Boston Public Library
Staff Selections: August 1999
Booklists for Adults

Barrett, Andrea. VOYAGE OF THE NARWHAL. This tale of a 19th century Arctic expedition explores the effects of extreme circumstances on character. (Fiction)

Binchy, Maeve. THE GLASS LAKE. The lives of people in a small Irish town are woven together in a rich tapestry. (Fiction)

Brody, Steve. RENEW YOUR MARRIAGE AT MIDLIFE. HQ734 .B8393 1999

Chadwick, David. CROOKED CUCUMBER: THE LIFE AND ZEN TEACHING OF SHUNRYU SUZUKI. A contemporary teacher with a large following. BQ988.U9 C47 1999

Chambers, Larry. THE FIRST TIME INVESTOR: HOW TO START SAFE, INVEST SMART & SLEEP WELL! HG4521 .C4513 1999

DuBois, Brendan. RESURRECTION DAY. This novel is set in an alternate 1972, ten years after the Cuban missile crisis erupted into a full-blown war. Carl Landry, a Boston Globe reporter, investigates an apparently unremarkable homicide and finds himself hip-deep in a major conspiracy. (Fiction)

Ehrenstein, David. OPEN SECRET: GAY HOLLYWOOD, 1928-1998. PN1995.9.H55 E47 1998

Epstein, Mark. GOING TO PIECES WITHOUT FALLING APART: A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE ON WHOLENESS. BQ4310 .E66 1998

Evans, Mike. THE JERUSALEM SCROLL. A Palestinian archaeologist finds an ancient scroll which records the Donation of Melchizedek - the gift of the city of Jerusalem to the son of Abraham. (Fiction)

Flander, Scott. SONS OF THE CITY. Philadelphia police sergeant Eddie North confronts organized crime. (Fiction)

Gammelgaard, Lene. CLIMBING HIGH: A WOMAN’S ACCOUNT OF SURVIVING THE EVEREST TRAGEDY. Gammelgaard is not only a survivor of the ill-fated 1996 Everest expedition but is also the first Scandinavian woman to reach the summit. GV199.44.E85 G35 1999

Gates, Bill. BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF THOUGHT: USING A DIGITAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. HD30.37 G38 1999

Holleran, Andrew. IN SEPTEMBER, THE LIGHT CHANGES: THE STORIES OF ANDREW HOLLERAN. New fiction from the author of The Beauty of Men. (Fiction)

Huston, John. AN OPEN BOOK. A fascinating autobiography of this towering filmmaker. PN1998 .A3 H75 1980

Johnston, Wayne. THE COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS. A bestseller in Canada, this is a fictional account of the life of Joe Smallwood, a prominent Newfoundland politician. (Fiction)

Kurzweil, Ray. THE AGE OF SPIRITUAL MACHINES: WHEN COMPUTERS EXCEED HUMAN INTELLIGENCE. Q335 .K88 1999

Mahoney, Rosemary. A LIKELY STORY: ONE SUMMER WITH LILLIAN HELLMAN. Hilarious

account of a young woman’s job housekeeing for the famous playwright. PS3515.E343 Z77 1998

Mason, Bobbie A. CLEAR SPRINGS: A MEMOIR. A candid memoir, with charm, by the author of In Country. PS3563.A7877 Z77 1999

Molloy, Frances. WOMEN ARE THE SCOURGE OF THE EARTH: [SHORT STORIES]. The stories reflect the title in this collection by a contemporary Irish writer. (Fiction)

Nava, Michael. THE BURNING PLAIN. West Hollywood serves as the backdrop for this latest who-done-it by Michael Nava - featuring gay Latino sleuth, Henry Rios. (Fiction)

Rybczynski, Witold. A CLEARING IN THE DISTANCE: FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED AND AMERICA IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. A biography of America’s most renowned landscaper. SB470.O5 R93 1999

Schiff, Stacy. VERA (MRS. VLADIMIR NABOKOV): PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE. PG3476.N3 Z8626 1999

Schmidgall, Gary. WALT WHITMAN: A GAY LIFE. PS3232 .S36 1997

Seth, Vikram. AN EQUAL MUSIC. A violinist explores a "new" work by Beethoven and rediscovers a lost love. (Fiction)

Siddons, Anne R. UP ISLAND. Summer reading for those who love the Vineyard and family drama. (Fiction)

Sounes, Howard. CHARLES BUKOWSKI: LOCKED IN THE ARMS OF A CRAZY LIFE: THE BIOGRAPHY. PS3552.U4 Z88 1999

Stokes, Penelope J. THE BLUE BOTTLE CLUB. A television news reporter discovers slips of paper on which four girls wrote their profoundest dreams on Christmas Day, 1929. (Fiction)

Stuart, Sarah P. MY FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED: MONEY, MADNESS, AND THE FAMILY OF ROBERT LOWELL. PS3523.O89 Z875 1998

Sutton, Peter C. PIETER DE HOOCH. Exhibition catalog of paintings by the Dutch artist Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684). ND653.H75 A4 1998

Vakil, Ardashir. BEACH BOY. Cyrus Readymoney, a boy living in Bombay, longs for film, food and, ultimately, a loving family. (Fiction)

Vallely, Fintan. BLOOMING MEADOWS: THE WORLD OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS. ML3654 .V35 1998

Weldon, Fay. BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY. A feminist publishing house gets started to even the score in the battle of the sexes. (Fiction)

Williams, Miriam. HEAVEN’S HARLOTS: MY FIFTEEN YEARS AS A SACRED PROSTITUTE IN THE CHILDREN OF GOD. What one woman did for enlightenment. BP605.C38 W55 1998

Winter, Alison. MESMERIZED: POWERS OF MIND IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN. A history of mesmerism in 19th century England. BF1125 .W56 1998

Recommendations by Adults' Services Department