Reader's Digest Select Editions Volume 283 2006 1 Author:Nicholas Sparks, Bob Dole, Sophie Kinsella, James Twining Condensed versions of four books: — True Believer by Nicholas Sparks — Jeremy Marsh, a scientist who loves to debunk supernatural events, meets Lexie, the librarian in Boone Creek, North Carolina, when he goes to investigate ghosts that haunt the local cemetery. As Marsh works to discount the paranormal phenomena, he falls for Lexie and her snappy... more » Southern charm. David Aaron Baker shapes the narration with luxurious inflections and smooth dialogue. Sparks works his magic to elicit belief in things unseen and unexplained while Baker brings alive the pace of life in a Southern town.
One Soldier's Story: A Memoir by Bob Dole
This affecting memoir chronicles the Republican senator's arduous coming of age through the early 1950s. After a poor but for him idyllic childhood in Russell, Kans., Dole arrived at college and then the army during World War II a sunny, callow young man; his letters home--many reprinted here--are preoccupied with Mom's cooking, college sports and fraternity hijinks. The story darkens and deepens when he is sent to Italy and, near the end of the war, gravely wounded by a German shell blast that leaves him all but paralyzed with spinal cord damage and a maimed shoulder. The bulk of the book is taken up with Dole's agonizing three-year convalescence. His restrained but poignant account details his painfully slow struggle to regain the use of his legs and arms, the strain put on his family by his physical helplessness and his reluctant coming to terms with the ruin of his once handsome and athletic body. The book is very much a political autobiography, full of tributes to faith, family and hard work, but the harrowing experiences that put these ideals to the test elevate Dole's memoir above mere boilerplate.
Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Just hours before her long awaited promotion to partnership is announced, corporate attorney Samantha Sweeting learns she made a 50-million-pound mistake. Dazed and unable to confront the firm's principals, she boards a train out of London. Dropped off in the middle of nowhere, she asks for directions from a nearby country home, and this hilarious story of transformation from lawyer to housekeeper begins.
Double Eagle by James Twining
Somehow, impossibly, someone has invaded Fort Knox and stolen five of the world's last remaining Double Eagles -- the $20 gold coin ordered destroyed by President Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Now, one has resurfaced during an autopsy in France -- in the stomach of a murdered priest.
Disgraced FBI agent Jennifer Browne needs to recover the priceless coins to resuscitate her stalled career -- and her investigation is pointing her toward Tom Kirk, a brilliant international art thief who wants to get out of the game. But Kirk's only chance for freedom -- and survival -- is to find the missing coins, joining Browne, an unlikely ally, on a breakneck race across the globe and into the lethal heart of a shocking conspiracy of greed and power . . . and death.« less