1. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
by Khaled Hosseini
A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war, from the author of The Kite Runner.
2. THE OVERLOOK
by Michael Connelly
The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch tangles with the FBI and Homeland Security as he tries to solve the case of a murdered physicist with access to radioactive materials.
3. THE 6TH TARGET
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
In San Francisco, children and their nannies are disappearing, and Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club investigate.
4. INVISIBLE PREY
by John Sandford
The Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport finds connections between the murder of several elderly residents and political scandal.
5. BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE
by Lee Child
Jack Reacher must discover who is hunting down members of a team of former military investigators.
6. THE CHILDREN OF HURIN
by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
In Middle-earth, an evil lord wants to destroy his rival's children.
7. THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION
by Michael Chabon
A detective investigates the murder of a neighbor in a Jewish settlement in Alaska.
8. SIMPLE GENIUS
by David Baldacci
Two former Secret Service agents investigate a scientist's murder while one battles her own demons.
by Chuck Palahniuk
The "oral biography" of a serial killer.
10. THE QUEST
by Wilbur Smith
In ancient Egypt, a magus searches for the cause of a series of plagues.
11. THE WOODS
by Harlan Coben
New evidence about a case of murder and disappearance at a summer camp 20 years earlier forces a county prosecutor to confront family secrets.
1. THE ASSAULT ON REASON
by Al Gore
How the administration of former US president George W. Bush has degraded the political environment through secrecy and fear.
2. THE REAGAN DIARIES
by Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley
Selections from the 40th president's daily White House diaries.
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
A biography based on newly released personal letters.
4. GOD IS NOT GREAT
By Christopher Hitchens
Religion as a malignant force in the world.
5. PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE
by Michael Beschloss
Simon & Schuster
Profiles of nine presidents who had the courage to make unpopular decisions.
6. A LONG WAY GONE
by Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A former child soldier from Sierra Leone describes his drug-crazed killing spree and his return to humanity.
7. JESUS OF NAZARETH
by Benedict XVI
The pope discusses Jesus' identity as revealed in the Gospels.
8. ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE
by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
The novelist and her family spend a year eating homegrown or local food; an argument for diversified farms and sustainable agriculture.
9. WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE
by Lee Iacocca
The former CEO of Chrysler protests the lack of political and business leadership on issues like health care and energy policy.
10. RICKLES' BOOK
by Don Rickles with David Ritz
Simon & Schuster
A memoir by the insult comedian.
11. THE BLACK SWAN
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The role of the unexpected.
12 AT THE CENTER OF THE STORM
by George Tenet
The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency looks back on his career.
March 23 to March 29 Yeh Shan’s (葉珊) prolific writing career came to an abrupt end in 1971 after publishing his poetry collection Legend (傳說). When he reemerged two years later at the age of 32 with the essay Annual Ring (年輪), he had become Yang Mu (楊牧). Yang foreshadowed Yeh’s demise in the foreword to Legend: “These past five years have been a rare confirmation that not even for a moment have I been able to persist with one style, one perspective and one technique; instead, amidst constant change, I’ve never stopped rejecting, denying and destroying my past
With most of his village preferring to converse in Mandarin, opportunities are scant for 81-year-old Kacaw to use his mother language of Amis. But things are changing in his household — one day the family was having an animated discussion when his plucky four-year-old granddaughter Nikal bursts into the room: “You should talk in the mother tongue,” she tells them loudly in Amis. Another time, Nikal’s uncle Yosifu, a well-known artist, overheard her arguing with her grandmother over rights to the television remote — “in our mother tongue,” he tells me excitedly. “With such visible change, I can see hope
British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor , 66, is mounting his largest-ever UK exhibition of outdoor sculpture at Houghton Hall in Norfolk from late this month, including his famous Sky Mirror, a five-meter stainless steel disc that turns the world around it upside down. Sarah Crompton: What kind of things did you want to show at Houghton Hall? Anish Kapoor: It’s one of the great houses of England, with a great history, and extensive grounds. I decided the stone works that I’ve made over the past 25 years, and I’ve never shown in the UK before, would sit quite well there. Then it
Deaths, economic meltdown and a planet on lockdown: the coronavirus pandemic has brought us waves of bad news, but squint and you might just see a few bright spots. From better hygiene that has reduced other infectious diseases to people reaching out as they self-isolate, here are some slivers of silver linings during a bleak moment. WASH YOUR HANDS! The message from health professionals has been clear from the start of the outbreak: wash your hands. Everyone from celebrities to politicians has had a go at demonstrating correct technique — including singing Happy Birthday twice through to make sure you scrub long enough, and