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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.

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

Eat To Live, Joel Fuhrman, LA Public Library. 'Hailed a 'medical breakthrough' by Dr. Mehmet Oz, 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.EAT TO LIVE has been revised to include inspiring success stories from people who have used the program to lose shockingly large amounts of weight and recover from life-threatening illnesses; Dr. Fuhrman's nutrient density index; up-to-date scientific research supporting the principles behind Dr. Fuhrman's plan; new recipes and meal ideas; and much more. This easy-to-follow, nutritionally sound diet can help anyone shed pounds quickly-and keep them off.' Paperback. Partially-Read 2017-10-05. Recommended by my friend Cloy

Golfer's Start-Up, Doug Werner, . 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.

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. Read 2017-09-22.

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, Weebcentral Library. 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 Prize­winning 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.

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.' Hardback. Read 2017-04-14. Gift from Jon and Amanda

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. His very name connotes the praise of God, a sentiment hardly visible in Kaddish's life and experience. When his son Pato the unversity student disappears, his daily battles with his son are replaced with his family's desperate and disparate attempts to locate their los desaparecido, even with appeals to the Ministry of Special Cases, the Kafkaesque government ministry which might well just disappear you for inquiring about a loved one. Englander's considerable novelistic skills are employed here to provide a glimpse of what it would it be like to experience the family's devastation over a child 'missing in action,' in a society which is frozen by the fear of being the next victim. 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 toda - 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 which we dare not remain ' 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.' eBook. 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 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 Big Picture, Sean Carroll, Multnomah County 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 2016-11-17.

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, . 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 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: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 1, Robert Burnham Jr., 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, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-03-24.

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Eminent Lives) (rough edge), Matt Ridley, Multnomah County Library. 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. 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. 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, LA Public 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. 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. Kindle. Partially-Read 2016-02-04.

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: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 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. Paperback. Read 2016-01-11. Loaned by my physician son, Jon

Bike snob, Eben Weiss, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2016-01-08.

The givenness of things, Marilynne Robinson, Weebcentral Library. 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. Paperback. Read 2015-12-20.

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

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. 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, Gawande Atul, 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. Hardcover. Read 2015-10-11.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Randall Herbert Balmer, Clackamas County Library. 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, . 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 but highly knowledgeable engineer solve the existential crises that cropped up, and live yet another day? Paperback. Read 2015-08-11.

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

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Penguin Classics), Joseph Conrad, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Partially-Read 2015-06-12.

The island of knowledge, Gleiser Marcelo, Weebcentral Library. 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 account 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.

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. Kindle. Read 2014-12-11.

The American Heritage New History of World War II, Ambrose, 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. Kindle. Read 2014-11-07.

Getting schooled, Garret Keizer, Weebcentral Library. 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. 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, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2014-09-18.

Technics And Civilization, Lewis Mumford, Langdon Winner, LA Public Library. 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. 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, with the latest arrival 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. Kindle. Partially-Read 2014-08-20.

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: Fundamentalist Warrior, Evangelical Prophet (Library Of Religious Biography), 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. 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 2014-06-03.

Isaac Newton, James Gleick, LA Public Library. 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. Some of the people who gave birth to molecular biology claim to have been stimulated to move into the field by this book, such as Watson, Crick, Perutz, and Wilkins, Cavendish scientists all. The book was intended as at most a heuristic exploration of the application of physical models to living systems, and given the responses of early molecular biologists, this is indeed how it was received. Schrödinger, the great quantum physicist, is at his best with his accessible explanation for the application of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics to living systems and to evolution, and a thought-provoking discussion on the statistical vs. the dynamical approach to physical modeling. Kindle. Re-Read 2014-04-17.

The Piano Tuner: A Novel, Daniel Mason, Weebcentral Library. 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. Recently 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, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-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.

Protestantism and Progress, Ernst Troeltsch, Internet Archive. 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? e-Book. Read 2014-02-22.

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, Weebcentral Library. 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 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. Partially-Read 2014-02-09.

Undiluted hocus-pocus, Gardner Martin, 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, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2014-01-15.

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. Partially-Read 2014-01-09. A gift from my Ben and Jenn, Christmas 2013.

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, Weebcentral Library. 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 2013-12-22.

The Path to the Double Helix: The Discovery of DNA, Robert Olby, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 2013-12-18.

League of Denial, Mark Fainaru-Wada, Website. 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. Hardcover. Re-Read 2013-12-06.

Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson, LA Public Library. e-Book. 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. Paperback. Partially-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. Paperback. Partially-Read 2013-11-05.

Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Ricky Jay, . 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.

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. Read 2013-09-17.

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. Kindle. Read 2013-08-25.

The annotated and illustrated double helix, James D. Watson, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2013-08-23. A gift from my wife, Cindy.

The second creation, Robert P. Crease, 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 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. Audio Book. Read 2013-07-29. Recommended by my sister-in-law Bonnie.

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, Weebcentral Library. 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. Why Evolution Is True 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. e-Book. Read 2013-04-02.

Michel De Montaigne: The Complete Essays, Michel De Montaigne, Project Gutenberg. Read selected essays in support of my reading of Bakewell's ambitious overview and history of the Essais. e-Book. 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, Applebaum Anne, Weebcentral Library. 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. 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.

The Beautiful and the Damned, Siddhartha Deb, Weebcentral Library. 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, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-11-16.

The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era, Thomas Schatz, . Paperback. Partially-Read 2012-11-13. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

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. Paperback. Read 2012-10-15.

Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York, Adam Gopnik, LA Public Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-10-14.

Slinging Mud, Rosemarie Ostler, LA Public Library. Web Page. Partially-Read 2012-10-10.

Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-10-01. Recommended by Matt Merkowich.

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

Unpopular Essays, Bertrand Russell, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Read 2012-09-20.

Why Vietnam matters, Rufus Phillips, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 2012-09-09.

The movie business book, Jason E. Squire, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-08-22.

From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film, Dov Simens S-S, Weebcentral Library. 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. 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, Weebcentral Library. 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, . Paperback. Read 2012-07-04.

Annotated Ancient Mariner: The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Weebcentral Library. Kindle. Re-Read 2012-07-03.

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories, Nathan Englander, Weebcentral Library. 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. 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. e-Book. Read 2012-06-24.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, Dr. Sean B. Carroll, Weebcentral Library. An overview of the new science of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'Evo Devo.' Kindle. Read 2012-06-18. A gift from my son Jon.

Bad Religion, Douthat Ross Gregory, 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 a very compelling one to me, but the book is nonetheless valuable for its summary of those 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 as 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. 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. Hardcover. Partially-Read 2012-05-01. A gift from my wife Cindy.

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories, Yiyun Li, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2012-04-25.

Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman, . 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: A Natural History of Zero, 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. 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.

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 (www.himalayan-foundation.org/live/project/stopgirltrafficking).' eBook. 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. Paperback. Read 2011-11-15.

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

Complications, Atul Gawande, Weebcentral Library. 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 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, . Hardcover. Read 2011-07-02.

The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-06-28.

The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James, Project Gutenberg. Paperback. Partially-Read 2011-06-08.

Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches, Lynda Obst, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-05-11.

From Harvard to Hell And Back, Eric H. Sigward, . 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. 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. Paperback. Read 2011-04-12.

Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-04-08.

The Diary Of Adam And Eve, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-04-01.

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries) (Great Discoveries), Barbara Goldsmith, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 2011-03-29.

Endgame, Frank Brady, Weebcentral Library. 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. 'All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish(Muslim), appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.' e-Book. Read 2011-02-19.

Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, Dave Barry, Weebcentral Library. 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. Paperback. Read 2011-01-14.

Sister Wendy in Conversation with Bill Moyers, Bill D. Moyers, 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 Isaacs, 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 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, Weebcentral 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, . '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, . 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 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, . '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.

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, . 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, . '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.

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. Read 2009-02-15.

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.

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 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, . '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.

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 (Penguin Classics), 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.

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, . ''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 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, . ''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, . '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.

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, . '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.

The Honourable Schoolboy, John le Carré, . '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, . '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, . 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 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, . '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, . '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 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, . '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 Fool.com 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, . '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 2002-06-03.

Proof: A Play, David Auburn, . ''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 Dostoevsky, 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, . 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, . '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, . 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, . '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.

Demon Box, Ken Kesey, . '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), Wendy Beckett, 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, . '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 (61 Edition), 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, . '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.

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 2000-07-14.

Geological field guide, Kilauea Volcano, Richard W. Hazlett, . 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, . '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, . '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, . '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, Etc, Gilman Michael, Jan Witkowski, Mark Zoller, . '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 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 2000-04-04.

Handcarved Coffins, Truman Capote, . Paperback. Read 2000-04-04.

Small Death In Lisbon, Robert Wilson, . '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.

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.

Cosmos, Carl Sagan, Robert Aulicino, . '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 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 Willis, 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, . Paperback. Read 1998-07-20.

Ever since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould, . '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 3, 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 2, 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 1, 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, . '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 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.

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, . '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, . '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, . '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.

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, . '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, . '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.

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, . '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, . ''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, . Hardcover. Read 1993-07-05.

I, Claudius, Robert Graves, . '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, . '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, . '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, . Paperback. Re-Read 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.

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, . '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, . '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.

The crofter and the laird, McPhee John, 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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . 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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . Hardcover. Read 1990-04-12.

The Story of Civilization Vol 6: The Reformation, 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 1990-04-01.

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, . '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.

Patriot Games, Tom Clancy, . '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, . '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, . '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.

Fatal decisions, , . 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, . '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.

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 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 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, . 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, . '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, . '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, . '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 www.folger.edu.' Paperback. Read 1987-04-12.

The Annotated Shakespeare: The Comedies, Histories, Sonnets and Other Poems, Tragedies and Romances Complete (Three Volume Set in Slipcase), Shakespeare William, 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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . Paperback. Read 1986-04-01.

