Saturday, April 28, 2007


Fiction fiction by fiction writers

Woods by Harlan Coben. Coben is a bestselling author. Twenty years ago two teenage campers were disappeared in the woods. Now, one of survivors, Paul, is a prosecutor. When human remains are found in the woods Paul becomes a suspect.

Chameleon by Richard Hains. Hains is a financial expert and this first novel is an excellent thriller. Hains' detail of the financial world and how it works underpin the whole book and present a unique storyline. Protagonist Jon Phillips is planning a fraudulent bond sale to set up his early retirement. But, the deal goes wrong and the Russian gangsters financing the deal want their money back.

Large Print Fiction by fiction writers who write in regular print but have their books published in Large Print to reach more readers and make more money

We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry. See description in an earlier entry for the regular print copy.

Obsession by Karen Robards. katherine is bound and gagged as her home is ransacked. She awakens in the hospital with multiple injuries and memory gaps.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Non Fiction

Best Make-Ahead Recipes:How to cook save time later by Editors of Cook's Illustrated. Tested recipes plus tips and techniques.

In an Instant: a family's journey of love and healing by Lee and Bob Woodruff. So Bob is tooling down the road in Iraq when BOOM!...his head gets caved in. This autobiography covers Bob and his wife Lee's marriage and Bob's subsequent recovery from the IED attack.

Long Road Home: a story of war and family by Martha Raddatz. Alex Aguero's Cavalry platoon was patrolling in Sadr City April, 2004 when they came under attack and were isolated in a back alley. Unable to fight their way out, Aguero's platoon waited while truck after truck loaded with infantry squads tried to reach them. The 24 hour gunfight ended with 8 dead and 60 wounded troopers. Radditz covers the story from both Sadr City and Fort Hood, TX where families feared the worst.

With Speed and Violence: why scientists fear tipping points in climate change by Fred Pearce. Pres. Bush's top climate change modeler said, "we are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption." Science writer Pearce spoke to scientists about their climate fears and findings.

Too Far From Home: a story of life and death in space by Chris Jones. While the Space Shuttle Columbia was burning apart on re-entry, three astronauts were continuing their work at the International Space Station. With the loss of the Columbia, and the launch program cancelled for a safety investigation, all three astronauts were stranded in space.

All the President's Pastries: twenty-five years in the White House by Roland Mesnier. Executive Pastry Chef at the White House for 25 years reminisces and teaches his art.

unSpun: finding facts in a world of disinformation by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jackson. "The secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation." Learn the warning signs of hype and spin, the common tricks of deception, find trustworthy and objective sources of information.

To Catch a Predator: protecting your kids from online enemies already in your home by Chris Hansen. Creepy guys going to jail.

On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story by Richard Jadick. Navy doctor Jadick volunteered to travel with the Marines to Iraq during a doctor shortage. During the Battle of Fallujah Dr. Jadick knew that immediate medical care was the best way to save lives. Jadick established his aid station in the middle of the fight and stayed there for 11 days. By stationing themselves in the frontlines Jadick's team saved the lives of 30 Marines who would have expired. For more on the battle itself check-out No True Glory by Francis West.

Pirate Primer: mastering the language of Swashbucklers and Rogues by George Choundas. Threats, calls, greetings, epithets (my favorite), arrghs, and other handy information on pirate language. Listen to Rogue's Gallery: pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys while you read through.