BOOKS AND BOOKS
FLETCH; CONFESS, FLETCH; AND FLETCH’S FORTUNE
By Gregory McDonald (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $12 each)


After being out-of-print for five years (at the urging of
the author), one of the most popular figures in American crime fiction is back in full color with three of nine trade paper-backs to be published over the next two years. Vintage will also bring back two McDonald novels featuring Inspector F.X. Flynn, and a new novel, Flynn’s World, which will be published as a trade paperback original next spring.

OUR READ: Good fodder for Fletch fans
SAKHAROV: A BIOGRAPHY
By Richard Lourie (University Press of England, $30)

The first biography of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Andrei Sakharov sheds new light on the father of the Soviet H-bomb, who was also a leading dissident in the Soviet Union. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview on National Public Radio late last year, said of Sakharov: “At certain periods of time in the life of any nation, there will be people who turn on the light, if you will. They show a road for the nation to follow. Andrei Sakharov was one of those people: a visionary, someone who was able not only to see the future, but to articulate his thoughts, and to do so without fear.”

OUR READ: A beacon behind the Iron Curtain
THE BIGGEST JOB WE’LL EVER HAVE
By Malcolm and Laur Gauld (Scribner, $26)


Children troubled in their current school environment have been helped by the methods of the Hyde Schools in Bath, Maine, and Washington, D.C., which offer curriculum focused on attitude over aptitude and creating a “character culture.” The principles behind the process are explored in a book that helps parents with their homework.

OUR READ: A good assignment for mom and dad