Nonfiction Stars - 2005

Nonfiction Stars of 2005 - A selected list of titles.

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.

This reading list is based on personal preferences. It reflects interests history, science, nature, travel, food, biography, memoirs and a few assorted odd topics. An emphasis is placed on nonfiction that reads like good fiction. Titles are listed by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.


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December

  • Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
    Author: Booth, Martin
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312348177 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The last work of the internationally known, Booker-shortlisted writer is a memoir of growing up in 1950s Hong Kong.
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life
    Author: Briggs, Julia
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 30 ISBN: 0151011435 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Alexander the Great Journey to the End of the Earth
    Author: Canor, Norman F.
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0060570121 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge
    Author: Fleming, Thomas
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060829621 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The defining moments of the Revolutionary War did not occur on the battlefield or diplomatic table, claims Fleming, but at Valley Forge where the Continental Army overwintered. This is the tale of how Americans endured and triumphed over nearly-impossible odds.
    Suggested Reading: Valley Forge
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Lillian Hellman: A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels
    Author: Martinson, Deborah
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 27.95 ISBN: 1582433151 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkus
    Updated 11.14.05
  • The Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality
    Author: Slotkin, Richard
    Publisher: Holt $ 35 ISBN: 0805041249 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    A National Book Award finalist examines the United States' turbulent history of ethnic assimilation and racial strife through the experiences of two
    legendary World War I regiments. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 11.1.05
  • Mencken: The American Iconclast
    Author: Rodgers, Marion Elizabeth
    Publisher: Oxford $ 35 ISBN: 0195072383 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Drawing on research in more than 60 archives (including previously unseen private collections in the U.S. and in Germany), exclusive interviews with Mencken's friends and his love letters, this is a meticulous portrait of one of the most original and complicated men in American letters.
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia
    Author: Vitebsky, Piers
    Publisher: Hougrton $ 28 ISBN: 0618211888 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    The Reindeer People is a vivid and moving testimony to a Siberian native people's endurance and humor at the ecological limits of human existence. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
    Author: Wallace, David Foster
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316156116 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    This brilliant and hilarious new collection of essays is offered by the award-winning author of the bestselling Infinite Jest.
    Updated 9.26.05

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November

  • Shakespeare: The Biography
    Author: Ackroyd, Peter
    Publisher: Nan Talese $ 30 ISBN: 0385511396 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    With his magisterial and ingenious re-creations of the lives of Chaucer, Dickens, T.S. Eliot, William Blake, and Sir Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd has long been recognized as today's foremost practitioner of the literary biography. Now, in Shakespeare: The Biography, Ackroyd delivers his crowning achievement.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Brooklyn Is: Southeast of the Island, Travel Notes
    Author: Agee, James
    Publisher: Fordham Univ $ 16.95 ISBN: 0823224929 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Propulsive, lyrical, jazzy, and tender, its pitch-perfect descriptions endure even as Brooklyn changes; Agee's essay--originally written in 1939 but published in 1968--is a New York classic.
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Come Back to Afghanistan
    Author: Akbar, Said Hyder
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582345201 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Building on two acclaimed radio documentaries aired on "This American Life," this intimate and riveting chronicle is delivered by an extraordinarily courageous Afghan-American teenager coming of age in post 9/11 Afghanistan.
    Suggested Reading: Afghanistan Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.23.05
  • Give Your Heart to the Hawk: A Tribute to the Mountain Men
    Author: Blevins, Win
    Publisher: Forge $ 14.95 ISBN: 0765314355 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    For over thirty years, from the time of Lewis and Clark into the 1840s, the mountain men explored the Great American West. As trappers in a hostile, trackless land, their exploits opened the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers who followed them. In Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Win Blevins presents a poetic tribute to these dauntless "first Westerners" and their incredible adventures. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Thin Ice : Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains
    Author: Bowen, Mark
    Publisher: Holt $ 30 ISBN: 0805064435 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Updated10.11.05
  • Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man
    Author: Carretta, Vincent
    Publisher: Univ of Georgia $ 29.95 ISBN: 0820325716 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    This definitive biography tells the story of the former slave Olaudah Equiano (1745?-97), who in his day was the English-speaking world's most renowned person of African descent. Equiano's greatest legacy is his classic 1789 autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vass, the African. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.23.05
  • The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine
    Author: Collins, Paul
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582345023 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The author of Sixpence House travels the globe piecing together the missing body and soul of one of America's most enigmatic founding fathers: Thomas Paine.
    Suggested Reading: 1776
    Updated 7.25.05
  • The Third Reich in Power, 1933-1939
    Author: Evans, Richard
    Publisher: Penguin $ 34.95 ISBN: 1594200742 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    In this definitive account, Evans shows how the Nazis attempted to penetrate and reorder every aspect of German society, encountering many kinds and degrees of resistance along the way, but gradually winning the acceptance of the German people in the long run.
    Suggested Reading: Nazis
    Updated 7.25.05
  • The Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscelany
    Author: Gibson, Graeme (edt)
    Publisher: Talese $ 29.95 ISBN: 0385514832 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    This unprecedented and enchanting treasure trove of paintings, drawings, poems, essays, and scientific observations beautifully captures the interest and emotions birds evoke.
    Suggested Reading: For the Birds
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Under the Bridge
    Author: Godfrey, Rebecca
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743210913 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    By twists and turns, this work examines a crime of passionate excess, in which middle-class teenage girls obsessed with film idols and hip-hop culture turn on one of their own with tragic results.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime
    Updated 7.7.05
  • Myself and the Other Fellow: A Life of Robert Lewis Stevenson
    Author: Harman, Claire
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0066209846 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The life of Robert Louis Stevenson is a gripping adventurous story: his travels, his illness, his struggles to become a writer, his relationships with his volatile American wife and stepfamily, and his friendships and quarrels.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Now Playing at the Valenica: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Essays on Movies
    Author: Hunter, Stephen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 16 ISBN: 0743261259 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Originally penned for "The Washington Post," Hunter's Pulitzer Prize-winning essays on the movies are gathered for this collection, organized by genre, that pays homage to the lost art of filmmaking--when movies were meant to be fun.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism
    Author: Johnson, Haynes
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 26 ISBN: 0151010625 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Compelling narrative history, insightful political commentary, and intimate personal remembrance combine to make The Age of Anxiety a vitally important look at Senator Joseph McCarthy and his 1950s anti-Communist crusade.
    Suggested Reading: Terrorism | McCarthyism
    Updated 7.25.05
  • Teacher Man: A Memoir
    Author: McCourt, Frank
    Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 0743243773 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize -- winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York. Now, here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Illict: How Smugglers, Traffickers, Copycats and Thieves Have Made the New Global Economy Their Own
    Author: Naim, Moises
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 0385513925 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From pirated movies to weapons of mass destruction, from human organs to endangered species, drugs, or stolen art, Illicit reveals the inner workings of these amazingly efficient international organizations and shows why it is so hard--and so necessary--to contain them.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Voltaire Almighty: A Life in Pursuit of Freedom
    Author: Pearson, Roger
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 35 ISBN: 1582346305 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The King
    Author: Piaaza, Jim
    Publisher: Black Dog $ 75 ISBN: 1579124623 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From his beginnings in a shotgun shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his untimely death at Graceland, Elvis's life story is stunningly revealed in detail in words and hundreds of pictures on a scale that dwarfs anything previously published. The leather-like binding studded with rhinestones and gold makes the volume even more collectible.
    Suggested Reading: Elvis
    Updated 10.11.05
  • A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War, Russia, 1941-44
    Author: Reese, Willy Peter
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374139784 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Reese was 20 when he found himself marching through Russia with orders to take no prisoners. Three years later he was dead. Bearing witness to--and participating in--the atrocities of World War II, he recorded his reflections in his diary, leaving behind an illuminating perspective.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Elia Kazan: A Biography
    Author: Schickel, Richard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0060195797 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    This electrifying biography by one of America's foremost film scholars combines social, political, and cultural history with a sharp critical evaluation of Kazan's protean career.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 10.4.05
  • Two Lives
    Author: Seth, Vikram
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060599669 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBookliststarKirkusstarLJ
    This captivating new book--the story of a century and of a love affair across a racial divide--from the author of A Suitable Boy is the memoir of the marriage of the author's great uncle and aunt.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.23.05
  • No Applause: Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous
    Author: Trav, S.D.
    Publisher: Faber $ 25 ISBN: 0571211925 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    From 1881 to 1932, vaudeville was at the heart of show business in the United States. This volume explores the many ways in which vaudeville's story is the story of show business in America.
    Updated 10.4.05
  • Still Looking: Essays on American Art
    Author: Updike, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 40 ISBN: 1400044189 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    John Updike, moonlighting as art critic, now gathers together in this richly illustrated book 18 of his remarkable pieces, all dealing with American art.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.1.05
  • Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul
    Author: Weidensaul, Scott
    Publisher: North Point $ 25 ISBN: 0865476888 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJstarBooklist
    On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Wild America, naturalist Scott Weidensaul retraces Roger Tory Peterson's and James Fisher's steps to tell the story of wild America today.
    Suggested Reading: Nature Stars | All Stars
    Updated 10.31.05

