1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Sara Gruen
A young man and an elephant save a Depression-era circus.
by Jeffrey Eugenides
An epic story about three generations of Greek-Americans told by a hermaphrodite.
3. THE KITE RUNNER
by Khaled Hosseini
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared under the Taliban.
4. 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.
5. THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN
by Claire Messud
Privileged 30-somethings try to make their way in literary New York just before Sept. 11.
6. THE ALCHEMIST
by Paulo Coelho
A tale about the lessons a Spanish shepherd boy learns during his travels to Egypt in search of treasure.
7. SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN
by Lisa See
The lives of two women in 19th-century China.
8. THE ROAD
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and son travel in post-apocalypse America.
9. SUITE FRANCAISE
by Irene Nemirovsky
Two novellas, which came to light more than 50 years after the author's death at Auschwitz, about life in France under the Nazis.
10. DEAR JOHN
by Nicholas Sparks
An unlikely romance between a soldier and an idealistic young woman is tested in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
11. MY SISTER'S KEEPER
by Jodi Picoult
A girl sues her parents after learning they want her to donate a kidney to her sibling.
12. THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE
by Philippa Gregory
Politics and treachery in the court of Henry VIII.
1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE
by Elizabeth Gilbert
A writer's yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia.
2. INTO THE WILD
by Jon Krakauer
How a young man's obsession with the wilderness had a tragic end.
3. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
A minister on the otherworldly experience he had after an accident.
4. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.
5. THREE CUPS OF TEA
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
A former climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
6. THE WORLD IS FLAT
by Thomas Friedman
An updated edition of a columnist's analysis of 21st-century economics and foreign policy.
7. THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA
by Michael Pollan
Tracking dinner from the soil to the plate, a journalist juggles appetite and conscience.
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little Brown
The author of The Tipping Point explores the importance of instinct to the workings of the mind.
9. THE TIPPING POINT
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little, Brown
A journalist's study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.
10. THE LOOMING TOWER
by Lawrence Wright
The road to Sept. 11 as seen through the lives of terrorist planners and the FBI counterterrorism chief who died in the attacks.
11. THE FEMALE BRAIN
by Louann Brizendine
A look at the biology behind women's thoughts and behavior.
12. CHOSEN BY A HORSE
by Susan Richards
The author recounts rescuing a broken-down horse, which in turn helped rescue her.
May 25 to May 31 Three months before his 90th birthday in 2015, Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政) woke up shortly after midnight and experienced a inexplicable sense of clarity. “Suddenly, my mind started going all over the place. There were some recent memories, but also many that I thought I had long forgotten. They would appear and disappear from my brain one after another, and they were so clear, so lucid. Even the memories from 70, 80 years ago felt like they happened yesterday. I suddenly thought, if I still remember so much, why don’t I write everything down?” Despite his solid
In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus, is a source of suspicion rather than reassurance. No longer a thing to be shoved mindlessly into a pocket, tucked into a worn wallet or thrown casually on a kitchen counter, money’s status has changed during the virus era — perhaps irrevocably. The pandemic has also reawakened debate about the continued viability of what has been
Green, spiky and with a strong, sweet smell, the bulky jackfruit has morphed from a backyard nuisance in India’s south coast into the meat-substitute darling of vegans and vegetarians in the West. Part of the South Asia’s diet for centuries, jackfruit was so abundant that tonnes of it went to waste every year. But now India, the world’s biggest producer of jackfruit, is capitalizing on its growing popularity as a “superfood” meat alternative — touted by chefs from San Francisco to London and Delhi for its pork-like texture when unripe. “There are a lot of inquiries from abroad... At the international level, the
While engineering professor Liu Jen-sen (劉振森) manually took the temperature of hundreds of students entering the building, he was sure there was a more efficient way to complete the annoying task. With hundreds of students entering National Taiwan University’s (NTU) Electrical Engineering Building every period, the exercise put faculty in close proximity with visitors when social distancing was crucial to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Liu immediately had a eureka moment, headed to his basement workshop and cobbled together a prototype for Prevention No 1 (防疫一號), an automated temperature measuring station. With infrared thermal camera systems costing up to NT$500,000,