Monday, October 19, 2009

Attention-Getting Reads

Hot Picks, Sleeper Hits
Here's a few books that have been peppering bestseller and recommended book lists and which have attracted a fair share of local attention, if not more than a few patron purchase requests.

Healing and Preventing Autism : a Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy
The latest from McCarthy, who also penned Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors.

The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
Armstrong, a former nun, writes widely about religion and religious history. Her latest makes a case for the importance of religion and faith in modern life.

American on Purpose : the Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson
This Scottish-born comedian, now late night TV host, describes his journey to American citizenship.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
The author of the still popular Glass Castle recreates the life of her maternal grandmother, Lily Casy Smith, in the first half of the 20th century.

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
Acclaimed author of Tuesdays With Morrie, among others, offers another story about the power of friendship and faith.

A Bomb in Every Issue : How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America by Peter Richardson
The story of a magazine that started out as a literary quarterly and moved on to be influential and a ruffler of more than a few political feathers from 1962-1975.

The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The author recounts the details of the eight months he spent with an Army battalion in Iraq.

End the Fed by Ron Paul
The Texas congressman, author of The Revolution : a Manifesto (2008) offers his take on U.S. economic policy and where the Federal Reserve Bank fits in, or doesn't.