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October

  • America On the Brink: The Presidential Crisis of the Early Republic
    Author: Ackerman, Bruce
    Publisher: Belknap $ 29.95 ISBN: 0674018664 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Based on seven years of archival research, the book describes previously unknown aspects of the electoral college crisis of 1800, presenting a revised understanding of the early days of two great institutions that continue to have a major impact on American history: the plebiscitarian presidency and a Supreme Court that struggles to put the presidency's claims of a popular mandate into constitutional perspective. Through close studies of two Supreme Court cases, Ackerman shows how the court integrated Federalist and Republican themes into the living Constitution of the early republic. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.2.05
  • Sharon and My Mother-in-law: Ramallah Diaries
    Author: Amiry, Suad
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375423796 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Based on diaries and e-mail correspondence that Amiry kept to maintain her sanity in the Occupied Territories from 1981 to 2004, this series of vignettes describes the frustrations, cabin fever, and downright misery of daily life in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The City of Falling Angels
    Author: Berendt, John
    Publisher: Penguin $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594200580 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after a decade to offer, in his inimitable style, an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales | Venice
    Updated 10.405
  • Andrew Jackson: A Life and Times
    Author: Brands, H.W.
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 35 ISBN: 0385507380 Date: 2005
    starPW
    With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a resounding hit with readers and critics, Brands shapes a historical narrative of Andrew Jackson that's as fast-paced as the best fiction.
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Meditation
    Author: Caton, Steven Charles
    Publisher: Hill & Wang $ 26 ISBN: 0809027259 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A report like no other from the heart of the Arab Middle East. In 1979, Steven C. Caton went to a remote area of Yemen to do fieldwork on the famous oral poetry of its tribes. The recent hostage crisis in Iran made life perilous for a young American in the Middle East; worse, he was soon embroiled in a dangerous local conflict. Yemen Chronicle is Caton's touchingly candid acount of the extraordinary events that ensued. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 7.25.05
  • Mao: The Unknown Story
    Author: Chang, Jung & Jon Halliday
    Publisher: Knopf $ 35 ISBN: 0679422714 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    An Asia scholar (Halliday) joins the bestselling author of Wild Swans to deliver a gripping and groundbreaking biography of Mao Tse-tung.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs are Transforming American Lives, Minds and Bodies
    Author: Critser, Greg
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0618393137 Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    Greg Critser's brilliantly incisive Generation Rx moves the conversation about prescription drugs to where it hits home: our own bodies. The book encourages every American who has ever taken a prescription drug to look anew at what's in the medicine cabinet, and why.
    Suggested Reading: Medical Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Meville: His World and Work
    Author: Delbanco, Andrew
    Publisher: Knopf $ 30 ISBN: 0375403140 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJstarBooklist
    Delbanco traces Melville's growth from bawdy storyteller through the spiritual preoccupations building up to Moby-Dick, and the profound disillusionment of later works as he charts a life that left little evidence in its wake.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Year of Magical Thinking
    Author: Didion, Joan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 140004314x Date: 2005
    starPWstarBookliststarLJ
    "The author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and 11 other works chronicles the year following the death of her husband, fellow writer John Gregory Dunne, while the couple's only daughter, Quintana, lay unconscious in a nearby hospital suffering from pneumonia and septic shock."--"Publishers Weekly."
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
    Author: Fick, Nathaniel C.
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618556133 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A former captain of the U.S. Marine Corps First Reconnaissance Battalion unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between the military ideals he learned and military practice, which can mock those ideals. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but it is an ultimately inspiring account of mastering the art of war.
    Suggested Reading List: Marines
    Updated 7.7.05
  • Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War
    Author: Flood, Charles Bracelen
    Publisher: FSG $ 27 ISBN: 0374166005 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Moving and elegantly written, Grant and Sherman is a historical page turner: a gripping portrait of two men, whose friendship, forged on the battlefield, would win the Civil War.
    Suggested Reading: Sherman Stars
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches
    Author: Fredston, Jill
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151012490 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Avalanche expert Fredston stalks these so-called freaks of nature, forecasting where and when an avalanche will strike, deliberately triggering them with explosives, teaching potential victims how to stay alive, and leading rescue efforts when tragedy strikes.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
    Updated 10.3.05
  • American Hostage
    Author: Garen, Micah
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743276604 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    The remarkable true story of love and war, of a journalist, Garen, held hostage in Iraq in 2003, and his partner and fiance, Carleton, who fought nonstop for his release.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Little History of the World
    Author: Gombrich, E.H.
    Publisher: Yale $ 25 ISBN: 0300108834 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this book tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke
    Author: Gurlanick, Peter
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 27.95 ISBN: 0316377945Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    The author of Careless Love and Last Train to Memphis returns with his most powerful book ever--a revealing portrait of one of America's greatest musical artists, Sam Cooke.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Music - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • I'm No Saint: A Nasty Memoir of Love and Leaving
    Author: Hayt, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446531944 Date: 2005
    starPW
    It's Sex and the City for the post-marriage crowd in an eye-opening memoir of one woman's journey from wife and mother to sexy single.
    Updated 7.18.05
  • The Summer of Ordinary Ways: A Memoir
    Author: Helget, Nicole Lea
    Publisher: Borealis $ 19.95 ISBN: 0873515439 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Unforgettable, sometimes hilarious images spill from a fierce and wondrous childhood into the pages of this memoir written by the winner of the 2004 "Speakeasy" Prize for Prose.
    Suggested Reading: Memoirs
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary
    Author: Hitchings, Henry
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374113025 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Brilliantly entertaining and enlightening, this volume tells the story of Samuel Johnson's endeavor to create an authoritative English dictionary. Hitchings describes Johnson's adventure--his ambition and vision, his moments of despair, the mistakes he made along the way, and his ultimate triumph.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • A World On Fire: A Heretic, An Aristocrat, and the Race to Discover Oxygen
    Author: Jackson, Joe
    Publisher: Viking $ 27.95 ISBN: 0670034347 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    This gripping account of a key tipping point in the history of science is set against the upheavals of a revolutionary age.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • The Physics of Superheros
    Author: Kakalios, James
    Publisher: Gotham $ 26 ISBN: 1592401465 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Packed with more superheroes and superpowers than an Avengers-Justice League crossover, this title takes a lively look at the physics behind the superpowers of comic-book heroes.
    Suggested Reading: Comics and Superheros
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma
    Author: Kirscher, Marc & John Gerhart
    Publisher: Yale $ 30 ISBN: 0300108656 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In the 150 years since Darwin, the field of evolutionary biology has left a glaring gap in understanding how animals developed their astounding variety and complexity. The standard answer has been that small genetic mutations accumulate over time to produce wondrous innovations such as eyes and wings. Drawing on cutting-edge research across the spectrum of modern biology, Marc Kirschner and John Gerhart demonstrate how this stock answer is woefully inadequate. Rather they offer an original solution to the longstanding puzzle of how small random genetic change can be converted into complex, useful innovations. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Darwin & Naturalists
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcent Biology
    Author: Kurzweil, Ray
    Publisher: Viking $ 29.95 ISBN: 0670033847 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In his latest, thrilling foray into the future, a great inventor and futurist envisions an event--the "singularity"--in which technological change becomes so rapid and so profound that human bodies and brains will merge with machines.
    Updated 7.7.05
  • Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of Segregation in America
    Author: Loween, James W.
    Publisher: Free $ 29.95 ISBN: 156584887x Date: 2005
    starPW
    "Don't let the sun go down on you in this town" are words equated with the Jim Crow South, but in a sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, award-winning and bestselling historian Loewen demonstrates that strict racial exclusion was the whole country's norm for much of the 20th century.
    Updated 7.25.05
  • From Baghdad to Brooklyn: Growing Up Jewish-Arabic in Midcentury America
    Author: Marshall, Jack
    Publisher: Coffee House $ 16 ISBN: 1566891744 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Inspired by the posthumous discovery of letters written by his father but never mailed, Jack Marshall's memoir is both a moving story of a writer's artistic coming-of-age and a lush, lyrical recollection of a childhood spent in Brooklyn's Arabic-speaking Jewish community. Born in 1936 to an Iraqi father and Syrian mother who had immigrated to the United States, Marshall grew up in the hardworking Sephardic community-enveloped in an extended family that spoke little English, no Yiddish, and whose way of life owed more to their Middle Eastern homelands than to European Jewish traditions. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 7.18.05
  • Rowing to Alaska: And Other True Stories
    Author: McLennan, Wayne
    Publisher: Granta $ 14 ISBN: 1862077878 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 9.26.05
  • The Story of Chicago May
    Author: O'Faolain, Nuala
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573223204 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Suggested Reading: Women's History Stars
    Updated 7.7.05
  • The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
    Author: Packer, George
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374299633 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Packer's intimate first-person narrative navigates his journey through the landscapes of America and Iraq while tracing his own evolving views, bringing to the page the full range of ideas and emotions stirred up by America's most controversial foreign-policy venture since Vietnam.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq Stars
    Updated 7.25.05
  • Julia and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
    Author: Powell, Julia
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 031610969x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Julie Powell is 30 years old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens, and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life. So, she invents a deranged assignment: She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and will cook all 524 recipes . . . in the span of just one year.
    Updated 10.3.05
  • Two Birthdays in Baghdad: Finding the Heart of Iraq
    Author: Prouse, Anna
    Publisher: Compass $ 17 ISBN: 0929590201 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Back in Italy after 14 months in wartime Iraq, this Italian journalist felt the international news coverage of bombs, rockets, and insurgency lacked the optimism she witnessed there every day, and writing an account of her own impressions became an effort to set the record straight. Trained as an emergency medical responder, Anna Prouse arrived in Baghdad in June 2003 to work at the Italian Red Cross Hospital, where she found the Iraqis she worked with to be full of aspirations for the future despite danger and provision shortages. She was subsequently hired to work in public affairs for the Coalition Provisional Authority inside the Green Zone (or the International Zone), where occupation authorities live and work. There in the foreign community, as elsewhere in Baghdad, she discovered a spirit of energy, dedication, and comradeship in the mission of rebuilding a devastated country. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Iraq Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Spook
    Author: Roach, Mary
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393059626 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In an attempt to find out what happens when people die, the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that there is an afterlife.
    Suggested Reading: Afterlife
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam
    Author: Salbi, Zainab
    Publisher: Gotham $ 26 ISBN: 1592401562 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The highly anticipated memoir from the daughter of Saddam Hussein's personal pilot is an unforgettable story of survival, strength, and one woman's struggle against tyranny.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq Stars
    Updated 7.18.05
  • A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    Author: Shapiro, James
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060088737 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    One of the most admired lecturers at Columbia University takes a single year of Shakespeare's life and interweaves history, biography, and literary criticism in a way that has never been done before.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 11.14.05
  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
    Author: Shenk, Joshua Wolf
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618551166 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the 16th president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success.
    Suggested Reading: Lincoln
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation with a Little Help from Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Sox
    Author: Simmons, Bill
    Publisher: ESPN $ 24.95 ISBN: 1933060050 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    ESPN's beloved Sports Guy replays the years leading up to the Boston Red Sox historic championship season and says goodbye to a lifetime of suffering--at least for now.
    Suggested Reading: Sports Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Planets
    Author: Sobel, Dava
    Publisher: Viking $24.95 ISBN: s Date: 2005
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    From the bestselling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter comes a stunningly illustrated love letter to our solar system.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Untrodden Grapes
    Author: Steadman, Ralph
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 35 ISBN: 0151011672 Date: 2005
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    From Chile to California, South Africa to Alsace, Steadman has seen the best of the world's wine-producing regions. On a search for the unique and original, he brings the landscape and its people to life with pictures and prose.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, And the Golden Age of Basketball
    Author: Taylor, John
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400061148 Date: 2005
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    Journalist John Taylor offers a masterly and brilliantly written account of basketball's golden age, as viewed through its greatest rivalry: the one between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
    Suggested Reading: Sports Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
    Author: De Wall, Frans (F.B.M.)
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 25.95 ISBN: 1573223123 Date: 2005
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    From a scientist and writer E.O. Wilson has called "the world authority on primate social behavior" comes a fascinating look at the most provocative aspects of human nature through our two closest cousins in the ape family.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Buffalo Bill's America: The Life and Times of William Cody and the Wild West Show
    Author: Warren, Louis S.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 28.95 ISBN: 0375412166 Date: 2005
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    Placing William Cody in the context of his times, Warren offers a rich and revealing biography and social history of an enduring American icon.
    Updated 7.25.05
  • Queen Isabella
    Author: Weir, Alison
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 27.95 ISBN: 0345453190 Date: 2005
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    The acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Eleanor of Aquitaine turns her expert eye on the dark reign of another notorious and charismatic medieval monarch, Queen Isabella of France.
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Not in Kansas Anymore: The Curious Tale of How Magic is Transforming America
    Author: Wicker, Christine
    Publisher: Harper San Franscisco $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060726784 Date: 2005
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    With her trademark humor and evenhanded skepticism, an award-winning and bestselling author leads readers on a firsthand expedition into America's burgeoning and bizarre magical community.
    Updated 9.23.05
  • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
    Author: Winchester, Simon
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060571993 Date: 2005
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    The international bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa takes an adventurous and informative look at earthquakes, focusing on the devastating San Francisco quake of 1906.
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Unreasonable Woman: True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas
    Author: Wilson, Diane
    Publisher: Chelsea Green $ 27.50 ISBN: 1931498881 Date: 2005
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    Set in Seadrift, Texas, this book tells the gripping true story about one woman's heroic battle against Formosa Plastics, a giant chemical corporation poisoning her town, its sea life and its people.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • I, Wabenzi, A Souvenir
    Author: Zabor, Rafi
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 0865475830 Date: 2005
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    Some time ago, Zabor sat down to write a brief narrative of the year 1986. That was the year he set out across two continents in a used Mercedes--"Wabenzi" is the Swahili word for a member of the Mercedes-owning class--to buy a grave stone for his friend Mahmoud Rauf and to outrun the shadow of his own parents' recent death.
    Updated 8.15.05

