterwork tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered - and 14,000 died - and of the people whose lives were changed by the grim camp where the best and the worst of the Civil War came together. Here is the savagery of the camp commandant, the deep compassion of a nearby planter and his gentle daughter, the merging of valor and viciousness within the stockade itself, and the day-to-day fight for survival among the cowards, cutthroats, innocents, and idealists thrown together by the brutal struggle between North and South. A moving portrait of the bravery of people faced with hopeless tragedy, this is the inspiring American classic of an unforgettable period in American history.' Paperback. Read 1991-08-16.

The shock of the new, Robert Hughes, Multnomah County Library. 'Updated and enlarged paperback edition of a book first published to great international acclaim in 1980. This lavishly illustrated production, recognised as a modern classic, presents an introduction to modern art.' Paperback. Read 1991-07-12.

The Story of Civilization Vol 9: The Age of Voltaire, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1991-06-30.

Airport, Arthur Hailey, Celia Wiebe Library. Hardcover. Read 1991-06-12.

What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery, Francis Crick, Weebcentral Library. 'Candid, provocative, and disarming, this is the widely-praised memoir of the co-discoverer of the double helix of DNA.' Paperback. Read 1991-04-23.

H.M.S. Surprise, Patrick O'Brian, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1991-04-03.

Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. 'The Story of Philosophy chronicles the ideas of the great thinkers, the economic and intellectual environments which influenced them, and the personal traits and adventures out of which each philosophy grew.' Paperback. Read 1991-03-12. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

Goodbye, Columbus And Five Short Stories, Philip Roth, Multnomah County Library. 'Roth's award-winning first book instantly established its author's reputation as a writer of explosive wit, merciless insight, and a fierce compassion for even the most self-deluding of his characters. Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella is accompanied by five short stories that range in tone from the iconoclastic to the astonishingly tender and that illuminate the subterranean conflicts between parents and children and friends and neighbors in the American Jewish diaspora. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.' Paperback. Read 1990-08-01.

Bolt, Dick Francis, Weebcentral Library. 'Kit Fielding will do whatever it takes to stop the killing of racehorses. Not an easy task considering that the woman he adores is leaving him, an international arms dealer is threatening him, and Kit's nemesis has plans to knock him off the track--and plant him under it.' Paperback. Read 1990-07-07.

Clear and Present Danger, Tom Clancy, Weebcentral Library. 'The assassinations of the U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI by Colombian drug lords trigger a mysterious covert response and an investigation into U.S. and Colombian actions by Jack Ryan. Reissue. Movie tie-in.' Paperback. Read 1990-06-06.

Uncertainty: Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg, David C. Cassidy, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1990-05-18.

Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, Lewis Thomas, Weebcentral Library. 'A physician and cancer researcher shares his personal observations on the uniformity, diversity, interdependence, and strange powers of the earth's life forms' Paperback. Read 1990-05-16.

Papillon (P.S.), Henri Charrière, Multnomah County Library. 'Henri Charrière, called 'Papillon,' for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped . . . until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken. Charrière's astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape. Since then, it has become a treasured classic -- the gripping, shocking, ultimately uplifting odyssey of an innocent man who would not be defeated.' Paperback. Read 1990-05-07.

The Russia House, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. 'John le Carré has earned worldwide acclaim with extraordinary spy novels, including The Russia House, an unequivocal classic. Navigating readers through the shadow worlds of international espionage with critical knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, le Carré tracks the dark and devastating trail of a document that could profoundly alter the course of world events.In Moscow, a sheaf of military secrets changes hands. If it arrives at its destination, and if its import is understood, the consequences could be cataclysmic. Along the way it has an explosive impact on the lives of three people: a Soviet physicist burdened with secrets; a beautiful young Russian woman to whom the papers are entrusted; and Barley Blair, a bewildered English publisher pressed into service by British Intelligence to ferret out the document's source. A magnificent story of love, betrayal, and courage, The Russia House catches history in the act. For as the Iron Curtain begins to rust and crumble, Blair is left to sound a battle cry that may fall on deaf ears.' Paperback. Read 1990-05-03.

The World According to Garp, John Irving, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1990-04-12.

The Lessons of History, Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Weebcentral Library. 'Includes material on the influence of biology, race, character, morals, religion, economics, socialism, government, and war on history.' Hardcover. Read 1990-02-05.

The secret life of Walter Mitty, Thurber James, Weebcentral Library. 'A henpecked husband copes with the frustrations of his dull life by imagining he is a fearless airplane pilot, a brilliant doctor, and other dashing figures.' Paperback. Read 1989-11-04.

Life Itself, Francis Crick, Weebcentral Library. 'Addresses the ultimate scientific question of the nature of life, using the hypothetical scenario that life originated on earth when a rocket carrying primitive spores was sent to earth by a higher civilization' Hardcover. Read 1989-08-20.

The Story of Civilization Vol 4: The Age of Faith, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1989-08-06.

Solzhenitsyn: A Biography, Michael Scammell, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1989-07-16.

Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (Penguin Modern Classics), Werner Heisenberg, Weebcentral Library. 'Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg's classic account explains the central ideas of the quantum revolution, and his celebrated Uncertainty Principle. The theme of Heisenberg's exposition is that words and concepts familiar in daily life can lose their meaning in the world of relativity and quantum physics. This in turn has profound philosophical implications for the nature of reality and for our total world view. 'It carries the reader, with remarkable clarity, from the esoteric world of atomic physics to the world of people, language and the conception of our shared reality' Paul Davies.' Paperback. Read 1989-07-05.

Paris Stories (New York Review Books Classics), Mavis Gallant, Weebcentral Library. 'A NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS ORIGINALMavis Gallant is a contemporary legend, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker for close to fifty years who has, in the words of The New York Times, 'radically reshaped the short story for decade after decade.' Michael Ondaatje's new selection of Gallant's work gathers some of the most memorable of her stories set in Europe and Paris, where Gallant has long lived. Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. Together they compose a secret history, at once intimate and panoramic, of modern times.' Paperback. Read 1989-07-03.

The Periodic Table, Primo Levi, Weebcentral Library. 'An extraordinary work in which each of the 21 chapters takes its title and starting point from one of the elements in the periodic table. Mingling fact and fiction, history and anecdote, Levi uses his training as a chemist and his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz to illuminate the human condition.' Paperback. Read 1989-05-01.

Vermeer: The Complete Paintings By The Master Of Light (Master Artists Library), Erik Larsen, Weebcentral Library. The life and complete paintings of Jan Vermeer. Hardcover. Read 1989-04-15.

Patriot Games, Tom Clancy, Weebcentral Library. 'From the producers of the top-grossing The Hunt for Red October comes a blockbuster film starring Harrison Ford, who has signed with Paramount Pictures to play Jack Ryan in three movies based on Clancy's novels. 'Master of the techno-thriller'.--Newsweek.' Hardcover. Read 1989-04-04.

The Story of Civilization Vol 3: Caesar and Christ, Will Durant, Weebcentral Library. In the 1950's and 1960's, families bought encyclopedia sets from door-to-door salesmen. Sometimes as a 'bonus', The Story of Civilization was thrown in. How lucky for me! As a boy, I found Durant's narrative mastery fascinating. Reading sections, always just sections, of his Story to learn about some aspect of history aroused an abiding and life-long interest in the reading of history. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1989-03-03.

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, Neil Sheehan, Weebcentral Library. 'Neil Sheehan's monumental bestselling account of the Vietnam War, winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and the National Book Award. This tragic biography of John Paul Vann is also a sweeping history of America's seduction, entrapment, and disillusionment in Vietnam. 16-page photo insert.' Paperback. Read 1989-02-01.

Fatal Vision, Joe McGinniss, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Fatal Vision is the electrifying true story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders he vehemently denies committing.Bestselling author Joe McGinnis chronicles every aspect of this horrifying and intricate crime, and probes the life and psyche of the magnetic, all-American Jeffrey MacDonald, a golden boy who seemed destined to have it all. The result is a penetration to the heart of darknes that enshrouded one of the most complex criminal cases ever to capture the attention of the American public. It is haunting, stunningly suspenseful-a work that no reader will be able to forget.With 8 pages of dramatic photos and a special epilogue by the author' Paperback. Read 1988-11-13.

The Hunt For Red October (Special 15th Anniversary Edition), Tom Clancy, Weebcentral Library. 'Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a top secret Russian missile sub. Lauded by the Washington Post as 'breathlessly exciting.' The Hunt for Red October remains a masterpiece of military fiction by one of the world's most popular authors, a man whose shockingly realistic scenarios continue to hold us in thrall.Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on...' Hardcover. Read 1988-11-02. The Great American Read.

Fatal decisions, , Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1988-10-05.

Europeans, Jane Kramer, Weebcentral Library. 'Detailed and sensitive accounts of the people of France, Germany, Austria, England, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, and Hungary and their struggles and joys are presented in a collection of essays' Paperback. Read 1988-09-09.

War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk, Celia Wiebe Library. 'These two classic works capture the tide of world events even as they unfold the compelling tale of a single North American family drawn into the very center of the wars maelstrom. These two multimillion-copy bestsellers capture all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of the Second World War.' Paperback. Read 1988-08-23.

Flanagan's Run, Tom McNab, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1988-08-12.

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, Lewis Carroll, Weebcentral Library. 'For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1960, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is highly sought after by families and scholars alike--for it was Gardner who first decoded the wordplay and the many mathematical riddles that lie embedded in Carroll's two classic stories: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.Forty years after this groundbreaking publication, Norton is proud to publish the Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alice, a work that combines the notes of Gardner's 1960 edition with his 1990 update, More Annotated Alice, as well as additional new discoveries and updates drawn from Gardner's encyclopedic knowledge of the texts. Illustrated with John Tenniel's classic and beloved art - along with many recently discovered Tenniel pencil sketches - The Annotated Alice will be Gardner's most beautiful and enduring tribute to Carroll's masterpieces yet.' Kindle. Read 1988-08-03. The Great American Read.

Einstein: His Life And Universe, Walter Isaacson, Weebcentral Library. 'By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk -- a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate -- became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.' Hardcover. Read 1988-07-01.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Weebcentral Library. ''IRRESISTIBLE!'--The Boston GlobeSeconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ('A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have') and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!'[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.'--Publishers Weekly' Paperback. Read 1988-06-30. The Great American Read.

The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Weebcentral Library. 'The forty-seven stories in this collection, selected by Singer himself out of nearly one hundred and fifty, range from the publication of his now-classic first collection, Gimpel the Fool, in 1957, until 1981. They include supernatural tales, slices of life from Warsaw and the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and stories of the Jews displaced from that world to the New World, from the East Side of New York to California and Miami.' Paperback. Read 1988-06-21.

Dispatches, Michael Herr, Weebcentral Library. 'These pieces portray the frightening, grotesque, and absurd aspects of a senseless war as seen from the trenches. About the Author____________________ Michael Herr is the author of ''Dispatches'', ''The Big Room'', and ''Walter Winchell'', and coauthor of the screenplays for ''Apocalypse Now'' and ''Full Metal Jacket''.' Paperback. Read 1988-06-03.

