The following are the September Book Sense nonfiction and mystery/suspense Notable Titles with
commentary by booksellers. Yesterday we highlighted the nonfiction and
mystery/suspense lists. For the top 20 Book Sense Picks for September go to the Book
Sense Web site
Many thanks to Book Sense and the ABA!
A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan
Pazira (Free Press, $15 paper, 0743281330). "This is the moving story
of a young woman's life of hardship in war-torn Afghanistan, and of its
history of violence and war."--Bess Moye, Cabbages and Kings, Chatham,
The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved
by Alan Dershowitz (Wiley, $22.95, 0471743178). "A strong case for a
binational solution to the conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians. Though strong disagreement is certain to come from those
who question this approach, Alan Dershowitz presents a must-read for
anyone with a deep interest in solving the Arab/Israeli problem."--Ray
Stateham, Bohannons' Books With a Past, Georgetown, Ky.
His Oldest Friend: The Story of an Unlikely Bond
Kleinfield (Times, $24, 0805075801). "This is the touching story of a
friendship between 20-year-old Elvis, a Dominican Republic native, poor
and despairing, and Margaret, a resident of a Jewish nursing home who
loves opera, books, and cultural activities, but who is 'stuck' in her
room. Elvis is hired to spend a few hours a week with Margaret, and the
relationship blossoms into true friendship as Margaret carefully offers
words of wisdom to Elvis, who is 'stuck' in a no-future life."--Nancy
Davis, Millrace Books, Farmington, Conn.
Last Coach: A Life of Paul 'Bear' Bryant
by Allen Barra (Norton,
$26.95, 0393059820). "Allen Barra shows why he is one of America's
foremost writers in this enthralling biography of the most famous coach
in the history of collegiate athletics. His investigative skills and
hundreds of interviews reveal the full story of Bryant's dramatic life,
as well as revelations behind the scenes of 'amateur' sports."--Jake
Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, Ala.
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army
by Kayla Williams with Michael E. Staub (Norton, $24.95, 0393060985).
"Rough and immediate, at times shocking, this is the account of one
woman's tour of duty in Iraq. Williams survives anguish, depression,
alienation, loneliness, and physical and mental torment to perform her
job. A very important story for us at home."--Megan Wolfer, Table Mesa
Gifts & Books, Boulder, Colo.
A Man With No Talents: Memoirs of a Tokyo Day Laborer
Shiro, translated by Edward Fowler (Cornell, $21, 080144375X). "A
Japanese 'salaryman' falls off the corporate ladder to become a day
laborer and then a homeless writer and lover of literature. The
author's insights into his own situation and into the human condition
make this a great book."--Karen Maeda Allman, The Elliott Bay Book
Company, Seattle, Wash.
The Truth Book: Escaping a Childhood of Abuse Among Jehovah's Witnesses
by Joy Castro (Arcade, $25, 1559707879). "This book is a horrifying
tale of abuse justified by fundamentalist religion. Joy Castro tells
the heart wrenching tale beautifully."--Amanda Voss, Eclipse Coffee
& Books, Montevallo, Ala.
Wild Ducks Flying Backward
by Tom Robbins (Bantam, $25,
0553804510). "Robbins' latest is part travelogue, part essay, and it is
filled with short stories, poems, art criticism, and loving tributes to
the author's greatest influences. Whether traveling through Tanzania,
dancing to The Doors, or musing on the meaning of life, Tom Robbins
never fails to convey enlightenment on every page."--Brian Good, The
Doylestown Bookshop, Doylestown, Pa.
by Stuart MacBride (St. Martin's Minotaur, $24.95,
031233995X). "MacBride's latest is a standout. On his first day back at
work, Detective Sgt. Logan McRae--barely recovered from the near-fatal
stab wounds he suffered on his last case--is reluctantly plunged into
the high-profile case of a brutally murdered child."--Karen Spengler, I
Love a Mystery, Mission, Kan.
by Bill Napier (St. Martin's, $6.99 paper,
0312936680). "An effort to translate an Elizabethan text turns into
murder when the discovery of a Christian icon causes all the evil of
mankind to manifest. Excitement and suspense abound."--Ellen Perry,
Browsing Bison Books, Deer Lodge, Mont.
The Trudeau Vector
by Juris Jurjevics (Viking, $24.95, 0670034371). "The Trudeau Vector
is a great read for medical thriller fans, but it's more than that.
Jurjevics describes the beauty and vulnerability of the Canadian
Arctic, as well as the heroism of scientists who work there. A solid,
well-written debut novel."--Rita Moran, Apple Valley Books, Winthrop,