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September

  • First Families: Their Lives in the White House
    Author: Angelo, Bonnie
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060563567 Date: 2005
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    Engaging and anecdotal, this follow-up to First Mothers takes readers inside the White House and into the lives of the presidents and their families, from George and Martha Washington to George and Laura Bush.
    Updated 7.7.05
  • My Face is Black is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
    Author: Berry, Mary Frances
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 1400040035 Date: 2005
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    Born into slavery, Callie House started the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Fund, Bounty and Pension Association, which sought African American pensions based on those offered Union Soldiers. Persecuted for her ideas, she was jailed by the U.S. government.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Women's History Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • History Play: The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe
    Author: Bolt, Rodney
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1596910208 Date: 2005
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    Rodney Bolt's delightful life of Marlowe plays out a surprising solution to an enduring literary mystery, bringing the spirit of Shakespeare alive as we've never seen it before.
    - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev
    Author: Dessaix, Robert
    Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard $ 24 ISBN: 1593760639 Date: 2005
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    Together with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Ivan Turgenev was one of the leading novelists of Russia's Golden Age and the first Russian writer to capture a Western audience. No less sensational than his novels was his personal life. For forty years, until the day he died, he was passionately devoted to the diva Pauline Viardot, following her and her husband around Europe and even living with them amicably at times as part of their household. What, then, did Turgenev mean by "love," the word at the core of his life and work? Robert Dessaix has had his own forty-year relationship with Turgenev, first as a student of Russian in both Australia and Russia, then as a teacher, and now as what he calls a close friend. In Twilight of Love, Dessaix has come to see Turgenev's life and work as an expression of a turning point in the history of love-the moment the Romantic became rational, love unraveled into sentiment and erotic feelings, and eros became a mere commodity. In this truly remarkable work, Robert Dessaix has found the pulse that quickened Turgenev's age, but has failed in ours. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
    Updated 5.25.05
  • A Widow's Walk
    Author: Fontana, Marian
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743246241 Date: 2005
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    Fontana, president of the 9/11 Widows and Victim's Family Association, pens a moving, lyrical, and profoundly funny memoir of a year in the life of a firefighter wife widowed in the 9/11 attacks.
    Suggested Reading: 9/11 Stars
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth
    Author: Hubner, John
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375508090 Date: 2005
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    This wrenching, but ultimately uplifting, look at one of the country's most crucial social issues--violent youth--takes readers inside the Giddings State School in Texas, the most aggressive and successful programs for violent young offenders.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Heroes, Saviors, Traitors, and Supermen: A History of Hero Worship
    Author: Hughes-Hallett, Lucy
    Publisher: Knopf $ 30 ISBN: 1400043999 Date: 2005
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    Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, this is a riveting and insightful exploration of the timeless need for heroes that still shapes political thought.
    Updated 7.18.05
  • The Interpreter
    Author: Kaplan, Alice
    Publisher: Free $ 25 ISBN: 0743254244 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    An award-winning and critically acclaimed author tells a war story unlike any other in this riveting look at America's tragically failed attempt to uphold justice in liberated France at the end of World War II.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • My Detachment
    Author: Kidder, Tracy
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375506152 Date: 2005
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    A Pulitzer-prize winning author writes for the first time about himself in an astonishingly honest, comic, and moving memoir of the Vietnam War.
    Updated 7.11.05
  • New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
    Author: Lepore, Jill
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 1400040299 Date: 2005
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    From the award-winning author of The Name of War comes a gripping, illuminating account of an alleged 18th-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City. Lepore explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s and examines the nature and tenor of the interactions between slaves and their masters.
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood
    Author: Lesley, Craig
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312318464 Date: 2005
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    In Burning Fence, acclaimed novelist Craig Lesley turns his keen eye toward two difficult fathers and an alcohol-damaged Indian foster child, Craig's own "son," Wade. Abandoned by his shell-shocked father, Rudell, Craig grew up with his stepfather, Vern, a tough, controlling railroader. When events turned nasty, Craig, his mother, and his baby sister fled on the night train and arrived at an Indian reservation where his mother found work. Decades later, convinced he would be a better father than Rudell or Vern, Craig takes in the troubled Wade. But desperation over Wade's violent acts motivates Craig to seek out Rudell in remote Monument, Oregon. Craig hopes his father, a reclusive coyote trapper and poacher, will help raise his disturbed grandson. There Craig meets his colorful half-brother, Ormand, a would-be East Coast hit man, now "born again." Skillfully capturing the rural humor, rugged characters, and hardscrabble life of Eastern Oregon, Burning Fence presents a searing reflection on fatherhood and offers remarkable insight into the landscape of the Western heart. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Memoirs
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Female Chauvinist Pigs: Is Raunch Culture the New Women's Liberation?
    Author: Levy, Ariel
    Publisher: Free $ 25 ISBN: 0743249895 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    In this passionate report from the front lines, a "New York" magazine writer examines the enormous cultural impact of the newest wave of post-feminism.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
    Author: Meloy, Ellen
    Publisher: Pantheon $26 ISBN: 0375422161 Date: 2005
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    An inspired reflection on the bond between wild creatures and the human imagination, told as a chronicle of four seasons with a band of rare desert bighorn sheep. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
    Updated 10.3.05
  • Summer Doorways
    Author: Merwin, W.S.
    Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard $ 22 ISBN: 1593760728 Date: 2005
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    Updated 6.29.05
  • Tender Bar: A Memoir
    Author: Moehringer, J.R.
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 1401300642 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    The author's vivid memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a grand old New York saloon that was sanctuary for all types of men--cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums--is told with heart, drama, and exquisite comic timing.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up Stars | All Stars | Memoirs
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Mark Twain: A Life:
    Author: Powers, Ron
    Publisher: Free $ 35 ISBN: 0743248996 Date: 2005
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    In the most important narrative biography of Samuel Langhorne Clemens in half a century, a Pulitzer-Prize winner brings to life the astonishing man behind one of America's most famous sons.
    Suggested Reading: Twain | All Stars
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires
    Author: Raab, Selwyn
    Publisher: St Martins $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312300948 Date: 2005
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    A noted "New York Times" journalist presents the history of the Mafia's infamous Five Families, the campaign to eradicate them, and the Mob's refusal to die.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 6.3.05
  • Don't Get Too Comforatble: The Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Never-ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems
    Author: Rakoff, David
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385510365 Date: 2005
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    Rakoff's collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of this country's funniest, most insightful writers. Now he journeys into the land of plenty that is contemporary North America.
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions
    Author: Randall, Lisa
    Publisher: Ecco $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060531088 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Tracking the arc of discovery from early 20th-century physics to today's particle physics and string theory, a Harvard physics professor leads readers on a fascinating journey into the idea that there may be an extra dimension--in fact another universe--just inches away.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
    Author: Rehak, Melanie
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151010412 Date: 2005
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    The brainchild of children's book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy Drew was brought to life by two women. In a century- spanning story Rehak traces their roles--and Nancy's--in forging the modern American woman.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Hunger: An Unnatural History
    Author: Russell, Sharman Apt
    Publisher: Basic $ 23.95 ISBN: 0465071635 Date: 2005
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    Updated 9.17.05
  • Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals
    Author: Sapolsky, Robert M.
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743260155 Date: 2005
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    The human animal in all its fascinating quirks of nature is showcased in this thoughtful and entertaining essay collection from America's most beloved neurobiologist/primatologist. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel
    Author: Smiley, Jane
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 1400040590 Date: 2005
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    Smiley takes readers deep into the process of writing, sharing the secrets of her own habits and theories of creativity. She offers practical advice to aspiring authors and includes a reading list of novels she's read.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Henry Adams and the Making of America
    Author: Wills, Garry
    Publisher: Houghton $ 30 ISBN: 0618134301 Date: 2005
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    Wills showcases Henry Adams's little-known but seminal study of the early United States and draws from it fresh insights on the paradoxes that roil America to this day.
    Updated 7.18.05

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August

  • Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World
    Author: Adkins, Roy
    Publisher: Viking $ 27.95 ISBN: 0670034487 Date: 2005
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    On the Battle of Trafalgar's 200th anniversary, Adkins offers a brutally vivid, gunport-level account of the British victory that changed the world.
    Suggested Reading: Trafalgar
    Updated 8.24.05
  • A Woman in Berlin: Six Weeks in the Conquered City
    Author: Anonymous
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 23 ISBN: 0805075402 Date: 2005
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    With shocking and vivid detail, the journal of a woman living through the Russian occupation of Berlin in 1945 tells of the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject and describes the common experience of millions.
    Suggested Reading: Berlin Stars | Women's History
    Updated 6.9.05
  • The Queen and the Spy: Elizabeth's Spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham and the Secret War for the Fate of England
    Author: Budiansky, Stephan
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034266 Date: 2005
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    In the taut narrative of a spy novel, Budiansky recounts how legendary spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I, invented the art and science of modern espionage--and in the process set Elizabethan England on the path to empire.
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Charlemagne's Tablecloth: A Piquant History of Feasting
    Author: Fletcher, Nichola
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312340680 Date: 2005
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    Updated 7.12.05
  • Thomas Paine and the Promise of America
    Author: Kaye, Harvey J.
    Publisher: Hill & Wang $ 25 ISBN: 080908970x Date: 2005
    starPW
    Showing how Paine turned Americans into radicals, the author presents the nation's democratic story with wit, subtlety, and, above all, passion. Paine was one of the most remarkable political writers of the modern world and the greatest radical of a radical age.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
    Updated 6.6.05
  • Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment
    Author: Leslie, Jacques
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374281726 Date: 2005
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    Taking the reader to the sites of controversial dams, Leslie shows why dams are at once the hope of developing nations and a blight on their people and landscape.
    Updated 9.23.05
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    Author: Mann, Charles C.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 30 ISBN: 140004006x Date: 2005
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    In this groundbreaking study, Mann shows how a new generation of anthropologists and archaeologists, using new research techniques, have come to the persuasive conclusion that more people lived in the Americas in 1491 than in Europe.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Eudora Welty
    Author: Marrs, Suzanne
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 28 ISBN: 0151009147 Date: 2005
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    In this definitive account of the life of one of the finest writers of the 20th century, Marrs restores Eudora Welty's story to human proportions, tracing Welty's history from her roots in Jackson, Mississippi, to her rise to international stature.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme
    Author: Roberts, Chris
    Publisher: Gotham $ 20 ISBN: 1592401309 Date: 2005
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    Revealing the seamy and quirky stories behind our favorite nursery rhymes, London librarian Chris Roberts traces the origins of the subtle phrases and antiquated references, unearthing religious hatred, political subversion, and sexual innuendo.
    Suggested Reading: Rhymes
    Updated 6.2.05
  • Cliffs of Fall: A Life in Mountain Climbing Reexamined
    Author: Roberts, David
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 0743255186 Date: 2005
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    One of the world's best-known writers on mountaineering recounts the exhilarating highs and desperate lows of his climbing career and reconsiders the costs of this most perilous sport.
    Suggested Reading: Sports Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey
    Author: Roorbach, Bill
    Publisher: Dial $ 24 ISBN: 0385336543 Date: 2005
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    Part nature, part science, part history, this remarkable mediation on country life--its beauty, its darkness, its deep and lasting pleasures--will take its place among the best works of narrative nonfiction published this year. Acclaimed author Bill Roorbach brings his singular literary gifts and generous spirit to a book that is funny, loving, and filled with wonder. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
    Updated 7.12.05
  • The History of Jews in the Modern World
    Author: Sachar, Howard
    Publisher: Knopf $ 40 ISBN: 0375414975 Date: 2005
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    The distinguished historian of the Jewish people, Howard M. Sachar, gives us a comprehensive and enthralling chronicle of the achievements and traumas of the Jews over the last four hundred years. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do
    Author: Tougias, Michael
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312334354 Date: 2005
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    Updated 7.11.05
  • An Invisible Country
    Author: Wackwitz, Stephen
    Publisher: Paul Dry $ 24.95 ISBN: 1589880226 Date: 2005
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    Updated 6.3.05
  • Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia
    Author: Wagner, Pamela Spiro and Carolyn Spiro
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312320647 Date: 2005
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    Told in the alternating voices of the sisters, Divided Minds is a heartbreaking account of the far reaches of madness as well as the depths of ambivalence and love between twins. It is a true and unusually frank story of identical twins with very different identities and wildly different experiences of the world around them. It is one of the most compelling histories of two such siblings in the canon of writing on mental illness. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Twins
    Updated 5.16.05
  • Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima
    Author: Walker, Stephen
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060742844 Date: 2005
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    British filmmaker and documentary director Stephen Walker tells the story of the bombing of Hiroshima in a new and dramatic way: a minute-by-minute account told from multiple perspectives, including American soldiers, Los Alamos scientists, and Japanese survivors.
    Suggested Reading: Atomic Age Stars | All Stars
    Updated 5.25.05

