February 24th, 2010
New Books on CD
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: The volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people-consistently, correctly, safely. Ataul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better and finds a solution in the most humble of places: the lowly check-list. He explains how checklists have mad possible some of the most difficult things people do-from flying airplanes to building skyscrapers.
Anti Cancer A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD
When David Servan-Scheiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed. Confronting what medicine knows about the illness and the little-known workings of his body’s natural cancer-fighting capabilities, Servan=Schreiber found himself on a fifteen-year journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration and, finally, to health.
Point Man by Steve Farrar
More men would die for their families, but will they live for them? Steve Farrar challenges men to take their God-given positions on the front lines of the battle, to fight for their family’s health and survival. Point Man is a trustworthy roadmap through parenthood, the season of marriage, personal temptation, and forging a life of faith the the midst of a corrupt culture.
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
The Harts and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So, when Chris and Emily’s friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised, Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead-shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father’s cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions and soon Chris is on trial for murder.
Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom
Propelled by Bloom’s dazzling prose, unmistakable voice, and generous wit, Where the God of Love Hangs out take us to the margins and the centers of people’s lives, exploring the changes that love and loss create. A young woman is haunted by her roommate’s murder; a man and his daughter-in-law confess their sins in the unlikeliest of places. In one quartet of interlocking stories, two middle aged friend, married to others, find themselves surprisingly drawn to each other, risking all while never underestimating the cost. In another linked set of stories, we follow mother and son for thirty years as their small and uncertain family becomes an irresistible tribe.
Sizzle by Julie Garwood
Lyra Prescott, a Los Angelos film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. If she accepts a job in her hometown, she may never be able to launch her dream career as a film editor. Playing into her decision are her two overprotective brothers, her social-climbing parents, and an eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into her final school assignment: a documentary transformed into a real-life horror film.
Drive by Daniel Pink
Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people-at work, at school, and at home. It’s wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm-shattering book Drive: The Surprising truth about what motivate us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human, need to direct our own lives, to learn and crate new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian born man of australian citizenship who had been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but they also swore to never, ever under any circumstances, get married. (Both were survivors of pervious bad divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened on day in the form of the U.S. government, which-after detaining Felipe at an American border crossing-gave the couple a choice: They could either get married or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again.
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
Time Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife, Jane, still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does in important. and even as his daughter, Becka, retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks, and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father’s honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world. He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. And then one day he stand up and walks out. And keeps walking,
(Taken from covers)