Tai-Pan by James Clavell

August 31, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable […]


Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

August 28, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye. A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully […]


NY Times Bestsellers 82111

August 21, 2011

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett THE IDEAL MAN, by Julie Garwood NOW YOU SEE HER, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, by J. A. Jance ONE DAY, by David Nicholls Combined […]


The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott

August 17, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Told from the point of view of 23-year-old medical student Daniel Connor, the main story takes place in the post-Napoleonic Paris of 1815. Young Daniel is on his way from Edinburgh to assume a research position at the Jardin des Plantes under renowned scientist Georges Cuvier, carrying in his possession some […]


Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald

August 14, 2011

Synopsis (from the publisher): To her millions of fans, Molly Ringwald will forever be sixteen—having defined teenage angst, love, and heartbreak as the endearing star of the John Hughes classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Facing a completely new, angst-inducing time in her life—her forties—Molly is embracing being a woman, wife, […]


The Final Detail by Harlan Coben

August 12, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): For Myron Bolitar, sports agent and reluctant sleuth, it was a long-needed vacation. A tropical beach. A warm breeze. A little uncomplicated passion with a woman he hardly knows. But, most of all, a chance to clear his head after the death of a close friend. It almost works—until his […]


Temporary Sanity by Rose Connors

August 9, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): IS HOMICIDAL INSANITY EVER A LEGAL JUSTIFICATION FOR MURDER? Cape Cod attorney Marty Nickerson, formerly a prosecutor, faces hard questions as defense attorney for Buck Hammond. With TV cameras rolling, Buck took justice into his own hands. Now he is charged with murder one but he refuses the only viable […]


Coupons for books?

August 7, 2011

I’ve often wondered why there aren’t many coupon codes and so forth for the purchase of books. Sure, I know there are several online “superstores” that sell books for less than the publisher’s suggested price, but that’s not exactly the same thing. Not being able to find coupons for books is especially troubling now that […]


The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

August 5, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective’s next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning — crowds sported black armbands in grief — and railed against Conan Doyle as his […]


Short Autobiography — F. Scott Fitzgerald

August 3, 2011

I’m a huge F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, so I was thrilled to hear that there’s a “new autobiography” coming out. I put those words in quotes because the volume is not really an autobiography in the strictest sense of the word; it’s more of a collection of essays. And the essays aren’t new to the […]