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July

  • The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Hoarding Dreams in Pakistan's Ancient Pleasure District
    Author: Brown, Louise
    Publisher: Fourth Estate $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060740426 Date: 2005
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    Sociologist Louise Brown spent four years in the most intimate study of the family life of a Lahori dancing girl. With beautiful understatement, she turns a novelist's eye on a true story that beggars the imagination. Maha, a classically trained dancer of exquisite grace, had her virginity sold to a powerful Arab sheikh at the age of twelve; when her own daughter Nena comes of age and Maha cannot bring in the money she once did, she faces a terrible decision as the agents of the sheikh come calling once more. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 5.20.05
  • The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal
    Author: Croke, Vicki
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375507833 Date: 2005
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    "Boston Globe" columnist Croke reveals the true story of Ruth Harkness, a bohemian socialite and dress designer who in 1936 took over her dead husband's expedition into Tibet to capture the first live giant panda.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Tibet | Women's History
    Updated 7.12.05
  • Confessions of a Recovering Slut
    Author: Gillespie, Hollis
    Publisher: Regan $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060562072 Date: 2005
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    The hilarious sequel to Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch, finds Hollis Gillespie pregnant and in a home of her own in a bad neighborhood. The neighborhood is fine for a single idiot with a bad habit of liking the wrong men but it becomes a nightmare for a new mother with nothing but cake pans to bulletproof the baby's room.
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq
    Author: Goldfarb, Michael
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0786715154 Date: 2005
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    In this moving tribute, journalist Goldfarb recounts the powerful relationship with this friend and translator Ahmad Shawkat, an Iraqi Kurd whose life's work was to promote freedom and who was ultimately murdered during the second Gulf War.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq Stars
    Updated 5.25.05
  • The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad
    Author: Horn, Stacy
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034193 Date: 2005
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    Following four cold cases from inception to resolution, Horn depicts the world of the victims and their murderers, along with the scientific advancements that don't always yield hoped for answers, and the harrowing politics and tangled history of the NYPD and its cold case unit.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars | All Stars
    Updated 6.29.05
  • The Breaking Point: Hemmingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles
    Author: Koch, Stephen
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582432805 Date: 2005
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    Both a biographical portrait and history-in-miniature, The Breaking Point explores the time Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos shared in the Spanish Civil War, an ideological adventure that brought their literary rivalry to the breaking point.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Finding George Orwell in Burmese Tea Shop: Travels in a Police State
    Author: Larkin, Emma
    Publisher: Gotham $ 22.95 ISBN: 1594200521 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales | Burma
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Death and the Sun: A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain
    Author: Lewine, Edward
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 061826325x Date: 2005
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    Peril and tradition mingle in this account of a thrilling season on the bullfighting circuit in the company of Spain's most dashing and tormented matador, Francisco Rivera Ordoez. Lewine explores one of the world's most venerable subcultures, steeped in ancient ritual, archetypal machismo and the feverish attentions of the tabloid press.
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Last Expedition: Stanley's Mad Journey Through the Congo
    Author: Liebowitz, Daniel & Charlie Pearson
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393059030 Date: 2005
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    Henry Morton Stanley undertook the greatest African expedition of the 19th century to rescue Emin Pasha, last lieutenant of the martyred General Gordon and governor of the southern Sudan. Instead of ten months, the trip took three years and cost the lives of thousands of people, as Stanley's column hacked its way across the last great, unexplored territory in Africa. Stanley's secret agenda was territorial expansion on the model of Leopold's Congo or the British East India Company.
    Suggested Reading: Congo | Stanley and Livingston
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Robert M. Parker, Jr, and the Reign of American Taste
    Author: McCoy, Elin
    Publisher: Ecco $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060093684 Date: 2005
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    The first book to chronicle the rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., the world's most influential and controversial wine critic, who, over the last twenty-five years, has dominated the international wine world and embodied the triumph of American taste. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up
    Updated 7.12.05
  • The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
    Author: Meredith, Martin
    Publisher: Public Affairs $ 35 ISBN: 1586482467 Date: 2005
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    An epic biography of postcolonial Africa illuminates its current devastating problems. What happened to this vast continent, so rich in resources and history, to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the span of two generations?
    Updated 7.11.05
  • The Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
    Author: Ostler, Nicholas
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0066210860 Date: 2005
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    Noted linguist Nicholas Ostler brings together the tales of the world's languages in all their glorious variety in this unusual and authoritative "natural history of languages," offering a unique perspective on civilization through the ages.
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Garbage Land: on the Secret Trail of Trash
    Author: Royte, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316738263 Date: 2005
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    In the vein of Stiff, Nickel and Dimed, and Fast Food Nation, Garbage Land takes us behind the scenes and into the corners of our own lives, revealing the fantastic truth behind what we've taken for granted or never even thought about.- Royte's last book, The Tapir's Morning Bath, was a "New York Times Notable Book, praised widely for Royte's keen observations and narrative skill. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 7.12.05
  • Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless
    Author: Salerno, Steve
    Publisher: Crown $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400054095 Date: 2005
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    A veteran investigative reporter presents the first serious expos of the self-help movement and the damage that it is doing to American society.
    Updated 6.3.05
  • A Cop's Life: True Stories from the Heart Behind the Badge
    Author: Sutton, Randy
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312338961 Date: 2005
    starPW
    This collection of funny, charming, exciting, haunting stories about murder investigations, missing children, bungling burglars, car chases, lonely and desperate shut-ins, routine traffic stops, officers killed in the line of duty, and the life-changing events of 9/11 offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets of police life.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 5.16.05
  • People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century
    Author: Watts, Steven
    Publisher: Knopf $ 30 ISBN: 0375407359 Date: 2005
    starLJstarPW
    In this major new biography of one of the architects of modern America, Steven Watts shows readers an entrepreneur whose affordable car triggered the consumer revolution, but who, in his private life and public pronouncements, rejected consumerism.
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Breakfast with Tiffany: A Memoir
    Author: Wintle, Ed
    Publisher: Miramax $ 24.95 ISBN: 1401352243 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Wintle was a successful, gay, urbane professional whose life, at 40, was very comfortable. After a desperate call from his sister, his street-wise 13-year-old niece Tiffany--a writhing ball of adolescent anger--comes to live with him. If he felt he needed a shot in the arm, what he got proved more like electroshock therapy.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • 4th of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land
    Author: Wolff, Daniel
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582345090 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this portrait of small-town America, Wolff presents the story of the town made famous by Bruce Springsteen's first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, which introduced the world to the fallen New Jersey seaside resort town that came to represent working-class American life.
    Updated 6.20.05

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June

  • Jubana! The Awkardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cubana Goddess
    Author: Anders, Gigi
    Publisher: Rayo $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060563699 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Jubana! is ultimately a bittersweet, quirky, feminine story of bicultural acceptance and fusion, written with warmth, vivacity, and finally layered with the thoughtful sensitivity of a woman who has kept herself, like a great piece of jewelry, pure and brilliant -- throughall that life throws at her. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 6.20.05
  • American Gothic: A Life of America's Most Famous Painting
    Author: Biel, Steven
    Publisher: Norton $ 21.95 ISBN: 039305912x Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    With broad perspective, acute insight, and humor, Biel explores the strangely enduring life of America's most popular painting. Ever since it met the public eye in 1930, the work has elicited admiration, disgust, reverence, and ridicule, and it has been reproduced hundreds of thousands of times in every medium.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Nasty: My Family and Other Glorious Varmints
    Author: Doonan, Simon
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743267044 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In his breakthrough memoir, Doonan revisits his formative years and the defiantly eccentric, loveably odd family he calls his own. The essays chronicle the misadventures of the Doonan clan in all their endearingly dysfunctional glory.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
    Author: Deutscher, Guy
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 26 ISBN: 0805079076 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, the author exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table
    Author: Ellerbee, Linda
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152687 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The celebrated journalist, producer, and bestselling author takes readers on a remarkable culinary journey through "a life lived interestingly, if not especially intelligently."
    Suggested Reading: Cooked Books | Travel Tales
    Updated 2.8.05
  • At Day's Close: Night in Times Past
    Author: Ekrich, A. Roger
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393050890 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Beautifully illuminated by a color insert and with black-and-white illustrations throughout, this compelling narrative of night is panoramic in scope yet fashioned on an intimate scale and enriched by personal stories.
    Updated 5.20.05
  • The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison
    Author: Emsley, John
    Publisher: Oxford $ 30 ISBN: 0192805991 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The author offers a fascinating account of five of the most toxic elements--arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium--describing their lethal chemical properties and highlighting their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Over There
    Author: Feuer, Alan
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582433275 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this gin-soaked yet scrupulously honest look at a reporter in wartime, Feuer describes the international media swarm that preceeded the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the local opportunists and unscrupulous profiteers, to exhilarating and profound effect.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
    Author: Finkel, Michael
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 006058047x Date: 2005
    starPW
    True Story is the remarkable account of the relationship between a man accused of killing his entire family, and of the "New York Times Magazine" writer he impersonated while on the run.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 3.21.05
  • The Sky's the Limit: Passion and Property in Mahattan
    Author: Gaines, Steven S.
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.95 ISBN: 0316608513 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The bestselling author probes the secretive world of Manhattan luxury apartments, where real estate costs the most and matters even more. He tells the fascinating story of how boxes stacked on boxes came to be seen as the ultimate in status for the rich.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fate As POWS in the Pacific, 1941-1945
    Author: Glusman, John A.
    Publisher: Viking $ 29.95 ISBN: 0670034088 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The fierce, bloody battles of Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines are legendary in the annals of World War II. In Conduct Under Fire, Glusman chronicles these events through the eyes of his father and three fellow Navy doctors captured on Corregidor in May 1942.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Piano Girl: Lessons in Life, Music, and the Perfect Blue Hawaiian
    Author: Goldsby, Robin
    Publisher: Backbeat $ 22.95 ISBN: 0897308249 Date: 2005
    starPW
    This entertaining memoir provides a glimpse into the comedies, tragedies, andmundane miracles witnessed from the business perspective of a world-traveling lounge musician.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | Music - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak
    Author: Hatzfeld, Jean
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374280827 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A veteran foreign correspondent reports on the results of his interviews with nine Hutus who helped to kill 50,000 out of their 59,000 Tutsi neighbors. This testimony of the Rwanda horror reconsiders the foundation of human morality and ethics.
    Suggested Reading: Rwanda
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered how to Measure the Universe
    Author: Johnson, George
    Publisher: Norton $ 22.95 ISBN: 0393051285 Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    Radcliffe-educated Henrietta Swan Leavitt, fighting ill health and progressive deafness, stumbled upon a new law that allowed astronomers to use variable stars--those whose brightness rhythmically changes--as a cosmic yardstick. This is both a masterly account of how the universe is measured and the moving story of a neglected genius.
    Suggested Reading: Women's History Stars
    Updated 5.20.05
  • George Washington: The Founding Father
    Author: Johnson, Paul
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 19.95 ISBN: 006075365x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Washington is seen as one of the most important authors of the Constitution, in addition to his pivotal leadership of the Revolutionary War and a magisterial executive in the formative years of the new United States. He was a moderate man of few words, but when he spoke, he was worth hearing.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Woman from Hamburg: And Other True Stories
    Author: Krall, Hanna
    Publisher: Other $ 19 ISBN: 1590511360 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In twelve nonfiction tales, Hanna Krall revelas how the lives of World War II survivors are shaped in surprising ways by the twists and turns of historical events. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession
    Author: Koeppel, Dan
    Publisher: Hudson $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594630011 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From a well-known outdoors and nature writer comes a narrative that explores a lifelong obsession with competitive birding.
    Suggested Reading: For the Birds | Nature Stars
    Updated 5.18.05
  • Against Depression
    Author: Kramer, Peter D.
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670034053 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A decade ago, with his breakaway bestseller Listening to Prozac, Kramer revolutionized the way the public thinks about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now, he returns with a profound and original look at the condition those medications treat--depression.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Oak: The Frame of Civilization
    Author: Logan, William Bryant
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393047733 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    William Bryant Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality, and history with a quirky curiosity about why the natural world works the way it does. In lively literary prose, he narrates the biography of the tree that since time immemorial has been a symbol of loyalty and strength, generosity and renewal. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.25.05
  • What the Dormouse Said: The Untold Story of How the Sixties Counterculture and Antiwar Movement Influenced the Personal Computer Industry
    Author: Markoff, John
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670033820 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    While there have been several written histories of the personal computer, a well-known technology writer has created the first ever to spotlight the unique political and cultural forces of the 1960s that gave rise to this revolutionary technology.
    Updated 5.18.05
  • 1776
    Author: McCullough, David
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 32 ISBN: 0743226712 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkusstarLJ
    Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Truman and John Adams, McCullough returns with the story of the Revolutionary War--a book certain to be another landmark in the literature of American history.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | 1776 Stars
    Updated 4.5.05
  • Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe
    Author: Meldrum, Andrew
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138964 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    American-born journalist Andrew Meldrum was seized and expelled from Zimbabwe in May 2003, forced to leave for writing "bad things" about President Robert Mugabe's regime. Here, Meldrum describes what it meant to live through this period of hope and tragedy, and how he was harassed, arrested, imprisoned, and tried.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
    Author: Pearl, Nancy
    Publisher: 1570614350 $ 16.95 ISBN: 1570614350 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    This sprightly follow-up to Book Lust includes a quirky array of recommended titles in nearly 150 eclectic categories including: highly unusual storylines, humans falling in love with animals, memoirs about complex lives, and true tales from the frontlines of parenting.
    Updated 4.19.05
  • The Last Shot: The Incredible Story of the C.S.S. Shenandoah and the True Conclusion of the American Civil War
    Author: Schooler, Lynn
    Publisher: Ecco $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060523336 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Naval history of the very first order offers a riveting account of the last confederate military force to lay down its arms.
    Updated 4.19.05
  • The History of the World in Six Glasses
    Author: Standage, Tom
    Publisher: Walker $ 25 ISBN: 0802714471 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. Six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • I Didn't Do It For You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation
    Author: Wrong, Michela
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060780924 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Scarred by decades of conflict and occupation, the craggy African nation of Eritrea has weathered the world's longest-running guerrilla war. The way international power politics can play havoc with a country's destiny gives the story of Eritrea a resonance and a tragic dimension beyond imagining.
    Updated 3.25.05

