The fourth hand by John Irving
While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. What happens next is the subject of Irving's tenth novel, which offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change.
The woman next door by Barbara Delinsky
On a charming cul-de-sac in suburban Connecticut, three close-knit couples find their long-cherished harmony undone when a lovely and much younger neighbour, widowed a year ago and presumably still unattached, turns up pregnant.
Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
World-class forensic anthropologist and Canadian bestselling author of "Deja Dead" and "Deadly Decisions", Kathy Reichs goes behind the scenes of a devastating plane crash in an electrifying new thriller starring Dr. Temperance Brennan.
A traitor to memory by Elizabeth George
When Gideon Davies, a 28-year-old virtuoso violinist, finds himself centre stage and unable to play, his tortured search for his music and for the truth behind the appalling event that shaped his life will lead him to the very heart of love's darkest manifestations.
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Based on the author's own search of her family's past, "Cane River" is an epic novel based on the lives of four generations of African-American women. Beginning with Tademy's great-great-great-great-grandmother, Elisabeth, this is a saga that sweeps from the early days of slavery through the Civil War and into a pre-Civil Rights South a unique and moving slice of America's past that will resonate with readers for years to come. An Oprah Book Club selection.
Fraud by David Rakoff
In his first collection of essays, Rakoff single-handedly raises self-depreciation to an art form as he presents an object lesson in not taking life too seriously.
Justice: Crimes, trials and punishments by Dominick Dunne
In this fascinating collection, the world's most accomplished chronicler of the crimes of the wealthy writes on some of the most notorious trials of our times, including the explosive Martha Moxley murder case, the trials of O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bulow, and Dunne's heartrending report of the trial of his daughter's killer.
Where the pavement ends: One womans bicycle trip through Mongolia, China and Vietnam by Erika Warmbrunn
In 1993, this 27-year-old American woman set off alone from Irkutsk in Siberia and eight months later ended up 5,000 miles away in Saigon. Hers was not so much a test of endurance but rather a journey of self-discovery. Travels such as hers are not so rare today, but thoughtful, honest, insightful writing about the cross-cultural experience is.
Kids: How biology and culture shape the way we raise our children by Meredith Small
The acclaimed author of "Our Babies, Ourselves" returns with a provocative look at a crucial question: How much influence do we have over the kind of people our children will become?
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers
One of the most mesmerizing memoirs of the literary season: a wrenching, hilarious, and stylistically groundbreaking story of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother.
Ken Burns Jazz
This series explores the history of the major American musical form. Its development in African American culture, its rise to prominence with its golden age of popularity spanning from the 1920s to the mid 1940s both in its original form and in Swing, through its popular decline and the rise of vital new sub-genres, into the present day are tracked in this nine-video series.
Ascent on G2: One womans journey to the top
A documentary chronicling mountaineer Christine Boskoff and her team's amazing climb of the Gasherbrum 2 (aka the G2) mountain, making her the only American woman to have climbed four of the world's 14 tallest mountains.
Walking with dinosaurs
Kenneth Branagh narrates this documentary series with computer imagery used to simulate the world of the dinosaurs. Includes six episodes featuring the most up-to-date discoveries.
Building big by David Macaulay
The author and illustrator of the winningly popular book "The Way Things Work" presents a new educational television series on some of the largest structures that humans have built. David Macaulay fully explains the construction, as well as supplementary stories of the structures and their builders, and short instructional segments with young children engaged in simple engineering.
Catherine the Great
Catherine Zeta-Jones portrays the legendary German princess in this made-for-TV epic. In 1744, young Sophia is crowned Catherine II, wife of Peter (Hannes Jaenicke), a despot and ruler of Russia. Soon Catherine rises above her oppressive environment to become the famed Czarina of Russia.