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The Complete New Yorker: Eighty Years of the Nation’s Greatest Magazine with DVD-ROMs

The title says it all. This superb — nay, essential — set of eight DVD-ROMs includes everything ever printed in every issue of the New Yorker, right down to the vintage advertisements. The content is searchable in every way possible from your favorite authors and poets to astonishing journalistic pieces, and, of course, every cartoon ever published. Beautifully presented and executed, the Complete New Yorker will make you the envy of all your friends!

Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

Intricately detailed yet compulsively readable, Conspiracy of Fools is the best account yet of the Enron debacle. Eichenwald makes you feel like you are there — in the boardroom, on the cell phone — while the deals get brokered and the walls come tumbling down. It's a Bonfire of the Vanities for the twenty-first century, all the more chilling and fascinating because it is true.

Before the Frost (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

Henning Mankell's mysteries make many others pale in comparison. In this, his tenth, Kurt Wallander is joined by daughter Linda in an incredibly suspenseful search for a religious psychopath. Combining an urgent and complex plot with politics and humanity, Mankell teases out a gripping thriller, while artfully getting under the skin of all his characters.

Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine

Girl power, Riot Grrrl, first-, second-, or third-wave feminist — however you choose to label your gender-equality insistence, Bitch magazine has had you covered. To celebrate their ten year anniversary, Bitch has released this cultural compendium; a neat package that packs a powerful punch. Sassy, provocative, and endlessly illuminating, Bitchfest makes for an awesome girl's best friend.

Giada’s Family Dinners

From simple to prepare after-work dinners to hearty and generous meals for ten or more, Giada's recipes can really be used everyday with little fuss and much reward. The language is warm, the recipes are clear, uncluttered, and surprisingly rich and satisfying. I've honestly not come across such a useful and rewarding cookbook in some time. Highly recommended!

Arthur and George: A Novel

Can I already announce the best book of 2006 in January? If so, here it is! With his customary elegant prose and intricate and wry observational skill, Julian Barnes narrates the true story of the relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edalji and the tragic miscarriage of justice which brought them together. Dazzling!

Thank You for Smoking

Buckley presents Seinfeld-esque satire of Big Tobacco -- and like Jerry's gang, no one is safe from skewering, be it lobbyists, ad-men, activists, or the media. Thank You for Smoking is erudite and keen, sly and witty, and — dare I say it? — a modern classic in the field of political satire.

Possible Side Effects

As with other funny memoirists like Laurie Notaro or David Rakoff, Augusten Burroughs finds humor and absurdity in all sorts of mundane events. The twist is that Burroughs life — particularly his childhood — provides the surreal backdrop to a writer who could find comedy gold in a bank transaction. In this collection of essays everything is fodder for his sharp wit from the banal to the bittersweet to the just plain poignant.

Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science

Astro Turf is a witty and perceptive look at the history of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California as seen from the daughter of one of its leading rocket scientists. Lord's lens is trained on the macho culture of the program, the culture that set her father at such emotional remove, as well as America's pop culture of the 1960s. What is at once a social history of the space travel program is also a poignant and thoroughly engaging ode to a daughter's love.

A Spot of Bother (Vintage)

A Spot of Bother is an adroit and highly accomplished comedy of manners, which while revealing Haddon's sharp, wry sense of humor also displays a superb understanding of the human condition in all of its colorful, crazy permutations. In what seems like effortless prose, Haddon describes a few weeks of a family's life with such astuteness and empathy (so like that which he displayed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) that I was utterly hypnotized.

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