This issue’s DVDs will put you in the Valentine’s spirit. Golden girl Reese Witherspoon earned rave reviews in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama when the film enjoyed the biggest September opening in box-office history. Features and bonuses on the DVD include an alternate ending (we’re glad they stuck with the ending that they did); eight deleted scenes, all of which are worth watching; and an audio commentary by director Andy Tennant.
— ANNA FIALHO
BOOKS - HOT INK
THE DISTINCTIVE HOME: A VISION OF TIMELESS DESIGN By Jeremiah Eck (The Taunton Press, $40)
Eck demonstrates that distinctiveness involves the balance between four essential features in any home: how it occupies its site, maximizing efficiency and comfort in floor plans, balancing the exterior with the site, and how interior and exterior details transmit enduring quality. With more than 300 color photos, plus site plans and drawings, Eck shows homeowners how to design or purchase not just a house, but a home.
OUR READ: BEAUTIFUL AND INSTRUCTIONAL
THIS JUST IN: WHAT I COULDN’T TELL YOU ON TV
By Bob Schieffer (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $27)
Veteran journalist and Face the Nation moderator Schieffer tells the stories behind the news he’s reported for 40-plus years. On milestone events — JFK’s assassination, the World Trade Center attacks — he reveals new insight from leaders such as Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and more.
OUR READ: CANDID ANALYSIS AND FASCINATING TALES
SILENT PARTNER By Stephen Frey (Ballantine Books, $25)
From the bestselling author of Trust Fund and The Day Trader comes a novel about a woman caught in the crossfire between her ruthless employer and a powerful mystery man.
OUR READ: A SHARP TALE OF RISK AND RETURN