Lolita (Penguin Classics), Vladimir Nabokov, . ''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, . 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 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, . Paperback. Read 1985-07-07.

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

Broca's Brain, Carl Sagan, . '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, . '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, . 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 www.folger.edu.' 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, . Hardcover. Read 1984-09-09.

La Place de la Concorde Suisse, John McPhee, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 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 1984-07-12.

The Gambler (Modern Library Classics), Fyodor Dostoevsky, . '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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . Paperback. Read 1983-11-06.

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

The Scarlatti Inheritance, Robert Ludlum, . '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, G.B. Trudeau, Garry B. Trudeau, . 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, . '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 1983-04-02.

Havana Bay, Martin Cruz Smith, . '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, . Hardcover. Read 1982-09-04.

The Winds of War, Herman Wouk, . '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, . 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. Read 1982-05-21.

Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett, . '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, . '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, . '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, . Paperback. Read 1982-03-12.

Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien, . ''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 Michener, . ''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, . '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, . 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. Read 1981-10-04.

Fields of Fire, James Webb, . '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, . '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, . '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, . Paperback. Read 1981-06-12.

Developmental psychology today, Elizabeth Hall, . 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, . 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, . Paperback. Read 1981-04-02.

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

A Small Town in Germany, John le Carré, . '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, . 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, . Hardcover. Read 1980-06-12.

Flora of the Pacific Northwest, C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist, Weebcentral Library. Excellent dichotomous key of indigenous Pacific Northwest flora, although a little on the large and heavy side to use as a quick reference field guide. This 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 was a certain kind of heaven. I spent every spring weekend while taking the course wandering through various ecosystems Oregon offered, accompanied and assisted by my fiancée, Cindy, learning to identify various families of flowering plants. We examined multitudes of flowers together, mostly just taking in the beauty, especially acute since we were tasked with focusing on the details. Prior to that experience, I could identify a daisy and a rose, but not even a petunia, much less the various indigenous members of the Rose family in Oregon, like apple, pear and cherry trees, or blackberries! This book brought the rigor of classification to the gift of observing abundant nature. Hardcover. Read 1980-05-15.

Aspects of biophysics, William Hughes, . 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, . Paperback. Partially-Read 1980-03-21.

Fundamentals of Number Theory, William J. LeVeque, . '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, . '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.

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. 'Abraham Pais's life of Albert Einstein was one of the finest scientific biographies ever written. When it first appeared in 1982, Christian Science Monitor called it 'an extraordinary biography of an extraordinary man,' and Timothy Ferris, in The New York Times Book Review, said it was 'the biography of Einstein he himself would have liked best,' adding that 'it is a work against which future scientific biographies will be measured.' As a respected physicist himself, Pais was the first biographer to give Einstein's thinking its full due, yet despite the occasional high level of science needed to discuss Einstein's ideas, it was the winner of the 1983 American Book Award for Science. Now Pais turns to Niels Bohr, to illuminate the life and thought of another giant of 20th-century physics. Bohr was the first to understand how atoms were put together. He played a major role in shaping the theory of the atomic nucleus, he decoded the atomic spectrum of hydrogen, an achievement which marks him as the founder of the quantum dynamics of atoms, and his concept of complementarity (which provides the philosophical underpinning for quantum theory) qualifies him as one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers. Pais covers all of these achievements with sophistication and clarity, but he also reveals the many other facets of the man. Perhaps most important, he shows that Bohr was not only a great scientist, but also a great nurturer of young scientific talent, acting as father figure extraordinaire for several generations of physicists. Bohr's Institute of Theoretical Physics, which he founded in Copenhagen and for which he tirelessly raised funds, was the world's leading center for physics all through the 1920s and 1930s, the birthplace of Heisenberg's papers on the uncertainty relations, Dirac's first paper on quantum electrodynamics, and other pivotal works. And Pais reveals as well the personal side of Bohr, the avid reader and crossword puzzle solver (Bohr loved Ice' Paperback. 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 www.folger.edu.' Paperback. Read 1979-06-01.

The watershed, Koestler Arthur, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 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, . 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!, Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton, 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 1979-03-12.

Manual of clinical microbiology, Edwin H. Lennette, American Society for Microbiology, . 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, . Hardcover. Read 1978-09-02.

A Streetcar Named Desire., Tennessee Williams, . '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.

Anchor Atlas Of World History Volume 1, Gary Kinder, Weebcentral Library. 'two volumes offers a unique combination of over 270 color maps and illustrations with a detailed chronological summary. The accompanying text gives full details of the main cultural, scientific, religious, and political events of the centuries from the Old Stone Age to the eve of the French Revolution.' Paperback. Partially-Read 1978-08-12.

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.

Anchor Atlas Of World History, Volume Ii, Hermann Kinder, Werner Hilgemann, Ernest A. Menze, Weebcentral Library. 'This second volume covers key events from the  French Revolution to the American Bicentennial. It  chronicles the discoveries, battles, inventions,  political movements, treaties, elections, births,  assassinations, coups, and coronations that have  shaped our modern world.' Paperback. Partially-Read 1978-07-08.

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 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, . Hardcover. Read 1977-12-01.

Noble House, James Clavell, . '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, . '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, . '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, . 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 absorbing...be 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, . '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, . '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 1977-05-05.

General biology, W.C. Beaver, G.B. Noland, . 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, . Hardcover. Read 1976-12-10.

The Frogs, Aristophanes, . Paperback. Read 1976-10-14.

Ragtime: A Novel, E.L. Doctorow, . '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 W. Colson, . 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, . '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, . Paperback. Read 1976-07-21.

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, . '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, . '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, . '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 Search for Amelia Earhart, Fred Goerner, . 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 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.

Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1976-03-16.

Something of Value, Robert Ruark, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1976-03-03.

The Colditz Story, Patrick R. Reid, . '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, . '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 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, . '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, . ''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 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, . 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, . ''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, . '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 1975-05-12.

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, . '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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . '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, . ''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, . '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, . '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.

Future Shock, Alvin Toffler, . 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 1974-05-23.

Ball Four, Jim Bouton, . '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, . Hardcover. Read 1974-04-24.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson, . '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, . Paperback. Read 1974-02-06.

Tortilla Flat (Longman Literature Steinbeck), John Steinbeck, Esther Menon, . 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, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack, and his boys, in a world where only the fittest survive, in a novel that focuses on the acceptance of life as it is--a story at once humorous and poignant.' Paperback. Read 1973-10-05.

Moll Flanders (Wordsworth Classics), Daniel Defoe, . 'Wordsworth Classics covers a huge list of beloved works of literature in English and translations. This growing series is rigorously updated, with scholarly introductions and notes added to new titles.' Paperback. Read 1973-09-18.

Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Weebcentral Library. 'This collection showcases Dostoyevsky's evolving outlook on man's fate. The compelling works presented here were written at distinct periods in the author's life, at decisive moments in his groping for a political philosophy and a religious answer. Includes: Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dreams of a Ridiculous Man, and selections from The House of the Dead.' Paperback. Read 1973-09-15.

Dubliners (Oxford World's Classics), James Joyce, Weebcentral Library. 'The publication of James Joyce's Dubliners in 1914 was the result of ten years battling with publishers, resisting their demands to remove swear words, real place names and much else. Although only twenty-four when he signed his first publishing contract for the book, Joyce already knew its worth: to alter it in any way would 'retard the course of civilization in Ireland.' Joyce's aim was to tell the truth-- to create a work of art that would reflect life in Ireland at the turn of the last century and by rejecting euphemism, to reveal to the Irish their unromantic reality, which would lead to the spiritual liberation of the country. Each of the fifteen stories offers glimpses into the lives of ordinary Dubliners-- a death, an encounter, an opportunity not taken, a memory rekindled - and collectively they paint a portrait of a nation. This edition is introduced and annotated by Jeri Johnson, who gives a witty and informative insight into the context, meanings, and reception of Joyce's work.' Paperback. Read 1973-09-06.

The Human Brain: Its Capacities and Functions, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. 'Thoroughly updated just before his death, Asimov gives a lucid and insightful account of the human brain, its capacities and functions. He not only breaks down the most complex of functions into easy-to-understand terms, but he also expounds on the vast potential of the untapped powers of the brain. 40 line drawings.' Paperback. Read 1973-08-03.

Green Hills of Africa (Vintage Classics), Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Re-Read 1973-07-13.

Anthem, Ayn Rand, . 'Equality 7-2521 lives in the Dark Ages of the future, where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, all traces of individualism have been wiped out. But the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in Equality 7-2521, a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, he dares to stand forth from the herd -- to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin: in a world where the great 'we' reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word 'I'. This provocative book is an anthem sung in praise of man's ego.' Paperback. Read 1973-06-18.

Dog Years, Gunter Grass, . 'A novel set in three parts, beginning in the 1920s and ending in the 1950s, that follows the lives of two friends from the prewar years in Germany through an apocalyptic period and its startling aftermath. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book' Paperback. Read 1973-05-21.

Life on the Mississippi (Signet Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. 'Offers a history of the river, describes Twain's experiences as a riverboat pilot, and shares tall tales, character sketches, and observations about the Mississippi, in a new edition of the Twain classic, which is accompanied by a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Justin Kaplan. Reissue.' Paperback. Read 1973-05-14.

Richard Brautigan : A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, and the Hawkline Monster (Three Books in the Manner of Their Original ed), Richard Brautigan, Weebcentral Library. 'Richard Brautigan was the author of ten novels, including a contemporary classic, Trout Fishing in America, nine volumes of poetry, and a collection of stories.Here are three Brautigan novels--A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon and The Hawkline Monster--reissues in a one-volume omnibus edition.' Paperback. Read 1973-05-12.

The Overcoat and Other Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions), Nikolai Gogol, Weebcentral Library. 'Four works by great 19th-century Russian author: 'The Nose,' a savage satire of Russia's incompetent bureaucrats; 'Old-Fashioned Farmers,' a pleasant depiction of an elderly couple living in rustic seclusion; 'The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich,' one of Gogol’s most famous comic stories; and 'The Overcoat,' widely considered a masterpiece of form.' Paperback. Read 1973-05-01.