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May

  • Guitar: An American Life
    Author: Brookes, Tim
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802117961 Date: 2005
    starLJstarKirkus
    When the author wasn't breathing over a guitar maker's shoulder, he was trying to unravel the symbolic associations a guitar holds for musicians and nonmusicians alike. His quest took him across the country talking to historians, curators, and guitar makers.
    Suggested Reading: Music - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion
    Author: Burdick, Alan
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374219737 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this stunning work of narrative nonfiction, the author tours the front lines of ecological invasion--in Hawaii, Tasmania, Guam, San Francisco, in lush rainforests, through underground lava tubes, on the deck of an Alaska-bound oil tanker.
    Updated 4.5.05
  • The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill
    Author: Buss, David
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200432 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Featuring a detailed study of 400 murders, plus FBI files, this title will appeal to readers interested in profiling, true crime and murder mysteries, and the inner workings of the human mind. Based on groundbreaking research, this is a psychologist's fascinating investigation of why everyone is "wired to kill."
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars | CSI stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
    Author: Chelminski, Rudolph
    Publisher: Gotham $ 27.50 ISBN: 1592401074 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the mysterious world of three-star French haute cuisine is revealed through the biography of one of France's most celebrated chefs--Bernard Loiseau, who ended his own life on February 24, 2003, after one of his restaurant's ratings took a disappointing drop.
    Updated 3.28.05
  • A Year in the Merde
    Author: Clarke, Stephen
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 22.95 ISBN: 1582345910 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom and an urban antidote to A Year in Provence, this laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of an expat in Paris is the almost-true story of the author's own experiences.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales | Paris
    Updated 4.7.05
  • 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Men and Women Who Followed Him to the Secret City of Los Alamos
    Author: Conant, Jennet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26.95 ISBN: 0743250079 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    From the author of the bestselling Tuxedo Park comes the story of those thousands who came to a secret desert Shangri La, where the world's leading physicists raced to invent the atomic bomb and bring World War II to an end.
    Suggested Reading: Atomic Age Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic
    Author: Cone, Marla
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 080211797x Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJstarBooklist
    The Arctic is home to some of the most contaminated people and animals on the planet. Cone reports on the dangers of pollution to native peoples and ecosystems, how Arctic cultures are adapting to this pollution, and what will prevent the crisis from getting worse.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, Or How Love Conquered Marriage
    Author: Coontz, Stephanie
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 067003407x Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this surprising landmark book, family historian Coontz explodes every cherished assumption about marriage, starting with the notion of the traditional marriage.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • The Pirates Lafitte: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf
    Author: Davis, William C.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 28 ISBN: 015100403x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarKirkus
    Davis untangles the lives of Jean and Pierre Laffite, buccaneers during the most colorful period in New Orleans' history, the era from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812.
    Suggested Reading: Pirate Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
    Author: Deford, Frank
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138859 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: Sports Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 3.3.05
  • The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
    Author: Deutscher, Guy
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 26 ISBN: 0805079076 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, the author exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays.
    Updated 2.8.05
  • 8:55 To Baghdad: From London to Iraq on the Trail of Agatha Christie
    Author: Eames, Andrew
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN:158567673x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Recreating the romance and adventure of the-fashioned train journey, journalist Andrew Eames recreates Agatha Christie's ride on the Orient Express. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
    Updated 5.18.05
  • Dangerous Doses: The Tainting of Our Most Powerful Medicines
    Author: Eban, Katherine
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151010501 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In the tradition of the great investigative classics, Dangerous Doses exposes the dark side of America's pharmaceutical trade. With the conscience of a crusading reporter, Eban has crafted a riveting narrative that shows how, when the public most needs protection, it may be most at risk.
    Suggested Reading: Medical Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Devil and the Disappearing Sea: Or, How I Tried to Stop the World's Worst Ecological Catastrophe
    Author: Ferguson, Rob
    Publisher: Raincoast $ 24.95 ISBN: 1551925990 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Set among the ruins of the Soviet empire, this darkly comic true-crime thriller involves environmental disaster, international intrigue, and an unsolved murder. In January 2000, Rob Ferguson went to Uzbekistan to work on a project designed to save the shrinking Aral Sea. By the time he left a year later, he was under suspicion for murder, and the project had achieved almost nothing: once the world's third largest lake, researchers warn the Aral may be gone by 2020. The Devil and the Disappearing Sea is the true story of a well-meaning man who travels to one the earth's poorest regions in the hopes of staving off an environmental tragedy. Instead, he encounters corrupt officials, bumbling bureaucrats, anti-Western hostility, and a slew of insurmountable problems. As the project grinds to a halt, only the ancient cities, friendly people, and a sharp sense of humor keep Ferguson on the right side of sanity. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 2.28.05
  • True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
    Author: Finkel, Michael
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 006058047x Date: 2005
    starPW
    True Story is the remarkable account of the relationship between a man accused of killing his entire family, and of the "New York Times Magazine" writer he impersonated while on the run.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 5.16.05
  • My Friend Leonard
    Author: Frey, James
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573223158 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    From the author of the bestselling A Million Little Pieces comes the story of his friendship with a highly unorthodox father figure, the high-living, recovering coke addict, "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster).
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.25.05
  • The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
    Author: Gallagher, Tim
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618456937 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    The author takes up the chase of an extinct--or at least elusive--bird heading deep into the trackless Southern swamps and bayous to determine once and for all if the Ivory-billed Woodpecker still lives.
    Suggested Reading: For the Birds | Nature
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies - And What it Means To Be Human
    Author: Garreau, Joel
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 0385509650 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Bestselling author Garreau argues that an acceleration of technology is rapidly setting the course of the next stage of human evolution, raising serious questions about the future of culture, society, and humanity itself.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft
    Author: Gordon, Lyndall
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0060198028 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Suggested Reading: Women's History Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Them: A Memoir of Parents
    Author: Gray, Francine Du Plessix
    Publisher: Penguin $ 29.95 ISBN: 1594200491 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    The much-acclaimed biographer gives an unflinchingly honest, wise, and forgiving portrait of her own famous parents, two wildly talented Russian migrs who fled wartime Paris to become one of New York's first and grandest "power couples."
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | All Stars
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Italy Out of Hand: A Capricious Tour
    Author: Hodgson, Barbara
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 19.95 ISBN: 0811831469 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From one of the collaborators behind the adored Paris Out of Hand comes an equally eccentric, charming, and bizarre tribute--this time to Italy.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
    Updated 3.21.05
  • The Pastures of Beyond: An Old Cowboy Looks at the Old West
    Author: Hyde, Dayton O.
    Publisher: Arcade $ 25 ISBN: 1559707607 Date: 2005
    starPW
    No one is better suited to convey the flavor of the Old West than this authentic American original, whose colorful tales of cowboys, Indians, and the horses they rode have the grace of poetry and the power of myth. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 4.5.05
  • Against Depression
    Author: Kramer, Peter D.
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670034053 Date: 2005
    starLJstarPW
    A decade ago, with his breakaway bestseller Listening to Prozac, Kramer revolutionized the way the public thinks about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now, he returns with a profound and original look at the condition those medications treat--depression.
    Suggested Reading: Medical Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    Author: Leavitt, Steven
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25 ISBN: 006073132X Date: 2005
    starPW
    From cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, a rogue economist and his co-writer offer a view of how the world really works.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves
    Author: Levy, Andrew
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375508651 Date: 2005
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    Updated 4.22.05
  • Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Fast, Furious Year Across America With Nascar
    Author: Macgregor, Jeff
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060094710 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    A groundling's view of life in the fastest lane of NASCAR is offered by an award-winning writer from "Sports Illustrated" in the tradition of The Right Stuff and Moneyball.
    Suggested Reading: Driven Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde
    Author: McKenna, Neil
    Publisher: Basic Books $ 29 ISBN: 0465044387 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Oscar Wilde said of himself, "I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my work." Now, for the first time, Neil McKenna focuses on the tormented genius of Wilde's personal life, reproducing remarkable love letters and detailing Wilde's until-now unknown relationships with other men.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 3.14.05
  • Empire of the Stars: Friendship, Obsession, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes
    Author: Miller, Arthur I.
    Publisher: Houghton $ 26 ISBN: 061834151x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    Tracing the rise of two great theories, relativity and quantum mechanics, which meet head on in black holes, Empire of the Stars is the dramatic story of an intellectual feud and its implications for 20th-century science.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Don't Eat This Book
    Author: Spurlock, Morgan
    Publisher: Putnam $21.95 ISBN: 0399152601 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The winner of the Sundance Best Director Award takes a deeper look at the health crisis resulting from the fast food industry.
    Suggestsed Reading List: Cooked Books
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Big Weather: Chasing Torandos in the Heart of America
    Author: Svenvold, Mark
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 0805076468 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Following a rowdy band of storm chasers during tornado season, a writer delves deep into the fascination with catastrophic weather with a riveting combination of devastating tornadoes and uniquely American eccentrics.
    Suggested Reading: Stormy Weather
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed
    Author: Vaillant, John
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393058875 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    As vividly as Jon Krakauer put readers on Everest, John Vaillant takes them into the heart of North America's last great forest, where trees grow to 18 feet in diameter, sunlight never touches the ground, and the chainsaws are always at work.
    Suggested Reading: Nature Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Oh the Glory of It All
    Author: Wiley, Sean
    Publisher: Penguin $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594200513 Date: 2005
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    In what may become the most talked-about memoir of the year, the founding editor of "McSweeney's" takes readers on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest, and most grandiose of families.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love, and See
    Author: Wolf, Naomi
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743249771 Date: 2005
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    The critically acclaimed writer and feminist thinker shares the enduring wisdom of her father, Leonard Wolf, a well-regarded poet and teacher who believes every person is an artist in some unique way, and that personal creativity is the secret of happiness.
    Updated 4.7.05

