Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Bookworm

Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky: The pregnancy pact between three teenaged girls puts their mothers' love to a test. Susan Tate is stunned because she has tried to do everything right. When more pregnancies are announced, her job as high school principal, her financial independence and her dreams are all at risk.

Doors Open by Ian Rankin: Three friends descend upon an art auction. In a conversation over drinks, they hit on a plan to steal the art. Suddenly, they are tossed together with forgers, crime bosses and more. The story is about second chances and double crosses.

Hastur Lord by Marion Zimmer: Regis Hastur is confronted with the destiny he has never wanted as his grandfather lies on his deathbed, but after the Terran Empire assassinates members of Darkover's council and Regis' grandfather confesses that Regis has an older half-brother, Regis must decide whether to accept his destiny to become the Regent of Darkover or to follow his dreams.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier: Fossil hunter Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot form a friendship based on their interest in science and Elizabeth's confidence which allows her to protect Mary and other individuals who believe her work is unacceptable because she is a female and it questions religious beliefs.

Catalyst by Anne McCaffrey: Chessie, a pregnant Barque Cat, is kidnapped and her Cat Person Janina and Dr. Jared Vlest attempt to free her before an alien feline Pshaw-Ra with psionic power takes her to his planet so they can begin the universal domination of the unknown

Among Thieves by David Hosp: $300 million worth of paintings were stolen from a museum in what remains one of the greatest unsolved art thefts. Now, years later, the case threatens to break wide open. But when Scott Finn learns that one of his clients, Devon Malley, was part of the heist, he's drawn into the crossfire.

The Domino Pattern by Timothy Zahn: Frank Compton works with his assistant, Bayta, to put an end to the Modhri's psychological influence and dominance throughout the galaxy, but when the investigation reveals a connection between the Modhri and the Filiaelians, Compton and Bayta must face an even greater threat.

Johnny Cash: The Autobiography by Patrick Carr: Autobiography reflecting on the country musician's childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm, the early years at Sun Records, singing at the Grand Ole Opry, life on the road, years of addiction to amphetamines and pain pills, and his deep devotion to his wife, June, and their family.

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns: FBI agent Jay Dobyns relates his experiences working undercover to infiltrate the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club, discussing his actions and how the job nearly cost him his family and his life.

Blue Blood by Edward Conlan: Edward Conlon, a fourth-generation officer with the New York City Police Department, chronicles his experiences on the force from his first days on patrol to his rise to the rank of detective, and shares stories from his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father's time with the NYPD.

Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest American's Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill) by David C. Johnston: The book reveals how industry and commerce repeatedly shift risks and costs to the taxpayer, government attempts to manipulate or adjust the market, and how the wealthiest Americans continue to get richer at government expense.

Jim Cramer's Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer) by James J. Cramer: Jim Cramer offers advice on investing, explaining how to build wealth by avoiding common pitfalls, making smart money decisions, invest in bull markets, identify winning funds, and understand the dangers and promise of investing.

Bottom Line's Healthy Heart by Michael Mogadam, M.D.: Discusses coronary artery disease, diabetes, obesity exercise, HDL-Cholesterol and other risk factors. The author discusses myths and debunks them. He includes information on diets, and explains the different cardiac health tests.

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis: Details the life of University of Mississippi football player Michael Oher, who was raised by a crack addicted mother and adopted at the age of sixteen by a wealthy family, and explores the rising importance and salary of the offensive left tackle in the game of football.

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