The Idiot (Modern Library Classics), Fyodor Dostoevsky, Weebcentral Library. 'Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ-like epileptic Prince Myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women—the notorious kept woman Nastasya and the pure Aglaia—both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money-hungry Ganya. In the end, Myshkin’s honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him. In her revision of the Garnett translation, Anna Brailovsky has corrected inaccuracies wrought by Garnett’s drastic anglicization of the novel, restoring as much as possible the syntactical structure of the original.' Paperback. Read 1973-04-18.

Drifters, James A. Michener, . 'In his triumphant best seller, James Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of six young runaways adrift in a world they have created out of dreams, drugs, and dedication to pleasure. With the sure touch of a master, Michener pulls us into the dark center of their private world, whether it's in Spain, Marrakech, or Mozambique, and exposes the naked nerve ends with shocking candor and infinite compassion. 'A superior, picaresque novel...and a revealing mirror held up to contemporary society.' JOHN BARKHAM REVIEWS' Hardcover. Re-Read 1973-04-13.

The Kreutzer Sonata (Modern Library Classics), Leo Tolstoy, . 'When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy’s then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society.In her Introduction, Doris Lessing shows how relevant The Kreutzer Sonata is to our understanding of Tolstoy the artist, as well as to feminism and literature. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also contains Tolstoy’s Sequel to the Kruetzer Sonata.' Paperback. Read 1973-04-12.

Something Happened, Joseph Heller, . 'Bob Slocum was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, three lovely children, a nice house...and all the mistresses he desired. He had it all -- all, that is, but happiness. Slocum was discontent. Inevitably, inexorably, his discontent deteriorated into desolation until...something happened.Something Happened is Joseph Heller's wonderfully inventive and controversial second novel satirizing business life and American culture. The story is told as if the reader was overhearing the patter of Bob Slocum's brain -- recording what is going on at the office, as well as his fantasies and memories that complete the story of his life. The result is a novel as original and memorable as his Catch-22.' Paperback. Read 1973-04-12.

Taras Bulba, Nikolai Gogol, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-04-12.

Watership Down, Richard Adams, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the most beloved novels of our time, Richard Adams's Watership Down takes us to a world we have never truly seen: to the remarkable life that teems in the fields, forests and riverbanks far beyond our cities and towns. It is a powerful saga of courage, leadership and survival; an epic tale of a hardy band of adventurers forced to flee the destruction of their fragile community...and their trials and triumphs in the face of extraordinary adversity as they pursue a glorious dream called 'home.' Watership Down is a remarkable tale of exile and survival, of heroism and leadership...the epic novel of a group of adventurers who desert their doomed city, and venture forth against all odds on a quest for a new home, a sturdier future,' Paperback. Read 1973-04-03.

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, Weebcentral Library. 'Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when first published more than sixty years ago. Now recognized as a timeless classic with sales of more than 40 million copies worldwide, this introduction to Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Wizard, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth tells of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.' Paperback. Read 1973-03-15.

The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-03-02.

The sorrow and the pity;, Marcel Ophuls, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1973-03-01.

The Human Body: Its Structure and Operation, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-11-07.

Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Classics), Edgar Allan Poe, . 'The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Creator of the modern detective story, innovative architect of the horror genre, and a poet of extraordinary musicality, Edgar Allan Poe remains one of America’s most popular and influential writers. His tales and poems brim with psychological depth, almost painful intensity, and unexpected—and surprisingly modern—flashes of dark humor and irony.This anthology offers an exceptionally generous selection of Poe’s short stories. It includes his famed masterpieces, such as 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'The Purloined Letter,' featuring Poe’s great detective, Dupin; his insightful studies of madness 'The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart'; 'The Gold-Bug,' his delightful exercise in 'code-breaking'; and important but lesser-known tales, such as 'Bon-Bo' Paperback. Read 1972-11-04.

The Godfather, Mario Puzo, . 'The first trade paperback edition of 'The Godfather' features a new Introduction and a new Afterword. 'Big, turbulent, highly entertaining.'--'Newsweek.'' Paperback. Read 1972-10-16.

Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov, . ''After years of struggle, the Foundation lies in ruins - destroyed by the mutant mind power of the Mule. But is has been rumored that there is a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established as insurance to preserve the knowledge of mankind through the long centuries of barbarism. The Mule failed to find it the first time - but now he is certain he know where it is. And this time the annihilation will be total: no trace of humanity's shining past - or its future hope - will remain.' 'The fate of the Foundation rests on young Areadia Darell, only fourteen years old and burdened with a terrible secret. Is she the Foundation's savior - or its deadliest enemy? A warrior of humanity's light - or a weapon whose every thought and action could be turned against them in an instant?' 'Now, as its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search across the Galaxy in a race against the alien entity. They, too, want it destroyed... before it destroys them.'--BOOK JACKET.' Hardcover. Read 1972-09-15.

Time And Again (Fantasy Masterworks), Jack Finney, . 'Si Morley is bored with his job as a commercial illustrator and his social life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So, when he is approached by an affable ex-football star and told that he is just what the government is looking for to take part in a top-secret programme, he doesn't hesitate for too long. And so one day Si steps out of his twentieth-century, New York apartment and finds himself back in January 1882. There are no cars, no planes, no computers, no television and the word 'nuclear' appears in no dictionaries. For Si, it's very like Eden, somewhere he could find happiness. But has he really been back in time? The portfolio of tintype photographs and sketches that he brings back convince the government. But all Si wants is to return...' Paperback. Read 1972-09-12.

Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov, . 'Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets...?From the Paperback edition.' Hardcover. Read 1972-08-31.

Foundation, Isaac Asimov, . 'One of the great masterworks of science fiction, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building. The story of our future begins with the history of Foundation and its greatest psychohistorian: Hari Seldon. For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slaves—or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction.' Hardcover. Read 1972-08-21.

White Fang, Jack London, . 'The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man.' Paperback. Read 1972-08-14.

Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. 'Hemingway's Classic Portrait Of The Pageantry Of Bullfighting. Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and 'the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick.' Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes an art, a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great grace and cunning. A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation on the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's pungent commentary on life and literature. Hemingway's Classic Portrait Of The Pageantry Of Bullfighting. Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, 'Death in the Afternoon' reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and 'the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick.' Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes an art, a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great grace and cunning. A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, 'Death in the Afternoon' is also a deeper contemplation on the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's pungent commentary on life and literature.' Paperback. Read 1972-08-12.

Lardner: Selected Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics), Ring Lardner, . 'Ring Lardner's humor, quirky imagination, and ear for the American vernacular endeared him to such formidable critics as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, V. S. Pritchett, and Virginia Woolf. A newspaperman who began as a sports reporter and almost accidentally stumbled into short-story writing, Lardner meticulously captured the way Americans really speak. In You Know Me Al (1916), he created one of the most enduring characters in American fiction, the semi-literate baseball player Jack Keefe.' Paperback. Read 1972-08-07.

The Merry wives of windsor, William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-08-01.

The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis, Weebcentral Library. Human nature as seen from a devil's point of view. Written by the 20th century Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, and his best work, witty, insightful and readable regardless of your religious persuasion. Hardcover. Re-Read 1972-07-21.

The First Circle, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has remained my favorite writer for many years, and his best book in my reading is The First Circle. The newest English translation is entitled In the First Circle, which is the full novel, as the original English translations were all of an abridged copy smuggled out of the USSR (9 less chapters, with some re-writing to try to satisfy the Soviet censors), which I recently acquired to read. The novel is in the tradition of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, a large tale with many characters and a philosophical fabric, and plays out like a detective story, albeit within the Gulag prison system, in this case in a sharashka, a special prison where technical research and development took place. Solhzenitsyn himself was a young Communist serving as an artillery officer during WWII, when he became disillusioned with Stalin and his disastrous leadership of the USSR, and was imprisoned for sharing these thoughts, placing him in the vast Gulag from whence most of his writings were drawn, certainly all of his great works, which include the aforementioned In the First Circle, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Cancer Ward, and the Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn is still the best Russian writer of the 20th century, despite his fading reputation in the West, a rather pathetic chapter: Solzhenitsyn was seen by many Western politicians and intellectuals as a validation of their Cold War views of the USSR, and these people became rapidly unhappy with him after he was exiled to the West in 1974, when he showed some open disdain for aspects of Western culture and voiced unpopular political ideas, and abandoned him. Lost in all of this rather tawdry political and emotional ballet was the quality of his his best writing, superb then and no less so now. His work serves more than a historical elucidation of the repressive behavior of the USSR, in and of itself an important contribution, but has the strengths of the great 19th century Russian literary tradition, where each novel builds an extended world, broad and deep, of myriad characters into which a reader can immerse themselves, in doing so becoming part of a world of not just events but of complex ideas and emotions. Paperback. Re-Read 1972-07-17.

The Call Of The Wild (Scholastic Classics), Jack London, . 'The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, who is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.' Paperback. Read 1972-07-15.

Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Weebcentral Library. 'The story of an impoverished Russian student's murder of a miserly landlady and its repercussions on his life and his family.' Hardcover. Read 1972-07-07.

To Build a Fire, Jack London, . 'Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate 'reader friendly' type sizes have been chosen for each title-offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.This edition of To Build a Fire and Other Stories includes an Introduction, Biographical Note, and Afterword by David Lubar.It was so cold that his spit froze in the air before it hit the ground. He was so far above the Artic Circle that the sun never rose. Seventy below zero, and there was nothing but whiteness in every direction: ice and snow. No trees, no houses, no wood, no warmth.He had only a few matches and a handful of frozen fingers. And yet, to survive, he had to build a fire...Jack London's tales of adventure were unsurpassed because London was there. From Alaska to the Yukon, from the Klondike to the Arctic tundra, London knew the outlaws and the wolves, the prospectors and the grizzlies. In these collected stories of man against the wilderness, London lays claim to the title of greatest outdoor adventure writer of all time.' Paperback. Read 1972-06-24.

