Boston Public Library
Staff Selections: December 2000
Booklists for Adults

Begala, Paul. "IS OUR CHILDREN LEARNING?": THE CASE AGAINST GEORGE W. BUSH. In this amusing account, the author describes Bush as a talentless person who nonetheless has become rich and politically powerful by the forces of corruption, privilege, status, and special interests. F391.4.B87 B44 2000

Berg, Stephen, ed. THE BODY ELECTRIC: AMERICA’S BEST POETRY FROM THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW. With an introduction by Harold Bloom, this anthology highlights contemporary poetry from the past thirty years. PS586 .B54 2000

Brysac, Shareen B. RESISTING HITLER: MILDRED HARNACK AND THE RED ORCHESTRA. True story of the only American woman Hitler executed for espionage. He had her guillotined. She was a nice Wisconsin girl! DD256.3 .B79 2000

Carlson, Laurie M. A FEVER IN SALEM: A NEW INTERPRETATION OF THE NEW ENGLAND WITCH TRIALS. BF1576 .C37 1999

Cooper, Kathy. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF FLOORCLOTHS: DESIGNS & TECHNIQUES FOR PAINTING GREAT-LOOKING CANVAS RUGS. An old technique brought into modern times -- beautiful patterns. TT385 .C67 1997

Dalby, Liza C. THE TALE OF MURASAKI. A fictional memoir of the eleventh century author of Japan's most famous novel, The Tale of Genji. (Fiction)

Faerber, Esme. ALL ABOUT STOCKS: THE EASY WAY TO GET STARTED. HG4661 .F34 2000

Fante, John. THE BIG HUNGER: STORIES, 1932-1959. OK, he isn't new, but have you read him? Charles Bukowski speaks of discovering Fante's books in the NYPL as "gold among dung." (Fiction)

Figes, Kate, ed. THE PENGUIN BOOK OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S STORIES. Short stories by women from Canada to South Africa. (Fiction)

Fortey, Richard. TRILOBITE!: EYEWITNESS TO EVOLUTION. Fortey, a British paleontologist, describes the world of the trilobite, the stone creature from the Lower Paleozoic. QE821 .F67 2000

Garrett, Pat F. PAT F. GARRETT'S THE AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY, THE KID. A new edition with the latest historical research. F786.B54 G37 2000

Hamill, Sam, ed. THE GIFT OF TONGUES: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF POETRY FROM COPPER CANYON PRESS. Copper Canyon Press includes many distinguished and exciting new poetic voices. PN6101 .G54 1996

Hazzard, Shirley. THE TRANSIT OF VENUS. Relationships between men and women in post-war Europe from the 1950s through the 1980s. (Fiction)

Ivins, Molly. MOLLY IVINS CAN’T SAY THAT, CAN SHE? A hilarious book which details the politics of the presidency for the past 20 years. F391.2 .I95 1992

Japin, Arthur. THE TWO HEARTS OF KWASI BOACHI. A compact epic of the consequences of European colonization of Africa. This is the first novel of a Dutch actor and opera singer. (Fiction)

Klein, Naomi. NO SPACE, NO CHOICE, NO JOBS, NO LOGO: TAKING AIM AT THE BRAND BULLIES. From the sweatshops of Southeast Asia to the no-future, minimum wage jobs of North America, the author provocatively condemns the effects of marketing mania and consumer culture run amok, which she maintains has reduced us to being homogenous human billboards with fewer and fewer real choices. HD69.B7 K58 2000

Lindbergh, Anne. LISTEN! THE WIND. A fascinating account of 10 days of a 6-month trip by Anne M. Lindbergh and her husband, Charles, around the North Atlantic Ocean in 1933. Early aviation involved a pilot's contact with wind, heat, moonlight, and stars. TL540.L49 A27

Martinez, Al. THE LAST CITY ROOM. Story about the death of a newspaper by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. (Fiction)

Nye, Robert. THE LATE MR. SHAKESPEARE. Fictionalized biography of Shakespeare, narrated by a former actor in Shakespeare’s troupe. (Fiction)

Pertman, Adam. ADOPTION NATION: HOW THE ADOPTION REVOLUTION IS TRANSFORMING AMERICA. HV875.55 .P47 2000

Peters, Elizabeth. HE SHALL THUNDER IN THE SKY: AN AMELIA PEABODY MYSTERY. A cliff-hanging, romantic mystery of early 20th century Egypt. (Fiction)

Ruiz, Miguel. THE FOUR AGREEMENTS COMPANION BOOK: USING THE FOUR AGREE-

MENTS TO MASTER THE DREAM OF YOUR LIFE. How to develop a sense of personal authenticity and eventually happiness. BJ1581.2 .R85 2000

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. WIND, SAND, AND STARS. A poetic work, by the author of Le Petit Prince, about his early days as a pilot, flying the mail route over Northern Africa. PQ2637.A274 T43 1967

Schmitt, Richard. THE AERIALIST. Gary Ruden, a New Englander, lands a job with a traveling circus in Florida. (Fiction)

Seagrave, Sterling. THE YAMATO DYNASTY: THE SECRET HISTORY OF JAPAN'S IMPERIAL FAMILY. DS882.7 S29 2000

Thesiger, Wilfred. ARABIAN SANDS. A story of the Arabian Desert set back when camels and man were the only inhabitants. DS208 .T48 1984

Trevor, William. THE HILL BACHELORS. A fresh collection of short stories from Irish writer, Trevor. (Fiction)

Tsao, Hsueh-chin. DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER. This classic, written in the 18th century, is a Chinese historical drama, not unlike Romeo and Juliet, which features court intrigue, romance, and a fascinating Buddhist allegory. (Fiction)

Turner, Kay. BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY: THE ART AND MEANING OF WOMEN’S ALTARS. How women express and bring meaning to their lives. BL602 .T87 1999

Updike, John. LICKS OF LOVE: SHORT STORIES AND A SEQUEL, "RABBIT REMEMBERED." The man has NOT lost his touch. This last Rabbit story holds a few surprises… (Fiction)

Wallinger, Rosamund. GERTRUDE JEKYLL’S LOST GARDEN: THE RESTORATION OF AN EDWARDIAN MASTERPIECE. For the gardener in us all. SB473 .W35 2000

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