I enjoyed Master Le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor so much this year that I decided to go back and read some of his older books. The Constant Gardener is another one of his brilliant stories that actually have characters with depth. In other words, they aren't just his vehicle for telling the story, they are well nuanced and full of cognitive dissonance. Of course I read the the whole book with the wonderful images of Rachel Weiss and Ralph Fiennes on the page. Although the movie left chunks out it did a great job of creating mise en scene. Ralph is a middle aged British diplomat who saves his sanity and avoids conflict through gardening. Rachel is his young wife whom he takes to Kenya for his new posting. She very quickly gets involved in all of the corruption surrounding drug testing. This is not a happy tale but Le Carre makes us aware of all of the shady ethics going on in developing countries. Let's hope that truth is not stranger than fiction.
Settlers of Catan
By Klaus Teuber
Not only do players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan but Settlers of Catan is definitely the dominant board game today.
By Czech Games Edition
Preparing for a career in the secret service? A lively and fun game for novice spies and spymasters! For 2-8 players, aged 10+. Other titles include Codenames: Simpsons and Codenames: Duet!
Sibley Backyard Birding Puzzle: 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle with Portraits of Favorite North American Birds
By David Allen Sibley
The Office Jigsaw Puzzle: 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
By Chantel de Sousa
The 500 pieces will reveal the faces of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Jim and Pam, and all the iconic characters from the greatest sitcom ever....and a bit of relief from these crazy times!
Women in Science Puzzle: Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Jigsaw Puzzle & Poster
By Rachel Ignotofsky
The World of Shakespeare: 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
By Adam Simpson
Piece together the world of Shakespeare in this art jigsaw puzzle depicting the London of his day