The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener, Martin Gardner, Weebcentral Library. 'The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivenershowcases Martin Gardner as the consummate philosopher, thinker, and great mathematician that he is. Exploring issues that range from faith to prayer to evil to immortality, and far beyond, Garnder challenges the discerning reader with fundamental questions of classical philosophy and life's greater meanings. Recalling such philosophers was Wittgenstein and Arendt,The Whys of Philosophical Scrivenerembodies Martin Garner's unceasing interest and joy in the impenetrable mysteries of life.' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1988-05-02.

Chaos: Making a New Science, James Gleick, Weebcentral Library. 'James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the twentieth century's third revolution. 8 pages of photos.' Paperback. Read 1988-05-01.

A Perfect Spy, John le Carré, Weebcentral Library. 'John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim.Immersing readers in two parallel dramas -- one about the making of a spy, the other chronicling his seemingly imminent demise -- le Carré offers one of his richest and most morally resonant novels.Magnus Pym -- son of Rick, father of Tom, and a successful career officer of British Intelligence -- has vanished, to the dismay of his friends, enemies, and wife. Who is he? Who was he? Who owns him? Who trained him? Secrets of state are at risk. As the truth about Pym gradually emerges, the reader joins Pym's pursuers to explore the unsettling life and motives of a man who fought the wars he inherited with the only weapons he knew, and so became a perfect spy.' Paperback. Read 1987-12-27.

The Fractal Geometry of Nature, Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Weebcentral Library. I read the first few chapters of this book, and the concept of the fractal was fascinating; it describes a partial dimensionality. The early chapter on the coastline of Britain was very stimulating - the idea that the perimeter of an object can have a significantly different length depending on the scale it is measured was surprising. The remainder of the book delved into various mathematical structures that can describe fractal states, something that put me rapidly to sleep. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1987-09-12.

The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm, Matt Dickinson, Weebcentral Library. 'This dramatic tale of the storm that hit Mount Everest in the spring of 1996 will resonate with anyone fascinated by life on the outer edge of physical and psychological limits. Before the killer storm subsided, some climbers reached the summit, others abandoned their quest, and twelve people froze to death. Matt Dickinson, a filmmaker and a novice climber, chose that fateful May for his first ascent of Everest, up the treacherous North Face. His story is one of discovery, tragedy, and personal triumph--told, literally, from the other side of the world's tallest peak. It will be cherished by all readers eager to experience adventure, from their armchairs to their own base-camp bivouac.' Paperback. Read 1987-07-23.

Maigret And the Gangsters, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1987-07-06.

Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith, Weebcentral Library. ''Brilliant...One of the best books of the season.'ASSOCIATED PRESSA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible--and tries to stay alive doing it.' Paperback. Read 1987-07-01.

Leaves of Grass (Enriched Classics), Walt Whitman, School books. Paperback. Read 1987-07-01.

The Mind Of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report, Walter C. Langer, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1987-06-04.

The Flight Of The Falcon, Robert Lindsey, Multnomah County Library. 'After his escape from a maximum security prison--rumored to have been masterminded by the KGB or the CIA--convicted Soviet spy Christopher John Boyce, 'The Falcon,' becomes the most wanted man in America' Hardcover. Read 1987-05-27.

The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, With a New Introduction by the Author, Norman Mailer, Multnomah County Library. 'Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon.This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.Written in fascinating detail, the story follows a platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.Composed in 1948 with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.' Paperback. Read 1987-05-03.

QB VII, Leon Uris, Celia Wiebe Library. 'In Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven, famous  author Abraham Cady stands trial. In his book  The Holocaust --born of the  terrible revelation that the Jadwiga Concentration camp  was the site of his family's extermination--Cady  shook the consciousness of the human race. He also  named eminent surgeon Sir Adam Kelno as one of  Jadwiga's most sadistic inmate/doctors. Kelno has  denied this and brought furious charges. Now  unfolds Leon Uris' riveting courtroom drama--one of the  great fictional trials of the century.' Paperback. Read 1987-05-01.

As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'Each edition includes:• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play• Scene-by-scene plot summaries• A key to famous lines and phrases• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare booksEssay by Susan SnyderThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit' Paperback. Read 1987-04-12.

The Annotated Shakespeare: The Comedies, Histories, Sonnets and Other Poems, Tragedies and Romances Complete (Three Volume Set in Slipcase), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1987-04-06.

Boule de suif and other stories, Guy de Maupassant, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1986-08-25.

Sophie's Choice, William Styron, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.' Hardcover. Read 1986-08-18.

Gödel, Escher, Bach, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Weebcentral Library. 'Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.' Paperback. Read 1986-08-04.

The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton, Celia Wiebe Library. 'The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to 'collect organisms and dust for study.' One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.' Paperback. Read 1986-07-01.

Khrushchev: The Years in Power (Norton Library), Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev, Weebcentral Library. 'From the position he held prior to Stalin's death, he seemed to be an unlikely leader. However, Khrushchev quickly gained control and popularity attaining the leadership status. Much of the support Khrushchev gained was due the agricultural success he initiated under Stalin and his condemnation of Stalin's brutal leadership after Stalin's death.While Khrushchev achieved positive things for the Soviet Union, the economic, specifically agricultural failures he experienced as leader haunt his reputation. This book focuses on Khrushchev's those agricultural decisions with little mention being made of his foreign policy. His American visit is briefly mentioned, while the relationship between the Soviet Union and China is discussed at a slightly greater length.' Paperback. Read 1986-07-01.

Mila 18, Leon Uris, Celia Wiebe Library. 'It was a time of crisis, a time of tragedy--and a time of transcendent courage and determination.  Leon Uris's blazing novel is set in the midst of the ghetto uprising that defied Nazi tyranny, as the Jews of Warsaw boldly met Wehrmacht tanks with homemade weapons and bare fists.  Here, painted on a canvas as broad as its subject matter, is the compelling of one of the most heroic struggles of modern times.' Paperback. Read 1986-06-07.

The Witches of Eastwick, John Updike, Weebcentral Library. 'BEFORE THEY WERE THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK, OUR HEROINES WERE A TRIO OF DELIGHTFULLY WICKED WITCHES.In a small New England town in that hectic era when the sixties turned into the seventies, there lived three witches. Alexandra Spoffard, a sculptress, could create thunderstorms. Jane Smart, a cellist, could fly. The local gossip columnist, Sukie Rougemont, could turn milk into cream. Divorced but hardly celibate, the wonderful witches one day found themselves quite under the spell of the new man in town, Darryl Van Horne, whose strobe-lit hot tub room became the scene of satanic pleasures.To tell you any more, dear reader, would be to spoil the joy of reading this hexy, sexy novel by the incomparable John Updike.Praise for New York Times Bestseller The Witches of Eastwick:“A dazzling book . . . Updike is devilishly clever.”–Los Angeles Times“New England’s past and present are brilliantly interwoven in this narrative . . . [Updike] has brought [this] culture wittily and radiantly to life.”–The New York Times“A great deal of fun to read . . . fresh, constantly entertaining . . . John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation.”–The Philadelphia Inquirer“A wicked entertainment . . . In book after book, Updike’s fine, funny impressionistic art strips the full casings of everydayness from objects we have known all our lives and makes them shine with fresh new connections.”–The New Republic“Witty, ironic, engrossing, punctuated by transports of spectacular prose.”–Time“Vintage Updike, which is to say among the best fiction we have.”–NewsdaySelected by Time as one of the Five Best Works of Fiction of the Year' Paperback. Read 1986-06-06.

Selected Short Stories (Penguin Classics), Guy de Maupassant, Weebcentral Library. 'Ranging in subject from murder, adultery and war to the simple pleasures of eating and drinking, Guy de Maupassant's short stories are his greatest achievements. Maupassant's instinctive insight into the vices and passions of 'respectable' men and women is tempered by a sensual appreciation of the good things in life and a robust humor.' Paperback. Read 1986-05-12.

Tonio Kröger, Thomas Mann, Weebcentral Library. 'Peintre puissant de la bourgeoisie allemande avec les Buddenbrook, Thomas Mann publie à vingt huit ans, ce bref roman, une de ses œuvres les plus révélatrices de son débat intérieur. Jeune écrivain prisonnier de l'introspection et de sa réflexion sur son art, Tonio Kröger est fasciné par son contraire : ceux qui vivent sans réfléchir, abandonnés à leurs instincts vitaux, comme son camarade Hans et la belle Ingeborge, dont il s'éprend. L'art et la pensée seraient-ils morbides ? La vraie vie réside-t-elle dans la sérénité heureuse et terre à terre des gens normaux ' ? Dans cet étonnant portrait d'un homme qui ne parvient pas à s'approuver, le grand romancier, Prix Nobel de littérature en 1929, mêle la réflexion philosophique à l'analyse des tourments de l'âme, avec une lucidité et un dépouillement qui en font une œuvre classique au meilleur sens du terme.' Paperback. Read 1986-05-01.

Survival In Auschwitz, Primo Levi, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1943, Primo Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and 'Italian citizen of Jewish race,' was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is Levi's classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion, and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit. Included in this new edition is an illuminating conversation between Philip Roth and Primo Levi never before published in book form.' Paperback. Read 1986-04-12.

Berlin Game, Len Deighton, Celia Wiebe Library. Paperback. Read 1986-04-01.

Lolita (Penguin Classics), Vladimir Nabokov, Weebcentral Library. ''Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.' & lt;br/ & gt;Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. This seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. & lt;br/ & gt;'Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine... You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalised assent.' & lt;br/ & gt;Martin Amis, Observer' Paperback. Read 1986-03-02.

Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. 'The white liberal establishment encounters the newly emerging art of confrontation in two devastatingly funny essays exploring political stances and social styles in a status-minded world.' Paperback. Read 1986-03-02.

The Holocaust, Martin Gilbert, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-09-09.

The Falcon And The Snowman, Robert Lindsey, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1985-09-03.

Men at Arms (Penguin Modern Classics), Evelyn Waugh, Weebcentral Library. 'Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. His spirits high, he sees all the trimmings but none of the action. And his first campaign, an abortive affair on the West African coastline, ends with an escapade which seriously blots his Halberdier copybook. 'Men at Arms' is the first book in Waugh's brilliant trilogy, 'Sword of Honour', which chronicles the fortunes of Guy Crouchback. The second and third volumes, 'Officers and Gentlemen' and 'Unconditional Surrender', are also published in Penguin. 'Sword of Honour' has recently been made into a television drama series, with screenplay by William Boyd.' Paperback. Read 1985-08-04.

Candide: or, Optimism, Voltaire, Weebcentral Library. Rire et faire rire.' - To laugh and to make laugh. 'Écrasez l' Infame!' - Crush the Infamy! Voltaire, the pen-name for François Marie Arouet, was perhaps the greatest writer of satires in Western literature. His best works are imminently readable today, particularly his satire Candide. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1985-08-03.

Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1985-07-30.

A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. 'An unconventional and entertaining account of travels through German, the Alps and Italy' Paperback. Read 1985-07-12.

