1. THE CHILDREN OF HURIN
by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by Christoher Tolkien)
In Middle-earth, an evil lord wants to destroy his rival's children.
2. 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.
3. I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE
by Mary Higgins Clark
Simon & Schuster
A woman marries a childhood acquaintance suspected of several murders.
4. THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE
by Alexander McCall Smith
The eighth novel in the number one Ladies Detective Agency series.
5. NINETEEN MINUTES
by Jodi Picoult
The aftermath of a high school shooting reveals the deep fault lines in a small New Hampshire town.
by Jonathan Kellerman
The psychologist-detective Alex Delaware investigates what seems to be a deathbed confession of murder.
7. FRESH DISASTERS
by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington, the New York cop turned lawyer, tangles with a mob boss and pursues a complicated romance.
8. KINGDOM COME
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
The final title in the Left Behind series.
9. SLEEPING WITH STRANGERS
by Eric Jerome Dickey
A hit man who hopes to leave the business travels to London to escape pursuers and becomes involved in its underworld.
10. THE ALIBI MAN
by Tami Hoag
A disgraced former policewoman investigates a murder linked to a group of wealthy Palm Beach men.
11. WHITE NIGHT
by Jim Butcher
Someone is killing Chicago's minor wizards, and the half-brother of Harry Dresden, wizard detective, is a suspect.
12. THE BLUE ZONE
by Andrew Gross
A young woman searches for her father when he disappears from the US Witness Protection Program.
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
A biography based on newly released personal letters.
2. PAULA DEEN: IT AIN'T ALL ABOUT THE COOKIN'
by Paula Deen with Sherry Suib Cohen
Simon & Schuster
A memoir with recipes from the cooking impresario.
3. A LONG WAY GONE
by Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A former child solider from Sierra Leone describes his drug-crazed killing spree and his return to humanity.
4. 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 energy policy.
5. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE
by Barack Obama
The Illinois junior senator proposes that Americans move beyond their political divisions.
6. HOW DOCTORS THINK
by Jerome Groopman
A doctor describes how doctors arrive at diagnoses and what patients can do to make sure they don't err.
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic theory to nearly everything.
8. THIS MOMENT ON EARTH
by John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry
Environmental challenges and possible solutions.
9. CRAZIES TO THE LEFT OF ME, WIMPS TO THE RIGHT
by Bernard Goldberg
The author of 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America attacks liberals and accuses Republicans of betraying conservative principles.
10. THE WILD TREES
by Richard Preston
The people who climb the massive California redwoods to study the complex life in their canopies.
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
A memoir by the Somali-born advocate for Muslim immigrant women, once a member of the Dutch Parliament, who has been threatened with death.
12. GRACE (EVENTUALLY)
by Anne Lamott
A collection of essays regarding faith and forgiveness.
Scott Saulters wasn’t sure if his film had just taken one of the two top prizes at a recent film competition. Although Saulters has been in Taiwan for 15 years and is proficient in Mandarin, the award ceremony for the inaugural “Bi Tian Iann” (眯電影) short film contest was conducted entirely in Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), a language he can’t speak. “I thought I heard it, but I didn’t want to look too excited,” he says. Despite his limited command of the tongue, Saulter’s entry, Wu Yu Tzu (烏魚子, mullet roe), took first place in the amateur category of the
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
I didn’t expect to spend more than three minutes out of my car, yet the sun was so brutal I put on my hat before approaching the seawall. Beimen (北門) is the flattest and most sun-baked part of Tainan. It lacks trees and people. In wintertime, the weather is often delightful. It wasn’t yet mid-morning in the hot season, however, and I felt like a leaf shriveling in the desert. Atop the seawall but facing inland, I could see dozens of the rectangular ponds which account for a significant percentage of Beimen’s “land” area. Some, no doubt, were dug to produce
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten