With 2008 fast approaching, we're marking our calendars for some excellent entertainment options.

By Jenna Schnuer and John Ross

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Books We Can't Wait to Read

1 THE BOOK: Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunée (Grand Central Publishing, $25)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: One of the most graceful memoirs to come along in recent memory, Trail of Crumbs takes readers along on the author's search for her identity after her mother left her sitting on a park bench in South Korea when she was just three years old.
DON'T READ IT WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY: When Sunée, an accomplished cook, writes about the food she serves to the people in her life, you can almost feel the warmth of her kitchen.

2 THE BOOK: The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt (Houghton Mifflin, $24)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This may be one of the most buzzed-about books of the winter season. With her father about to zip off in a time machine (stick with us here), Louisa, a chambermaid at the Hotel New Yorker in 1943, befriends inventor Nikola Tesla. Apparently, they both have a love for pigeons. The book follows their friendship as well as that whole time-traveling thing.
NO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A GEEK TO GET IT: It would be tempting to shrug it all off as sci-fi foolishness, except that the author has published and presented some stellar fiction in the New Yorker and McSweeney's and on public radio's This American Life.

THE BOOK: American Photobooth by Näkki Goranin (W.W. Norton and Company, $30)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Photobooths. No, really. It's a photo book about photobooths. And why not? There's just something about a photobooth, isn't there? The little half curtain that serves up a small dose of privacy in the midst of a busy spot, the strip of pictures, the captured moment in time.…
A GOOD REASON TO LOOK AT PICTURES OF STRANGERS: Goranin, a collector of historic photos, delivers plenty of strips that showcase how other people have spent their minute in the booth. But she also focuses on the history of photobooths - where they came from, how they've changed - and shows why, in the age of the camera phone, we still love them.

4 THE BOOK: The Ten- Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $26)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Before Elvis was swiveling his hips on Ed Sullivan, parents and kids were clashing over a different pop-culture phenomenon: the sensational and bloody breed of comics some felt was too adult for children. So shocking and graphic was the content that some comics were burned in public bonfires and banned by local governments. The stir reached national proportions when Congress held hearings on the matter.
ELLINGTON AT NEWPORT SEEMS LIKE FITTING READING MUSIC: Hajdu, a journalism professor at Columbia University, knows something about pop culture and controversy - he's also written biographies of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington's composer, Billy Strayhorn.