The Golf Omnibus, P.G. Wodehouse, Weebcentral Library. '31 perfect golf shots from the pen of P.G. Wodehouse. Play the game the P.G. Wodehouse way—with wit, charm, and a touch of mischief. You'll discover:• How love on the links can lead to the worst kinds of hazards.• A nation where golf is God and all the subjects are in heaven.• Wagers in the rough that can drive millionaires to distraction.• The terrors of teeing off, the frustrations on the fairway, the perils of putting,and much, much more!Stories that will keep you on course...and keep you laughing!' Hardcover. Read 1985-07-12.

The Search for Noah's Ark, Steve Boggess, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1985-07-07.

Educational psychology, Herbert J. Klausmeier, School books. Hardcover. Read 1985-07-02.

Broca's Brain, Carl Sagan, Weebcentral Library. 'writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots, extraterrestrial life and its consquences, and other provocative, fascinating quandries of the future that we want to see today.' Paperback. Read 1985-06-11.

Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. 'The stunning, classic coming-of-age novel written by one of America's foremost Southern writersA legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man's burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is 'a book made out of my life,' and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today's most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.' Paperback. Read 1985-05-05.

The Tie That Binds, Kent Haruf, Weebcentral Library. 'Colorado, January 1977. Eighty-year-old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed, IV taped to the back of her hand, police officer at her door. She is charged with murder. The clues: a sack of chicken feed slit with a knife, a milky-eyed dog tied outdoors one cold afternoon. The motives: the brutal business of farming and a family code of ethics as unforgiving as the winter prairie itself. In his critically acclaimed first novel, Kent Haruf delivers the sweeping tale of a woman of the American High Plains, as told by her neighbor, Sanders Roscoe. As Roscoe shares what he knows, Edith's tragedies unfold: a childhood of pre-dawn chores, a mother's death, a violence that leaves a father dependent on his children, forever enraged. Here is the story of a woman who sacrifices her happiness in the name of family--and then, in one gesture, reclaims her freedom. Breathtaking, determinedly truthful, The Tie That Binds is a powerfully eloquent tribute to the arduous demands of rural America, and of the tenacity of the human spirit.' Paperback. Read 1985-05-05.

Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend, Thomas Mann, Weebcentral Library. ''John E. Woods is revising our impression of Thomas Mann, masterpiece by masterpiece.'  --The New Yorker'Doctor Faustus is Mann's deepest artistic gesture. . . . Finely translated by John E. Woods.' --The New RepublicThomas Mann's last great novel, first published in 1947 and now newly rendered into English by acclaimed translator John E. Woods, is a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which Germany sells its soul to the Devil. Mann's protagonist, the composer Adrian Leverkühn, is the flower of German culture, a brilliant, isolated, overreaching figure, his radical new music a breakneck game played by art at the very edge of impossibility. In return for twenty-four years of unparalleled musical accomplishment, he bargains away his soul--and the ability to love his fellow man. Leverkühn's life story is a brilliant allegory of the rise of the Third Reich, of Germany's renunciation of its own humanity and its embrace of ambition and nihilism. It is also Mann's most profound meditation on the German genius--both national and individual--and the terrible responsibilities of the truly great artist.' Paperback. Read 1985-05-05.

Complete Short Stories Of Mark Twain (Bantam Classics), Mark Twain, Multnomah County Library. 'For deft plotting, riotous inventiveness, unforgettable characters, and language that brilliantly captures the lively rhythms of American speech, no American writer comes close to Mark Twain. This sparkling anthology covers the entire span of Twain’s inimitable yarn-spinning, from his early broad comedy to the biting satire of his later years.Every one of his sixty stories is here: ranging from the frontier humor of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” to the bitter vision of humankind in “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” to the delightful hilarity of “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” Surging with Twain’s ebullient wit and penetrating insight into the follies of human nature, this volume is a vibrant summation of the career of–in the words of H. L. Mencken–“the father of our national literature.”' Paperback. Read 1985-04-12.

Uhuru, Robert Ruark, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1985-04-07.

The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'Each edition includes: • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play • Scene-by-scene plot summaries • A key to famous lines and phrases • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books Essay by Barbara A. Mowat The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit' Paperback. Read 1985-04-04.

The Far Side ®, Gary Larson, Weebcentral Library. 'The Far Side® and the Larson® signature are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.' Paperback. Read 1984-11-04.

The Bodley Head Leacock, Stephen Leacock, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1984-09-09.

La Place de la Concorde Suisse, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1984-08-08.

The Character of Physical Law (Modern Library), Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. '.' . . Fascinating . . . an insight into the thought processes of a great physicist.' -- 'Times Literary Supplement' In these 'Messenger Lectures,' originally delivered at Cornell University and recorded for television by the BBC, Richard Feynman offers an overview of selected physical laws and gathers their common features into one broad principle of invariance. He maintains at the outset that the importance of a physical law is not 'how clever we are to have found it out, but . . . how clever nature is to pay attention to it, ' and tends his discussions toward a final exposition of the elegance and simplicity of all scientific laws. Rather than an essay on the most significant achievements in modern science, 'The Character of Physical Law' is a statement of what is most remarkable in nature. Feynman's enlightened approach, his wit, and his enthusiasm make this a memorable exposition of the scientist's craft. The Law of Gravitation is the author's principal example. Relating the details of its discovery and stressing its mathematical character, he uses it to demonstrate the essential interaction of mathematics and physics. He views mathematics as the key to any system of scientific laws, suggesting that if it were possible to fill out the structure of scientific theory completely, the result would be an integrated set of mathematical axioms. The principles of conservation, symmetry, and time-irreversibility are then considered in relation to developments in classical and modern physics, and in his final lecture Feynman develops his own analysis of the process and future of scientific discovery. Like any set of oral reflections, 'TheCharacter of Physical Law' has special value as a demonstration of the mind in action. The reader is particularly lucky in Richard Feynman. One of the most eminent and imaginative modern physicists, he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology until his death in 1988. He is best known for his work on ' Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 1984-07-12.

The Gambler (Modern Library Classics), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Multnomah County Library. 'Based on Dostoevsky's own troubled experiences at the gaming tables, 'The Gambler' is a brilliant and telling portrayal of a man crippled by the overwhelming powers of addiction and obsession. Stationed in the house of a tyrannical Russian general, Aleksei Ivanovich seeks solace in the hypnotic turn of the roulette wheel. Yet, what begins as an idle pastime soon becomes a dangerous obsession, as Ivanovich sinks deeper into debt. Observing his mental and financial ruin are his fellow gamblers-including the hilarious and stunningly observed Grandmama, frittering away her family's inheritance while those who seek to gain from her death look on with ill-concealed horror. And as passion, hatred, and unadulterated greed rise to the surface, Dostoevsky creates a dark psychological novel of truly extraordinary proportions. Russian novelist and short story writer Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of the greatest, most influential prose writers of all time.' Paperback. Read 1984-06-17.

The Europeans, Luigi Barzini, Weebcentral Library. 'An examination of European culture and history and of the nations that must be the base of a unified Europe backs up the eminent scholar-journalist's call for a Europe with one will, one voice, and a unified foreign policy' Paperback. Read 1984-06-13.

The Taming of the Shrew (New Folger Library Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'Folger Shakespeare LibraryThe world's leading center for Shakespeare studiesEach edition includes:• Freshly edited text based on the best earlyprinted version of the play• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play• Scene-by-scene plot summaries• A key to famous lines and phrases• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare booksEssay by Karen NewmanThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.' Paperback. Read 1984-06-01.

Man's Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner, William J. Winslade, Weebcentral Library. 'Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ('meaning')—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club that asked readers to name a 'book that made a difference in your life' found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America. Born in Vienna in 1905 Viktor E. Frankl earned an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. He published more than thirty books on theoretical and clinical psychology and served as a visiting professor and lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, and elsewhere. In 1977 a fellow survivor, Joseph Fabry, founded the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. Frankl died in 1997. Harold S. Kushner is rabbi emeritus at Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and the author of several best-selling books, including When Bad Things Happen to Good People.William J. Winslade is a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.' Paperback. Read 1984-05-01.

Andropov, Zhores A. Medvedev, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1984-04-21.

The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945, Lucy S. Dawidowicz, Weebcentral Library. ''War against the jews' is the unparalleled account of the most awesome chapter in the moral history of humanity. The author introduces the complete story of the Nazi Holocaust - from the insidious evolution of German Anti-Semitism to the ultimate tragedy' Paperback. Read 1984-04-12.

Death in Venice, Thomas Mann, Multnomah County Library. 'Thomas Mann is widely acknowledged as the greatest German novelist of this century. His 1912 novella Death in Venice is the most frequently read example of Mann's early work. Clayton Koelb's masterful translation improves upon its predecessors in two ways: it renders Mann into American (not British) English, and it remains true to Mann's original text without sacrificing fluency. For American readers, this is the translation of choice. 'Backgrounds and Contexts' includes Mann's working notes, which allow students to observe the author's creative process. The notes are available here for the first time in English. Illuminating selections from Mann's essays and letters are also reprinted, as are period maps of Munich, Venice, and the Lido. 'Criticism' includes six essays-by Andre von Gronicka, Manfred Dierks, T. J. Reed, Dorrit Cohn, David Luke, and Robert Tobin-sure to stimulate classroom discussion. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.' Paperback. Read 1984-04-03.

The Decameron (Penguin Classics), Giovanni Boccaccio, Weebcentral Library. 'In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories - a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fortune which later inspired Chaucer, Keats and Shakespeare. While Dante is a stern moralist, Boccaccio has little time for chastity, pokes fun at crafty, hypocritical clerics and celebrates the power of passion to overcome obstacles and social divisions. Like the Divine Comedy, the Decameron is a towering monument of medieval pre-Renaissance literature, and incorporates certain important elements that are not at once apparent to today's readers. In a new introduction to this revised edition, which also includes additional explanatory notes, maps, bibliography and indexes, Professor McWilliam shows us Boccaccio for what he is - one of the world's greatest masters of vivid and exciting prose fiction.' Paperback. Read 1984-03-02.

The Osterman Weekend, Robert Ludlum, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1983-11-06.

Nana., Emile Zola, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1983-10-05.

The Scarlatti Inheritance, Robert Ludlum, Multnomah County Library. 'Her weapons: Money and Power. Her target: The most dangerous man in the world--her son. Elizabeht Wyckman Scarlatti has a plan--a desperate, last-minute gamble--designed to save the world from her own son, Ulster, an incalculably dangerous man who is working under the name of Heinrich Kroeger: Unless she can stop him, he is about to give Hitler's Third Reich the most powerful triumph on earth.' Paperback. Read 1983-10-04.

Doonesbury's Greatest Hits, Garry B. Trudeau, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1983-09-03.

Friend of Madame Maigret, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1983-08-03.

