1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Sara Gruen
A young man - and an elephant - save a Depression-era circus.
2. TWELVE SHARP
by Janet Evanovich
The bounty hunter Stephanie Plum must find a killer and a rescue a kidnapped child.
3. THE SECRET DIARIES OF MISS MIRANDA CHEEVER
by Julia Quinn
A woman who, as a young girl, fell for a count now hopes to claim him as her own.
4. LISEY'S STORY
by Stephen King
A widow struggles with grief after the death of her husband, a famous novelist with terrible memories.
5. SAFE HARBOR
by Christine Feehan
A supermodel is attacked, and a sheriff who desires her vows to capture the assailant. Part Five of the Drake Sisters series.
6. THE KITE RUNNER
by Khaled Hosseini
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared.
7. COUNTRY BRIDES
by Debbie Macomber
Two novels in one book about women engaged to the wrong men.
8. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
by Robert Ludlum
A reissue of the action-packed thriller.
9. 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.
10. THE ROAD
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and son travel in post-apocalypse America.
11. THE BOOK OF THE DEAD
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The final volume of a trilogy about an FBI agent and his criminal brother.
by Luanne Rice
An artist who has been jailed returns home to find a conflicted wife and troubled daughters.
by Jeffrey Eugenides
The narrator - who, at 14, discovered she was a hermaphrodite - tells a story about three generations of Greek-Americans.
1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE
by Elizabeth Gilbert
A writer's yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia.
2. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved.
by Malcolm Gladwell
The author of The Tipping Point explores the importance of hunch and instinct.
4. THREE CUPS OF TEA
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
A former mountain climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
5. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with Cecil
A minister describes the otherworldly experience he had after a car accident.
by Elie Wiesel
Hill & Wang
A new translation of an account of the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
7. THE TIPPING POINT
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little, Brown
A journalist's study of social epidemics, also known as fads.
8. THE YEAR OF MAGICAL
by Joan Didion
The author's attempt to come to terms with the death of her husband and the grave illness of their only daughter.
by Nathaniel Philbrick
How America began, from the author of In the Heart of the Sea.
10. THE MEASURE OF A MAN
by Sidney Poitier
The movie actor's spiritual autobiography.
11. STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS
by Daniel Gilbert
A Harvard professor explores why people can't predict what will make them happy.
12. CHOSEN BY A HORSE
by Susan Richards
The author recounts rescuing a broken-down horse, which in turn helped rescue her.
13. THE FREEDOM WRITERS DIARY
by the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell
Students considered "unteachable" write about their lives; the basis for the movie Freedom Writers.
With around 10,000 descendants packing the ancestral shrine every Tomb Sweeping Day, the Yeh family’s grand affair made a bid for the Guiness Book of World Records in 2016. They won’t be coming even close on Saturday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, less than 30 people will be attending and conducting the rituals. “We hope that our ancestors don’t take offense,” branch association head Yeh Lun-tsai (葉倫在) tells the Liberty Times (sister paper of the Taipei Times). Tomb Sweeping Day activities can potentially aggravate the spread of the virus as large groups congregate in cemeteries and columbariums at the same
In terms of life expectancy for its citizens, in recent decades Taiwan has caught up with and overtaken a number of Western countries. According to the most recent edition of the CIA’s World Factbook, Taiwanese now live longer than Americans, Czechs and Poles. Of course, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may shake up the rankings. Taiwan’s single-payer healthcare system, set up in 1995, is one reason why people here can stay healthy for a long time. Before the postwar Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime introduced the piecemeal health-insurance schemes (covering government employees, farmers, and others) that preceded the universal system, sick people
Nowhere are the effects of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) postwar Sinification campaign more visible than in the toponymic revisions that the regime undertook after assuming power. Taipei’s streets were renamed after Chinese cities or quintessentially Chinese values, and with the kind of self-aggrandizing flourish to which the party was partial, the process even referenced itself, Guangfu (光復) — which translates as “retrocession” — becoming a mainstay of urban nomenclature. Above all, the KMT’s top brass was memorialized: the given names of Sun Yat-sen (孫中山) and Chiang Kai-shek (蔣中正) — Zhongshan (中山) and Zhongzheng (中正) — were conferred on locations
April 6 to April 12 Han Chinese settlers from Zhangzhou and Quanzhou were such fierce rivals that simple activities such as buying supplies for festivals would often result in armed violence. It’s said that this was especially severe just before Tomb Sweeping Festival, and to prevent bloodshed Qing Dynasty officials ordered them to conduct their rituals on different days. This is not unlike the government urging people to visit their ancestors’ graves on days other than yesterday’s official Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as the Qingming Festival, to curb the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Chinese Nationalist Party