American Library Association Notable Books 2005: RUSA Notable Books Council

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American Library Association Notable Books 2005: RUSA Notable Books Council


This list has been compiled for use by the general reader and by librarians who work with adults. The titles have been selected by the Notable Books Council, ALA Reference and User Services Association, for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers. Titles were selected from books published from November 2003 through October 2004 that demonstrate wide general appeal and literary merit.

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Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. Penguin, $35 (ISBN: 1-59420-009-2).

This monumental biography presents a modern perspective on the Founding Father most responsible for the current state of American industry, economy, and government.

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Ehrlich, Anne E. One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Hunlan Future. Island, $27 (ISBN: 1-55963-879-6).

Relayed in a clarion voice, this powerful argument for saving the environment from disaster links social and economic policies with the empirical evidence of overpopulation and materialistic consumption.

Fischer, David Hackett. Washington's Crossing. Oxford Univ. Pr., $30 (ISBN: 0-19-517034-2).

The full story of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware is brought vividly to life in this revisionist retelling of an iconic event in American history.

Henig, Robin Marantz. Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution. Houghton Mifflin, $25 (ISBN: 0-618-22415-7).

A journalist engagingly presents the history of in vitro fertilization and the moral, ethical, and political controversies of reproductive technologies.

Hersh, Seymour M. Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. HarperCollins, $25.95 (ISBN: 0-06-019591-6).

Hersh exposes the military abuse in Abu Ghraib prison and the events leading up to it in this groundbreaking report.

Hughes, Robert. Goya. Knopf, $40 (ISBN: 0-394-58028-1).

With thoughtfulness and wit, Hughes refracts the art and life of Goya through the culture and history of Spain.

Kurlansky, Mark. 1968: The Year That Rocked the World. Ballantine, $26.95 (ISBN: 0-345-45581-9).

This engrossing account tells the complete story of the global, social, and political upheaval, warfare, and assassinations that define one year in a tumultuous decade.

Lansky, Aaron. Outwitting History: How One Man Rescued a Million Books and Saved a Civilization. Algonquin, $24.95 (ISBN: 1-56512-429-4).

A 23-year-old student of Yiddish embarks on a crusade to save books in that language and succeeds in preserving the stories and culture of a vanishing world.

Moats, David. Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage. Harcourt, $25 (ISBN: 0-15-101017-X).

Moats offers an insightful account of the fierce battle that led to the legalization of civil unions in Vermont in 2001.

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorists Attacks upon the United States. Authorized ed. Norton, $10 (ISBN: 0-393-32671-3).

This report, written with measure and depth, achieves a distinctly unified voice to explicate the traumas of September 11, 2001 and the events leading up to it.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. Viking, $27.95 (ISBN: 0-670-03231-X).

This dramatic account chronicles the little-known story of a six-vessel, 346-man U.S. exploring expedition that took four years, covered more than 84,000 miles, and expanded the role of science in the U.S.

Sokolove, Michael. The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw. Simon & Schuster, $24.95 (ISBN: 0-7432-2673-9).

The individual stories of a vastly talented 1979 L.A. high school baseball team come to life in this heartbreaking account of the players' last season and the difficulties they faced in the years that followed. …

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