February 20, 2006 12:00 PM

THE BILL FROM MY FATHER by Bernard Cooper A fascinating chronicle of the author’s relationship with a toxic, aggressive father whom he refuses to desert.

EVERYTHING I’M CRACKED UP TO BE by Jen Trynin A former rocker puts her 1997 moment of fame and subsequent career slump into riotous perspective.

ICE by Mariana Gosnell Frostbite; hail; how it feels to be on an iceberg when it flips…. That cold stuff covering 10 percent of the earth is way more intriguing than you’d think.

CLIFFS OF DESPAIR by Tom Hunt A gripping look at Beachy Head in England, whose cliffs are the world’s third most popular suicide spot.

A STRONG WEST WIND by Gail Caldwell The Pulitzer winner writes evocatively about her loving parents and the Texas Panhandle.

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