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book cover Icefields
Thomas Wharton
Paperback. Published by Nunatak (1996)

This, Wharton's first novel, is one of the most captivating and beautifully written novels I have read. Lyrical, dreamy, this novel transported me. The novel opens with a physician explorer falling into a crevasse in the Canadian Rockies around the turn of the century. Suspended upside down in the crevasse, he sees a figure in the ice, and his life becomes inextricably linked to this glacier, as he becomes obsessed with uncovering the mystery of his vision in the ice.

Winner of:
The Banff Grand National Prize for Literature
The Writers Guild of Alberta Best First Book Award
The Commonwealth Best First Novel Prize (Caribbean and Canada Region)

Read it.

book cover In the Skin of a Lion
Michael Ondaatje
Paperback. Published by Vintage Books (1997)

Wow! If you liked The English Patient, this is the book that precedes that story, and is, in my humble opinion, a better novel. A fascinating story set mostly in Toronto as it was growing into a city in the 1920s, told in a kind of nonlinear time scale. Mythic (read the Epic of Gilgamesh for the origin of the title), and filled with romance.

book cover Solo Faces
James Salter
Paperback Reissue Edition. Published by North Point Press (1988)

A very well written, thoughtful, sometimes melancholy novel about one man's drive to climb, and his search for peace. Salter intelligently captures the feeling of climbing without stooping to making it melodramatic.

Aama in America: A Pilgrimage of the Heart
Broughton Coburn
Paperback. Anchor Books (1996)

A vivid chronicle of what became a 25-state, coast-to-coast adventure, Aama in America gives an alternately rollicking and profound account of an 84-year-old Himalayan woman's first journey across America--and of the insights she offered her America companions into their country and themselves.

The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
Hardcover. Published by Harperflamingo (1999)

Kingsolver's second-most-recent, and perhaps greatest, novel. Told as first-person narratives by five members of a missionary family transported from Georgia to the Belgian Congo in 1959.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
by Dave Eggers
Hardcover. Published by Simon & Schuster (2000)

It's hard to know where to start with this book. It is a slightly-fictionalized account of the death of both of his parents from cancer, a month apart, when he was 20-something, and then, of his raising his 8 year old brother. Filled with self-criticism, pathos, and extraordinarily sharp wit and humor.

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book cover Creating Killer Web Sites
The Art of Third-Generation Site Design
Second Edition
David Siegel
Paperback. Published by Hayden Books (1998)

Everything you need to know about designing web sites to effectively communicate your ideas.

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