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reads A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes by David Tanis Written by the head chef of renowned Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, this book is a collection of 24 seasonal menus. From a simple summer platter of ripened tomatoes with sea salt to a more complex lobster risotto for cooler evenings, Tanis provides scintillating ideas for cooks of all levels. (TF)

Sunday Times of London Along with The New York Times Sunday edition, the Library now stocks The Sunday Times of London. The broadsheet, which was launched in 1864, is available in photocopy format along with The Mail on Sunday. Indulge your taste for England in the Reading Room. (MA)

House of Cards by William D Cohan

Survival of the Sickest by Dr Sharon Moalem

The award-winning author of The Last Tycoons treats his audience to yet another account of financial greed and doom. The offices of Bear Stearns provide the setting for this revelation of corporate excess, risky bets and infighting, shedding light on the reason behind Wall Street’s most recent financial meltdown. (TF)

A new spin on Darwin’s observation from a researcher at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital argues that today’s diseases gave our ancestors an edge in survival. Moalem exposes the limitations of modern medicine and offers a new approach to longevity. (MA)

The Good Neighbors by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh

Eat Sleep Sit by Kaoru Nomomura

Rue Silver’s life is in disarray. Her mother has disappeared and her father is being blamed for her murder. In this first book of the Kin series, Rue starts to learn that fairies are not just found in fairytales, but in her family tree as well. (EK)

At the age of 30, Nomomura embarked on a year-long journey to seek spiritual fulfillment. A bestseller in Japan, this, at times, shocking book offers an insight into the daily life of a Zen Buddhist monk. (CM)

Reviews compiled by Library Committee members Tracy Flannery and Michelle Arnot and Club librarians Erica Kawamura and Charles Morris.

member’s choice Member: Terri Bloshuk Title: Cross Country by James Patterson

What’s the book about? Cross Country is the latest installment in James Patterson’s series of novels starring protagonist Alex Cross. The psychiatrist and detective with the Washington, DC, police force must track a brutal serial killer all the way to Africa. Not for the fainthearted.

What did you like about it? The book is very suspenseful, thrilling and fast-paced, while Patterson’s portrayal of Alex Cross’s relationships with his family and friends provides a softer side to the story.

Why did you choose it? I have been a fan of James Patterson for a long time and have found the Alex Cross series to be very satisfying over the years. I’m never disappointed.

What other books would you recommend? I recommend all the Alex Cross series of thrillers, starting with the first. Other Patterson books I enjoyed include Judge and Jury, You’ve Been Warned, Honeymoon and Beach Road.

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iNTOUCH June 2009  

Tokyo American Club’s monthly magazine, iNTOUCH

iNTOUCH June 2009  

Tokyo American Club’s monthly magazine, iNTOUCH