BOOKS AND MUSIC
THE OATH
By John Lescroart, (Dutton, $25.95)

Moving from legal thrillers (Nothing but the Truth and The Thirteenth Juror) to the operating room, Lescroart slices through intrigue at a San Francisco hospital, where the CEO of the area’s largest HMO has been killed. The prime suspect is the attending physician, Eric Kensing, whose legal eagle, Dismas Hardy, soon realizes that the murder had less to do with his client and more with the shaky financial ground of the HMO.

OUR READ: All's not so sterile at the hospital
COUNT THE WAYS: THE GREAT LOVE STORIES OF OUR TIME
By Paul Aron (McGraw-Hill, $19.95)

Twenty-five love stories that have captivated the public over the past century — from Yoko Ono and John Lennon to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Edith and Woodrow Wilson to the awkward public triangle of Prince Charles, Lady Diana, and Camilla Parker Bowles — are beautifully portrayed in a collection that proves that love defies logic, odds, and time.

OUR READ: Think last-minute Valentine's Day present
NUMBER9DREAM
By David Mitchell, (Random House, $24.95)

Eiji Miyake is a 20-year-old looking for the father he’s never known. In Tokyo, Miyake’s search leads through the city’s underworld, lost property offices, video arcades, his own dreams, and his mother’s letters and memories. This literary road trip ultimately leads to the rainy Japanese island Yakushima, a physical and spiritual center for the family.

OUR READ: Worth picking up this Booker Prize finalist
THE FUTURE OF LIFE
By Edward O. Wilson (Knopf, $22)

From one of the world’s most influential scientists, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, comes an impassioned call for action to save the Earth’s biological heritage and a guidebook for the protection of its species, including self-absorbed mankind.

OUR READ: A necessary, and important, addition to reading lists