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters, Jean Shepherd, Weebcentral Library. 'A bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana, reissued in a strikingly designed trade paperback edition. Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was Jean Shepherd: a master monologist and writer who spun the materials of his all-American childhood into immensely resonant--and utterly hilarious--works of comic art. Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memoriesis a universal (and achingly funny) orchestration of Midwestern puberty rites, from the gut-wrenching playground antics of one Delbert Bumpus, to the supernal glow surrounding unapproachable high school beauty Daphne Bigelow, to the memorable disaster that was Shepherd's (and everyone else's) junior prom. A comic genius who bridges the gap between James Thurber and David Sedaris, Shepherd may have accomplished for Holden, Indiana, what Mark Twain did for Hannibal, Missouri.' Paperback. Read 1983-08-01.

King Henry IV, William Shakespeare, David Scott Kastan, Weebcentral Library. 'David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the plays language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.' Paperback. Read 1983-06-05.

Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories (A Harvest Book), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1983-05-16.

A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works (Dover Thrift Editions), Jonathan Swift, Multnomah County Library. 'Treasury of 5 shorter works by the author of Gulliver's Travels offers ample evidence of the great satirist's inspired lampoonery. Title piece plus The Battle of the Books, A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick, A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit and The Abolishing of Christianity in England.' Paperback. Read 1983-04-04.

The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. 'When the future began...The men had it. Yeager. Conrad. Grissom. Glenn. Heroes ... the first Americans in space ... battling the Russians for control of the heavens ... putting their lives on the line. The women had it. While Mr. Wonderful was aloft, it tore your heart out that the Hero's Wife, down on the ground, had to perform with the whole world watching ... the TV Press Conference: 'What's in your heart? Do you feel with him while he's in orbit?'The Right Stuff. It's the quality beyond bravery, beyond courage. It's men like Chuck Yeager, the greatest test pilot of all and the fastest man on earth. Pete Conrad, who almost laughed himself out of the running. Gus Grissom, who almost lost it when his capsule sank. John Glenn, the only space traveler whose apple-pie image wasn't a lie.' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1983-04-02.

Havana Bay, Martin Cruz Smith, Weebcentral Library. 'The body, what was left of it, was drifting in Havana Bay the morning Arkady arrived from Moscow. The Cubans insisted that the body was his friend Pribluda, but Arkady wasn't so sure. The Communist world has shrunk to Cuba. Havana is a city of empty stones and talking drums, Karl Marx and sharp machetes - not welcoming place if you're a Russian, particularly if you're a Russian investigating the death of another Russian. But Arkady is used to being unpopular. He's even used to losing friends. 'Havana Bay' is the fourth novel to feature Arkady Renko. The previous three, 'Gorky Park,' 'Polar Star,' and 'Red Square' are also available in Pan. 'If there's more intoxicating and intriguing setting for a thriller than Moscow, Smith has found it in Havana. Sheer class', 'Mirror' 'I hope a copy of this top-notch thriller reaches Castro as he wises up to the mobsters currently at his gate', 'Independent' 'As in 'Gorky Park,' Cruz Smith is outstanding on background. The feel of Havana is sensuously rendered', 'Sunday Times'' Paperback. Read 1983-04-02.

After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, Aldous Huxley, Weebcentral Library. 'A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity--these are the elements of Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. A highly sensational plot that will keep astonishing you to practically the final sentence. --The New Yorker' Paperback. Read 1982-11-11.

Elements of Statistical Reasoning, Edward W. Minium, Robert C. Clarke, School books. Hardcover. Read 1982-09-04.

The Winds of War, Herman Wouk, Celia Wiebe Library. 'A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction-The Great Novel of America's 'Greatest Generation' Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events-and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II-as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.' Paperback. Read 1982-07-23.

Structured COBOL, Mike Murach, School books. Hardcover. Read 1982-06-03.

The Snows Of Kilimanjaro And Other Stories, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. 'The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, this collection includes 'The Killers,' the first of Hemingway's mature stories to be accepted by an American periodical; the autobiographical 'Fathers and Sons,' which alludes, for the first time in Hemingway's career, to his father's suicide; 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,' a 'brilliant fusion of personal observation, hearsay and invention,' wrote Hemingway's biographer, Carlos Baker; and the title story itself, of which Hemingway said: 'I put all the true stuff in,' with enough material, he boasted, to fill four novels. Beautiful in their simplicity, startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the stories in this volume highlight one of America's master storytellers at the top of his form.' Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 1982-05-21.

Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett, Celia Wiebe Library. 'One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: 'The Needle' -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life. All will come to a terrifying conclusion in Ken Follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.' Paperback. Read 1982-05-05.

Maigret in Montmartre, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1982-04-18.

Texas: A Novel, James A. Michener, Celia Wiebe Library. 'In this magnificent historical novel, James A. Michener masterfully combines fact and fiction to present America’s richest, most expansive and diversified state. Spanning four and a half centuries, this monumental saga charts the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors, to its modern-day American character, shaped by oil and industry. A stunning achievement by a literary master, Texas is a tale of violence and conflict, patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development. Among Michener’s finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and broken; loyalties are established over the course of Texas’s remarkable history, only to be betrayed by the expansion of wealth and industry. With Michener as our guide, this novel is as exciting as it is informative.' Paperback. Read 1982-04-06.

The Stories of John Cheever, John Cheever, Celia Wiebe Library. 'When The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize.  In the years since, it has become a classic.  Vintage Books is proud to reintroduce this magnificent collection.Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called 'the greatest generation.'  From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in 'The Enormous Radio' to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in 'The Housebreaker of Shady Hill' and 'The Swimmer,' Cheever tells us everything we need to know about 'the pain and sweetness of life.'' Paperback. Read 1982-04-03.

A Course on Group Theory, John S. Rose, School books. Paperback. Read 1982-03-12.

Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien, Multnomah County Library. ''To call Going After Cacciato  a novel about war is like calling Moby  Dick a novel about whales.' So wrote  The New York Times of Tim O'Brein's  now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979  National Book Award, Going After  Cacciato captures the peculiar blend of horror and  hallucinatory comedy that marked this the strangest  of wars. Reality and fantasy merge in this  fictional account of one private's sudden discussion to  lay down his rifle and begin a quixotic journey  from the of Indochina to the streets of Paris. Will  Cacciato make it all the way? Or will he be yet  another casualty of a conflict that seems to have no  end? In its memorable evocation of men both  fleeing and meeting the demands of the battle,  Going After Cacciato stands as much more  than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about  the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in  the hearts of us all.' Paperback. Read 1982-03-03.

Centennial, James A. Michener, Celia Wiebe Library. ''Michener is America's best writer, and he proves it once again in CENTENNIAL.'THE PITTSBURGH PRESSA stunning panorama of the West, CENTENNIAL is an enthralling celebration of our country, brimming with the glory and the greatness of the American past that only bestselling author James Michener could bring to stunning life. From the Native Americans, the migrating white men and women, the cowboys, and the foreigners, it is a story of trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters--all caught up in the dramatic events and violent conflicts that shaped the destiny of our legendary West.' Paperback. Read 1982-02-03.

The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, Project Gutenberg. 'In The Origin of Species Darwin outlined his theory of evolution, which proposed that species had been evolving and differentiating over time under the influence of natural selection. On its publication it became hugely influential, bringing about a seismic shift in the scientific view of humanitys place in the world that is still controversial today. It is both a brilliant work of science and also a clear, vivid and at times even moving piece of writing that reflects both Darwins genius and his boundless enthusiasm for the natural world.' Hardcover. Read 1981-11-15.

Elementary linear algebra, Stanley Grossman, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1981-11-03.

Smiley's People, John le Carré, Celia Wiebe Library. 'John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him -- and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.Rounding off his astonishing vision of a clandestine world, master storyteller le Carré perfects his art in Smiley's People.In London at dead of night, George Smiley, sometime acting Chief of the Circus (aka the British Secret Service), is summoned from his lonely bed by news of the murder of an ex-agent. Lured back to active service, Smiley skillfully maneuvers his people -- 'the no-men of no-man's land' -- into crisscrossing Paris, London, Germany, and Switzerland as he prepares for his own final, inevitable duel on the Berlin border with his Soviet counterpart and archenemy, Karla.' Paperback. Read 1981-11-02.

The Double Helix: A Personal Account Of The Discovery Of The Structure Of Dna (Norton Critical Editions), James D. Watson, Gunther Stent, Weebcentral Library. In this Norton Critical Edition, Watson's lively and irreverent account is placed in historical perspective by Gunther Stent's introduction and by retrospective views from two major figures in the adventure, Francis Crick and Linus Pauling, and by Rosalind Franklin's last student, Aaron Klug. Background materials include reproductions of the original scientific papers in which the double helical structure of DNA was first presented in 1953 and 1954. In Criticism, other scientists and scholars reveal their own experiences and views of Watson's story. There are reviews by Philip Morrison, F. X. S., Richard C. Lewontin, Mary Ellmann, Robert L. Sinsheimer, John Lear, Alex Comfort, Jacob Bronowski, Conrad H. Waddington, Robert K. Merton, Peter M. Medawar, and André Lwoff; as well as three letters to the editor of Science by Max F. Perutz, M. H. F. Wilkins, and James D. Watson. Paperback. Re-Read (3) 1981-10-04.

Fields of Fire, James Webb, Weebcentral Library. 'They each had their reasons for being a soldier.They each had their illusions. Goodrich came from Harvard. Snake got the tattoo — Death Before Dishonor — before he got the uniform. And Hodges was haunted by the ghosts of family heroes.They were three young men from different worlds plunged into a white-hot, murderous realm of jungle warfare as it was fought by one Marine platoon in the An Hoa Basin, 1969. They had no way of knowing what awaited them. Nothing could have prepared them for the madness to come. And in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, and were each reborn in fields of fire....Fields of Fire is James Webb’s classic, searing novel of the Vietnam War, a novel of poetic power, razor-sharp observation, and agonizing human truths seen through the prism of nonstop combat. Weaving together a cast of vivid characters, Fields of Fire captures the journey of unformed men through a man-made hell — until each man finds his fate.' Paperback. Read 1981-09-22.

Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth, Weebcentral Library. 'The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with  opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his  profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the  world. An assassin with a contract to kill the  world's most heavily guarded man.One  man with a rifle who can change the course of  history. One man whose mission is so secretive not  even his employers know his name. And as the  minutes count down to the final act of execution, it  seems that there is no power on earth that can stop  the Jackal.' Paperback. Read 1981-07-12.

The First Rumpole Omnibus, John Mortimer, Weebcentral Library. 'Who rose to enduring fame on Blood and Typewriters, told the pregnant Portia of the Chambers it would come out in the end, advised Guthrie Featherstone, Q.C., to adopt a more judicial attitude, returned in the tender gloaming of each evening-via Pommeroy's and a glass of Chateau Fleet Street- to She Who Must Be Obeyed? The answer is Horace Rumpole whose legal triumphs, plundering stories into the Oxford Book of English Verse and less-than-salubrious hat are celebrated here in this first omnibus edition.' Paperback. Read 1981-07-08.

The Boys from Brazil, Ira Levin, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Six former SS men, dispatched from Brazil by the notorious former commandant of Auschwitz to kill ninety-four men, become the targets of aging, increasingly shortsighted Nazi-hunter Yakov Liebermann' Hardcover. Read 1981-06-12.

