1. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
by Khaled Hosseini
A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war, from the author of The Kite Runner.
2. THE OVERLOOK
by Michael Connelly
The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch tangles with the FBI and Homeland Security as he tries to solve the case of a murdered physicist with access to radioactive materials.
3. THE 6TH TARGET
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
In San Francisco, children and their nannies are disappearing, and Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club investigate.
4. INVISIBLE PREY
by John Sandford
The Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport finds connections between the murder of several elderly residents and political scandal.
5. BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE
by Lee Child
Jack Reacher must discover who is hunting down members of a team of former military investigators.
6. THE CHILDREN OF HURIN
by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
In Middle-earth, an evil lord wants to destroy his rival's children.
7. THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION
by Michael Chabon
A detective investigates the murder of a neighbor in a Jewish settlement in Alaska.
8. SIMPLE GENIUS
by David Baldacci
Two former Secret Service agents investigate a scientist's murder while one battles her own demons.
by Chuck Palahniuk
The "oral biography" of a serial killer.
10. THE QUEST
by Wilbur Smith
In ancient Egypt, a magus searches for the cause of a series of plagues.
11. 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.
1. THE ASSAULT ON REASON
by Al Gore
How the administration of former US president George W. Bush has degraded the political environment through secrecy and fear.
2. THE REAGAN DIARIES
by Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley
Selections from the 40th president's daily White House diaries.
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
A biography based on newly released personal letters.
4. GOD IS NOT GREAT
By Christopher Hitchens
Religion as a malignant force in the world.
5. PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE
by Michael Beschloss
Simon & Schuster
Profiles of nine presidents who had the courage to make unpopular decisions.
6. A LONG WAY GONE
by Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A former child soldier from Sierra Leone describes his drug-crazed killing spree and his return to humanity.
7. JESUS OF NAZARETH
by Benedict XVI
The pope discusses Jesus' identity as revealed in the Gospels.
8. ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE
by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
The novelist and her family spend a year eating homegrown or local food; an argument for diversified farms and sustainable agriculture.
9. 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 health care and energy policy.
10. RICKLES' BOOK
by Don Rickles with David Ritz
Simon & Schuster
A memoir by the insult comedian.
11. THE BLACK SWAN
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The role of the unexpected.
12 AT THE CENTER OF THE STORM
by George Tenet
The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency looks back on his career.
With his sugarcane juice stall at Monga Nightmarket (艋舺夜市) floundering due to COVID-19, things took a turn for the worse for Lin Chih-hang (林志航) when he was furloughed from a part-time job. The crowds are trickling back to this nightmarket in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華), but Lin is now so busy that he has hired a friend to run his stall. As the sole driver of the night market’s delivery service, established on April 12, Lin takes on an average of 20 orders on weeknights and over 60 on weekends, with his father helping out when he is too busy.
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