Books foster education
A Year in the World, by Frances Mayes. Dirty Blonde, by Lisa Scottoline. A
Mayes and her husband visit southern Spain, judge’s life is in danger after a defendant in a
Portugal, Italy, Morocco, Greece, Turkey and high-profile lawsuit is murdered. Cate Fante
places in between. They move into an apart- isn’t sure she’s entirely comfortable taking the
ment, unpack and join the locals, concentrating bench as a federal judge at the age of 39. Her
on each region’s cuisine—including delicious dark blonde hair, pulled back in a chignon,
recipes. In typical Mayes style, she introduces and her Chanel suit help her look the part,
readers to the history, literary traditions and but looks aren’t everything. Cate has secrets.
culture of each region. To read an interview They are found out, trumpeted by the
with Mayes and an excerpt from the book, visit tabloids, and suddenly she has a killer hot on
costco.com and select “Costco magazine.” her trail—a trail leading to her past.
Country Wisdom & Know-how: Every- The Secret Supper, by Javier Sierra. It is
thing You Need to Know to Live Off the Moving On: Creating Your House of 1497 in Milan. Da Vinci is completing The
Land, from Storey Publishing. This thor- Belonging with Simple Abundance, by Last Supper, but Pope Alexander VI is not
ough and reliable volume covers 200 topics Sarah Ban Breathnach. Building on the pleased. He is determined to use the painting
dealing with living in the country, compiled success of her previous books, Ban against da Vinci as evidence that he should be
from the information in Storey Publishing’s Breathnach shares her positive outlook on executed. At issue is the fact that the Holy
Country Wisdom Bulletins, including animals, life. Her advice helps people create their own Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing,
cooking, crafts, gardening and health. This house of belonging. This popular author has there is no meat on the table and the apostles
comprehensive look at living on—and off— created another inspirational book—part are pictorial renderings of well-known
the land is well organized and filled with meditation, part how-to-manual and part heretics! The artist has also put himself in the
more than 1,000 black-and-white illustra- memoir—for people of all faiths and beliefs, picture with his back turned toward Jesus.
tions and photographs. based on her own experiences and insights. What is the message here?—Valerie Ryan
S TEVEN RO THFIELD
An unprecedented collection of
information on nearly 200 individual
topics of country and self-sustained living.
Workman (Storey Books)
A brave young woman in search of justice is
pursued around the world by both the FBI
and a ruthless assassin, in this breathtaking
new thriller by Jeffrey Archer, bestselling
author of The Eleventh Commandment.
St. Martin's Press
On sale March 7
Rogue economists Steven D. Levitt
and Stephen J. Dubner explore
the hidden side of everything.
William Morrow & Company
Lisa Scottoline, bestselling author of
Devil's Corner, delivers a gripping