Jun Li Li itibaren Semenkovo, Vologodskaya oblast', Rusya
Wow. This was a random pick from the library's "newly acquired" shelves, and I scored. With a structure that could've easily gotten annoying (the tale is told through correspondence, both in the form of letters and short stories/book chapters sent to the Famous Writing School instructor), it kept me guessing AND kept me laughing. Can't ask for much more than that. I made Adam put down Prince of Tides (forced him to start it when I learned he'd never read it) to start this one, as it's a library loaner.
Dr. Annick Swenson runs a research station in the Amazon. Fiercely independent, she refuses to keep the drug company who funds her research informed about her progress. When Dr. Eckman, fails to return from the Amazon and the company is informed that he has died, Dr Marina Singh is sent to discover what has happened. A little slow to start this is a beautifully written story of discovery and personal limits. Ethical questions are raised as a result of Dr Swenson's research as well.
I like autobiographies and this one is especially good. Very long but it tells lincoln's life from the perspective of his rivals. Reading about their daily life makes you feel like a total schlub for starting work at 8 am. BUT it really relays the idea of a meritocracy instead of a democracy. She is also a great storyteller.