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.
Sept. 21 to Sept. 27 If word got out that you were planning a wedding during the Martial Law era, the “Committee for the improvement of Folk Customs” (改善民俗實踐會) might knock on your door. Each borough in Taipei had at least one “agent” who kept a pulse on community happenings. They would visit the family planning the wedding with a letter from the mayor, touting the benefits of being frugal and not wasting money on lavish ceremonies, even encouraging the families to donate money for scholarships. The authorities also discouraged them from hiring musicians and dancers, who were often loud and
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a way urban households can obtain healthy produce, while helping to build a more sustainable farming sector in Taiwan. King Hsin-i’s (金欣儀) transformation from advertising copywriter to social entrepreneur began in 2008, when she visited a rice farmer who practiced pesticide-free agriculture. “He explained that we have to leave space for other species. At the same time, I realized that while big companies have budgets to spread their messages, farmers have few chances to tell the public about their beautiful concepts,” she recalls. Inspired, she quit her job and traveled throughout rural Taiwan for a year. King went
Every day before she starts her shift at a government hospital in Singapore, Farah removes her hijab — the Islamic veil she has worn since a teenager. Although minority Muslim women can freely wear the hijab in most settings in Singapore, some professions bar the headscarf — and a recent case has triggered fresh debate on diversity and discrimination in the workplace. Now Farah has joined a growing number of Muslims — who account for about 15 percent of Singapore’s 4 million resident population — calling for the ban to end, with an online petition gathering more than 50,000 signatures. “They told me
If ever there was a reason to be inside on Mid-Autumn Festival, even for just an hour or so, while still celebrating the natural world, Cheng Tsung-lung (鄭宗龍) has provided one with his first full-length work for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (雲門舞集) as artistic director, Sounding Light (定光). Judging by the excerpt performed for the press last week, Cheng shows he can be just as minimalistic as his mentor, troupe founder Lin Hwai-min (林懷民), while still forging his own unique path. Just as he did with last year’s Lunar Halo (毛月亮), his final work as director of Cloud Gate 2 (雲門2), Cheng