1. THE ROAD
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and son journey through post-apocalypse America.
2. SUSANNAH'S GARDEN
by Debbie Macomber
A woman returns to her hometown and re-examines the troubling events of her past.
3. THE FIFTH HORSEMAN
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club investigate unexplained deaths at a San Francisco hospital.
4. RAINTREE: INFERNO
by Linda Howard
A battle tests the loyalties and relationships of the Raintree clan, led by Dante, the king.
5. TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE
by Mary Higgins Clark
A girl communicates telepathically with her kidnapped twin.
6. DEAD WATCH
by John Sandford
A political operative investigates the murder of a former senator.
7. BORN IN DEATH
by J.D. Robb
A lieutenant investigates the disappearance of a pregnant woman; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.
8. HOT STUFF
by Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks
When a bartender's apartment is ransacked, she turns to a former police officer for help — then falls in love with him.
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. AT RISK
by Patricia Cornwell
A Massachusetts state investigator applies DNA and other forensic techniques to a cold murder case.
11. SUITE FRANCAISE
by Irene Nemirovsky
Two novellas, discovered more than 50 years after the author's death at Auschwitz, about life in France under the Nazis
by Jonathan Kellerman
Two acting students stage their own disappearance — but one of them is murdered; the psychologist-detective Alex Delaware investigates.
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 MEASURE OF A MAN
by Sidney Poitier
The movie actor's spiritual autobiography.
3. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings constantly moved.
by Malcolm Gladwell
The author of The Tipping Point explores the importance of hunch and instinct to the workings of the mind.
5. THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
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.
6. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with
A minister describes the otherworldly experience he had after a car accident.
7. STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS
by Daniel Gilbert
A Harvard professor explores why people can't predict what will make them happy.
by Elie Wiesel
Hill & Wang
A new translation of an account of the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, first published in English in 1960.
9. THREE CUPS OF TEA
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
A former mountain climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
10. 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.
11. THE TIPPING POINT
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little, Brown
A journalist's study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.
by Nathaniel Philbrick
How America began, from the author of In the Heart of the Sea.
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Sitting at the bar, martini in hand, Kristin Scott Thomas rolls her eyes briefly heavenwards. And then she declares, in one of the most memorable monologues of the cult BBC drama Fleabag, that menopause is the “most wonderful fucking thing in the world. And yes, your entire pelvic floor crumbles and you get fucking hot and no one cares. But then — you’re free! No longer a slave, no longer a machine with parts. You’re just a person, in business.” When an entranced Fleabag says she has been told the whole thing is horrendous, Scott Thomas’s character responds: “It is horrendous,
As if the climbs and views and snacks and companions of cycling in Taiwan aren’t sufficient, the GPS-generation of route-planners are now using apps such as Strava and Endomondo to create works of art as they ride. One such is nicknamed the Dove Road of Sijhih (汐鴿路), a 25km ride that follows the riverside bike path from the Nangang-Neihu Bridge (南湖橋) to New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), climbs around 400m up the Sijhih-Shiding Road (汐碇路), before dropping back down past Academia Sinica to generate a very dove-like pattern. Originally called Kippanas by indigenous Ketagalan people and transliterated into Hoklo (more commonly
A senior communist party operative whose only previous experience in Hong Kong is a business trip two years ago; a former Guangdong mayor who oversaw the mass arrests of villagers protesting against land seizures; a former provincial party secretary best known for tearing down hundreds of churches and crosses in eastern China. These are China’s top officials charged with Hong Kong affairs, hardliners and allies of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping (習近平), who are remaking the semi-autonomous territory into a city that is directly under Beijing’s control in all but name. They remain behind the scenes, rarely making public appearances. Little is