Caravans, James A. Michener, . 'In this romantic adventure of wild Afghanistan, master storyteller James Michener mixes the allure of the past with the dangers of today. After an impetuous American girl, Ellen Jasper, marries a young Afghan engineer, her parents hear no word from her. Although she wants freedom to do as she wishes, not even she is sure what that means. In the meantime, she is as good as lost in that wild land, perhaps forever....'An extraordinary novel....Brilliant.'THE NEW YORK TIMESFrom the Paperback edition.' Hardcover. Read 1972-06-17.

The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry, Multnomah County Library. 'One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure -- her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.' Hardcover. Re-Read 1972-06-03.

A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A FAREWELL TO ARMS. Hemingway's description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A FAREWELL TO ARMS is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.' Paperback. Read 1972-06-03.

Nightfall, Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, . 'These two renowned writers have invented a world not unlike our own--a world on the edge of chaos, torn between the madness of religious fanaticism and the stubborn denial of scientists. Only a handful of people on the planet Lagash are prepared to face the truth--that their six suns are setting all at once for the first time in 2,000 years, signaling the end of civilization!' Paperback. Read 1972-05-04.

Stories and Prose Poems, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1972-04-18.

Selected Stories of O. Henry (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics), O. Henry, . 'Selected Stories of O. Henry, by O. Henry, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. O. Henry mastered the art of the humorous, energetic tale that ends with a sudden, ironic twist. In “After Twenty Years,” for example, two boys agree to meet at a particular spot exactly twenty years later. Both are faithful, but in the intervening years one boy has turned into a criminal, the other into a policeman. Behind the rendezvous lurks a powerful dramatic situation with a fascinating moral dilemma—all dealt with in a few brief pages. This is just one of the many literary gems in Selected Stories of O. Henry, a collection of 45 of O. Henry’s most renowned and entertaining short stories. Each one offers insights into human nature and the ways it is affected by love, hate, wealth, poverty, gentility, disguise, and crime—themes that ran through the author’s own life. Born Wi' Paperback. Read 1972-03-01.

Farnham's Freehold, Robert A. Heinlein, . 'Hugh Farnham was a practical, self-made man, and when he saw the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he built a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. What he hadn¿t expected was that when the apocalypse came, a thermonuclear blast would tear apart the fabric of time and hurl his shelter across two thousand years into a future both strange and appallingly familiar. In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that had nearly destroyed the world, were fit only to be slaves. After surviving a global nuclear war, Farnham had no intention of being anybody¿s slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen Race reached throughout the world. Even if he managed to escape, where could he run to. . . ?' Paperback. Read 1972-02-06.

Methuselah's Children, Robert A. Heinlein, . 'Endowed with remarkable longevity and threatened by the efforts of fellow earthmen to uncover their secret, the Families flee the planet in an untested rocket' Paperback. Read 1971-12-02.

Nick Adams Stories, Ernest Hemingway, . Hardcover. Read 1971-11-15.

Understanding Physics: Volume 2: Electron, Proton, and Neutron (Understanding Physics), Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-10-15.

The Time Machine and The Invisible Man (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics), H.G. Wells, . 'The Time Machine and The Invisible Man, by H. G. Wells, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. The Time Machine, H. G. Wells’s first novel, is a tale of Darwinian evolution taken to its extreme. Its hero, a young scientist, travels 800,000 years into the future and discovers a dying earth populated by two strange humanoid species: the brutal Morlocks and the gentle but nearly helpless Eloi.The Invisible Man mixes chilling terror, suspense, and acute psychological understanding into a tale of an equally adventurous scientist who discovers the formula for invisibility—a secret that drives him mad.Immensely popular during his lifetime, H. G. Wells, along with Jules Verne, is credited with inventing science fiction. This new volume offers two of Wells’s best-loved and most critically acclaimed “scientific romances.” In each, the author grounds his fantastical imaginatio' Hardcover. Read 1971-09-23.

The Love-Girl and the Innocent, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-09-15.

Understanding Physics: Volume 2: Light, Magnetism and Electricity, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-09-14.

Life and Energy, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-09-05.

The Tell-Tale Heart (Bantam Classics), Edgar Allan Poe, Multnomah County Library. 'Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum,' 'William Wilson,' 'The Black Cat,' 'The Cask of Amontillado,' and 'Eleonora'. Here too is a major selection of what Poe characterized as the passion of his life, his poems - 'The Raven,' 'Annabel Lee,' Ulalume,' 'Lenore,' 'The Bells,' and more, plus his glorious prose poem 'Silence - A Fable' and only full-length novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.' Paperback. Re-Read 1971-08-12.

Love Story, Erich Segal, . 'Lose your heart to the novel that defined a generation then...and now.Love StoryLove means never having to say you're sorry...He is Oliver Barrett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law.She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything ... yet will end too soon. A love that will linger in your heart now and forever.' Paperback. Read 1971-08-12.

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Weebcentral Library. Re-read portions, particularly the infamous chapter 7, Galt's extremely long speech detailing Rand's Objectivism philosophy, because I wanted to understand why the Republican Party, and especially the Christian evangelicals, embrace her philosophy, which would seem completely at odds with their professed creed. Paperback. Read 1971-08-03.

The House of the Dead (Dover Thrift Editions.), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Weebcentral Library. 'Accused of political subversion as a young man, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp -- a horrifying experience from which he developed this astounding semi-autobiographical memoir of a man condemned to ten years of servitude for murdering his wife. As with a number of the author's other works, this profoundly influential novel brilliantly explores his characters' thoughts while probing the depths of the human soul. Describing in relentless detail the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, Dostoyevsky's character never loses faith in human qualities and the goodness of man. A haunting and remarkable work filled with wonder and resignation, The House of The Dead ranks among the Russian novelist's greatest masterpieces. Of this powerful autobiographical novel, Tolstoy wrote, 'I know no better book in all modern literature.' Book jacket.' Paperback. Read 1971-07-21.

Understanding Physics: Volume 1: Motion, Sound and Heat, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-07-06.

The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe, Multnomah County Library. 'After enduring many injuries of the noble Fortunato, Montressor executes the perfect revenge.' Paperback. Re-Read 1971-06-13.

The Golden Rendezvous, Alistair MacLean, . Paperback. Read 1971-06-12.

Madame Bovary (Oxford World's Classics), Gustave Flaubert, Mark Overstall, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the acknowledged masterpieces of 19th century realism, Madame Bovary is revered by writers and readers around the world, a mandatory stop on any pilgrimage through modern literature. Flaubert's legendary style, his intense care over the selection of words and the shaping of sentences, his unmatched ability to convey a mental world through the careful selection of telling details, shine on every page of this marvelous work. Now the award-winning translator Margaret Mauldon has produced a modern translation of this classic novel, one that perfectly captures the tone that makes Flaubert's style so distinct and admired. Madame Bovary scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857. And the story itself remains as fresh today as when it was first written, a work that remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society. It tells the tragic story of the romantic but empty-headed Emma Rouault. When Emma marries Charles Bovary, she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women's magazines. But Charles is an ordinary country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, Rodolphe, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair. And Flaubert captures every step of this catastrophe with sharp-eyed detail and a wonderfully subtle understanding of human emotions. Malcolm Bowie, a leading authority on French literature, explores Flaubert's genius in his masterly introduction to this must-have book for all lovers of great literature.' Paperback. Read 1971-06-12.

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein, . 'One of the greatest science fiction novels ever published, Stranger in a Strange Land's original manuscript had 50,000 words cut. Now they have been reinstated for this special 30th anniversary trade edition. A Mars-born earthling arrives on this planet for the first time as an adult, and the sensation he creates teaches Earth some unforgettable lessons. 'A brilliant mind-bender'.--Kurt Vonnegut.' Paperback. Read 1971-06-07.

General Chemistry, Linus Pauling, Weebcentral Library. 'Here is the extensively revised and updated third edition of the classic first-year text by the Nobel laureate. Pauling cover atomic and molecular structure, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics correlated with descriptive chemistry. Problems. 75 pages of appendixes. Hailed by Choice as 'an excellent text, highly recommended.' For first year college and university students.' Hardcover. Read 1971-06-02.

On the Road, Jack Kerouac, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1971-06-01.

Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse, Weebcentral Library. 'In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.' Paperback. Read 1971-05-18.

Lady Chatterley's Lover (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), D.H. Lawrence, . 'One of the most extraordinary literary works of the twentieth century, Lady Chatterley's Loverwas banned in England and the United States after its initial publication in 1928. The unexpurgated edition did not appear in America until 1959, after one of the most spectacular legal battles in publishing history.' Paperback. Read 1971-05-05.

The tin drum, Gunter Grass, . 'The Publication Of The Tin Drum In 1959 Launched G-Nther Grass As An Author Of International Repute. Bitter And Impassioned, It Delivers A Scathing Dissection Of The Years From 1925 To 1955 Through The Eyes Of Oskar Matzerath, The Dwarf Whose Manic Beating On The Toy Of His Retarded Childhood Fantastically Counterpoints The Accumulating Horrors Of Germany And Poland Under The Nazis.' Paperback. Read 1971-04-18.

Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey, Weebcentral Library. 'The magnificent second novel from the legendary author of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Sailor Song' is a wild-spirited and hugely powerful tale of an Oregon logging clan. A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank's exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry's bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance - and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family's rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.' Paperback. Re-Read 1971-04-01.

Dune 02 - Messiah, Frank Herbert, . 'With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune books stand among the major achievements of the human imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis -- a world as fully real and rich as our own -- Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing...' Paperback. Read 1971-03-17.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe, Weebcentral Library. 'Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced 'acid tests' all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.' Paperback. Re-Read 1971-03-12.

