Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Swimsuit (Hardcover)

by James Patterson James Patterson (Author)
A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels's parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter. Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the L.A. Times, gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Dog's Life (Paperback)

by Peter Mayle
After so many books by our two-legged best friends that try to decipher our secret lives, it's so nice to have someone of our kind tell it like it really is. A dog's life can be very a good one indeed, especially if you are as lucky as the hero of our story to find an aimable human companion like Mayle, author of A Year in Provence and Hotel Pastis. In this charming, if at times too cutsey, memoir, Boy, a shaggy but highly intelligent canine of mysterious lineage, recounts his humble beginnings with his 12 siblings, his abandonment by his mother and later by his unpleasant owner, and his wanderings through the Provencal countryside until he is adopted by the Mayles an event also recounted in Toujours Provence. Judging from Edward Koren's drawings, what Boy lacks in devasting good looks is made up by his plucky personality.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The China Study

The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health

by T. Colin Campbell PhD (Author), Thomas M. Campbell II (Author)
This exhaustive presentation of the findings from the China Study conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Referred to as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that enjoy widespread popularity in the West. The impact of the politics of nutrition and the efforts of special interest groups on the creation and dissemination of public information on nutrition are also discussed.