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April

  • Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria's Jewish Past With Its Last Wandering Shepherd
    Author: Apple, Sam
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345465032 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In the tradition of Confederates in the Attic comes a hilarious account of a journey with Austria's last wandering shepherd.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness
    Author: Barasch, Marc Ian
    Publisher: Rodale $ 24.95 ISBN: 1579547117 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Dubbed "one of today's coolest grown-ups" by "Interview" magazine, Barasch sets out on a journey to the heart of compassion. He discovers its power to change who people are and the society they have become.
    Updated 2.14.05
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
    Author: Bird, Kai
    Publisher: Knopf $ 35 ISBN: 0375412026 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    American Prometheus is a rich evocation of America in mid-century and a compelling portrait of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, a man shaped by, or helped to shape, its major events--the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Atomic Age Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • With Billie
    Author: Blackburn, Julia
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375406107 Date: 2005
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    Here are the voices of piano players and dancers, pimps and junkies, producers and critics, narcotics agents, friends, lovers, and fellow musicians, who provide a complete and complex picture of Billie Holiday.
    Suggested Reading: Music - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America
    Author: Bordewich, Fergus
    Publisher: Amistad $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060524308 Date: 2005
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    An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired political movement for change: the Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Midnight Assassin: A Murder in the America's Heartland
    Author: Bryan, Patricia
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 1565123069 Date: 2005
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    The authors' research into a 1900s murder develops into an examination of the harsh realities of farm life at the turn of the century and the plight of women--legally, socially, and politically during that period.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 2.14.05
  • The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.
    Author: Bundy, Carol
    Publisher: FSG $ 30 ISBN: 0374120773 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In this remarkable work, Bundy draws on a wealth of family papers and public archives for her vivid portrayal of a privileged young Yankee who became a battle-hardened soldier and revered officer.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The Murder Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed To Kill
    Author: Buss, David
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200432 Date: 2005
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    Featuring a detailed study of 400 murders, plus FBI files, this title will appeal to readers interested in profiling, true crime and murder mysteries, and the inner workings of the human mind. Based on groundbreaking research, this is a psychologist's fascinating investigation of why everyone is "wired to kill."
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evodevo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
    Author: Carroll, Sean B.
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393060160 Date: 2005
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    As described in this fascinating book, Evo Devo is evolutionary development biology, the third revolution in the science, which shows how the endless forms of animals--butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans--were made and evolved.
    Suggested Reading: Darwin, Naturalists & Evolution
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization
    Author: Choate, Pat
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375402128 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    From the author of the bestselling Agents of Influence comes a striking examination of the ways in which America's economy is being drained through intellectual property theft.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazi's Final Gamble
    Author: Cohen, Roger
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 037541410x Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Cohen tells the little-known story of 350 American POWs used as slave labor by the Nazis, and why there was no particular recognition for these prisoners.
    Updated 2.8.05
  • Ghosting: A Double Life
    Author: Erdal, Jennie
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24 ISBN: 0385514263 Date: 2005
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    In the early eighties, Erdal was hired by a flamboyant British publisher and she ended up becoming his ghostwriter. With superb intelligence and quiet comedy, Erdal relates how she became seduced into this peculiar job.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
    Author: Friedman, Thomas L.
    Publisher: FSG $ 27.50 ISBN: 0374292884 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    In this brilliant new book, an award-winning "New York Times" columnist demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the 21st century.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Paris: A Thousand Year History
    Author: Jones, Colin
    Publisher: Viking $ 29.95 ISBN: 0670033936 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A British historian unfolds the entire history of Paris in a single splendid volume that is simultaneously exuberant and erudite. Fluent in cultural as well as political history, Jones brings to life the people, ideas, social movements, and architectural upheavals that have made and remade Paris.
    Suggested Reading: Paris
    Updated 3.10.05
  • And a Time To Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life
    Author: Kaufman, Sharon R.
    Publisher: Scribner $ 28 ISBN: 0743264762 Date: 2005
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    A penetrating examination of how most Americans die today--how the patients and their families' conflicting desires about a "good death" collide with the politics and routines of American hospitals.
    Suggested Reading: Six Feet Under | Medical Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 3.11.05
  • Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran
    Author: Latifi, Afschineh
    Publisher: Regan $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060745339 Date: 2005
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    In the richly evocative tradition of the bestselling Reading Lolita in Tehran, this is a story of a family that had the courage to dream impossible dreams and to make them come true against impossible odds.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir With Earthly Recipes
    Author: Li, Leslie
    Publisher: Arcade $ 25 ISBN: 1559707682 Date: 2005
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    This powerful, touching memoir vividly recounts how Leslie Li's grandmother's traditional Chinese cuisine helped the author bridge the cultural divide in an America in which she is a minority. Interspersed throughout this poignant memoir are the author's personal recipes, most from her grandmother's kitchen.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | Cooked Books
    Updated 3.28.05
  • Ohama Blues: A Memory Loop
    Author: Llelyveld, Joseph
    Publisher: FSG $ 22 ISBN: 0374225907 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Lelyveld's effort to recapture his family history takes him on an unforeseen journey past disparate landmarks of the last century, including the Scottsboro trials, the Zionist movement, the Hollywood blacklist, McCarthyism, and Mississippi's "freedom summer" of 1964.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment
    Author: Lowney, Christopher
    Publisher: Free $ 26 ISBN: 0743243595 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A gifted author and historian chronicles an astonishing age of culture, commerce, and scientific innovation in multicultural Spain--during the seven-century epoch before Columbus set sail in 1492.
    Updated 3.14.05
  • Finding Betty Crocker
    Author: Marks, Susan
    Publisher: S & S $ 23 ISBN: 0743265017 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    The history-making "life" of America's most beloved culinary icon is told for the first time in a revealing, fully illustrated book.
    Suggested Reading: Cooked Books
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
    Author: Marshall, Megan
    Publisher: Houghton $ 28 ISBN: 0395389925 Date: 2005
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    Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody were in many ways the "American Brontes." The story of these remarkable sisters--and their central role in shaping the thinking of their day--is told in Marshall's monumental biography.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Women's History | Sisters
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Too Late To Die Young: Nearly True Tales From a Life
    Author: McBryde Johnson, Harriet
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805075941 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    With a voice as disarmingly bold, funny, and unsentimental as its author, this is a thoroughly unconventional memoir that shatters the myth of the tragic disabled life.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape, Vermont's Champlain Valley and New York's Adirondacks
    Author: McKibben, Bill
    Publisher: Crown $ 16 ISBN: 0609610732 Date: 2005
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    The bestselling author of The End of Nature walks from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks and reflects on the two landscapes, places of diverse human habitation and pure wilderness that share a border.
    Updated 1.5.05
  • Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss
    Author: Matsen, Bradford
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375422587 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A wonderful fusion of history and adventure writing, Descent is a vivid and fascinating account of the "bathysphere," one of the seminal scientific ventures of the 20th century.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Salonica, City of Chosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950
    Author: Mazower, Mark
    Publisher: Knopf $ 35 ISBN: 0375412980 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the author of the greatly praised Dark Continent comes a richly textured social history of the Aegean seaport that has been a crossroads of civilization since the dawn of Byzantium.
    Updated 2.21.05
  • Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger
    Author: Mittelback, Margaret & Michael Crewdson
    Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400060028 Date: 2005
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    Comic travel writing in the tradition of Bill Bryson, the first mainstream book about Tasmania is perfect for armchair explorers and nature lovers. Along with descriptions of bizarre species and Tasmania's surprising history, the book is laced with Rockman's evocative artwork--originally crafted from organic materials picked up on this postmodern safari.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales | Nature Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, And Art in Fifteenth Century Florence
    Author: Parks, Tim
    Publisher: Norton $ 22.95 ISBN: 0393058271 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Vividly evoking the richness of the Florentine Renaissance and the Medicis' glittering circle, replete with artists, popes, and kings, Medici Money is a brilliant look into the origins of modern banking and its troubled relationship with art and religion
    Updated 4.5.05
  • On the Edge: In Search of a Natural Life
    Author: Petersen, David
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805047743 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A naturalist captures the beauty and capriciousness of nature as he reflects on 25 years of life on a mountainside in southwestern Colorado.
    Suggested Reading: Nature Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Understanding Iraq: A Short History of Outside Rule From Genghis Khan to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation
    Author: Polk, William R.
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0060764686 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From a leading expert on the Middle East and the author of The U.S. and the Arab World comes an acute and penetrating historical explanation of current U.S. intervention and future relationship with Iraq.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq Stars
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
    Author: Preston, Diana
    Publisher: Walker $ 27 ISBN: 0802714455 Date: 2005
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    Before the Fallout is the epic, riveting story of the half century between the discovery of radium and the detonation of "Little Boy" over Hiroshima, during which an exhilarating quest to unravel the secrets of the material world led to the knowledge of how to destroy it.
    Suggested Reading: Atomic Age Stars
    Updated 3.16.05
  • Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle
    Author: Queen, Wiliam
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400060842 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A breathless, adrenaline-charged read, Under and Alone puts readers on the street with members of America's most violent outlaw motorcycle gang and with the law-enforcement agents who risk everything to bring them in.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
    Author: Reichel, Ruth
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200319 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    This delicious new volume of Reichl's acclaimed memoirs recounts her "adventures in deception," as she goes undercover in the world's finest restaurants. The editor-in-chief of "Gourmet," she is the author of the bestsellers Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | Cooked Books
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Baghdad Buring: Girl Blog from Iraq
    Author: Riverbend
    Publisher: Feminist $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1558614893 Date: 2005
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    An anonymous Iraqi woman presents eyewitness accounts and political analysis of life in the war torn and occupied city.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, And the Birth of America
    Author: Schiff, Stacy
    Publisher: Holt $ 30 ISBN: 0805066330 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author follows Benjamin Franklin to France for the crowning achievement of his career, an eight-year mission that stands not only as Franklin's most vital service to his country but as the most revealing view of him during an unforgettable chapter of the Revolution.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
    Updated 3.16.05
  • Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World
    Author: Shevelow, Kathryn
    Publisher: Holt $ 27.50 ISBN: 0805073140 Date: 2005
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    The life of actress Charlotte Charke transports us through the splendors and scandals of eighteenth-century London and its wicked theatrical world. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Women's History Stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone
    Author: Smith, Douglas W.
    Publisher: Lyons $ 23.95 ISBN: 159228700x Date: 2005
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    This definitive book--by the leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project and an award-winning nature writer--recounts the 10 riveting years since the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park.
    Suggested Reading: Nature Stars
    Updated 4.22.05
  • In My Brother's Shadow
    Author: Timm, Uwe
    Publisher: FSG $ 18 ISBN: 0374103747 Date: 2005
    starLJstarKirkus
    Both nuanced and measured, this meditation on German history and guilt is a renowned German novelist's memoir of his brother, who joined the SS and was killed at the Russian front.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia In America Reunites With the Sister She Left Behind
    Author: Ung, Loung
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060733942 Date: 2005
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    In this lyrical sequel to First They Killed My Father, Ung describes her school years in Vermont as a Cambodian refugee and her sister Chou's struggle to survive in Cambodia.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Cambodia
    Updated 2.21.05
  • Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams
    Author: Webb, Nick
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345476506 Date: 2005
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    The only authorized biography of the beloved, bestselling creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--to be released as a feature film in June 2005 from Walt Disney Pictures.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Douglas Adams | Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 12.27.04
  • A Short History of Progress
    Author: Wright, Ronald
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 15.95 ISBN: 0786715472 Date: 2005
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    From Neanderthal man to the Sumerians to the Roman Empire, A Short History of Progress dissects the cyclical nature of humanity's development and demise, the 10,000-year-old experiment that people have unleashed but have yet to control.
    Updated 2.8.05