Great Dialogues of Plato (Signet Classics), Plato, Weebcentral Library. 'One of the world's most respected classical scholars offers translations of the complete texts of 'The Republic, Apology of Socrates, ' 'Crito, ' 'Phaedo, ' 'Ion, ' 'Meno, ' and 'Symposium.'' Paperback. Read 1971-03-02.

Universe from Flat Earth to Quasar, Isaac Asimov, Weebcentral Library. 'A readable introduction to scientific facts about the earth, the solar system, and the universe.' Paperback. Read 1970-11-30.

Hawaii: A Novel, James A. Michener, . 'In Hawaii, Pulitzer Prize–winning author James Michener weaves the classic saga that brought Hawaii’s epic history vividly alive to the American public on its initial publication in 1959, and continues to mesmerize even today.The volcanic processes by which the Hawaiian Islands grew from the ocean floor were inconceivably slow, and the land remained untouched by man for countless centuries until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers made the perilous journey across the Pacific and discovered their new home. They lived and flourished in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions and beliefs until, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrived, bringing a new creed and a new way of life to a Stone Age society. The impact of the missionaries had only begun to be absorbed when other national groups, with equally different customs, began to migrate in great numbers to the islands. The story of modern Hawaii, and of this novel, is one of how disparate peoples, struggling to keep their identity yet live with one another in harmony, ultimately joined together to build America’s strong and vital fiftieth state.' Paperback. Read 1970-11-04.

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, . 'Aldous Huxley's mighty novel of a soulless, streamlined Eden is the twentieth century's most brilliant, profound and terrifying evocation of the future our civilization may be creating. ''Brave New World'' is Huxley's prophetic vision of natural man in an unnatural world, where freedom lies dead and all our concepts of morality are forgotten -- and open-eyed, shocking look at a frighteningly possible tomorrow.' Paperback. Read 1970-10-13.

Hell's angels, Hunter Stockton Thompson, Sylvie Durastanti, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1970-10-03.

The Body Has a Head, Gustav Eckstein, . I read this book while working as a teenager for a summer on a cattle ranch in Condon, Oregon. It is an excellent introduction to human brain. It took me six weeks to read it, though, as I would invariably fall asleep sooner than later during my post-supper reading, from the long and arduous work days. Hardcover. Read 1970-09-12.

Dune, Frank Herbert, . 'This Hugo and Nebula Award winner is widely to be considered the most prescient SF novel ever. It tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the 'spice of spices.' Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence. The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privileges, however, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.' Paperback. Read 1970-08-24.

The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom, John Scherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, . 'Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister  Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron  beating a prisoner.'Oh, the poor woman,'  Corrie cried.'Yes. May God forgive her,'  Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that  it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards  that her sister prayed. Here is a book aglow  with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet  Christian spinster whose life was transformed by  it. A story of Christ's message and the courageous  woman who listened and lived to pass it along --  with joy and triumph!' Paperback. Read 1970-06-12.

100 Selected Poems, E.E. Cummings, . 'e.e. cummings is without question one of the major poets of this century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse. It contains one hundred of cumming's wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the most radically creative years in contemporary American poetry. These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which cummings is famous. They demonstrate beautifully his extrapolations from traditional poetic structures and his departures from them, as well as the unique synthesis of lavish imagery and acute artistic precision that has won him the adulation and respect of critics and poetry lovers everywhere. 'e.e. cummings is a concentrate of titanic significance, a positive character; and only ingenuousness could attempt to suggest in a word the 'heroic' aspect of his painting, his poems, and his resistances. He does not make aesthetic mistakes.'-Marianne Moore.' Paperback. Read 1970-06-03.

Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, Sophocles, . 'English versions of Sophocles' three great tragedies based on the myth of Oedipus, translated for a modern audience by two gifted poets. Index.' Paperback. Read 1970-06-01.

The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, . 'THE ONLY COMPLETE COLLECTION BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHORIn this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro,' 'Hills Like White Elephants,' and 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,' and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an invaluable treasury.' Paperback. Read 1970-06-01.

Animal Farm: Centennial Edition, George Orwell, Weebcentral Library. 'George Orwell's timeless fable is now released in a centennial edition with aForeword by Gore Vidal.' Paperback. Read 1970-05-24.

Couples, John Updike, . 'Couples is the book that has been assailed for its complete frankness and praised as an artful, seductive, savagely graphic portrait of love, marriage, and adultery in America. But be it damned or hailed, Couples drew back the curtain forever on sex in suburbia in the late twentieth century. A classic, it is one of those books that will be read -- and remembered -- for a long time to come.' Paperback. Read 1970-05-01.

Colditz, the German Story, Reinhold Eggers, Multnomah County Library. 'This is the first account of Colditz, the most famous of the German prisoner of war camps, as seen from the German side. The author was on the staff there for the greater part of the war, latterly in charge of security. No-one was sent to Colditz unless he already had a political or escaping record. In this fortress, therefore, were concentrated the toughest and most ingenious of all the Allied officers in German hands. Through the long war years there was no let-up in their attempts to get out, nor in the efforts of Eggers and his staff to keep them in. Tunnelling, impersonation, disguise, attempted bribery of guards, forgery of documents and trickery of all kinds were continuous. Into this entertaining and exciting book come a host of lively characters, many of them, like Douglas Bader, already known as tough, uncompromising individualists. Howard Gee, the translator of this book, had the distinction of being one of the only two civilian internees in Colditz.' Paperback. Read 1970-04-27.

Too Late The Phalarope, Alan Paton, Weebcentral Library. 'After violating his country's ironclad law governing relationships between races, a young white South African police lieutenant must struggle alone against the censure of an inflexible society, his family, and himself.' Paperback. Read 1970-04-19.

Iberia, James A. Michener, . ''Massive, beautiful...Unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain...The best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject...Stunning...Memorable.'THE WALL STREET JOURNALHere, in the fresh, vivid prose that is James Michener's trademark, is the real Spain as he experiences it. He not only reveals the celebrated Spain of bullfights and warror kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden Spain he has come to know, where toiling peasants and their honest food, the salt of the shores and the oranges of the inland fields, the congeniality of living souls and the dark weight of history conspire to create a wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful land, the mystery called Iberia.' Paperback. Read 1970-04-15.

Escape From Colditz;, P.R. Reid, . I first read this book in high school. This book has the classic British attitude and has some surprising moments of humor. The author's stories of what these POWs did right under the German guards noses and against all odds is truly amazing. Human ingenuity at its finest as well as the integrity of character of so many of these men is inspiring. For anyone interested in WWII, escapes or the ability of people to overcome and survive in difficult circumstances, this is truly a must read. Hardcover. Read 1970-04-11.

Up the Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman, . 'Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prize-winning motion picture, and staged as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom. Never before has a novel so compellingly laid bare the inner workings of a metropolitan high school. Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose dash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents--anyone concerned about public education. Bel Kaufman lets her characters speak for themselves through memos, letters, directives from the principal, comments by students, notes between teachers, and papers from desk drawers and wastebaskets, evoking a vivid picture of teachers fighting the good fight against all that stands in the way of good teaching.' Paperback. Read 1970-04-01.

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, . 'Told through a central character, Alex, the disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile deliquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.' Paperback. Read 1970-03-30.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics), Thomas Hardy, Weebcentral Library. 'Edited with Notes by Tim Dolin and an Introduction by Margaret R. Higonnet' Paperback. Read 1970-03-09.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey, Weebcentral Library. 'An inmate of a mental institution tries to find the freedom and independence denied him in the outside world.' Paperback. Read 1970-03-03.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn First published in the Soviet journalNovy Mirin 1962,One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovichstands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's forced work camps,One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovichis one of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as 'a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy'--Harrison Salisbury This unexpurgated 1991 translation by H. T. Willetts is the only authorized edition available and fully captures the power and beauty of the original Russian.' Paperback. Re-Read 1970-01-15.

The Return of the Native (Modern Library Classics), Thomas Hardy, . 'One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, The Return of the Native centers famously on Egdon Heath, the wild, haunted Wessex moor that D. H. Lawrence called 'the real stuff of tragedy.' The heath's changing face mirrors the fortunes of the farmers, inn-keepers, sons, mothers, and lovers who populate the novel. The 'native' is Clym Yeobright, who comes home from a cosmopolitan life in Paris. He; his cousin Thomasin; her fiancé, Damon Wildeve; and the willful Eustacia Vye are the protagonists in a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout his fiction: the diabolical role of chance in determining the course of a life. As Alexander Theroux asserts in his Introduction, Hardy was 'committed to the deep expression of [nature's] ironic chaos and strange apathy, even hostility, toward man.'' Paperback. Read 1970-01-02.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Weebcentral Library. 'Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a classic of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers. But the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule.' Paperback. Read 1969-11-06.

Matryona's House and Other Stories, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-11-04.

1984, George Orwell, Weebcentral Library. 'Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a 'Negative Utopia,' watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by. Reissue.' Paperback. Read 1969-09-14.

Cancer Ward, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Weebcentral Library. 'One Of The Great Allegorical Masterpieces Of World Literature, Cancer Ward Is Both A Deeply Compassionate Study Of People Facing Terminal Illness And A Brilliant Dissection Of The 'Cancerous' Soviet Police State. Withdrawn From Publication In Russia In 1964, It Became, Along With One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, A Work That Awoke The Conscience Of The World. As Robert Service Wrote Of Its Appeal In The Independent, 'In Waging His Struggle Against Soviet Communism, Solzhenitsyn The Novelist Preferred The Rapier To The Cudgel'.' Paperback. Re-Read 1969-09-14.

The Double Helix, James D. Watson, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1969-08-15.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories, Arthur Conan Doyle, Weebcentral Library. 'The eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes with the aid of Dr. Watson investigates strange and baffling mysteries.' Hardcover. Read 1969-08-13.