The Great Train Robbery, Michael Crichton, Celia Wiebe Library. Paperback. Read 1981-06-12.

Developmental psychology today, Elizabeth Hall, School books. Hardcover. Read 1981-06-03.

Following through, Herbert Warren Wind, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1981-05-14.

Introduction to the Theory of Statistics (McGraw-Hill Series in Probability and Statistics), Alexander McFarlane Mood, Franklin A. Graybill, Duane C. Boes, School books. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1981-05-06.

Rabbit, Run, John Updike, Weebcentral Library. 'Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run--from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back....' Paperback. Read 1981-05-01.

Physics of Musical Sounds, John Askill, School books. Paperback. Read 1981-04-02.

Introduction to computer science, Paul W. Murrill, Cecil L. Smith, School books. Hardcover. Read 1981-03-15.

A Small Town in Germany, John le Carré, Celia Wiebe Library. 'John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim.A man is missing. Harting, refugee background, a Junior Something in the British Embassy in Bonn. Gone with him are forty-three files, all of them Confidential or above.It is vital that the Germans do not learn that Harting is missing, nor that there's been a leak. With radical students and neo-Nazis rioting and critical negotiations under way in Brussels, the timing could not be worse -- and that's probably not an accident. Alan Turner, London's security officer, is sent to Bonn to find the missing man and files as Germany's past, present, and future threaten to collide in a nightmare of violence.' Paperback. Read 1981-03-03.

Evolutionary biology, Douglas J. Futuyma, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1981-02-24.

A History Of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Weebcentral Library. 'Since its first publication in 1945? Lord Russell's A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject -- unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace and wit. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century. Among the philosophers considered are: Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, the Atomists, Protagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Cynics, the Sceptics, the Epicureans, the Stoics, Plotinus, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, Benedict, Gregory the Great, John the Scot, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Occam, Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, the Utilitarians, Marx, Bergson, James, Dewey, and lastly the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated -- Cantor, Frege, and Whitehead, co-author with Russell of the monumental Principia Mathematica.' Paperback. Read 1980-11-14.

Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein, Abraham Pais, Weebcentral Library. '2005 has been designated 'World Year of Physics' to celebrate the publication of Einstein's Theory of Relativity one hundred years ago. In commemoration of this landmark anniversary, Oxford University Press brings Abraham Pais' major work on Einstein's life and work to a whole new generation of readers. Since the death of Albert Einstein in 1955 there have been many books and articles written about the man and a number of attempts to 'explain' relativity. Throughout the preparation of this book, Pais has had complete access to the Einstein Archives and the invaluable guidance of the late Helen Dukas--formerly Einstein's private secretary Written with Pais' intimate and incomparable knowledge of Einstein, Subtle is the Lord will delight and inspire anyone fascinated by the man whose revolutionary ideas have defined modern physics.' Paperback. Read 1980-10-19.

General Climatology, Howard J. Critchfield, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1980-09-11.

Principles of general psychology, Gregory A. Kimble, Norman Garmezy, Edward Zigler, School books. Hardcover. Read 1980-09-02.

Lenin in Zurich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1980-07-21.

The Earth's dynamic systems, William Kenneth Hamblin, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1980-06-12.

General ecology, Samuel J. McNaughton, Larry L. Wolf, School books. Hardcover. Read 1980-06-12.

Flora of the Pacific Northwest, C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist, Weebcentral Library. Flora of the Pacific Northwest is an excellent dichotomous key of indigenous regional flora. It served as one of my texts for a college class in Systematic Botany, which I feared would be deathly dull, and so proved the lectures, but the laboratory unexpectedly turned out to be a rewarding journey exploring the world without and the world within. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1980-05-15.

Aspects of biophysics, William Hughes, School books. Hardcover. Read 1980-04-01.

A World Split Apart: Commencement Address Delivered at Harvard University, June 8, 1978, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1980-03-22.

Ordinary Differential Equations, V.I. Arnold, School books. Paperback. Partially-Read 1980-03-21.

Fundamentals of Number Theory, William J. LeVeque, School books. 'Basic treatment, incorporating language of abstract algebra and a history of the discipline. Topics include unique factorization and the GCD, quadratic residues, number-theoretic functions and the distribution of primes, sums of squares, quadratic equations and quadratic fields, diophantine approximation, more. Includes many problems. Bibliography. Advanced undergraduate-beginning graduate-level. 1977 edition.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 1980-03-13.

Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock, Multnomah County Library. 'The classic biography of Hitler that remains, years after its publication, one of the most authoritative and readable accounts of his life. Here in an abridged edition.'Alan Bullock's life of Hitler is our most comprehensive biography of the German dictator and it is an impressive and satisfying performance.'--G. A. CraigA'There have been books on Nazi thought and policy, on the diplomatic conflicts, and the World War; none has attempted to cover Hitler's record. Bullock has now filled the gap triumphantly. With this book he puts himself in the front rank of contemporary historians.'--A. J. P. TaylorA' Paperback. Read 1980-01-13.

Molecular Genetics, Gunther Stent, Richard Calendar, School books. Kindle. Read 1979-11-30.

Rumor of War, Philip Caputo, . 'The classic Vietnam memoir, as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago. In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenent Philip J. Caputo landed at Da Nang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home— physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. 'A Rumor of War' is more than one soldier's story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America's indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history and, as Caputo explains, of ' the things men do in war and the things war does to men.' ' A singular and marvelous work.' — 'The New York Times'' Paperback. Read 1979-11-24.

Niels Bohr's times, Abraham Pais, Weebcentral Library. Also have a copy of this in paperback, purchased in the lobby of the National Theater in London during intermission of the play Copenhagen in 1998. Kindle. Read 1979-09-17.

The call-girls, Arthur Koestler, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-08-04.

A New Life, Bernard Malamud, Weebcentral Library. ''An overlooked masterpiece. It may still be undervalued as Malamud's funniest and most embracing novel.' --Jonathan Lethem In A New Life, Bernard Malamud--generally thought of as a distinctly New York writer--took on the American myth of the West as a place of personal reinvention.When Sy Levin, a high school teacher beset by alcohol and bad decisions, leaves the city for the Pacific Northwest to start over, it's no surprise that he conjures a vision of the extraordinary new life awaiting him there: 'He imagined the pioneers in covered wagons entering this valley for the first time. Although he had lived little in nature Levin had always loved it, and the sense of having done the right thing in leaving New York was renewed in him.' Soon after his arrival at Cascadia College, however, Levin realizes he has been taken in by a mirage. The failures pile up anew, and Levin, fired from his post, finds himself back where he started and little the wiser for it. A New Life--as Jonathan Lethem's introduction makes clear--is Malamud at his best: with his belief in luck and new beginnings Sy Levin embodies the thwarted yearning for transcendence that is at the heart of all Malamud's work.' Paperback. Read 1979-07-22.

The Sleepwalkers, Arthur Koestler, Weebcentral Library. Arthur Koestler's book Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe is an ambitious attempt to describe the development of Western cosmology and astronomy from the Greeks to Newton, with particular focus on Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo. Koestler did not see science as a linear and unbroken line of rational progression; instead he viewed the course of the history of ideas as somnambulant: Many ideas were stumbled upon by men with goals and mindsets alien to the very ideas they uncovered. Paperback. Read 1979-07-14. Read as part of the coursework for a class on the History of Science.

Concepts of Modern Physics, Arthur Beiser, Weebcentral Library. 'Modern Physics is the most up-to-date, accessible presentation of modern physics available. The book is intended to be used in a one-semester course covering modern physics for students who have already had basic physics and calculus courses. The balance of the book leans more toward ideas than toward experimental methods and practical applications because the beginning student is better served by a conceptual framework than by a mass of details. The sequence of topics follows a logical, rather than strictly historical, order. Relativity and quantum ideas are considered first to provide a framework for understanding the physics of atoms and nuclei. The theory of the atom is then developed, and followed by a discussion of the properties of aggregates of atoms, which includes a look at statistical mechanics. Finally atomic nuclei and elementary particles are examined.' Hardcover. Read 1979-06-13.

Henry Iv (Pt. 2) (Classics Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV, Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule, Falstaff, against the maturing of Prince Hal. Alternating scenes between bawdy tavern and regal court, between revelry and politics, Shakespeare probes at the sources, uses, and responsibilities of power as an old king dies and a young king must choose between a ruler's solemn duty and a merry but dissipated friend, Falstaff. The play represents Shakespeare at the peak of his maturity in writing historical drama and comedy.' Paperback. Read 1979-06-12.

Twelfth Night (Folger Shakespeare Library), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'Each edition includes:• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play• Scene-by-scene plot summaries• A key to famous lines and phrases• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare booksEssay by Catherine BelseyThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit' Paperback. Read 1979-06-01.

Rodin: The Hands of Genius, Helene Pinet, Weebcentral Library. 'Provides a critical study of the artist whose work redefined late-nineteenth-century French sculpture, discussing his personal life, the evolution of his art, and various sculpture techniques. Original.' Paperback. Read 1979-05-20.

The Watershed, Arthur Koestler, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1979-05-18.

Mainstreams of Modern Art, Canaday, Weebcentral Library. 'Written by the former art critic for The New York Times, this is a complete study of the painting and sculpture of the 19th century covering its major movements and incorporating its 18th-century precedents and early 20th-century developments.' Paperback. Read 1979-05-12.

Physical Science In The Middle Ages, Edward Grant, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1979-05-08.

Principles of biochemistry, Abraham White, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1979-05-04.

The Birth of a New Physics, I. Bernard Cohen, Weebcentral Library. 'The earth circles the sun every year and rotates on its axis every twenty-four hours. The earth does not stand still.' Paperback. Read 1979-05-01.

Warning To The West, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1979-04-22.

Vascular Plant Families, James P. Smith, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Partially-Read 1979-04-15.

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Ralph Leighton, Richard Feynman, Weebcentral Library. 'In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize­-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts in his inimitable voice his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek, painting a naked female toreador, accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums and much else of an eyebrow-raising and hilarious nature.New York Times bestsellerA selection of Book-of-the-Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, and Newbridge Book ClubsMore than 500,000 copies sold' Paperback. Read 1979-04-12.

The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought, Thomas S. Kuhn, Weebcentral Library. 'For scientist and layman alike this book provides vivid evidence that the Copernican Revolution has by no means lost its significance today. Few episodes in the development of scientific theory show so clearly how the solution to a highly technical problem can alter our basic thought processes and attitudes. Understanding the processes which underlay the Revolution gives us a perspective, in this scientific age, from which to evaluate our own beliefs more intelligently. With a constant keen awareness of the inseparable mixture of its technical, philosophical, and humanistic elements, Mr. Kuhn displays the full scope of the Copernican Revolution as simultaneously an episode in the internal development of astronomy, a critical turning point in the evolution of scientific thought, and a crisis in Western man's concept of his relation to the universe and to God.The book begins with a description of the first scientific cosmology developed by the Greeks. Mr. Kuhn thus prepares the way for a continuing analysis of the relation between theory and observation and belief. He describes the many functions--astronomical, scientific, and nonscientific--of the Greek concept of the universe, concentrating especially on the religious implications. He then treats the intellectual, social, and economic developments which nurtured Copernicus' break with traditional astronomy. Although many of these developments, including scholastic criticism of Aristotle's theory of motion and the Renaissance revival of Neoplatonism, lie entirely outside of astronomy, they increased the flexibility of the astronomer's imagination. That new flexibility is apparent in the work of Copernicus, whose DE REVOLUTIONIBUS ORBIUM CAELESTIUM is discussed in detail both for its own significance and as a representative scientific innovation.With a final analysis of Copernicus' life work--its reception and its contribution to a new scientific concept of the universe--Mr. Kuhn illuminates both the researches that f' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1979-03-12.

