1. THE HUSBAND
by Dean Koontz
A man whose wife is kidnapped has 60 hours to find a ransom.
2. BEACH ROAD
by James Patterson and
Peter de Jonge
An East Hampton lawyer becomes involved in a highly publicized trial that pits locals against the rich.
3. AT RISK
by Patricia Cornwell
A Massachusetts state investigator applies DNA and other forensic techniques to a cold murder case; written as a serial for the New York Times Magazine.
4. THE RAPTURE
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
The third prequel to the Left Behind series.
5. THE BOOK OF THE DEAD
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The final volume of a trilogy
involving Secret Agent Aloysius Pendergast of the FBI and his criminal brother.
6. THE SABOTEURS
by W.E.B. Griffin and William Butterworth IV
Another volume of the Men at War series about OSS agents during World War II.
7. DEAD WATCH
by John Sandford
A political operative investigates the murder of a former senator.
by John Updike
A New Jersey high school boy falls under the sway of an imam.
9. THE COLD MOON
by Jeffrey Deaver
Simon & Schuster
The forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme tracks a serial killer who calls himself the Watchmaker.
10. THE HARD WAY
by Lee Child
When his wife is kidnapped, a man who deals in illegal soldiers turns to the former military cop Jack Reacher.
11. KILLER DREAMS
by Iris Johansen
A researcher battles the head of a pharmaceutical company who has perverted a technology she invented in order to turn people into zombies.
12. DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
A reporter tries to expose a ring of vampires out to take over Seattle; a Dark-Hunter novel.
13. THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
by Alan Furst
In wartime Paris, Italian emigres plot against Mussolini.
by Ann Coulter
The columnist argues that liberalism is a religion with sacraments, a creation myth and clergy.
2. DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE
by Anderson Cooper
The CNN correspondent describes a year of covering the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
3. WISDOM OF OUR FATHERS
by Tim Russert
The host of Meet the Press presents readers' letters about their fathers in response to his book Big Russ and Me.
4. MARLEY & ME
by John Grogan
A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.
5. THE WORLD IS FLAT
by Thomas Friedman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A columnist for the New York Times analyzes 21st-century
economics and foreign policy.
by Nathaniel Philbrick
How America began, from the author of In the Heart of the Sea.
7. MYTHS, LIES AND DOWNRIGHT STUPIDITY
by John Stossel
The 20/20 anchor questions
by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic theory to everything from cheating sumo wrestlers to the falling crime rate.
9. MY LIFE IN & OUT OF THE ROUGH
by John Daly with Glen Waggoner
A memoir by the bad-boy golf champion.
10. ARMED MADHOUSE
by Greg Palast
A collection of articles about the war on terror and the 2008 election by an investigative reporter.
11. DON'T MAKE A BLACK WOMAN TAKE OFF HER EARRINGS
by Tyler Perry
The man behind Diary of a Mad Black Woman muses on life.
by Malcolm Gladwell
The author of The Tipping Point explores the importance of hunch and instinct to the workings of the mind.
13. AMERICA: THE LAST BEST HOPE, VOL.I
by William Bennett
A history from 1492 to 1914, by the former US secretary of education.
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
I didn’t expect to spend more than three minutes out of my car, yet the sun was so brutal I put on my hat before approaching the seawall. Beimen (北門) is the flattest and most sun-baked part of Tainan. It lacks trees and people. In wintertime, the weather is often delightful. It wasn’t yet mid-morning in the hot season, however, and I felt like a leaf shriveling in the desert. Atop the seawall but facing inland, I could see dozens of the rectangular ponds which account for a significant percentage of Beimen’s “land” area. Some, no doubt, were dug to produce
In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out. It did not involve the US or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent arctic scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines. Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan in October convicted the Central Asia nation’s preeminent China specialist of espionage, a move widely interpreted at the time as a warning against increased meddling by the superpower next door. Both men maintain their innocence and if China is spying on Russia, Moscow is surely doing the same. Even so, the fact