December 29, 2009 In his health care expose, T.R. Reid, a reporter for the Washington Post, reveals numerous opponents of American health care reform as liars, or at best, ill-informed. Reid discusses the benefits of overseas health care programs and tries to dispel the fearful myth of "socialized health care."
December 29, 2009 This book reveals the personal odyssey of Deogratias Niyizonkiza, an American-trained physician living and working in the central African nations of Burundi and Rwanda. His personal tale is one of triumph and misery as he fights to bring modern medical care to his homeland.
December 29, 2009 In this sharp-eyed chronicle, Joan Biskupic details how Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's formative experiences translate into his strict constructionist reading of the U.S. Constitution — and how his self-proclaimed unwavering interpretations are often anything but concrete.
December 23, 2009 Day-to-day tragedy collides with modern internet culture in this novel about love, poetry, and life 2.0. Jess Walter's The Financial Lives Of The Poets manages to be just the right balance of satire and heart.
December 23, 2009 Brooklyn-based PI Moe Prager can't find a moment of peace. Just as his home-life begins to unravel he finds himself pulled into an investigation of political scandal The plot may be old, but is Reed Farrel Coleman's mystery The James Deans' as easy to solve as it seems?
December 23, 2009 Pierre Bayard's book manages to make the reader feel infinitely more literate without having to do all the heavy work of reading. It's chock full of perceptions, philosophy and bon mots.
December 23, 2009 Benjamin Nugent's book posits itself as the "history of the nerd," explaining the many facets of "geek-dom" that exist alongside a pervasive strain of anti-intellectualism in America. The book includes keen observations on jocks, racism, autism, and, of course, Dungeons and Dragons.
December 23, 2009 Miriam Toews' novel is a light, modern On the Road: a poignant American road-trip novel with a twist. It's Canadian.
December 23, 2009 This new reissue of Elaine Dundy's 1962 hit is far more literary than "chick lit" but just as much fun, absolutely crackling with deviousness and wit.
December 23, 2009 Daniel Everett went to the Amazon as a Christian missionary, but ended up spending decades living with the Piraha tribe. This book, his account of those decades with the remote tribe, is riveting, serious escapism.
December 18, 2009 Petina Gappah's debut story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, features this piece, 'The Mupandawana Dancing Champion' about and elderly man who is a coffin maker and a dancer.
December 18, 2009 The American debut by Shahriar Mandanipour is a love story, a mystery and an exploration of the political situation in Iran.
December 18, 2009 A dying man remembers his hardscrabble New England childhood in the debut novel from Paul Harding.
December 18, 2009 Short stories from first-time author Paul Yoon are set in and around the sea.
December 16, 2009 Weighing in at a fat four pounds, Bulb is the ultimate eye candy, just as the author intended. "Wherever the pages fell open," writes Anna Pavord, "I wanted the bulbs to sing out: 'You've got to have me. You can't live without me.'"
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