Manual of clinical microbiology, Edwin H. Lennette, American Society for Microbiology, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. Partially-Read 1979-03-12.

Hamlet (Cambridge School Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'This new edition of Hamlet is part of the established Cambridge School Shakespeare series and has been substantially updated with new and revised activities throughout. Remaining faithful to the series' active approach it treats the play as a script to be acted, explored and enjoyed. As well as the complete script of Hamlet, you will find a variety of classroom-tested activities, an eight-page colour section and an enlarged selection of notes including information on characters, performance, history and language.' Paperback. Read 1979-01-10.

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Benvenuto Cellini, Weebcentral Library. Benvenuto Cellini was a master Florentine goldsmith and sculptor who lived and worked during the time of the High Italian Renaissance, and was also, by his lights, tougher and craftier than anyone around him, could take on many men with a sword and live to tell the tale, was a great lover, and so on. His is the most ebullient autobiography I have read, and so wonderful, and so full of life! Paperback. Read 1978-11-07.

On Watch, Elmo R. Zumwalt, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-09-02.

A Streetcar Named Desire., Tennessee Williams, Multnomah County Library. 'Tennessee Williams' classic drama studies the emotional disintegration of a Southern woman whose last chance for happiness is destroyed by her vindictive brother-in-law.' Paperback. Read 1978-08-21.

Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, John Willard Toland, Weebcentral Library. 'A national bestseller with more than 370,000 copies in print, this is 'the first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or the war in Europe must read... a marvel of fact.'--Newsweek' Paperback. Read 1978-07-12.

Calculus: one and several variables, Saturnino L. Salas, Einar Hille, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-06-24.

The oak and the calf, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-06-18.

Fundamentals of Physics, David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker, Weebcentral Library. 'No other book on the market today can match the 30-year success of Halliday, Resnick and Walker's Fundamentals of Physics! Fundamentals of Physics, 7th Edition and the Extended Version, 7th Edition offer a solid understanding of fundamental physics concepts, helping readers apply this conceptual understanding to quantitative problem solving, in a breezy, easy-to-understand style. A unique combination of authoritative content and stimulating applications. * Numerous improvements in the text, based on feedback from the many users of the sixth edition (both instructors and students) * Several thousand end-of-chapter problems have been rewritten to streamline both the presentations and answers * 'Chapter Puzzlers' open each chapter with an intriguing application or question that is explained or answered in the chapter * Problem-solving tactics are provided to help beginning Physics students solve problems and avoid common error * The first section in every chapter introduces the subject of the chapter by asking and answering, 'What is Physics?' as the question pertains to the chapter * Numerous supplements available to aid teachers and students The extended edition provides coverage of developments in Physics in the last 100 years, including: Einstein and Relativity, Bohr and others and Quantum Theory, and the more recent theoretical developments like String Theory.' Hardcover. Read 1978-06-15.

Hope Against Hope: A Memoir, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Weebcentral Library. 'A poignant monument to their love and is also a unique first-hand account of the life of the intelligentsia under Stalin. Mandelstam describes what it was like to get the knock on the door in the middle of the night and to live a life in exile, unable to trust anyone, constantly fearful.' Paperback. Read 1978-06-04.

Microbiology, Michael J. Pelczar, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-06-01.

Physical chemistry, Ira N. Levine, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1978-05-25.

The Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (New York Review Books Classics), Osip Mandelstam, Weebcentral Library. 'Osip Mandelstam is a central figure not only in modern Russian but in world poetry, the author of some of the most haunting and memorable poems of the twentieth century. A contemporary of Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Boris Pasternak, a touchstone for later masters such as Paul Celan and Robert Lowell, Mandelstam was a crucial instigator of the 'revolution of the word' that took place in St. Petersburg, only to be crushed by the Bolshevik Revolution. Mandelstam's last poems, written in the interval between his exile to the provinces by Stalin and his death in the Gulag, are an extraordinary testament to the endurance of art in the presence of terror.This book represents a collaboration between the scholar Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin, one of contemporary America's finest poets and translators. It also includes Mandelstam's 'Conversation on Dante,' an uncategorizable work of genius containing the poet's deepest reflections on the nature of the poetic process.' Paperback. Read 1978-05-14.

Solzhenitsyn, Gyorgy Lukacs, Weebcentral Library. 'Georg Lukacs's most recent work of literary criticism, on the Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn, hails the Russian author as a major force in redirecting socialist realism toward the level it once occupied in the 1920s when Soviet writers portrayed the turbulent transition to socialist society.In the first essay Lukacs compares the novella One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich to short pieces by 'bourgeois' writers Conrad and Hemingway and explains the nature of Solzhenitsyn's criticism of the Stalinist period implied in the situation, characters, and their interaction. He also briefly describes Matriona's House, An Incident at the Kretchetovka Station, and For the Good of the Cause—stories that depict various aspects of life in Stalinist Russia.In the second, longer section, Lukacs greets Solzhenitsyn's novels The First Circle and Cancer Ward, which were published outside Russia, as representing 'a new high point in contemporary world literature.' These books mark Solzhenitsyn as heir to the best tendencies in postrevolutionary socialist realism and to the literary tradition of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Moreover, from the point of view of the development of the novel, Lukacs finds the Russian author to be a successful exponent of innovative methods originating in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain.The central problem of contemporary socialist realism is a predominant theme in the book: how to come to critical terms with the legacy of Stalin. The enthusiasm with which Lukacs acclaims Solzhenitsyn will not surprise those who have followed his persistent refusal to endorse the so-called socialist realist writers of the Stalinist era. He outlines the aspects of Solzhenitsyn's creative method that allows him to cross the ideological boudaries of the Stalinist tradition, yet he finds a basic pessimism in Solzhenitsyn's work that makes him a 'plebeian' rather than a socialist writer.Of Ivan Denisovich and the future of socialist realist literature, Lukacs urges' Paperback. Read 1978-05-01.

Solzhenitsyn: a documentary record., Labedz Leopold, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1978-04-20.

The notebooks of Sologdin, Dimitrii Mikhailovich Panin, Weebcentral Library. This is a sharp-eyed memoir of Dmitri Panin, model for one of the major characters in Solzhenitsyn's book In the First Circle, the engineer Sologdin, Sohzhenitsyn's masterwork and semi-autobiographical novel drawn from his experiences in the Marfino sharashka prison outside Moscow after WWII. If you find In the First Circle as compelling as I did, this memoir will fill in much about the character and the world of the sharashka. Hardcover. Read 1978-04-12.

Physics and beyond, Werner Heisenberg, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 1978-01-25.

Tai-Pan, James Clavell, Weebcentral Library. 'It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power, and to make himself supreme ruler…Tai-Pan!From the Trade Paperback edition.' Paperback. Read 1977-12-01.

Genetics, A.M. Winchester, School books. Hardcover. Read 1977-12-01.

Noble House, James Clavell, Celia Wiebe Library. 'The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes -- fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong -- the heart of Asia -- rich in every trade... money, flesh, opium, power.' Paperback. Read 1977-11-13.

Selected Short Stories: El Verdugo;Domestic Peace;A Study in Feminine Psychology;an Incident in the Reign of Terror;the Conscript;the Red Inn;the Purse;La ... Mass;Facino Cane;Pierre Grassou (Classics, Honore de Balzac, Weebcentral Library. 'The fifty stories that Balzac wrote during his working life display all the qualities of his novels, and many of them feature the charaters that throng the 'Comedie Humaine.' Nevertheless, while they do offer an interesting counterpoint to the great novels, the stories as themselves.For this volume Sylvia Raphael has chosen twelve stories, including 'An Incident in the Reign of Terror, The Atheist's Mass' and 'The Red Inn.' All of them reveal Balzac's ability to excite curiosity, his intituitive grasp of what made other lives tick and his instinctive understanding of the contradicions in human behavior.' Paperback. Read 1977-11-03.

Hitler, Joachim C. Fest, Weebcentral Library. 'A bestseller in its original German edition and subsequently translated into more than a dozen languages, Joachim Fest's Hitler as become a classic portrait of a man, a nation, and an era. Fest tells and interprets the extraordinary story of a man's and a nation's rise from impotence to absolute power, as Germany and Hitler, from shared premises, entered into their covenant. He shows Hitler exploiting the resentments of the shaken, post-World War I social order and seeing through all that was hollow behind the appearance of power, at home and abroad. Fest reveals the singularly penetrating politician, hypnotizing Germans and outsiders alike with the scope of his projects and the theatricality of their presentation. Fest also, perhaps most importantly, brilliantly uncovers the destructive personality who aimed at and achieved devastation on an unprecedented scale. As history and as biography, this is a towering achievement, a compelling story told in a way only a German could tell it, 'dispassionately, but from the inside.' (Time)' Paperback. Read 1977-09-11.

Dune 03 - Children Of Dune, Frank Herbert, Multnomah County Library. 'On the planet of Aurakis, men, nature, and time attend the messianic and evolutionary growth of Leto and his twin sister Ghanima, children and successors of the mighty Muad'Dib. Reissue. (A Sci-Fi Channel television miniseries, showing March 2003) (Science Fiction & Fantasy)' Paperback. Read 1977-09-06.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carré, Celia Wiebe Library. 'In this classic, John le Carré's third novel and the first to earn him international acclaim, he created a world unlike any previously experienced in suspense fiction. With unsurpassed knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, le Carré brings to light the shadowy dealings of international espionage in the tale of a British agent who longs to end his career but undertakes one final, bone-chilling assignment.When the last agent under his command is killed and Alec Leamas is called back to London, he hopes to come in from the cold for good. His spymaster, Control, however, has other plans. Determined to bring down the head of East German Intelligence and topple his organization, Control once more sends Leamas into the fray -- this time to play the part of the dishonored spy and lure the enemy to his ultimate defeat.' Paperback. Read 1977-09-02.

Fortran, Donald S. Macnab, School books. Hardcover. Read 1977-07-31.

Shogun, James Clavell, Weebcentral Library. 'A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in a mighty saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust and the struggle for power. 'Superbly crafted...grips the reader like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!' -- 'Washington Star.' 'Exciting, totally prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended...' -- 'Philadelphia Inquirer.' 'Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking, touching human relationships...a climactic human story.' -- 'Los Angeles Times.'' Paperback. Read 1977-07-13.

History--meaning and method, Donald V. Gawronski, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1977-07-07.

Organic Chemistry, Robert Thornton Morrison, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1977-06-02.