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. 'The author writes: The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker ? RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR ? An Introduction in 1959. Whatever their differences in mood or effect, they are both very much concerned with Seymour Glass, who is the main character in my still-uncompleted series about the Glass family. It struck me that they had better be collected together, if not deliberately paired off, in something of a hurry, if I mean them to avoid unduly or undesirably close contact with new material in the series. There is only my word for it, granted, but I have several new Glass stories coming along ? waxing, dilating ? each in its own way, but I suspect the less said about them, in mixed company, the better. Oddly, the joys and satisfactions of working on the Glass family peculiarly increase and deepen for me with the years. I can't say why, though. Not, at least, outside the casino proper of my fiction.' Paperback. Re-Read 1969-08-04.

The Jury Returns, Louis Nizer, . Paperback. Read 1969-07-12.

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. 'The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century' Paperback. Read 1969-07-07.

Tales from a Troubled Land, Alan Paton, Weebcentral Library. 'With a mixture of compassion and despair, this collection of ten short stories by the distinguished author of 'Cry, the Beloved Country' speaks eloquently yet incisively of the injustices of the author's native land, South Africa.' Paperback. Read 1969-06-30.

Best Short Stories of Jack London, Jack London, Weebcentral Library. ''Raw and Raked, Wild and Free...'...that was the way Jack London saw life, and the more he lived it the more enamored of it he became. 'All I saw,' he once wrote, 'was glamor of conquest, of scarlet adventure and yellow gold. ...The life was brave and wild, and I was living the adventure I had read so much about.'Brilliant, poetic, swift with violence and action, his stories clearly illustrate the unique spirit of his unbridled genius. Critics admitted that the young firebrand -- 'while frightfully primitive' -- was challenging Poe, Kipling and Melville as a one-in-a-million storyteller. The tales in this volume have been thrilling readers for nearly half a century.' Paperback. Re-Read 1969-06-10.

The Death Of A President, William Manchester, . Hardcover. Read 1969-06-06.

Macbeth, 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' 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 www.folger.edu.' Paperback. Read 1969-06-01.

The Stranger, Albert Camus, Weebcentral Library. 'Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's first novel, The Stranger (L'etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed 'the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.' Now, in an illuminating new American translation, extraordinary for its exactitude and clarity, the original intent of The Stranger is made more immediate. This haunting novel has been given a new life for generations to come.' Kindle. Read 1969-05-14.

Once An Eagle, Anton Myrer, Weebcentral Library. 'Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power.Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War 11, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War -- Vietnam.A study in character and values, courage, nobility, honesty, and selflessness, here is an unforgettable story about a man who embdies the best in our nation -- and in us all.' Paperback. Re-Read 1969-05-13.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, . 'In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal - a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, 'Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs ... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.' Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith.' Hardcover. Read 1969-05-01.

Fahrenheit 451 (Spanish Language Edition), Ray Bradbury, . Paperback. Read 1969-05-01.

Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton, . 'Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.'The most famous and important novel in South Africa's history, and an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948, Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty. The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, 'We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony.'Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.' Hardcover. Read 1969-03-15.

Tartuffe (Drama Classics), Martin Sorrell, . 'Condemned and banned for five years in Moliere's day, 'Tartuffe 'is a satire on religious hypocrisy. Tartuffe worms his way into Orgon's household, blinding the master of the house with his religious 'devotion,' and almost succeeds in his attempts to seduce his wife and disinherit his children before the final unmasking.' Paperback. Read 1969-03-12.

The Mouse that Roared: A Novel, Leonard Wibberley, . 'The basis of the 1959 film starring Peter Sellers, this classic cold war satire-cum-parable-cum-political farce was first serialized in the Saturday Evening Post almost 50 years ago, appearing under the title The Day New York Was Invaded. At the time, the U.S. was afraid of a nuclear attack by Russia — the idea of an attack by a small country was so absurd as to seem comical. Wibberley's tiny European nation is furious about unfair U.S. trading practices, so they send an army to invade New York City, march up Broadway, and accidentally capture the world's newest and most destructive bomb. Then they have to figure out what to do with it. A whimsical cross between Kubrick and Kafka, The Mouse That Roared is a quirky classic of world literature, a poignant tale of political morality, and a hilarious, ultimately triumphant portrait of international relations from the perspective of the little guy.' Paperback. Read 1969-03-10.

Romeo and Juliet (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 booksThe 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 www.folger.edu.' Paperback. Read 1969-03-03.

Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. 'A perfect day for Bananafish -- Uncle wiggily in Connecticut -- Just before the war with the Eskimos -- The laughing man -- Down at the Dinghy -- For Esmé-with love and squalor -- Pretty mouth and green my eyes -- De Daumier-Smith's blue period -- Teddy.' Paperback. Re-Read 1969-02-14.

Franny And Zooey, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. 'The author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I'm very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I've been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.' Paperback. Re-Read 1969-01-23.

No Exit and Three Other Plays, Jean-Paul Sartre, . 'In these four plays, Jean-Paul Sartre, the great existentialist novelist and philosopher, displays his mastery of the drama. No Exit is an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The Flies is a modern reworking of the Electra-Orestes story. Dirty Hands is about a young intellectual torn between theory and praxis. The Respectful Prostitute is a scathing attack on American racism. 4 plays about an existential portrayal of Hell, the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict and an arresting attack on American racism.' Paperback. Read 1968-12-05.

PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II, Robert J. Donovan, Robert Donovan, . Paperback. Read 1968-12-02.

Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck Centennial Edition), John Steinbeck, Weebcentral Library. 'Novel-Ties study guides contain reproducible pages in a chapter by chapter format to accompany a work of literature of the same title.' Paperback. Read 1968-11-07.

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes, . 'With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?An American classic that inspired the award-winning movie Charly.' Paperback. Read 1968-11-04.

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, Weebcentral Library. 'Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories ? particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme ? With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is fully of children. The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.' Paperback. Read 1968-11-04.

A Separate Peace, John Knowles, . 'Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles's crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.' Paperback. Read 1968-11-03.

Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy, . ''This is a book about that most admirable of human virtues-- courage. 'Grace under pressure,' Ernest Hemingway defined it. And these are the stories of the pressures experienced by eight United States Senators and the grace with which they endured them.' -- John F. Kennedy During 1954-1955, John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator, chose eight of his historical colleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes include John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert A. Taft. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1957, Profiles in Courage -- now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new introduction by Caroline Kennedy, as well as Robert Kennedy's foreword written for the memorial edition of the volume in 1964 -- resounds with timeless lessons on the most cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. It is as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword, 'not just stories of the past but a hook of hope and confidence for the future. What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us.'' Paperback. Read 1968-08-11.

Catch-22, Joseph Heller, Weebcentral Library. 'Catch-22 is like no other novel. It is one of the funniest books ever written, a keystone work in American literature, and even added a new term to the dictionary.At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His efforts are perfectly understandable because as he furiously scrambles, thousands of people he hasn't even met are trying to kill him. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he is committed to flying, he is trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to some one dangerously sane -- a masterpiece of our time.' Paperback. Re-Read 1968-07-06.

88 Men and 2 Women, Clinton Duffy, . Warden Clinton Duffy of San Quentin prison wrote about the 90 people who were executed at San Quentin under his watch. He sought to personalize these condemned people and make a humanistic case for the abolition of capital punishment. Hardcover. Read 1968-07-04.

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, . 'The only single edition now available of this American classic about a mother obsessed with her disabled daughter.' Paperback. Read 1968-06-02.

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer, . 'A retelling of the medieval poem about a group of travelers on a pilgrimage to Canterbury and the tales they tell each other. With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of life-from knight to nun, miller to monk-reveal a picture of English life in the fourteenth century that is as robust as it is representative.' Paperback. Read 1968-05-24.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce, . Paperback. Read 1968-05-21.

King Richard II (Oxford School Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, Weebcentral Library. 'The classic tragedy about the downfall of King Richard II is accompanied by commentary, a synopsis of the plot, summaries of scenes, notes on main characters, questions, and activities.' Paperback. Read 1968-05-12.

Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin, . 'In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity-that in this new millennium still has something important to say to every American.' Paperback. Read 1968-05-11.

A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. 'After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.' Paperback. Read 1968-03-18.

Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics), Ernest Hemingway, Weebcentral Library. 'The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.' Hardcover. Re-Read 1968-03-03.

The Crucible (Penguin Classics), Arthur Miller, . ''I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history,' Arthur Miller wrote in an introduction to The Crucible, his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self-righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence. Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's witch-hunts in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing: 'Political opposition ... is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it meets with diabolical malevolence.'' Paperback. Read 1968-02-12.

The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk, . 'During the Second World War, on board a small insignificant ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, an event occurs unlike any that the United States Navy has ever experienced. A Ship's Captain is removed from his command by his Executive Officer in an apparent outright act of mutiny. As the trial of the mutineers unfolds, it is then alleged that the Captain of the ship was mentally unstable, perhaps even insane. The Naval Court Martial must then decide: was the Caine mutiny a criminal act? Or an act of courage to save a ship from destruction at the hands of her Captain?' Paperback. Read 1968-02-02.

Steinbeck John : Red Pony (C20) (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics), John Steinbeck, . 'Ownership of a red pony teaches ten-year-old Jody about life and death.' Paperback. Read 1967-11-02.

The Old Curiosity Shop (Penguin Classics), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. 'The sensational bestselling story of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, seems to belong less to the history of the Victorian novel than to folklore, fairy tale, or myth. The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters-the eloquent ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller; the hungry maid known as the 'Marchioness'; the mannish lawyer Sally Brass; Quilp's brow-beaten mother-in-law; and Quilp himself, the lustful, vengeful dwarf, whose demonic energy makes a vivid counterpoint to Nell's purity.' Paperback. Read 1967-11-01.

