Read this, not that—book selection treats
Eat This Not That! for Kids: Raise a Lean,
Healthy, Happy Child!, by David Zinczenko
and Matt Goulding. It’s no secret that children are getting fatter: 45 percent of this
country’s youths are overweight or obese,
and the number of diabetic
children has nearly quadrupled in the past 30
years. To help combat the
problem, Zinczenko and
Goulding, editors at Men’s
Health magazine, have created this book to help parents cope. It offers detailed
analysis and nutritional tips
on thousands of the most
popular prepackaged and
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Prepare to Be Shocked,
from Ripley Entertainment. Bizarre and amazing facts and pictures
are found throughout
the latest book in Ripley’s multimillion-selling
series. Among the crazy stories featured are the
electric man who can fry fish in his bare
hands, a jet-powered bar stool, a man with
blue skin and cats that glow in the dark.
In Defense of America, by Bronwen Maddox.
Maddox is the chief foreign commentator
for The Times of London. Negative sentiments
about America have run rampant in recent
years. Maddox rejects attacks on the United
States because of its astonishing record of defending democracy throughout the world.
She shows that critics ignore the best aspects
of America and exaggerate the worst, and she
paints a chilling picture of a world with a
Foreign Body, by Robin Cook. Jennifer
Hernandez, fourth-year medical student,
learns that her hardworking but uninsured
grandmother has died in New Delhi, after undergoing a hip replacement. Jennifer is devastated and, seeking answers, heads for India.
Her reception there becomes very cool as she
presses for information. She discovers unexplained deaths followed by hasty cremations.
Jennifer; her mentor, Dr. Laurie Montgomery;
and Laurie’s husband, Dr. Jack Stapleton,
eventually unveil a sinister conspiracy of
Being Elizabeth, by Barbara Taylor Bradford.
The last book in the Ravenscar trilogy features Elizabeth Turner, scion of the fabled
Deravenel family. She is 25, gorgeous and
charismatic—and ready to inherit the family
business, long held by men. Her cousin, Mary,
is her bitter enemy, but her childhood friend,
Robert Dunley, is a staunch ally. When their
friendship crosses over into something more,
everyone is scandalized because he is a married
man. Elizabeth must fight for everything she
holds dear amid treachery, betrayal and death.
Smoke Screen, by Sandra Brown. Five years
ago a terrible fire broke out at police headquarters. Four officers saved many lives that
night—or did they? Seven men died—one
showed signs of violent assault—and the
investigation was quickly hushed up. Raley
Gannon, a local firefighter, and Britt Shelley, a
local news anchor, try to find out the truth.
What they find is that their lives and their
reputations are on the line.—Valerie Ryan
DVDs for August nights
FROM ADVENTURES that blur fiction and
reality, to tragicomic tales of the socially inept,
to the terror of an escaped psychopath, the
DVDs available this month at Costco and
costco.com offer something for everyone.
88 Minutes. Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino)
is a college professor who moonlights as
a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. When
Gramm receives a death threat claiming he
has only 88 minutes to live, he must use all his
skills and training to narrow down the possible suspects—who include a disgruntled student, a jilted former lover and a serial killer
who is already on death row—before his time
Nim’s Island. Nim (Abigail Breslin) is
a young girl living with her father on a secret
island. Her life, which is ruled by her imagination, mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover, the world’s greatest
adventurer. However, Alexandra (Jodi Foster),
the author of the Rover books, actually leads
a reclusive life in a big city. When Nim’s father
goes missing from their island, a twist of fate
brings her together with
Alexandra. They must
draw courage from their
fictional hero and find
strength in one another
to conquer Nim’s Island.
(Dennis Quaid), a professor of Victorian literature, is brilliant. His
academic prowess, however, is of no help to him in any other area of
life—especially where love and family are
concerned. Vanessa, his teenage daughter
(Ellen Page), is an overachiever who follows
all too closely in her dad’s self-absorbed footsteps. But when circumstance bring these
two together with Chuck (Thomas Hayden
Church), Wetherhold’s adopted brother, and
Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker), one of his former students, they all get a fresh perspective
on their lives.
Street Kings. Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves)
Unusual family matters in Smart People.
is a veteran Los Angeles cop who finds life
difficult to navigate after the death of his wife.
When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up
against the cop culture he’s been a part of for
his entire career, leading him to question the
loyalties of everyone around him.
Also look for The Best of Both Worlds,
in which Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana performs in concert, and Camp Rock, featuring
the Jonas Brothers, touted as the next High
School Musical.—Will Fifield