JOANNE’S TOP PICKS


Fiction

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons — their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

The wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.

Barney’s Version by Mordechai Richler

When a sixty-seven-year-old Canadian rascal named Bernard Panofsky decides to write “the true story of my wasted life.” the result is Barney”s Version, Mordecai Richler”s wickedly funny blend of satire, social commentary, and brilliant introspection on the state of contemporary life.

The Outlander Series by Dianna Gabaldon

This series traces the lives and loves of Claire Randall who is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another… Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny is soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie in Scotland in 1743. Here, James Fraser, a Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that she becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Anything by John Irving, Wilbur Smith or Anne Rice

Non-fiction

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

A revolutionary guidebook to achieving peace of mind by seeking the roots of human behavior in character and by learning principles rather than just practices. Covey’s method is a pathway to wisdom and power

Common Wealth, Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs

From one of the world’s greatest economic minds and author of the “New York Times” bestseller “The End of Poverty” comes this clear map of the road to sustainable and equitable global prosperity, and a warning of the economic collapse that lies ahead if policies arent changed.

Not on Our Watch by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast

Shocked and enraged by the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Cheadle teamed up with leading activist Prendergast to focus the world’s attention on the suffering and violence there and offer six strategies readers themselves can implement to help make a difference in the fate of a nation.

KIDS MOVIES:

Willow

Never Ending Story

The Princess Bride

KIDS BOOKS:

Everything by Robert Munsch

GOOD WORKS

http://www.enoughproject.org/

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