The Western heritage, Easton Stewart Copinger, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1977-05-14.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carré, Celia Wiebe Library. 'John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him -- and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.A modern masterpiece in which le Carré expertly creates a total vision of a secret world, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins George Smiley's chess match of wills and wits with Karla, his Soviet counterpart.It is now beyond doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. But which one? George Smiley is assigned to identify him. And once identified, the traitor must be destroyed.' Paperback. Read 1977-05-09.

Russians, Hedrick Smith, Celia Wiebe Library. 'h has done what we all wish we could do: he has gone to Russia and spoken to the people. Over steaming samovars, in cramped flats, and on dirt-floors, he has spoken to peasants and bureaucrats, artists and officials. He has studied their customs and their governments and shares his fascinating insights and fresh perspectives with us.' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1977-05-05.

General biology, W.C. Beaver, G.B. Noland, School books. Hardcover. Read 1977-05-04.

Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory, George Gamow, Weebcentral Library. 'Entertaining, rigorous introduction to the development of quantum theory traces the subject's history, from Max Planck's revolutionary discovery of quanta and Niels Bohr's model of the atom to anti-particles, mesons, and Enrico Fermi's nuclear research. Numerous line drawings. 1966 edition.' Paperback. Read 1977-04-01.

A Bridge Too Far, Cornelius Ryan, Multnomah County Library. Hardcover. Read 1976-12-10.

The Frogs, Aristophanes, School books. Paperback. Read 1976-10-14.

Ragtime: A Novel, E.L. Doctorow, Multnomah County Library. 'Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.' Paperback. Read 1976-10-14.

Born Again, Charles Colson, Celia Wiebe Library. During his years as a Republican political operative, Charles Colson prominently displayed an old Marine Corp saying in his home: 'When you’ve got ’em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.' Colson described those years and the hard crash that followed in his book Born Again as a mid-life autobiography precipitated by a mid-life crisis. After his role as a self-described 'hatchet man' for Nixon White House was slowly exposed during the Watergate scandal, he converted to Evangelical Christianity, and after being convicted of obstruction of justice, he spent some time in prison. Hardcover. Read 1976-10-04.

Where Eagles Dare (Adrenaline Classics Series), Alistair MacLean, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Forbidding peaks, resourceful commandos, beautiful spies, nonstop action, and neck-snapping plot twists make this the classic adventure thriller—the kind of page-turner that readers actually will find impossible to put down. A team of British Special Forces commandos parachutes into the high peaks of the Austrian Alps with the mission of stealing into an invulnerable alpine castle—accessible only by aerial gondola—the headquarters of Nazi intelligence. Supposedly sent in to rescue one of their own, their real mission turns out to be a lot more complicated—and the tension climbs as team members start to die off, one by one. Written by Alistair Maclean, author of the Guns of Navarone, this is the novel that set the pace for the modern action thriller (the film version, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, also helped), and it still packs twice the punch of most contemporary best-selling thrillers. What's more, the cast of spooks, turncoats, and commandos who drive this story are more relevant than ever in our new era of special forces, black ops, and unpredictable alliances.' Paperback. Read 1976-07-23.

The Complete Uncollected Stories, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1976-07-21.

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Slaughterhouse-Five is one of  the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the  infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey  of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning  in what we are afraid to know.' Paperback. Read 1976-06-12.

The Curve of Binding Energy: A Journey into the Awesome and Alarming World of Theodore B. Taylor, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. 'Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual being able to construct a weapon of mass destruction on their own. McPhee tours American nuclear institutions with Taylor and shows us how close we are to terrorist attacks employing homemade nuclear weaponry. Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual being able to construct a weapon of mass destruction on their own. McPhee tours American nuclear institutions with Taylor and shows us how close we are to terrorist attacks employing homemade nuclear weaponry.' Paperback. Read 1976-06-06.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts V-VII, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulag's victims by Soviet authorities over four decades. The work mingles historical exposition and Solzhenitsyn's own autobiographical accounts with the voluminous personal testimony of other inmates that he collected and committed to memory during his imprisonment.Upon publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was immediately attacked in the Soviet press. Despite the intense interest in his fate that was shown in the West, he was arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union the following day.' Hardcover. Read 1976-05-18.

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders, Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Prosecuting Attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime.' Paperback. Read 1976-05-07.

Night, Elie Wiesel, Weebcentral Library. 'Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.' Paperback. Read 1976-05-05.

Maigret and the Bum (Helen and Kurt Wolff Books), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1976-04-22.

Ice Station Zebra, Alistair MacLean, Celia Wiebe Library. 'A classic thriller from the bestselling master of action and suspense.The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice-floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather-station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice-pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle.But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds - that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage, and that one of the survivors is a killer...' Paperback. Read 1976-04-14.

The Return Of The King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. 'As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive - now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.' Paperback. Read 1976-04-01. The Great American Read.

The Search for Amelia Earhart, Fred Goerner, Celia Wiebe Library. Paperback. Read 1976-03-28.

The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. 'One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them. Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin -- alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.' Paperback. Read 1976-03-25. The Great American Read.

The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. 'One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.' Paperback. Read 1976-03-18. The Great American Read.

Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1976-03-16.

Something of Value, Robert Ruark, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1976-03-03.

The Colditz Story, Patrick R. Reid, Multnomah County Library. 'Colditz was the last stop for prisoners of war in the Second World War. It was to this impregnable fortress that the Germans sent all those prisoners who persisted in escaping from other camps, such as Stalag Luft III (of THE GREAT ESCAPE FAME). Once within the walls of Colditz, the Germans reasoned, escape was impossible.And yet during the four-year period when the castle was used as a prison over 300 men escaped, 31 of whom managed to complete the hazardous journey home through Germany. Prisoners from 10 different countries formed a truly international escape academy. Skeleton keys were made, German passes forged, maps drafted, and all manner of tools and machinery constructed out of whatever the prisoners had to hand. The ingenuity of the escape artists knew no bounds: the tried everything from tunnelling, to hiding in rubbish sacks, disguising themselves as German officers, and leaping acrobatically from the castle walls.' Paperback. Read 1976-01-28.

Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, Weebcentral Library. 'n celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.' Paperback. Read 1976-01-24.

As Good As Gold, Joseph Heller, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics -- and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for an opportunity to transform a less-than-picture-perfect life: His children think little of him, his intimidating father endlessly bullies him, and his wife is so oblivious that she doesn't even notice he's left her. As funny as it is sad, Good as Gold is a story of children grown up, parents grown old, and friends and lovers grown apart -- a story that is inimitably Heller.' Paperback. Read 1975-12-22.

Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics), Franz Kafka, Project Gutenberg. Striking in its alien premise and its portrait of alienation, but most surprising in its psychology of usefulness and mundane and practical application of the work ethic. eBook. Re-Read (2) 1975-12-15.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Critical Essays and Documentary Materials, John B. Dunlop, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-11-29.

Gardner's Art through the ages, Helen Gardner, Weebcentral Library. 'In the mid 1920's a teacher at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago had a vision to provide students and instructors with a textbook that would introduce them to the artistic legacy of not only Europe, but of the entire globe. In 1926, Harcourt Brace and Company published that vision - ART THROUGH THE AGES. Since that time, Helen Gardner's vision has been the leader in educating students about the artistic legacy of the world. For the past 75 years, ART THROUGH THE AGES has defined the introductory art history course. The intention of this classic, in Helen Gardner's words, has been 'to introduce the reader to certain phases of art, architecture, painting, sculpture, and the minor arts from the remote days of the glacial age in Europe, through successive civilizations of the Near East, Europe, America, and the Orient, to the twentieth century.' Now, as we begin a new millennium, we do so with the eleventh edition. This text is more accessible and easier to read for students, but does not compromise the richness of the Gardner tradition.' Hardcover. Partially-Read 1975-11-09.

Inside the Third Reich, Albert Speer, Weebcentral Library. 'Speer, the Minister of Armaments and War Production under Hitler, the man who had kept Germany armed and the war machine running even after Hitler's mystique had faded, takes a brutally honest look at his role in the war effort, giving readers a complete view of the inside of the Nazi state. Photos & illustrations.' Paperback. Read 1975-08-22.

Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology, C.W. Ceram, Weebcentral Library. 'C.W. Ceram visualized archeology as a wonderful combination of high adventure, romance, history and scholarship, and this book, a chronicle of man's search for his past, reads like a dramatic narrative. We travel with Heinrich Schliemann as, defying the ridicule of the learned world, he actually unearths the remains of the ancient city of Troy. We share the excitement of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter as they first glimpse the riches of Tutankhamen's tomb, of George Smith when he found the ancient clay tablets that contained the records of the Biblical Flood. We rediscover the ruined splendors of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient wold; of Chichen Itza, the abandoned pyramids of the Maya: and the legendary Labyrinth of tile Minotaur in Crete. Here is much of the history of civilization and the stories of the men who rediscovered it.' Paperback. Read 1975-08-15.

The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam, Multnomah County Library. ''A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience.' -- The New York Times'[The] most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam. It is also the Iliad of the American empire and the Odyssey of this nation's search for its idealistic soul. THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST is almost like watching an Alfred Hitchcock thriller.' -- The Boston Globe'Deeply moving . . . We cannot help but feel the compelling power of this narrative . . . . Dramatic and tragic, a chain of events overwhelming in their force, a distant war embodying illusions and myths, terror and violence, confusions and courage, blindness, pride, and arrogance.' -- Los Angeles Times'Most impressive, superb -- perceptive, literary, multidimensional.' -- The New York Times Book Review'A story which every American should read.' -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1975-08-03.

The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin (European Classics), Vladimir Voinovich, Weebcentral Library. 'Ivan Chonkin is a simple, bumbling peasant who has been drafted into the Red Army. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, he is sent to an obscure village with one week's ration of canned meat and orders to guard a downed plane. Apparently forgotten by his unit, Chonkin resumes his life as a peasant and passes the war peacefully tending the village postmistress's garden. Just after the German invasion, the secret police discover this mysterious soldier lurking behind the front line. Their pursuit of Chonkin and his determined resistance lead to wild skirmishes and slapstick encounters. Vladimir Voinovich's hilarious satire ridicules everything that was sacred in the Soviet Union, from agricultural reform to the Red Army to Stalin, in a refreshing combination of dissident conscience and universal humor.' Paperback. Read 1975-08-01.

Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex, Anne Frank, G. van der Stroom, Susan Massotty, Weebcentral Library. 'The candid, poignant, unforgettable writing of the young girl whose own life story has become an everlasting source of courage and inspiration.Hiding from the Nazis in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building in Amsterdam, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Anne’s story, however. This book rounds out the portrait of this remarkable and talented young author.Newly translated, complete, and restored to the original order in which Anne herself wrote them in her notebook, Tales from the Secret Annex is a collection of Anne Frank’s lesser-known writings: short stories, fables, personal reminiscences, and an unfinished novel, Cady’s Life.' Paperback. Read 1975-07-09.

Soldier, Anthony B. Herbert, Celia Wiebe Library. Hardcover. Read 1975-07-01.