Julius Caesar (Oxford School Shakespeare), William Shakespeare, . 'The Oxford School Shakespeare has become the preferred introduction to the literary legacy of the greatest playwright in the English language. This exclusive collection of the Bard's best works has been designed specifically for readers new to Shakespeare's rich literary legacy. Each play is presented complete and unabridged, in large print. Every book is well illustrated, and starts with a commentary and character summary. Scene synopses and character summaries clarify confusing plots, while incisive essays explore the historical context and Shakespeare's sources. Each book ends with a complete list of Shakespeare's plays and a brief chronology of the Bard's life. The detailed explanatory notes are written clearly and positioned right next to the text--no more squinting at microscopic footnotes or flipping pages back and forth in search of endnotes! The new edition of the series features new covers and new illustrations, including both new drawings and photos from recent productions of Shakespeare's plays around the globe. In addition, the notes and the introductory material have been completely revised in line with new research and in order to make them clearer and more accessible. Finally, the entire text has been redesigned and reset to enhance readability. The new edition achieves the feat of unprecedented clarity of presentation without any cuts to the original text or the detailed explanations.' Paperback. Read 1967-10-08.

Three Famous Short Novels: Spotted Horses Old Man The Bear, William Faulkner, . 'Three different ways to approach Faulkner, each of them representative of his work as a whole. Includes 'Spotted Horses,' 'Old Man,' and his famous 'The Bear.'' Paperback. Read 1967-10-02.

Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Classics), Jonathan Swift, Weebcentral Library. 'Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver's encounters with the petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift's fantastic and subversive book remains supremely relevant in our own age of distortion, hypocrisy, and irony. Edited with an Introduction by Robert DeMaria, Jr.' Paperback. Read 1967-09-09.

The acts of King Arthur and his noble knights, John Steinbeck, Chase Horton, Weebcentral Library. 'Steinbeck's brilliant rendition of stories heroic, romantic and tragic from Malory's Morte D'Arthur chronicles the life of Arthur from his mysterious birth through battles and adventures to his establishment as king. In characteristic Steinbeck style the tales - including the fateful marriage to Guinevere and the creation of the fellowship of the knights of the Round Table - emphasize the human qualities of legendary characters. Steinbeck transposed, contextualized and added to the stories, so that they are as alive for us today as they were to Malory's readers some five hundred years ago. The Acts of King Arthur was published posthumously in 1976. An appendix of letters written by Steinbeck gives a fascinating insight into how he approached Malory's original work.' Paperback. Read 1967-09-01.

Thunderball (James Bond Novels), Ian Fleming, . 'Available for a new generation, the original James Bond adventure is presented in a classic, eye-catching package.' Paperback. Read 1967-08-23.

Longest Day: The Classic Epic Of D Day, Cornelius Ryan, . 'THE CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF THE ALLIED INVASION OF NORMANDYThe Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan's unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.' Paperback. Read 1967-08-05.

The Lottery and Other Stories, Shirley Jackson, . ''The Lottery,' one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in 'The' 'New Yorker.' 'Power and haunting,' and 'nights of unrest' were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites 'The Lottery: ' with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son's remarkable range--from the hilarious to the truly horrible--and power as a storyteller. Shirley Jackson (1919-65) wrote several books, including 'Hangsaman,' 'Life Among the Savages,' and 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle.' For the last twenty years of her life, she lived in North Bennington, Vermont. One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, 'The Lottery' created a sensation when it was first published in 'The' 'New Yorker.' 'Powerful and haunting' and 'nights of unrest' were typical reader responses. Widely anthologized, 'The Lottery' is today considered a classic work of short fiction. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, combines 'The Lottery' with twenty-four equally unusual or unsettling tales. Taken together, these writings demonstrate Jackson's remarkable and commanding range--from the commonplace to the chilling, from the hilarious to the truly horrible--as a modern storyteller. This FSG Classics edition also features a new introduction to Jackson's work by A. M. Homes. 'Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.'--Dorothy Parker, 'Esquire' '[These] stories remind one of the elemental terrors of childhood.'--James Hilton,' New York Herald Tribune ' 'In her art, as in her life, Shirley Jackson was an absolute original. She listened to her own voice, kept her own counsel, isolated herself from all intellectual and literary currents . . . She was unique.'--'Newsweek'' Paperback. Read 1967-06-06.

Goldfinger (James Bond Novels), Ian Fleming, . 'Auric Goldfinger, the most phenomenal criminal Bond has ever faced, is an evil genius who likes his cash in gold bars and his women dressed only in gold paint. After smuggling tons of gold out of Britain into secret vaults in Switzerland, this powerful villain is planning the biggest and most daring heist in history-robbing all the gold in Fort Knox. That is, unless Secret Agent 007 can foil his plan. In one of Ian Fleming's most popular adventures, James Bond tracks this most dangerous foe across two continents and takes on two of the most memorable villains ever created-a human weapon named Oddjob and a luscious female crime boss named Pussy Galore. REVIEW; A superlative thriller from our foremost literary magician. (The New York Herald Tribune)' Paperback. Read 1967-06-04.

From Russia With Love (James Bond Novels), Ian Fleming, . 'Every major foreign government organization has a file on British secret agent James Bond. Now, Russia's lethal SMERSH organization has targeted him for elimination. SMERSH has the perfect bait in the irresistible Tatiana Romanova, who lures 007 to Istanbul promising the top-secret Spektor cipher machine. But when Bond walks willingly into the trap, a game of cross and double-cross ensues, with Bond both the stakes and the prize.' Paperback. Read 1967-05-03.

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl, Anne Frank, Weebcentral Library. 'Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the 'Secret Annex' of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. Annotation. Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the 'Secret Annex' of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman ' Paperback. Re-Read 1967-04-22.

To Brooklyn W Love, Gerald Green, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1967-04-15.

Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich, William L. Shirer, Weebcentral Library. 'Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer's monumental study of Hitler's German Empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of this century's blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.' Paperback. Read 1967-04-12.

Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. 'The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peo' Paperback. Read 1967-04-12.

The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims' Progress (Modern Library Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. 'The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American “New Barbarians” and the European “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully skewering the ethos of American tourism in Europe, Twain’s lively satire ultimately reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. As Twain himself points out, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” And Jane Jacobs observes in her Introduction, “If the reader is American, he may also find himself on a tour of his own psyche.”' Paperback. Read 1967-04-04.

The Civil War (American Heritage Books), Bruce Catton, Weebcentral Library. 'Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton’s The Civil War is one of the best-selling, most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volume. Newly introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton's account of battles is carefully interwoven with details about the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas. This new edition of The Civil War is a must-have for anyone interested in the war that divided America.' Paperback. Read 1967-02-16.

The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane, . 'In the spring of 1863, as he faces battle for the first time at Chancellorsville, Virginia, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.' Paperback. Read 1967-02-05.

God Is My Co-Pilot, Robert L. Scott, . 'The inspiring story of a young pilot during World War II.' Paperback. Read 1966-11-07.

Lord of the Flies (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century), William Golding, Multnomah County Library. 'The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island' Paperback. Re-Read 1966-11-04.

A Christmas Carol (Great Stories), Charles Dickens, Weebcentral Library. 'Introduction and Afterword by Joe WheelerTo bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it's too late. Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today's reader. 'A Christmas Carol' captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.' Paperback. Read 1966-10-10.

The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson, . 'A young country preacher ministers to teenage runaways, prostitutes, and gang members.' Paperback. Read 1966-08-14.

Funeral in Berlin (1960s A), Len Deighton, . Paperback. Read 1966-07-03.

Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan, Robert Leckie, Weebcentral Library. 'Strong Men Armedrelates the U.S. Marines' unprecedented, relentless drive across the Pacific during World War II, from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, detailing their struggle to dislodge from heavily fortified islands an entrenched enemy who had vowed to fight to extinctionand did. (All but three of the Marines' victories required the complete annihilation of the Japanese defending force.) As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, the author fought in all its engagements till his wounding at Peleliu. Here he uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re-create the nightmarish battles. The result is both an exciting chronicle and a moving tribute to the thousands of men who died in reeking jungles and on palm-studded beaches, thousands of miles from home and fifty years before their time, of whom Admiral Chester W. Nimitz once said, 'Uncommon valor was a common virtue.'Strong Men Armedincludes over a dozen maps, a chronology of the war in the Pacific, the Marine Medal of Honor Winners in World War II, and Marine Corps aces in World War II.' Paperback. Re-Read 1966-07-03.

The Bible as History, Werner Keller, . 'The Bible As History, now thoroughly updated with the latest scientific and archaeological breakthroughs in biblical investigation. Including:Revolutionary new evidence that confirms some of the most monumental and controversial events in the Bible-including the destruction of Sodom and GomorraRecently deciphered texts from the ancient world that offer an intriguing look back at the origin of the Ten CommandmentsAn entirely new chapter revealing the extraordinary techniques that may soon prove the authenticity of the Shroud of TurinThe Bible As History will take you on a breathtaking journey to the heart of Holy Scripture as it pieces together one of the most stunning spiritual puzzles in the history of mankind.' Paperback. Read 1966-07-01.

Intern, X. Doctor, . Hardcover. Read 1966-06-07.

Travels with Charley in Search of America: (Centennial Edition), John Steinbeck, . 'To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light— these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.' Paperback. Read 1966-06-06.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Folger Library Shakespeare), 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 Catherine Belsey 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. 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 Catherine Belsey 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 1966-05-05.

My Life in Court, Louis Nizer, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Re-Read 1966-04-15.

The man who never was, Montagu Ewen, . Paperback. Read 1966-04-13.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Bantam Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. 'This novel tells the story of Hank Morgan, the quintessential self-reliant New Englander who brings to King Arthur’s Age of Chivalry the “great and beneficent” miracles of nineteenth-century engineering and American ingenuity. Through the collision of past and present, Twain exposes the insubstantiality of both utopias, destroying the myth of the romantic ideal as well as his own era’s faith in scientific and social progress.A central document in American intellectual history, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is at once a hilarious comedy of anachronisms and incongruities, a romantic fantasy, a utopian vision, and a savage, anarchic social satire that only one of America’s greatest writers could pen.' Paperback. Read 1966-04-12.

King Lear (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 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.' Paperback. Read 1966-04-04.

the merchant of venice, 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 Alexander Leggatt 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 1966-04-04.

