Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads

updated 11/13/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST


The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann A Swiss tourist and a Masai warrior fall in love in Kenya; she moves to the bush with him and they wed. Just try to put this one down.

Sala's Gift by Ann Kirschner Sala Kirschner spent five years as a slave in Nazi camps as a teen. Now her daughter has gathered Sala's vintage snapshots and the letters that reached her in the camps into a moving volume.

From Baghdad With Love by Jay Kopelman and Melinda Roth A tenderhearted Marine officer risks all to get a stray puppy, stranded in Iraq, safely to the U.S. Dry eyes aren't an option.

Stealing Love by Mary Fischer A former PEOPLE correspondent's stellar account of coping with her mentally ill mother and rescuing abused animals.

Blood Brothers by Michael Weisskopf The TIME correspondent, who lost a hand while lobbing a grenade out of a truck in Baghdad, chronicles the hurting after the heroism in an unsparing picture of the cost of war.

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