TIMEBENDS A Life by Arthur Miller (Grove Press)
The famed playwright tells the story of his life--how he came to his vocation as writer, his victory before the House Un-American Activities Committee, marriage to Marilyn Monroe and current popularity in China.
CURRENT INTEREST CHAOS Making a New Science \o7 by James Gleick (Viking)\f7
James Gleick tells the story of the physicists, biologists and astronomers who have developed a new science called "chaos," a revolutionary way of seeing pattern and order in the natural world where only the erratic, the random was observed before.
SECRETS OF THE TEMPLE How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country \o7 by William Greider (Simon & Schuster)\f7
Journalist William Greider explains what led up to the Oct. 19, 1987, stock market crash in an expose and history of the mysterious Federal Reserve.
THE YELLOW WIND \o7 by David Grossman\f7 ; \o7 translated from the Hebrew by Haim Watzman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)\f7
An Israeli novelist, commissioned by a news magazine to spend three months on the West Bank of the Jordan River to write a piece on the 20th anniversary of Israel's occupation of those territories, reports on the misery of the Palestinians and the cost of occupation for both occupied and occupier.
RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN Homeless Families in America \o7 by Jonathon Kozol (Crown Publishers)\f7
The author of the National Book Award-winning "Death at an Early Age" looks at the plight of the more than 2 million homeless in this country. Who are they, and why will even more people--especially women and children--find themselves out on the streets?
AND THE BAND PLAYED ON Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic \o7 by Randy Shilts (St. Martin's Press)\f7
San Francisco journalist Randy Shilts relates the story of AIDS, how it entered the country and spread because the federal government put budget before the nation's welfare. He also reports on the heroic individuals in science, politics and the gay community who tried to warn the nation of the immensity of the epidemic.