Alibi V.13 No.16 • April 15-21, 2004 

Speed Reader

The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change

North Point Press

The Innuit know it. The scientists know it. You and I know it. The only people who don't seem to have a clue are quarantined in the Bush administration. In an entertaining fashion, Wohlforth chronicles the ways in which both scientists and indigenous people are attempting to find solutions to this looming problem.

Infinite Life: Seven Virtues for Living Well

Riverhead Books

Uma's daddy, who also happens to be both a famous Buddhist and a Bush basher, has put together a graceful book that explains his philosophy for living a calm life in a troubled world. Advance readers have said Infinite Life is significantly better than your standard self-help supermarket dreck.

3rd Degree

Little Brown and Co.

Patterson and Gross continue their series about four female crime fighters in San Francisco—kind of like "Charlie's Angels" but less stupid. Expect at least as many crazy plot lines as the duo packed into the first two books.

Late Bloomer


A community college writing instructor receives the final 40 plot lines from a best-selling writer's romance series as payment for the instructor passing the writer a few squares of desperately needed toilet paper. This goofy premise fuels Pritchard's latest brilliant comedic novel.