Boston Public Library
Staff Selections: February 2001
Booklists for Adults

Barrowcliffe, Mark. GIRLFRIEND 44. Since the age of 10, Harry has had one ambition &endash; to find the perfect girl for him. Forty-three women and twenty years later, he is no nearer his goal. (Fiction)

Bell, Madison S. MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS. This sequel to All Souls’ Rising is the second book in Bell’s projected trilogy on the slave revolt in Haiti in the 1790s. (Fiction)

Bodanis, David. E=MC2: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS EQUATION. QC73.8.C6 B63 2000

Burkett, Elinor. THE BABY BOON: HOW FAMILY-FRIENDLY AMERICA CHEATS THE CHILDLESS. Burkett feels that government and corporate family-centric policies have gone too far and explains why there is a growing backlash from childless workers who feel discriminated against. HQ755.8 B857 2000

Carroll, James. AN AMERICAN REQUIEM: GOD, MY FATHER, AND THE WAR THAT CAME BETWEEN US. An extremely moving and personal tale set during the turbulent sixties. PS3553.A764 Z464 1996

Charters, Ann. BLUES FACES: A PORTRAIT OF THE BLUES. Gathered for the first time in book form, these photographs taken over forty years in America and Africa warmly document the joy and dignity of these musicians. Photographs are accompanied by text written by Samuel Charters, a blues historian. ML87 .C57 2000

Crabbe, Richard. SUSPENSION. On May 31, 1885, at 3:55 p.m., 20,000 men, women, and children are strolling to see the Brooklyn Bridge, the eighth wonder of the world. In precisely five minutes, it will fall. (Fiction)

DeAngelo, Edward. THE LIES THAT BIND. After his divorce, business executive Peter Morrison finds out that he is not his son’s real father. (Fiction)

Feng, Meng-lung. STORIES OLD AND NEW: A MING DYNASTY COLLECTION. A collection of forty short stories first published in 1620 in China. Feng was a connoisseur of popular literature of his time. (Fiction)

FitzGerald, Frances. WAY OUT THERE IN THE BLUE: REAGAN, STAR WARS, AND THE END OF THE COLD WAR. E876 .F58 2000

Fraser, Antonia. THE WARRIOR QUEENS. A lively history of women in power through the ages. D109 .F72 1989

Fuller, Jack. THE BEST OF JACKSON PAYNE. Charles Quinlan, a white musicologist, researches and writes a biography of Jackson Payne, a black saxophone player whose tormented life and groundbreaking music become the stuff of jazz legend. (Fiction)

Ganim, Barbara. ART AND HEALING: USING EXPRESSIVE ART TO HEAL YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT. Provides step-by-step instructions on how to use drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage to connect with painful or repressed emotions. RC489.A7 G36 1999

Gao, Xingjian. SOUL MOUNTAIN. This poetic novel depicts a soul’s search for freedom and beauty. (Fiction)

Grogan, Paul S. COMEBACK CITIES: A BLUEPRINT FOR URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD REVIVAL. Boston’s former director of community development provides an overview of successful national urban renewal efforts over the past two decades. HT175 .G76 2000

Hoagland, Edward. HEART'S DESIRE: THE BEST OF EDWARD HOAGLAND: ESSAYS FROM TWENTY YEARS. The best nature writer writing today. PS3558.O334 H4 1988

James, Henry. THE AMERICAN. Family intrigue and drama. A recent PBS presentation. (Fiction)

King, Ross. BRUNELLESCHI’S DOME: HOW A RENAISSANCE GENIUS REINVENTED ARCHITECTURE. A fascinating look at art, architecture, technology, and personalities. NA5621.F7 K56 2000

Kotlowitz, Alex. THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE. The true story of a poor, beleaguered family living in a tough Chicago housing project. Kotlowitz follows the two youngest boys' lives over a two-year period. HQ792.U5 K683 1992

Kristof, Nicholas D. THUNDER FROM THE EAST: PORTRAIT OF A RISING ASIA. DS5 .K66 2000

Le Carre, John. THE CONSTANT GARDENER. The deadly conflict is not with a super power but with a multinational corporation. (Fiction)

Long, David. THE DAUGHTERS OF SIMON LAMOREAUX. The effect a young woman's disappearance has on her relatives and friends. (Fiction)

Maier, Karl. THIS HOUSE HAS FALLEN: MIDNIGHT IN NIGERIA. DT515.842 M35 2000

Nabokov, Vladimir V. NABOKOV’S BUTTERFLIES: UNPUBLISHED AND UNCOLLECTED WRITINGS. QL452 .N33 2000

Provine, Robert R. LAUGHTER: A SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION. BF575.L3 P76 2000

Putnam, Robert D. BOWLING ALONE: THE COLLAPSE AND REVIVAL OF AMERICAN COMMUNITY. Examines the dramatic loss of civic engagement and community life in American society. HN65 .P878 2000

Shreve, Anita. FORTUNE'S ROCKS. A forbidden romance among the wealthy elite in turn of the century New England. (Fiction)

Smith, Kathy. KATHY SMITH’S WINNING WORKOUT: 12 WEEKS TO A BETTER BODY USING FREE WEIGHTS. Here’s how to keep your New Year’s resolution. GV482 .S64 1987

Tadie, Jean-Yves. MARCEL PROUST. This definitive biography details the intellectual and social universe that inspired the author of "Remembrances of Things Past." PQ2631.R63 Z925213 2000

Theodosakis, Jason. MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE: A STEP-BY-STEP PROGRAM TO FASTER, STRONGER HEALING DURING ANY STAGE OF THE CURE. RC931.O67 T484 1998

Waters, Sarah. AFFINITY. A page-turning feminist Victorian melodrama that turns noir. A young woman who serves as a Lady Visitor to female prisoners in London finds herself drawn to one of its prisoners, a spirit medium. (Fiction)

Recommendations by Adults' Services Department