1. THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER
by Kim Edwards
A doctor's decision to secretly send his newborn daughter, who has Down syndrome, to an institution haunts everyone involved.
by Stephen King
What remains of humanity fights to survive after a mysterious force scrambles mobile phone user's brains.
3. S IS FOR SILENCE
by Sue Grafton
Berkley Kinsey Millhone searches for a woman who disappeared 34 years ago.
4. THE TENTH CIRCLE
by Jodi Picoult
When his teenage daughter is date-raped, a comic-book artist is overwhelmed by rage.
5. ON THE RUN
by Iris Johansen
A girl and her mother, a horse trainer who once worked for the CIA, are targeted by a Middle Eastern magnate.
6. READY FOR LOVE
by Debbie Macomber
Reprints of two romances involving two brothers.
7. TURNING ANGEL
by Greg Iles
To defend a friend wrongly accused of murder, a Mississippi lawyer must investigate local students.
8. THE LAST TEMPLAR
by Raymond Khoury
A coding device stolen from an exhibit of Vatican artifacts may hold clues to the medieval Knights Templar's long-lost treasure — and their secrets.
9. VALLEY OF SILENCE
by Nora Roberts
The circle of six goes into battle to save humans from the vampire Lilith in the final Circle Trilogy book.
10. DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
by Linda Howard
As she prepares for her wedding, Blair Mallory becomes the target of a killer.
by Nora Roberts
A reprint of an early historical romance about a Scottish beauty who finds love in the enemy camp.
12. FOREVER ODD
by Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas, a character from Koontz's 2003 novel of the same name, searches for a missing friend.
1. THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP REPORT
by James A. Baker III, Lee H. Hamilton et al
An assessment of America's involvement in the Iraq war with proposals for a plan of action.
2. RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
by Augusten Burroughs
In the 1970s, a young boy lives with a crazy psychiatrist in a squalid household.
3. FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
by James Bradley with Ron Powers
The story of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima.
4. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved.
5. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
by Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe and Mim Eichler Rivas
Gardner's life story, from a grim childhood to homelessness to, finally, the success he had long sought.
6. DREAMS FROM MY FATHER
by Barack Obama
The Democratic senator from Illinois reflects on life in the United States as the son of a black African father and white American mother.
7. AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
by Al Gore
The former US vice president sounds an alarm about global warming.
8. AMERICA (THE BOOK)
by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum et al
The Daily Show offers an illustrated parody of a civics text.
9. TEAM OF RIVALS
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Simon & Schuster
The genius of Abraham Lincoln revealed in his relationship with his Cabinet.
10. THE TIPPING POINT
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little, Brown
A journalist's study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.
11. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with
A Baptist minister describes the otherworldly experience he had after a car accident.
12. HOLIDAYS ON ICE
by David Sedaris
Back Bay/Little, Brown
Comic essays about Christmas by the author of Naked.
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there
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The Lunar New Year vacation had just ended when Alice Wu began to worry about COVID-19. Not long after, on Feb. 10, Wu — who didn’t give her Chinese name to speak freely for this story — received the first of several coronavirus-related sales messages through her smartphone. The pitch came from an acquaintance who represents Amway, an American multi-level marketing (MLM) company that’s been active in Taiwan since 1982. “I’ve only met her once, and I’ve never bought from her. If her sister wasn’t one of my daughter’s teachers, I’d probably block her,” says Wu, who lives in Taichung. MLM, sometimes
It’s difficult to watch Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, a four-hour Netflix series on the now-deceased convicted sex offender without a choking sense of outrage. How many girls had to suffer to get attention? How perversely twisted is the American justice system that a Gatsby-esque billionaire, friends with such powerful figures as Bill Clinton , Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, a longstanding donor to Harvard and MIT, could buy his way out of an almost certain life sentence for child sex abuse and trafficking? Filthy Rich arrives, of course, less than a year after Epstein, 66, died, officially by suicide, in a New