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Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
by Michael Moore
Listed under George W. Bush

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
(Paperback -- January )

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
by Rachel Simmons
(Hardcover -- April 1, )

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
(Paperback -- January 8, )

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
by Gore Vidal
(Paperback -- March 10, )

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? Plus, we meet Morrie Schwartz--a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. And finally we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie's final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully. Kudos to author and acclaimed sports columnist Mitch Albom for telling this universally touching story with such grace and humility. --Gail Hudson -
Hardcover: 192 pages
Doubleday; ISBN: 0385484518;

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Listed under World History

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
by Richard Florida
Hardcover: 416 pages
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465024769; 1st edition (April 30, )

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
(Hardcover -- May )

Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman
(Paperback -- July )

From Beirut to Jerusalem (Updated with a New Chapter)
by Thomas L. Friedman
(Paperback -- August 1, 1990)

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
by James McBride
(Paperback -- February )

The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization
by Patrick J. Buchanan
(Hardcover -- December 12, )

by Edith Hamilton
Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute. "The tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light upon what early mankind was like," Hamilton explains in her introduction. "They do throw an abundance of light upon what early Greeks were like--a matter, it would seem, of more importance to us, who are their descendents intellectually, artistically, and politically. Nothing we learn about them is alien to ourselves." Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here--Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus--each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle- and high-school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature. --Gail Hudson -
Paperback: 497 pages
Back Bay Books; ISBN: 0316341517;

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
by Anne Fadiman
(Paperback -- September 28, )

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D. Putnam
(Paperback -- August )

The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert
(Hardcover -- May 9, )

The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell, et al
(Paperback -- July 1991)

The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships
by Harriet Lerner
(Paperback -- )

Qualitative Reading Inventory-3 (3rd Edition)
by Lauren Leslie, Joanne Caldwell (Spiral-bound -- August 14, )

Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House (Five Star)
by Matthew Collin, John Godfrey
Although it probably over-emphasizes the London scene, this book provides a well-written introduction to the history of house music as well as to 20th-century dance music in general. Citing the Stonewall Riots as a cultural turning point, Matthew Collin shows how the emerging gay rights movements created innovative clubs that demanded a newer, more vibrant music. Finding other pieces of this hidden history in Jamaican dub, mainstream disco, rap, European electronic music, and New York club mixes, Collin develops an interesting and previously undocumented narrative of contemporary hip sounds.
Paperback: 320 pages
Serpents Tail; ISBN: 1852426047; 2nd edition (December )

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Mythos Books)
by Joseph Campbell
Originally written by Campbell in the '40s-- in his pre-Bill Moyers days -- and famous as George Lucas' inspiration for "Star Wars," this book will likewise inspire any writer or reader in its well considered assertion that while all stories have already been told, this is *not* a bad thing, since the *retelling* is still necessary. And while our own life's journey must always be ended alone, the travel is undertaken in the company not only of immediate loved ones and primal passion, but of the heroes and heroines -- and myth-cycles -- that have preceded us.
Paperback: 464 pages
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691017840; Reprint edition (March 1, 1972)

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang
(Paperback -- November 1992)

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