Carrie Saliers, library assistant:
"Richard II," by Nigel Saul (Yale University Press).
"The figure of Richard II is full of contradictions, and Saul never leaves a debate unexplored. His eye for the details of 14th century England is fascinating and fleshes out the king's behavior in volatile political times."
Barbara Rosens,\o7 museum bookstore manager:\f7
"The Pill, Pygmy Chimps and Degas' Horse," by Carl Djerassi (BasicBooks).
"Academic, businessman, philosopher, art aficionado and bon vivant, Djerassi has immersed himself in life with drive, focus and style. Beyond the history of the pill, one finds an intense and engaging raconteur in this book."
Laura Fleming,\o7 television associate:\f7
"The Mile High Club," by Diana Benson (Dove Books).
"As a flight attendant for Kirk Kerkorian's MGM Grand Air, Benson saw celebrities in their element: Madonna insisting a $25,000 couch be built for her, Zsa Zsa Gabor demanding caviar. It's a look at how the rich and famous behave when they're not in the public eye."
Tom Cranmer,\o7 student:\f7
"The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom," by Paulo Coelho (HarperSan Francisco).
"This book recounts the experiences of a Brazilian man on a pilgrimage through Spain. Through Coehlo's lessons on life, marriage, enthusiasm and love, you learn something about yourself."