Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto

December 29, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless […]


The Drop by Michael Connelly

December 26, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly […]


Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

December 22, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political […]


NY Times Bestsellers 121911

December 19, 2011

Here are the current New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: RED MIST, by Patricia Cornwell THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 11/22/63, by Stephen King THE LITIGATORS, by John Grisham THE DROP, by Michael Connelly Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction: STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson […]


The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

December 16, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance. What’s left? A professional matchmaker. He’s Simon Dodson, and he’s very choosy about the clients he […]


Third Girl by Agatha Christie

December 12, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Three young women share a London flat. The first is a coolly efficient secretary. The second is an artist. The third interrupts Hercule Poirot’s breakfast confessing that she is a murderer—and then promptly disappears. Slowly, Poirot learns of the rumors surrounding the mysterious third girl, her family, and her disappearance. […]


I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

December 8, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens–as he later put it, “it was clear my people needed me”). They […]


New glass barrier at Oscar Wilde’s tomb

December 6, 2011

Oscar Wilde’s tomb (which I have seen at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris) had been starting to degrade because of kisses! Apparently, it’s some kind of tradition to leave lipstick marks on the tomb, and that’s precisely what many tourists do when they arrive. But it turns out that grease from the thousands of lipstick […]


365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

December 2, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he […]