George Regas, rector emeritus, All Saints Church:
"Fist Stick Knife Gun," by Geoffrey Canada (Beacon Press).
"This is one of the best books on urban violence that I have read. Canada provides an insightful look at the environment in which young people are acting out in such deadly ways."
Tony Crowell, investment advisor:
"Bucking the Sun," by Ivan Doig (Simon & Schuster).
"Opening with a double murder, this is an incredibly vivid account of families living in the West in the 1930s and working on a huge WPA dam project. It's the story of people who start with nothing, intent on building their own little pursuit of happiness."
William Clewlow, archeologist:
"The Mojave: A Portrait of the Definitive American Desert," by David Darlington (Henry Holt).