NY Times Bestsellers 13110

January 31, 2010

Here are the New York Times bestsellers as of today in a few of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 2. KISSER, by Stuart Woods 3. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown 4. THE BURNING LAND, by Bernard Cornwell 5. THE FIRST RULE, by Robert Crais Hardcover Nonfiction: 1. […]


Me Talk Pretty One Day

January 28, 2010

Summary: After enjoying essayist David Sedaris’ most recent collection of humorous anecdotes, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, I decided to give some of his earlier works a look, mostly because I’d heard that the early stuff was even better. So I recently checked out the audio version of Me Talk Pretty One Day from […]


Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

January 27, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): As the novel opens, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the chief medical examiner for the commonwealth of Virginia, is called to a crime scene in the middle of the night. A woman has been strangled, and while that alone ordinarily wouldn’t warrant the wake-up call, this case is different. It’s thought to be […]


4th of July by James Patterson

January 23, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): It seems that things in Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer’s life simply can’t go smoothly for very long. With crime on the rise in San Francisco, everyone on the police force is putting in extra hours, yet they’re still woefully understaffed. As a result, Boxer herself partners up with Warren Jacobi again in […]


A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid

January 21, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): George and Mary Ann McCray are hardworking farmers in a small Midwestern town. Three of their four children are grown and have moved out, but 20-year-old Todd still lives at home — and probably always will. Todd has a developmental disability that prevents him from being able to do the usual […]


Armadale by Wilkie Collins

January 19, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): The plot centers on two young men who are the best of friends but who are haunted by a murderous history involving their fathers. Only one of the friends knows of this history. Both of the young men are named Allan Armadale, as were both of their fathers. They are in […]


Vitamins for Dummies

January 18, 2010

I’m a fan of the “for Dummies” book series, and have several of their titles on my shelves. But when I came across this one, called Vitamins for Dummies, I just had to shake my head. Do people really need a whole book to tell them how important vitamins and minerals are? Seriously? The product […]


The Wisdom of Your Face

January 17, 2010

Did you know that some people believe that you can tell a lot about someone’s personality by “reading” their face? Apparently this is some ancient Chinese tradition, and folks swear that it works! This book by Jean Haner has gotten a lot of positive reviews, which kind of makes me want to try it — […]


The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

January 16, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Seventeen-year-old Ronnie Miller is not thrilled at the prospect of having to spend the summer in North Carolina with her father and 10-year-old brother. It’s bad enough that she’ll be away from her friends and Manhattan nightlife that she’s become accustomed to; add in the fact that she hasn’t spoken to […]


True Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman

January 14, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Upscale private investigator Aaron Fox (black) and LAPD detective Moses “Moe” Reed (white) are estranged half-brothers who suddenly find themselves working on the same case. They are both investigating the disappearance of a college student named Caitlin Frostig, who went missing after a night at the swanky Riptide club in Los […]