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What are we Reading?

Wren Wertin

The Bookworm of Edwards

1. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.

2 Hornet Flight by Ken Follett: It is June of 1941, and the war is not going well for England. Somehow, the Germans are anticipating the Royal Air Force’s flight paths, and shooting down British bombers with impunity. Hermia Mount, an intelligence analyst with MI6, wonders if the Germans could have perfected a radar system like the one the British themselves are struggling to achieve. Across the North Sea, 18-year-old Harald Olufsen takes a shortcut across the German-occupied Danish island of Fano on his homemade motorcycle, and comes across an astonishing sight. In Copenhagen, police detective and collaborator Peter Flemming searches his list of known troublemakers. The Germans are determined to discover who is smuggling information. In the weeks to come, their lives and the lives of those close to them will intertwine, and it will be a time of trial.



3. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: The spirit of 14-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family’s grief in their efforts to find the killer.

4. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory: The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress and then Anne as his wife.



5 No Way to Treat a First Lady by Christopher Buckley: Beth MacMann, the first lady of the United States, has been charged with the manslaughter of her priapic husband, the president of the United States. In the midst of a bedroom spat, she allegedly hurled a historic Paul Revere spittoon at him, with tragic results. The attorney general has no statutory choice but to put the first lady on trial for assassination.

6. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand: The story of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.

7. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger: Eleven-year-old asthmatic Reuben Land chronicles the Land family’s odyssey in search of Reuben’s older brother, Davy, who has escaped from jail before he can stand trial for the killing of two marauders who came to their Minnesota farm to harm the family.



8. Downhill Slide by Hal Clifford: A former Skiing Magazine editor takes on three publicly owned ski companies and explains why they’re bad for skiing and the environment.

9. Prey by Michael Crichton: Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant. Inside, eight people are trapped, because outside, waiting for them, looking for them, is a predatory swarm of micro-particles that they themselves created. The swarm is getting bigger and more powerful by the hour.

10. Christmas Train by David Baldacci: On a train ride to Los Angeles, cash-strapped journalist Tom Langdon encounters a ridiculous cast of characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that changes everyone’s Christmas plans.

Verbatim Booksellers in Lionshead

1. In the Deep Heart’s Core by Michael Johnston: Michael Johnston went to the Mississippi Delta as a member of the Teach For America program. At Greenville High, he confronted a racially divided world in which his students had to struggle against crippling poverty, drug addiction and gang violence. Johnston reached out to inspire his students with all the means at his disposal – from the language of the great poets, to the strategies of chess, to the vigor of athletics.

2. Downhill Slide by Hal Clifford: A former Skiing Magazine editor takes on three publicly owned ski companies and explains why they’re bad for skiing and the environment.

3. Night Before Christmas by Robert Sabuda: Clement Clarke Moore’s classic tale of “The Night Before Christmas” is brought to pop-up life in this edition.

4. Prey by Michael Crichton: Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant. Inside, eight people are trapped, because outside, waiting for them, looking for them, is a predatory swarm of micro-particles that they themselves created. The swarm is getting bigger and more powerful by the hour.

5. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand: The story of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.

6. Sexual Positions for the Knee Patient by Joanne Arczynski: An illustrated guide for sexually active people recovering from knee surgery.

7. Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten: Easy ideas and recipes that make everyone feel like family.

8. Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy: Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan’s early days, in a novel of global political drama.

9. Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas Friedman: The New York Times columnist has collected his published columns about the most momentous news story of our time, September 11, as well as a diary of his experiences and reactions during this period of crisis.

10. Life of Pi by Yann Marel: Pi Patel is the son of a zoo keeper. When Pi is 16, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.


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