The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Knopf, $24.95), by Stieg Larsson, is a classic who-done-it as well as a fascinating look into the world of international finance.  Mikael Blomkvist is an investigative financial reporter tracking a story of high-stakes corruption when he is sued for libel and convicted.  After a short prison stay, he is offered an opportunity to write a company history for a family of wealthy industrialists, the Vangers.  At the heart of their story, though, is the disappearance, some decades earlier, of one of their own, a young girl who vanished from the family’s island home in broad daylight. Enlisting the help of an enterprising young private investigator (the “girl with the dragon tattoo”), he uncovers the buried details and wrests the skeletons from the Vanger family’s closet.  Interesting and believable characters as well as a taut and provocative story-line set this apart from other mystery novels. 

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By Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translated by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307269751
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Published: Knopf - September 16th, 2008

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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 23rd, 2009

The Seventy Great Mysteries Of The Natural World (Thames & Hudson, $45) is a stunning collection of essays and photographs on a large array of subjects.  Broken down into seven sections, each containing ten essays, the book asks, among a great number of other things, “How did the Earth form?” “What makes volcanoes explode?” “How did the eye evolve?” “Why are insects so diverse?” and finally, in the last section, “What will Earth’s climate be like in the future?” Seventy Great Mysteries will certainly find a home on many families’ reference shelves; this is a book for all ages.  Editor Michael J. Benton has assembled a talented group of contributors, each an expert in his or her field. Their clear, cogent explanations, together with color photographs, drawings, graphs, and illustrations, make this a wonderful book to browse in and learn from.

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By Michael J. Benton (Editor)
ISBN: 9780500251430
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 17th, 2008

Master Chef Joel Robuchon has distilled decades of culinary experience into a single volume, The Complete Robuchon (Knopf, $35).  A hefty book (more than 800 pages), it starts with the basics: a glossary of terms, essential equipment, methods of cooking, and recipes for stocks and sauces.  The recipes that follow emphasize freshness and quality of ingredients while Robuchon’s descriptions clearly and precisely detail the process.  Classics such as Beef Bourguignon, Cassoulet, and Sole Meuniere retain all their rustic charm and simplicity while the author has clearly kept the American home kitchen very much in mind.  There are a wide variety of salads, vegetable dishes, soups, and desserts.  What you won’t find here are pages of glossy photos of happy country people, romantic landscapes, and the author grinning while sniffing an eggplant.  This is a book that promises to collect sauce splatters, butter stains, and dog-eared corners, a practical book for serious cooks.

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By Joel Robuchon, Robin H. R. Bellinger (Translated by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780307267191
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Published: Knopf - November 4th, 2008

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