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March

  • The Language of Baklava
    Author: Abu-Jaber, Diana
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375423044 Date: 2005
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    Abu-Jaber's early life seemed defined by the rites and rituals of cooking and eating and she weaves her charming story around vividly remembered, sensually described meals.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | Cooked Books | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Life in the Middle Ages: A Survivor's Tale
    Author: Atlas, James
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060196297 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    This literary and confessional memoir is made up of a collection of unified essays about the pleasures and pathos that haunt us on the threshold of old age.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Living Justice: Love, Freedom, and the Making of The Exonerated
    Author: Blank, Jessica & Erik Jensen
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743483456 Date: 2005
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    Part social commentary, part love story, this powerful memoir chronicles the authors' cross-country journey to talk to formerly condemned inmates and how they turned this experience into "the best play of the year" ("The New York Times").
    Suggested Reading: Legal Nonfiction
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American Revolution
    Author: Blumrosen, Alfred W.
    Publisher: Sourcebooks $ 24.95 ISBN: 1402204000 Date: 2005
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    This carefully documented, chilling history presents a radically different view of the profound role that slavery played in the founding of the republic, from the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution through the creation of the Constitution.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Courtroom 302: A Year in Felony Court
    Author: Bogira, Steve
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0679432523 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Fast-paced and bursting with character and incident, this is a singularly illuminating exploration of America's criminal justice system from the inside out.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Nonfiction
    Updated 2.14.05
  • Jefferson's Secret: Death and Desire at Monticello
    Author: Burstein, Andrew
    Publisher: Basic $ 25 ISBN: 0465008127 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Delving into Jefferson's soul, Burstein lays bare the president's thoughts about his own legacy, his predictions for American democracy, and his feelings regarding women and religion.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World
    Author: Campbell, Christopher
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 156512460x Date: 2005
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    The Botanist and the Vintner is an astonishing account of one of the earliest and most successful applications of science to an ecological disaster. And even now, the story continues as new strains of phylloxera attack vineyards in France, California, and New Zealand. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up
    Updated 1.5.05
  • The Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire
    Author: Carey, Richard Adams
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582431736 Date: 2005
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    Carey takes us on an illuminating journey across the globe to uncover, the secrets of the sturgeon. On that trek we meet the fascinating real-life characters both profiting from its scarcity and fighting to save it. A high-stakes cocktail of business, diplomacy, technology, and espionage, The Philosopher Fish is, at its heart, the epic story of a 250-million year-old fish struggling to survive.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Culture
    Author: Chang, Jeff
    Publisher: St Martins $27.95 ISBN:031230143X Date: 2005
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    Based on original interviews with DJs, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, this work chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 1960s into the new millennium.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Music - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • John Adams: Party of One
    Author: Grant, James
    Publisher: FSG $ 30 ISBN: 0374113149 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this acute examination of a paradoxical U.S. president, Grant examines this complex and often contradictory founding father in the most well-rounded and multifaceted portrait of Adams to date.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
    Updated 6.6.05
  • The Tomb in Seville
    Author: Lewis, Norman
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 20 ISBN: 0786714395 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    While the rumblings of oncoming war shook a divided Spain, Norman Lewis and his brother-in-law Eugene Corvaja traveled through the Spanish countryside to the family tomb in Seville. Nearly seventy years later, in prose that is witty, understated, and poignant, Lewis describes the duo's travels first to Madrid, then through the bloody insurrection of October '34, and finally via the length of Portugal to Seville. For the avid and the new Norman Lewis reader alike, The Tomb in Seville is a vibrantly fresh tale of a historic time and place. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Unattended Sorrow: Recovering From Loss and Reviving the Heart
    Author: Levine, Stephen
    Publisher: Rodale $ 23.95 ISBN: 1594860653 Date: 2005
    starPW
    One of the nation's most trusted grief counselors and the author of the bestselling A Gradual Awakening offers wise and compassionate advice on healing from unattended sorrow, which is in fact unresolved grief, the underlying cause of myriad physical, emotional, and spiritual maladies.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran
    Author: Moaveni, Azadeh
    Publisher: Public Affairs $ 25 ISBN: 1586481932 Date: 2005
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    A young Iranian-American journalist returns to Tehran and discovers not only the oppressive and decadent life of her Iranian counterparts who have grown up since the revolution, but the pain of searching for a homeland that may not exist.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Face of a Naked Lady: An Omaha Family Mystery
    Author: Rips, Michael
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618273522 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Rips returns to his Omaha family home to discover a hidden portfolio of paintings--all done by his late father, all of a naked black woman. So begins a gloriously funny yet deeply serious gem of a book that offers more than a little redemption in our cynical times.
    Updated 2.21.05
  • Waterloo: June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe
    Author: Roberts, Andrew
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0060088664 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    The author of Napoleon & Wellington takes a brilliant look at the conflict that ended Napoleon's reign and ushered in the modern world, with new evidence of just how the battle was lost.
    Updated 11.12.05
  • Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment
    Author: Schechter, Harold
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312282761 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Why violence in the media we-and our children-consume is not only good but necessary.
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Malraux: A Life
    Author: Todd, Olivier
    Publisher: Random $ 35 ISBN: 0375407022 Date: 2005
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    Writer and French government minister Andr Malraux was renowned as a Renaissance man of the 20th century. Now, the author of the acclaimed biography Albert Camus examines Malraux's life, in which fact competes with his subject's previously little-known mythomania.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir Book Group Book
    Author: Walls, Jeannette
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743247531 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    In the tradition of Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Rick Bragg's All Over But the Shouting, Jeannette Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric and severely misguided family.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | All Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Drink Up | Best Bets for Reading Groups
    Updated 2.15.05
  • Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend
    Author: Zuckoff, Mitchell
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400060397 Date: 2005
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    While it lasted, Ponzi's scheme made some people rich beyond their wildest dreams, most of all Ponzi himself. When it ended, it rocked the nation with a spectacular fiscal explosion. Ponzi's Scheme is the first nonfiction account of the irresistible scoundrel who launched the most successful bit of financial alchemy in history.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 2.15.05

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February

  • King
    Author: Anderson, Ho Che
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 22.95 (paper) ISBN: 1560976225 Date: 2005
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    This groundbreaking body of comics journalism collects for first time Anderson's entire biography of the renowned civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., casting King as an ambitious, dichotomous figure deserving of his place in history but not above moral sacrifice to get there.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Hot Lights, Cold Steel: True Stories From a Surgeon's First Years
    Author: Collins, Michael J.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 03123337787 Date: 2005
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    This story of Collins' four-year surgical residency traces his rise from an eager but clueless first-year resident to accomplished chief resident in his final year. With unparalleled humor, he recounts the disparity between people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous life and the real thing.
    Suggested Reading: Medical Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 12.6.04
  • Unnatural Wonders: Essays From the Gap Between Art and Life
    Author: Danto, Arthur Coleman
    Publisher: FSG $ 27 ISBN: 0374281181 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Arthur Danto's new collection finds him, and the art world, at a point when the art world has become pluralistic, even chaotic-with one medium as good as the next-when the moment for "next things" has passed. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 12.16.04
  • No Backup: My Life as a Female FBI Special Agent
    Author: Dew, Rosemary
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 13.95 ISBN: 0786714913 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    This is a memoir of a female special agent's 13 years with the FBI, an expose of the Bureau's sexist practices, and a warning about how failings that affect our nation's security are passed from generation to generation of FBI agents.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood
    Author: Epstein, Edward Jay
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400063531 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From the author of Inquest comes an unprecedented investigation into how Hollywood makes money today.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Trail of Blood: A Father, A Son, and a Tell-Tale Crime Scene Investigation
    Author: Evans, Wanda Webb
    Publisher: New Horizon $ 23 ISBN: 0882822616 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    This is a fascinating true crime story with all the complex elements that tantalize readers: forensic evidence, DNA, hair and fiber comparisons; an investigation by a cryptic group of international crime experts who take on only the most baffling cold casesand a moving portrait of a father who refuses to stop searching for his missing son and the truth--even as the evidence builds that he has been brutally murdered. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: True Crime Stars
    Updated 3.16.05
  • The Story of Britain
    Author: Fraser, Rebecca
    Publisher: Norton $ 35 ISBN: 0393060101 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A sparkling anecdotal account with the pace of an epic, Fraser's dramatic portrayal of the scientists, statesmen, explorers, soldiers, traders, and artists who forged Britain's national institutions makes a perfect introduction to British history.
    Updated 1.3.05
  • Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
    Author: Gaines, James R.
    Publisher: Fourth Estate $ 23.95 ISBN: 0007156588 Date: 2005
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    A vivid history of the clash between belief and reason is played out in the climactic meeting of a composer and a king: Bach and Frederick the Great.
    Suggested Reading: Music - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • My Life in Orange
    Author: Guest, Tim
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 ISBN: 015603106x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    At the age of six, Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune modeled on the teachings of the notorious Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In this extraordinary memoir, Guest chronicles the heartbreaking experience of being left alone on earth while his mother hunted heaven.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 12.6.04
  • Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood
    Author: Hayes, Bill
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345456874 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Part scientific history of blood from ancient Rome to modern day and part memoir of how this vital fluid affects his own life as he watches friends lose their fight with AIDS, Hayes shares his experience in this gripping account.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Bird Songs of the Mesozoic: A Day Hikers's Guide to the Nearby Wild
    Author: Hopes, David B.
    Publisher: Milkweed $ 15.95 ISBN: 1571312773 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    As Balzac famously said of cities, "to walk is to vegetate, to stroll is to live." For David Brendan Hopes, day hikes provide the perfect occasion for both refuge and contemplation. Encounters with wild animals, rare plants, or simply the perfect moment of weather and view are opportunities to reflect on the sublime synchronicity of human and natural life. The ferns of early spring transport him through time, to wonder whether dinosaurs had song. The emergence of cicadas calls to mind men and women "gorgeous in impractical ways." A glorious display - one of "exuberant defiance" - of late fall roses suggests that plants might have moods. Touching on themes as diverse as hunting, deep ecology, wicca, and sci-fi literature, Hopes' hikes and thoughts are part of a sifting of experience that unites the everyday world with a larger personal and eternal story. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
    Updated 2.15.05
  • The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devasting Plague of All Time
    Author: Kelly, John
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060006927 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Kelly plunges the reader into the world of the Middle Ages, telling an age-old story with an air of immediacy and intimacy never before seen in plague literature, while drawing on the latest research to paint a new picture of the Black Death.
    Suggested Reading: Plague
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio
    Author: Kluger, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 158567592x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJstarPW
    Kluger reveals the thrilling story of Jonas Salk's quest to conquer polio in this medical adventure full of rivalries and last minute reversals that culminated in one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Medical Nonfiction
    Updated 2.15.05
  • The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles
    Author: Koch, Stephen
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ ISBN: 1582432805 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Both a biographical portrait and history-in-miniature, The Breaking Point explores the time Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos shared in the Spanish Civil War, an ideological adventure that brought their literary rivalry to the breaking point.
    Updated 2.14.05
  • History on Trial: My Day in Court With David Irving
    Author: Lipstadt, Deborah E.
    Publisher: Ecco $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060593768 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    History on Trial is Deborah Lipstadt's personal, riveting chronicle of the legal battle with Irving, in which she went from a relatively quiet existence as a professor at an American university to being a defendant in a sensational libel case. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Nonfiction
    Updated 11.25.04
  • Astro Turf
    Author: Lord, M. G.
    Publisher: Walker $ 24 ISBN: 0802714277 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Revisiting memories of her childhood and her mother's death, the author remembers her fascination with science and space exploration and how it became interwoven with the pain and loneliness caused by her father's immersion in his work at the Jet Propulsion Lab in the '60s.
    Suggested Reading: Space Age Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • 1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World
    Author: McLynn, Frank
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 27.50 ISBN: 0871138816 Date: 2005
    starPW
    If not for the events of 1759, the entire history of the world would have been different. In this brilliant chronicle of the "Year of Victories," McLynn controversially suggests that the birth of the great British Empire was more a result of luck than of rigorous planning.
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Things of a Hidden God: Journeys to the Holy Mountain
    Author: Merrill, Christopher
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679463054 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees
    Author: Moorehead, Caroline
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 0805074430 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this arresting portrait of the lives of today's refugees, Moorehead pens a work of deep and subtle sympathy that completely alters readers' understanding of what it means to have and lose a place in the world.
    Updated 2.15.05
  • The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High-stakes Business of High School Ball
    Author: O'Connor, Ian
    Publisher: Rodale $ 23.95 ISBN: 1594861072 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    One of America's great sports writers follows high school point guard phenom Sebastian Telfair on his quest for NBA stardom and exposes all that big-time sports in America has become, the good and the bad.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Sports Stars
    Updated 3.16.05
  • The Book of Kehls
    Author: O'Hagan, Christine Kehl
    Publisher: St Martins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312329555 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A luminous memoir about five generations of an Irish-American family whose fate was shaped by muscular dystrophy. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 11.25.04
  • The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
    Author: Reiss, Tom
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400062659 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Part history, part cultural biography, and part literary mystery, The Orientalist traces the life of Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince and became a bestselling author in Nazi Germany.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Beautiful Jim Key: The Lost History of a Horse and a Man Who Changed the World
    Author: Rivas, Mim Eichler
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: Date: 2005
    starPW
    Masterfully told, poignant, and rich with spellbinding historical detail, this is the remarkable, true story of an extraordinary horse and his pioneering trainer who symbolized America at the dawn of the 20th century.
    Suggested Reading: Horse Tales
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare
    Author: Short, Philip
    Publisher: Holt $ 30 ISBN: 0805066624 Date: 2005
    starLJstarKirkus
    A gripping and definitive portrait of the man who headed one of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of modern times. This powerful biography reveals that Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia were not a one-off aberration but instead grew out of a darkness of the soul common to all peoples.
    Suggested Reading: Cambodia
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The Sociopath Next Door: How To Recognize and Defeat the Ruthless in Everyday Life
    Author: Stout, Martha
    Publisher: Broadway $ 24.95 ISBN: 076791581x Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Just as you suspected! You neighbor/ex-husband/boss isn't just misunderstood. He's a sociopath. A revelatory look at the 1 in 25 ordinary Americans who secretly possess no conscience, no sense of guilt, shame, or remorse - the sociopath next door.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox
    Author: Stuart, Nancy Rubin
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151010137 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Creating a vibrant portrait of a Victorian-era woman at the heart of the tumults of her time, Stuart delivers the first authoritative biography of Margaret Fox, the world-famous medium and cofounder of the Spiritualism movement that swept America in the mid-1800s.
    Suggested Reading: Spiritualist Stars
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat and Camel
    Author: Taylor, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 061833467x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Hailed by Bill Bryson and the New York Times Book Review as a rising star among travel writers, Jeffrey Tayler penetrates one of the most isolated, forbidding regions on earth--the Sahel. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
    Updated 1.18.05
  • February House
    Author: Tippins, Sherill
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 061841911x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Tippins reveals the story of an extraordinary experiment in communal living--involving the young but already iconic writer Carson McCullers and burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee--in a house at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn during 1940 and 1941.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Smashed: Growing Up A Drunk Girl
    Author: Zailckas, Koren
    Publisher: Viking $ 21.95 ISBN: 0670033766 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    From earliest experimentation to full-blown abuse, 24-year-old Zailckas leads readers through her experience of binge drinking in this vivid cautionary tale.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars | Drink Up Stars
    Updated 12.6.04