The Hotel Majestic, Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1975-06-23.

Anna Karenina (Signet Classics), Leo Tolstoy, Weebcentral Library. 'Leo Tolstoy’s 'Anna Karenina' startled the world with its powerful portrayal of the human need for love and happiness weighed against the rigid demands of society. Its heroine, the sensual, rebellious Anna, renounces a respectable yet stifling marriage for an extramarital affair that offers a taste of passion even as it ensnares her in a trap for destruction. Her story contrasts with that of Levin, a young self-doubting agnostic who takes a different path to fulfillment and finds faith and marital bliss in an age of repression.' Paperback. Read 1975-06-01.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts III-IV, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-05-25.

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway, Multnomah County Library. ''If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. ' Hemingway's memories of his life as an unkown writer living in Paris in the 1920's are deeply personal, warmly affectionate and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him - literary 'stars' like James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein - he recalls the time when, poor, happy and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation. A Moveable Feast was written during the last years of Hemingway's life, and is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city.' Paperback. Read 1975-05-24.

Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler, Weebcentral Library. 'Darkness At Noon stands as an unequaled fictional portrayal of the nightmare politics of our time. Its hero is an aging revolutionary, imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the Party to which he has dedicated his life. As the pressure to confess preposterous crimes increases, he re-lives a career that embodies the terrible ironies and human betrayals of a totalitarian movement masking itself as an instrument of deliverance. Almost unbearably vivid in its depiction of one man's solitary agony, Darkness At Noon asks questions about ends and means that have relevance not only for the past but for the perilous present. It is—as the Times Literary Supplement has declared—'A remarkable book, a grimly fascinating interpretation of the logic of the Russian Revolution, indeed of all revolutionary dictatorships, and at the same time a tense and subtly intellectualized drama...'' Paperback. Read 1975-05-18.

Ten Years After Ivan Denisovich, Zhores A. Medvedev, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-05-18.

Affluence and anxiety, Carl N. Degler, School books. 'An interpretive review of American domestic and foreign affairs over the last thirty years, viewing key events and developments as manifestations of affluence and anxiety. Bibliogs' Paperback. Read 1975-05-12.

Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin, Leon Uris, Weebcentral Library. This novel about post World War II occupation and administration of Germany is one of Uris's best novels. It characters provide a spectrum of the responses to the horror of the German crimes of war, the most basic being that it started the war. The novel is reasonably accurate historically; the account of the Berlin airlift, which ends the novel, is alone worth the effort to read it. Hardcover. Re-Read (2) 1975-05-12.

Kerouac, Ann Charters, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1975-05-11.

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, Celia Wiebe Library. 'On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.' Paperback. Read 1975-04-19.

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Penguin Classics), Hannah Arendt, Weebcentral Library. 'Hannah Arendts authoritative report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann includes further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendts postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account.' Paperback. Read 1975-04-06.

For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from 'the good fight,' For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. 'If the function of a writer is to reveal reality,' Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, 'no one ever so completely performed it.' Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.' Paperback. Read 1975-03-23.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts I-II, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression -- the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims -- men, women, and children -- we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the 'welcome' that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 -- a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle -- has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia.' Paperback. Read 1975-03-15.

Germany 2000 Years - Part I, Kurt F. Reinhardt, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1975-01-02.

Treblinka, Jean-Francois Steiner, Weebcentral Library. 'Nearly a million Jews were consumed by the ovens of Treblinka before August 2, 1943. On that day 600 prisoners armed with stolen guns and grenades attacked the Nazi guards, burned the camp, and fled into the nearby Polish forests. Of these, forty survived to bear witness to man's courage in the face of the greatest evil human history has prdouced.' Paperback. Read 1974-12-05.

The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth, Celia Wiebe Library. 'In a remote corner of  Zangaro, a small republic in Africa, lies Crystal  Mountain. At certain times of the day the mountain  emits a strange glow. Only Sir James Manson knows  why. The mountain contains ten billion dollar's  worth of the world's most valuable mineral,  platinum. 'Not only exciting but truly  surprising'--Atlantic. Now the only question is, how to get  hold of it. Sir James knows how. Invade the  country with a band of savage, cold-blooded  mercenaries. Topple the government and set up a puppet  dictatorship. Unleash the dogs of war.' Paperback. Read 1974-11-06.

The Dust of Death: The Sixties Counterculture and How It Changed America Forever, Os Guinness, Weebcentral Library. 'Guinness charts the journey of a generation, from the erosion of Christianity to the failure of the counterculture to provide an effective alternative to faith. The author calls for a new direction for the Western world, one which combines conviction with compassion and deep spirituality.' Paperback. Read 1974-11-05.

Maigret and the Killer (Maigret Mystery Series), Georges Simenon, Weebcentral Library. Inspector Maigret stories I reach for on occasion as a respite from more ponderous reading. The character of Maigret is French, which is immediately interesting, as he lives in a culture not my own. Maigret mysteries are less detective stories, although certainly they fulfill the requirements of the genre, than they are explorations of Maigret's response to the next collection of people and locales that his criminal investigations lead to. Maigret immerses himself, say, in a small coastal village in Brittany, and becomes familiar enough with the behavior of the townspeople and their immediate surroundings to finally piece out a solution to the crime. I think of him as an existential detective. The local descriptions are completely accurate for the time and place: You can follow the characters on Google Maps as they walk down streets, cross bridges, pray in the local church. Paperback. Read 1974-11-04.

Pere Goriot (Norton Critical Editions), Honore de Balzac, Celia Wiebe Library. 'The text is that of Burton Raffell's acclaimed 1994 translation.  Thetext is accompanied by an introduction, textual annotations by theeditor, and a map of Paris.'Responses: Contemporaries and Other Novelists' illustrates Balzac'simmense influence on other writers, among them Charles Baudelaire,Hippolyte Taine, Émile Zola, and Marcel Proust.'Twentieth-Century Criticism' presents a superb selection of criticalwriting about the novel.The critics include Ernst Robert Curtius, Albert Béguin, ErichAuerback, Georges Poulet, Michel Butor, Louis Chevalier, PierreBarbéris, Peter Brooks, Sandy Petrey, Nicole Mozet, and Janet L. Beizer.' Paperback. Read 1974-09-13.

The Odessa File, Frederick Forsyth, Celia Wiebe Library. 'The  suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into  revelation after revelation: of a Mafia-like  organization called Odessa ...of a real-life fugitive known as the  'Butcher of Riga'..of a young German journalist  tumed obsessed avenger.......and, ultimately, of brilliant, ruthless plot  to reestablish the worldwide power of SS mass  murderers and to carry out Hitler's chilling  'Final Solution.'' Paperback. Read 1974-09-12.

East Of Eden, John Steinbeck, Multnomah County Library. 'Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Adam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new, rich land. But the birth of his twins, Cal and Aron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is left alone to raise his boys to manhood. One boy thrives, nurtured by the love of all those around him; the other grows up in loneliness, enveloped by a mysterious darkness.' Paperback. Read 1974-08-09.

Tales of the South Pacific, James A. Michener, Celia Wiebe Library. ''Truly one of the most remarkable books to come out of the war. Mr. Michener is a born story-teller.'THE NEW YORK TIMESWinner of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for FictionEnter the exotic world of the South Pacific, meet the men and women caught up in the drama of a big war. The young Marine who falls madly in love with a beautiful Tonkinese girl. Nurse Nellie and her French planter, Emile De Becque. The soldiers, sailors, and nurses playing at war and waiting for love in a tropic paradise.' Paperback. Read 1974-08-03.

All Things Bright and Beautiful, James Herriot, Weebcentral Library. ''A very warm, very engaging read. . . . The reader falls totally under his spell.' --Associated Press The second volume in the multimillion copy bestselling seriesMillions of readers have delighted in the wonderful storytelling and everyday miracles of James Herriot in the over thirty years since his delightful animal stories were first introduced to the world.Now in a new edition for the first time in a decade, All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved sequel to Herriot's first collection, All Creatures Great and Small, and picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants---both two- and four-legged. Throughout, Herriot's deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine out as we laugh, cry, and delight in his portraits of his many, varied animal patients and their equally varied owners. 'Humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness; animals comic and tragic; and people droll, pathetic, courageous, eccentric---all of whom he views with the same gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable.' --Columbus Dispatch' Paperback. Read 1974-07-13.

King Rat, James Clavell, Multnomah County Library. 'With powerful, never-before-published material from the original manuscript, here for the first time is the complete, uncut edition of King Rat, the fourth novel in James Clavell's bestselling Asian Saga. Set against the seething backdrop of a World War II prison camp in Japanese-occupied territory, King Rat is an epic novel of savagery and survival - and of one man's all-consuming struggle for dominance over captives and captors alike.' Paperback. Read 1974-07-13.

Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth, Weebcentral Library. 'Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's 'morality,' however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution, particularly in the form of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. 'The Puzzled Penis,' Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, Vol. XXIV, p. 909.) It is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship.With a new Afterword by the author for the 25th Anniversary edition.' Paperback. Read 1974-07-03.

War and Peace (Oxford World's Classics), Leo Tolstoy, Weebcentral Library. '(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed) Three-Volume Boxed Set 'From the Hardcover edition.'' Paperback. Read 1974-07-02. The Great American Read.

Future Shock, Alvin Toffler, Celia Wiebe Library. Paperback. Read 1974-06-05.

All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot, Weebcentral Library. 'Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitants -- four-legged and otherwise -- with the world's best-loved animal doctor. For over 25 years -- since 'All Creatures Great and Small' was first published -- readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human. Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal -- and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion , and love of life are truly inspiring.' Paperback. Re-Read (2) 1974-05-23.

Ball Four, Jim Bouton, Celia Wiebe Library. 'Twentieth-anniversary edition of a baseball classic, with a new epilogue by Jim Bouton. When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and 'social leper.' Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don'tordinarily follow baseball.' Paperback. Read 1974-05-12.

The Implosion Conspiracy, Louis Nizer, Celia Wiebe Library. Hardcover. Read 1974-04-24.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson, Multnomah County Library. 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.  Opens everywhere on May 22, 1998.' Paperback. Read 1974-04-04.

Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse, Weebcentral Library. 'This Faust-like and magical story of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope was described in The New York Times as a 'savage indictment of bourgeois society'. But, as the author notes in this edition, Steppenwolf is a book that has been consistently misinterpreted. This self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf can also be seen as a plea for rigorous self-examination and an indictment of intellectual hypocrisy.' Paperback. Read 1974-03-23.

The Onion Field, Joseph Wambaugh, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1974-02-06.

Tortilla Flat (Longman Literature Steinbeck), John Steinbeck, Esther Menon, Multnomah County Library. Paperback. Read 1973-12-06.

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man (Penguin Classics), James Joyce, Weebcentral Library. 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, providing an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce. At its center are questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive, this coming-of-age story is a tour de force of style and technique.' Paperback. Read 1973-11-04.

Cannery Row: (Centennial Edition), John Steinbeck, Weebcentral Library. 'Drawing characters based on his memories of real inhabitants of Monterey, Steinbec