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"A Title to Watch Out For in 2005"

December 27, 2004

Don't read because it will improve the inner workings of your brain, nor because it will make you seem more cultured to other people. Don't read just because it will give you a greater understanding of the world outside your immediate experience. Read because it is one of life's great pleasures. Listed here are titles to look out for in 2005. And because devouring a good book is like eating a wonderful meal, we've included a couple of cookbooks, too.



NONFICTION



JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH: HIS LIFE, HIS POLITICS, HIS ECONOMICS by Richard Parker; Farrar Straus & Giroux. The authorized biography of one of the most prominent economists of our time. (Feb.)





ASTRO TURF: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF ROCKET SCIENCE by M. G. Lord; Walker. Cultural critic Lord (Forever Barbie) explores her childhood and her father's work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (Jan.)



BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell; Little, Brown. New Yorker writer Gladwell has made it his business to examine why people act the way they do. This time, he turns his eye to the quick decision-making process. (Jan.)





DEAR SENATOR by Essie Mae Washington-Williams and William Stadiem; ReganBooks/HarperCollins. Memoir by the long-concealed African-American daughter of Strom Thurmond. (Feb.)



THE ORIENTALIST: SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF A STRANGE AND DANGEROUS LIFE by Tom Reiss; Random House. Lev Nussimbaum was born Jewish in 1905, escaped the Russian Revolution, and turned up in Germany as a Muslim prince and bestselling author under the Nazis. That's just the beginning of this bizarre tale. (Feb.)





HISTORY ON TRIAL: MY DAY IN COURT WITH DAVID IRVING by Deborah E. Lipstadt; Ecco. A blow-by-blow account of historian Lipstadt's court battle with the infamous Holocaust denier. (Feb.)



PONZI'S SCHEME: THE TRUE STORY OF A FINANCIAL LEGEND by Mitchell Zuckoff; Random House. Portrait of the man behind the mischief. (March)



LEAVING THE SAINTS by Martha Beck; Crown. A daughter of "Mormon royalty" departs the fold. (March)



1776 by David McCullough; Simon & Schuster. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian (John Adams) turns his attention to the Revolutionary War. (May)







FICTION



BAKER TOWERS by Jennifer Haigh; William Morrow. A second novel from Haigh (Mrs. Kimble) tells of a coal-town family after World War II. (Jan.)



PORTUGUESE IRREGULAR VERBS; THE FINER POINTS OF SAUSAGE DOGS; AT THE VILLA OF REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES by Alexander McCall Smith; Anchor. The beloved Scottish author of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series takes on academia in three novellas. (Jan.)



COLLECTED STORIES by Carol Shields; Fourth Estate. This collection features the late author's previously unpublished final story and an introduction by fellow Canadian Margaret Atwood. (Feb.)



TALES by H. P. Lovecraft; Library of America. Spooky, creepy, eerie, yucky: Lovecraft (1890-1937) continues to influence generations of writers and readers. The stories in this volume were chosen by horror writer Peter Straub. (Feb.)



IRELAND by Frank Delaney; HarperCollins. An epic novel of history and storytelling by a Tipperary-born journalist. (Feb.)



SATURDAY by Ian McEwan; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. From the author of Atonement, this novel takes place on a single day in 2003, during a massive peace protest in London. (March)



THE POSITION by Meg Wolitzer; Scribner. What happens if your parents write a bestselling sex manual? In the hands of Wolitzer (Surrender, Dorothy), you know it's going to be something good. (March)



LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING by Jeanette Winterson; Harcourt. The latest from the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. (April)



A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND by Mitch Cullin; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. The legendary Sherlock Holmes is 93 and retired to a Sussex farmhouse. (April)



EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safran Foer; Houghton Mifflin. The much-awaited second novel from the author of Everything Is Illuminated. (April)





COOKBOOKS



THE ART OF COOKING: THE FIRST MODERN COOKERY BOOK by Maestro Martino of Como; U. of Calif. This Renaissance gastronomer was the first celebrity chef. With 50 modernized recipes. (Jan.)



THE INSTANT COOK by Donna Hay; Fourth Estate. The Aussie makes it easy. (May)



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