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January

  • Chaucer
    Author: Ackroyd, Peter
    Publisher: Nan Talese $ 19.95 ISBN: 0385507976 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet, Geoffrey Chaucer's, work.
    Suggested Reading: Authors - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of the Empire
    Author: Anderson, David
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393059863 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A riveting account of Britain's final bloody decade in Kenya, this book tells the story of the brutal war between the colonial government and the insurrectionist Mau Mau between 1952 and 1960.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Epileptic
    Author: B., David
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375423184 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    With stunning black-and-white illustrations, a noted cartoonist chronicles growing up with an epileptic older brother. The author charts his complicated relationship with his brother from childhood to adulthood, and the effects of the illness on the entire family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Graphic Novels and Comic Stars | Memoir Stars | Epilepsy
    Updated 12.25.04
  • The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of the Slave Sally Miller and Her Fight For Freedom
    Author: Bailey, John
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139219 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In brilliant novelistic detail, an award-winning historian John Bailey presents the story of a slave named Sally Miller, who in 1843 was believed by members of the New Orleans' German community to have been illegally enslaved. Bailey uses Miller's dramatic trial to describe the fascinating laws and customs surrounding slavery, immigration, and racial mixing.
    Suggested Reading: Women's History Stars
    Updated 10.12.04
  • A Fly in the Cathedral: How a Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the International Race to Split the Atom
    Author: Cathcart, Brian
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374157162 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    Re-creating the frustrations, excitements, and obsessions of 1932, the "miracle year" of British physics, Cathcart reveals in rich detail the astonishing story behind the splitting of the atom in a riveting and erudite narrative.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Atomic Age Stars
    Updated 11.4.04
  • Postcards From the Brain Museum: the Improbable Search for Meaning in the Matter of Famous Minds
    Author: Burrell, Brian
    Publisher: Broadway $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385501285 Date: 2005
    starPW
    What makes one man a genius and another a criminal? Burrell relates the story of the first scientific attempts to locate the sources of both genius and depravity in the physical anatomy of the human brain. In this account, Burrell unearths a forgotten byway in the history of science--a tale of colorful eccentrics bent on laying bare the secrets of the human mind.
    Updated 10.19.04
  • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
    Author: Dallair, Romeo and Brent Beardsley
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 16.95 (paper) ISBN: 0786715103 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Canadian Gen. Romaeo Dallaire, force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, recreates the history of the most barbarous and chaotic civil war and genocide--which transformed him from confident Cold Warrior to devastated UN commander, and finally to retired general struggling painfully, and publicly, to overcome posttraumatic stress disorder.
    Suggested Reading: Rwanda
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
    Author: Diamond, Jared
    Publisher: Viking $ 29.95 ISBN: 0670033375 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    "I've set myself the modest task of trying to explain the broad pattern of human history, on all the continents, for the last 13,000 years. Why did history take such different evolutionary courses for peoples of different continents? This problem has fascinated me for a long time, but it's now ripe for a new synthesis because of recent advances in many fields seemingly remote from history, including molecular biology, plant and animal genetics and biogeography, archaeology, and linguistics." -Jared Diamond - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 11.15.04
  • May and Amy: A True Story of Family, Forbidden Love, and the Secret Lives of May Gaskell, Her Daughter Amy, and Sir Edward Burne-Jones
    Author: Dimbleby, Josceline
    Publisher: Harmony $ 25 ISBN: 0609609998 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The compelling story of an intimate friendship between the painter Edward Burne-Jones and the much younger May Gaskell is richly illustrated by a remarkable collection of letters presenting a charming portrait of a circle of family and friends.
    Suggested Reading: Women's History Stars
    Updated 11.22.04
  • 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight To Survive Inside the Twin Towers
    Author: Dwyer, Jim & Kevin Flynn
    Publisher: Times $ 26 ISBN: 0805076824 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Of the millions of words written about September 11, 2001, most were told from the outside looking in. "New York Times" reporters Dwyer and Flynn have taken the opposite and far more revealing-approach, capturing the little-known stories of the nearly 12,000 ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to save themselves and others.
    Suggested Reading: 9/11 Stars
    Updated 11.29.04
  • Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
    Author: Elkins, Caroliine
    Publisher: Holt $ 27.50 ISBN: 0805076530 Date: 2005
    starPW
    This unforgettable account of the unraveling of the British colonial empire in Kenya is a major work of history detailing the prisons, work camps, and terror that the British imposed on millions just after World War II. It has chilling parallels to America's own imperial project.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Hello To All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace
    Author: Falk, John
    Publisher: Henry Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805072187 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Here is the riveting tale of a man's lifelong battle to defeat his greatest enemy and to connect, cure himself, and finally live. A victim of prodigious depression, John Falk discovered Zoloft and set out to salvage himself--by becoming a correspondent in bloody Sarajevo.
    Suggested Reading: Former Yugoslavia
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    Author: Gladwell, Malcolm
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316172324 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, the author shows how the difference between good decision-making and bad has nothing to do with how much information that can be processed quickly, but on the few particular details on which people focus.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution
    Author: Golway, Terry
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 0805070664 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Nathanael Greene is a Revolutionary War hero who has been lost to history. Golway examines how an overlooked Quaker from Rhode Island won the Revolutionary War's crucial southern campaign and helped to set up the final victory of American independence at Yorktown.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Confident Hope of a Miracle: The True History of the Spanish Armada
    Author: Hansen, Neil
    Publisher: Knopf $ 35 ISBN: 1400042941 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Bury the Chains: Prophets, Slaves, And Rebels in the First Human Rights Crusade
    Author: Hochschild, Adam
    Publisher: Houghton $ 26.95 ISBN: 0618104690 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJstarPW
    Like the author's classic King Leopold's Ghost, this new work abounds in atmosphere, high drama, and nuanced portraits of epic anti-slavery crusaders, heroes, and villains in Britain.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.3.05
  • Savage Summit: The True Stories of the Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain
    Author: Jordan, Jennifer
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060587156 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    An exhilarating story of victory and disaster, success and heartbreak, Savage Summit is a moving tribute to the five brave women who achieved the near-impossible by climbing the world's most feared mountain.
    Suggested Reading: Women's History Stars | Sports - Nonfiction Stars
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Coming To Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
    Author: Kabat-Zinn, Jon
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 0786867566 Date: 2005
    starPW This follow-up to the widely praised national bestseller Wherever You Go, There You Are is yet another revolutionary offering from Jon Kabat-Zinn, showing readers how the power of mindfulness can bring radical change to their lives.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Judgement Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., And the Laws That Changed America
    Author: Kotz, Nick
    Publisher: Houghton $ 26 ISBN: 0618088253 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Updated 11.29.04
  • India In Mind
    Author: Mishra, Pankaj (ed)
    Publisher: Vintage $ 14 ISBN: 0375727450 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Anyone who is enthralled by India--or who loves fine writing--will delight in this compendium of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by 25 of the country's most astute observers.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Looking For Mr. Gilbert: The Reimagined Life of an African American
    Author: Mitchell, John Hanson
    Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard $ 26 ISBN: 1593760264 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In the mid 1970s, John Hanson Mitchell discovered over 2,000 antique glass plate negatives in the attic of an old estate in Massachusetts, the work of a little-known African American named Robert Gilbert. Looking for Mr. Gilbert is filled with music, natural history, African-American history, and the world of early photography as Mitchell uncovers the life of this remarkable American.
    Updated 2.15.05
  • Marahanis: The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian Queens and Their Journey From Purdah to Parliament
    Author: Moore, Lucy
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670033685 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Tracing larger-than-life-characters, Moore creates a vivid picture of an emerging modern, democratic society in India and the tumultuous period of imperialism from which it arose in this study of four Indian queens and their journey from Purdah to Parliament.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India | Women's History
    Updated 11.29.04
  • Sixteen Acres: Conflict, Vanity, and the Future of Ground Zero
    Author: Nobel, Philiip
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 24 ISBN: 0805074945 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Tracing the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site from graveyard to playground for high design, insurgent critic Nobel strips away the hyperbole to reveal the secret life--including a tally of deceptions and betrayals--of the century's most charged building project.
    Suggested Reading: 9/11 Stars
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Trawler: A Journey Through the North Atlantic
    Author: O'Hanlon, Redmond
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400042755 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Shooting: A Memoir
    Author: Powers, Kemp
    Publisher: Thunder's Mouth $ 22 ISBN: 1568583206 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In 1987, Kemp Powers, a good kid raised by a single mother in Brooklyn oblivious to the violence around him, accidentally shot his best friend. Forgiven by everyone but unable to forgive himself, Kemp promised to never make a mistake again, a promise naively made by a child that the adult couldn't keep.
    Suggested Reading: Memoir Stars
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Blue Clay People: On Africa's Fragile Edge
    Author: Powers, William
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582345325 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Powers went to Liberia as an aid worker in 1999 and was given the mandate to "fight poverty and save the rainforest." It's not long before Powers discovers how Liberia has become a Fourth World country--poor, environmentally looted, scarred by violence, and barely governed.
    Updated 11.15.04
  • Auschwitz
    Author: Rees, Laurence
    Publisher: PublicAffairs $ 30 ISBN: 158648303x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    Updated 2.18.05
  • Born Losers Tent: A History of Failure in America
    Author: Sandage, Scott A.
    Publisher: Harvard $ 35 ISBN: 067401510x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Children At War
    Author: Singer, P.W.
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375423494 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    An internationally recognized expert on 21st-century warfare looks at the use of children as soldiers in more than three-quarters of the world's conflicts, describing how children are indoctrinated and trained as soldiers, and how it can be stopped.
    Suggested Reading: Child Soldiers
    Updated 11.2.04
  • A World of Light
    Author: Skloot, Floyd
    Publisher: Univ of Nebraska $ 24.95 ISBN: 0803243189 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire, 1776-1783
    Author: Weintraub, Stanley
    Publisher: Free $ 28 ISBN: 0743226879 Date: 2005
    starPW
    This startling new history of the Revolutionary War, told for the first time from the perspective of both the colonists and the colonizers, demonstrates that for the Americans, it was a war of rebellion, for the British, it became their Vietnam.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
    Updated 6.6.05
  • Big Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber
    Author: Yafa, Stephen H.
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670033677 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    From its infancy in Peru and Pakistan 6,000 years ago to the fields of the antebellum South to its current association with big name clothiers, Yafa tells the epic story of how a humble fiber created fortunes, wrecked civilizations, and put America on the map.
    Updated 12.27.04

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