The Ipcress File, Len Deighton, . 'Len Deighton's classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy _ later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in the iconic 1960s film starring Michael Caine.' Paperback. Read 1966-03-12.

The Great Escape (Cassell Military Paperbacks), Paul Brickhill, . 'The inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Steve McQueen, 'The Great Escape' chronicles the largest Allied escape attempt--using their bare hands and crude homemade tools to dig their way out--from a German POW camp during World War II.' Paperback. Read 1966-03-01.

The Education of Hyman Kaplan (Prion Humour Classics), Leo Rosten, . Hardcover. Read 1966-03-01.

Status Seekers, Vance Packard, . Paperback. Read 1965-11-01.

The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Lily Owens, Weebcentral Library. 'More than 156 of the great Dane's best-loved fairy tales.' Hardcover. Read 1965-09-22.

Memoirs Of An African Hunter, Terry Irwin, . 'In his fascinating memoirs, Irwin describes his early years as a schoolboy hunting in Botswana and Bechuanaland, his time as a prospector, and later, his employ by the Tanzania Game Department as an elephant-control officer. Although he prefers to keep his total elephant bag to himself, Irwin's feats are legendary: walking thousands of miles on foot on safaris across remote parts of Tanzania and the Selous Game Reserve, Ethiopia, and Kenya; hunting 'problem' lions and leopards as well as elephants.' Hardcover. Read 1965-08-13.

Around the World in Eighty Days (Penguin Classics), Jules Verne, . 'Follows the 1872 adventures of the reserved Phileas Fogg, an imperturbable English gentleman, and his French manservant Passepartout, as he tries to win his rash wager that he can travel completely around the world in eighty days. Reprint.' Hardcover. Read 1965-08-12.

Man-Eaters Of Kumaon (Oxford India Paperbacks), Jim Corbett, Multnomah County Library. As a middle schooler, I was fascinated by large cats, and read several accounts of hunting big game. One of the best was Jim Corbett's Man-eaters of Kumaon, written around 100 years ago. Corbett killed tigers and leopards in India when the cats began to attack human populations. Corbett explained that most big cats were uninterested in humans as prey, typically becoming a man-eater because they were injured in some way that made it difficult to hunt their usual prey. The best of this account is the detailed understanding of the animals and the environment in which they lived. In the latter part of his life, when big cats no longer turned rogue, Corbett turned to photo safaris. Paperback. Read 1965-08-10.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales of Terror (Penguin Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. 'tevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,' has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a morality tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are 'The Body Snatcher,' which charts the murky underside of Victorian medical practice, and 'Olalla,' a tale of vampirism and 'the beast within,' with a beautiful woman at its center.' Paperback. Read 1965-08-03.

THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, Ted W. Capt Lawson, . Hardcover. Read 1965-08-03.

Tales from Shakespeare, Lamb Charles, . Hardcover. Read 1965-07-01.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. 'Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. More than a century after its publication it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor. Introduction by John Seelye and Notes by Guy Cardwell' Paperback. Read 1965-06-12.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Jules Verne, Weebcentral Library. 'Retells the adventures of a French professor and his two companions as they sail above and below the world's oceans as prisoners on the fabulous electric submarine of the deranged Captain Nemo.' Hardcover. Read 1965-06-12.

Guadalcanal Diary (Modern Library War), Richard Tregaskis, Weebcentral Library. 'history                                                                U.S.A. $14.95Canada $22.50This celebrated classic gives a soldier's-eye-view of the Guadalcanal battles--crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all, and to military history in general. Unlike some of those on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, Richard Tregaskis volunteered to be there. An on-location news correspondent (at the time, one of only two on Guadalcanal), he lived alongside the soldiers: sleeping on the ground--only to be awoken by air raids--eating the sometimes meager rations, and braving some of the most dangerous battlefields of World War II. He more than once narrowly escaped the enemy's fire, and so we have this incisive and exciting inside account of the groundbreaking initial landing of U.S. troops on Guadalcanal. With a new Introduction by Mark Bowden--renowned journalist and author of Black Hawk Down--this edition of Guadalcanal Diary makes available once more one of the most important American works of the war.' Paperback. Read 1965-05-05.

No time for sergeants, Mac Hyman, . 'When the man from the draft board arrives to take country bumpkin Will Stockdale to Callville for induction into the army, Will's father chases him off. But even hastily erected barbed wire cannot prevent Uncle Sam from claiming this draftee, and soon Will is on a bus to Fort Thompson, Georgia. In the barracks, our hapless hero meets little Ben Whitledge, a fellow trainee who thinks he deserves a medal simply because his grandfather fought under Stonewall Jackson.' Paperback. Read 1965-05-04.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. Hardcover. Read 1965-05-01.

The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling, . 'Imagine growing up among wolves, being friends with a panther and a bear, and hunting the most fearsome animal in the wild--the man-killing tiger Shere Khan. Rudyard Kipling portrays the exciting and adventurous jungle upbringing of Mowgli in this timeless classic. Still amazingly contemporary even though it was written more than 100 years ago, the pacing, language, and characters will keep readers young and old turning the pages, and then begging for more. Originally published in two volumes, this edition collects all the Mowgli stories and adds the very popular Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Toomai of the Elephants. This edition will also feature an introduction by a popular writer for young readers. 'From the Hardcover edition.'' Paperback. Read 1965-02-07.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Modern Classics), Harper Lee, Weebcentral Library. 'Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South -- and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis of an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father -- a crusading local lawyer -- risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.' Paperback. Read 1964-08-13.

The FBI Story: A Report to the People, Don Whitehead, . Hardcover. Read 1964-07-12.

The Living Sea, Jacques Yves Cousteau, James Dugan, . 'The Living Sea is a classic of adventure and discovery. In it Jacques Cousteau recounts some of the most exciting underwater explorations ever undertaken. In the early days, every diver brought new information about life beneath the sea and new risks to the men who dared to explore its unknown depths. Cousteau captures the wonder and excitement of many firsts: the outfitting of the now-famous ship Calypso, the first films of the sunken Andrea Doria, the underwater excavation of a 2000-year-old Crecian wine ship, the birth of the first manned underwater station, and much more. Twenty-five years after its first publication, the Living Sea holds special significance as a first-hand account of historically important underwater explorations.' Paperback. Read 1964-06-12.

The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories, Rudyard Kipling, . Paperback. Read 1964-06-06.

Little Men, Louisa M. Alcott, Weebcentral Library. ''Little Men' continues the story of the March family of 'Little Women'. Jo and her husband, the kindly professor Bhaer, open a school for boys at Plumfield. As Jo says, 'A good, happy, homelike school with me to take care of them and Fritz to teach them'. Five 90-minute cassettes and three 60's.' Hardcover. Read 1964-05-01.

Treasure Island (Kingfisher Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. ''Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! ' All hands on deck for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime! Treasure Island has captivated children for decades and remains Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous book. With the legendary Long John Silver leading a mutinous pirate crew, children won't want to miss the boat on this classic tale of treasure and treachery.' Hardcover. Read 1964-04-04.

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, Agatha Christie, . Hardcover. Read 1964-03-12.

The Prince and the Pauper (Signet Classics), Mark Twain, . '100th anniversary edition Two boys: the same age, almost the same face. The one difference: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne. How insubstantial this difference is becomes clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing and of roles...' Paperback. Read 1963-07-07.

A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle, Weebcentral Library. 'Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government, in a re-release of the classic story which now includes an essay about the real-life science behind the fantasy. Newbery Medal - 1963' Paperback. Read 1963-07-07.

Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition), J.M. Barrie, . 'A fabulously redesigned edition of a Michael Hague backlist classicPeter Pan, the book based on J. M. Barrie's famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children-Wendy, John, and Michael-who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Renowned children's-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. This newly designed edition will be enjoyed by fans young and old alike.' Hardcover. Read 1963-06-01.

The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford, . 'Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. The Incredible Journey is one of the great children's stories of all time--and has been popular ever since its debut in 1961.' Paperback. Read 1962-08-12.

Kidnapped (Scholastic Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. 'In 1751 in Scotland, cheated out of his inheritance by a greedy uncle who has him kidnapped and put on a ship to the Carolinas, seventeen-year-old David Balfour escapes to the Highlands with the help of the Jacobite Alan Breck Stewart and there encounters further danger and intrigue as he attempts to clear his name and regain his property.' Paperback. Read 1962-07-04.

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (Penguin Classics), Mark Twain, Weebcentral Library. 'From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyeris redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult realitybase emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twains impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twains writing.' Paperback. Read 1962-06-06.

Fighting Auschwitz, Garliński, Józef, Weebcentral Library. Paperback. Read 1962-05-05.

A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, Weebcentral Library. 'Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off to foreign lands in his imagination. Tasha Tudor's watercolor paintings evoke a simpler time in the past, and celebrate two of the things she loves most -- children and nature. Her talents are the perfect match for these inspiring poems, making this a handsome gift edition that will be cherished by families for generations.' Hardcover. Read 1962-05-04.

Auschwitz, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, . 'When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform 'scientific research' on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous 'Angel of Death'--Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capactity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to give this horrifying and sobering account.Auschwitz was one of the first books to bring the full horror of the Nazi death camps to the American public. Although much has since been written about the Holocaust, this eyewitness account remains, as the New York Review of Bookssaid in 1987, 'the best brief account of the Auschwitz experience available.' Of Bruno Bettelheim's famous foreword Neal Ascherson has written, 'Its eloquence and outrage must guarantee it a permanent place in Jewish historiography.'' Paperback. Read 1962-05-02.

The Making of the President 1960, Theodore H. White, . Hardcover. Read 1962-04-12.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, . 'There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive. Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds and friendships won and lost -- all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So join the battle to end all battles. The second volume in The Chronicles of Narnia® The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Narnia .... a land frozen in eternal winter ... a country waiting to be set free. Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia -- a land enslaved by the powe