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.
Warren Hsu (許華仁) sees chocolate making as creating art and performing magic. Zeng Zhi-yuan (曾志元) “talks” to his cacao beans and compares the fermenting process to devotedly caring for a child. Despite their different products and business models, the two helped put Taiwanese chocolate on the map in 2018 at the prestigious International Chocolate Awards’ (ICA) World Finals when Hsu’s Fu Wan Chocolate (福灣) claimed two golds, five silvers and two bronzes, while Zeng took home four golds. That year, Taiwanese chocolatiers burst through the gates with a total of 26 medals, an impressive feat given that many locals don’t
Chen Zhiwu (陳志武) says that the COVID-19 crisis puts into sharp focus that we are in a new cold war, with China and the US being the two protagonists. “It’s almost literally in front of us,” says Chen, Director of Asia Global Institute and Chair Professor of Finance at the University of Hong Kong. Political observers were hesitant, Chen says, even up to the beginning of this year, to confirm a new cold war was underway. “But ... the coronavirus has made clear the clash in values and way of life between what China would like to pursue, and what
For tourists visiting Hualien, Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園) is the first order of business. But if you find yourself in the city with half a day to spare — your train back to Taipei will leave mid-afternoon, say — it’s hardly worth busing out to Taroko Gorge. Instead, borrow or rent a bicycle or a scooter, or hail a cab, and set out for one of these attractions. At only one of these places is there an admission charge. CISINGTAN SCENIC AREA A literal translation of Cisingtan (七星潭) would be “Seven Stars Pond,” but there’s no pond here, just the vast Pacific
To bring sustainability and prosperity to their farms, some agriculturalists in southern Taiwan have embraced innovative types of companion planting. In contrast to the monoculture that dominates much of the rich world’s farmland, companion planting is the cultivation of different crops in proximity, usually to optimize the space, for pest control or to enhance pollination. The symbiotic relationship between cacao trees and betel nut, which may be unique to Pingtung County, is striking when one visits the cacao plantations maintained by Choose Chius (邱氏可可) and Wugawan (牛角灣) in Neipu (內埔). The history of growing cacao in Taiwan goes back to Japanese colonial