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The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
Meryl Gordon
End of The Chain: Life and death in the Aleutians
Robert Wallace Finlay
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right
Bill Bryson
Seeing Further
Neal Stephenson, Margaret Atwood, Gregory Benford, Georgina Ferrey, Oliver Morton, Maggie Gee, Margaret Wertheim, Richard Fortey, John D. Barrow, Martin J. Rees, Philip Ball, Richard Holmes, Stephen H. Schneider, James Gleick, Simon Schaffer, Henry Petroski, Paul Davies,
Icons of England
Bill Bryson
Walking Away From Wall Street: From Corporate Bull to Building a Busines
Max Vishnev
Winter's Tale
Mark Helprin
To Marry an English Lord
Carol McD. Wallace, Gail MacColl
That Bear Ate My Pants!
Tony James Slater
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman

Life of Pi

Life of Pi - Yann Martel This book is completely amazing - when you get to the end. Up until the end, it is simply an adventure story of mediocre merit - but then, you get to the end and WHAM! You suddenly realize that the author has had you in the palm of his hand this whole time. It gave me the shivers. This is the book to give to someone who thinks that reading is a passive activity, heh heh heh. This is also the book to give to someone who doesn't think that a reader can be manipulated by an author - it points out how much power an author has over a reader.

It is gruesome in places - you can skip over the most gruesome passages, but hang in there until the end. It's a real treat to actually *feel* the switcheroo that will happen in your brain. It's as close to a physical experience I've ever had with a book.