Thursday, May 29, 2008

No More Excuses: Books Now Available in Paperback

Anxious to read The Book That Everyone's Talking About, or that you just know you'll enjoy, but feel like you couldn't afford the hardcover? If that book is one of the following, the time has come to either buy it or find another excuse to procrastinate, because these titles are now available in paperback.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. One of America's most popular novelists here turns to nonfiction, chronicling the year she and her family decided to limit their food to what they could grow themselves or buy locally. Fascinating, moving and surprisingly funny.

Einstein, by Walter Isaacson. A major new biography of one of the Twentieth Century's most significant individuals, showing how closely his genius was related to his rebellious nature. Isaacson's previous biography of Benjamin Franklin was a major bestseller.

Legacy of Ashes, by Tim Weiner. Winner of the 2007 National Book Award for General Nonfiction, this authoritative history of the CIA received wide acclaim and stirred great controversy. A huge bestseller everywhere, except, perhaps, some parts of Langley, Virginia.

Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan. A biographical novel about Mamah Bothwick Cheney and her lover, Frank Lloyd Wright. With its themes of passion, conformity, and the place of women in early Twentieth Century America, this word-of-mouth bestseller will probably be a major hit with book groups now that it's in paperback.

The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore. The Nobel Laureate and former Vice-President examines the current state of political discourse, showing how fear, secrecy and excessive partisanship have damaged our faith in the power and importance of reason.

New England White, by Stephen L. Carter. Carter, a Professor of Law at Yale, began his writing career with highly acclaimed books about religion, society and national politics. Now he has moved into the arena of fiction with equal success, and this, his second novel, uses a compelling mystery story to portray the lives and the conflicts of African-Americans in the academic world.

Clapton: The Autobiography, by Eric Clapton. Last fall, this was one of the favorite gifts for everyone's Boomer parents or (yikes!) grandparents. Now it's available in paperback for summer reading for everyone, no matter how old you were when you first heard The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, or Derek and the Dominoes.

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